rwgould (300) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - NOV 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from LCBO. Served in a tulip. Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a small frothy dark brown head. Aroma: Coffee, toffee, caramel, hay, and this weird skunky smell. Hoping this bottle isn’t off. Palate: Thick, creamy, fizzy, slightly astringent aftertaste. Taste: Sweet start and then WET BASEMENT WHAT THE FUCK. Lots of good flavours here, but WET BASEMENT. Stagnant water! Reminds me of living in my mom’s basement as a teenager. It would flood (a little) two or three times each year, and though my room was raised off the ground, that smell was inescapable. This beer reminds me of sitting in that basement, playing Final Fantasy IX, drinking some Warsteiner (oh how far I’ve come). What the fuck beer, what the fuck.
bartlebier (463) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - MAY 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle via CH, merci vielmals an Allen for this surprise haul. - Meant to save this for a special occasion, but then the coldest days of end of May arrived and stayed.
Truly spectacular beer both in its "wise" balance and boldness of taste, apparently juggling UK, CZ, DK, A aka Old Europe ingredients with postcolonial ease (by virtue of an "English yeast strain", which must have prefered to secede from the UK for the occasion).
Tar black (added colorant) with confident beige adhesive foam, contained malty and roast-acidic aroma: getting a lot of precarious road in this. Taste is a suavely shifting Rorschach of dark chocolate bitter, charcoal tartness, malt cream, upfront liquorice (usually not a fan), toasted caramel, old figs/prunes and assertive hop spice. Lingering charred and slightly briny aftertaste (despite the 3,500 ft above sea level). None of the near 9% apparent, nor does the added sugar make this less dry.
World-class, deserving of Micheal Jackson’s effigy on the back label. For further cross-cultural and linguistic background info on this one and more, consult Cantabrian’s digressive eulogy and eulogic digressions.
Arcanor (18) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Source : From Westmere Bevrage NY, 355ml can.
Appearance : Pitch black with a nice brown head.
Aroma : Caramel and oxyde
Taste : Hard to say, it’s very strange nothing come out and nothing taste very good.
Palate : Full body and lot of carbonation.
Overall : Got two of them, I taste the second the following night and I still don’t get it.
artyom (217) - Osijek, CROATIA - MAY 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,33l bottle. Black color with beige head. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Very tasty beer, I recommend it.
SarkyNorthener (606) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Stirchley wines. Black beer with small beige head. Aroma of chocolate with a touch of roasted coffee. Taste is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and a touch of licorice. Medium bodied. What a surprise this is. Great FES.
kiwianer (2314) - Mönchengladbach, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head is robust and brown, the body black. it smells roasty, sweet, alcoholic, balanced, plum and intensive. The taste is roasty, maltaromatic, full bodied, roastaromatic, warming and alcoolic. Good beer from Sri Lanka! 14/12/12/13/15/13.
Block (1039) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, and a bit of coffee. Very smooth. Light alcohol which doesn’t come through at all.
jlocolorado (5) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It is like dinner in a bottle. Excellent complex flavor caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, toast, herbs, earthy, smoke, woody, my favorite.
beerbaaron (380) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown black. Large frothy brown head, some lasting. Malty, roasty, chocolate, slightly burnt aroma. Light side of medium body, somewhat thin, roasty, sweet. Short to medium finish. Very drinkable, especially for the ABV. It does have a little something about it.
MarinEvelyn (133) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
light malt, roasty aroma. slight coffee
smooth vanilla coffee taste, slight bitter finish which dissipates quickly.
Concealer (145) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like dark fruit, smoke, alcohol, a little coffee ans chocolate. Tastes like berries, smoke, and finishes with a mocha chocolate deliciousness. So very good. It is a black color, tan cherry head.