Marduk (2579) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Very very dark brown color. Medium size, thick brown head, stays. Sweet, roast, husky malts, coffee, liquorice and sense of alcohol in aroma. Mix of melted dark chocolate and coffee, bound together by deep roast and punch-in-a-face hops and covered with alcohol. That’s the taste. Aftertaste is as long and as bitter as Thatchers politics over working class. Bitter alcohol, although with sweet notes, makes it difficult to drink, but still enjoyable.
Suttree (5041) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, thin but dense brown head. Smells like coffee and tobacco, plus some red wine. Very smooth, rich palate. Note of wood, coffee and chocolate. Dry, oaky finish. Very tasty...
olio (5904) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours black color with a small off-white head. Aroma is dry and malty, some roasty notes, chocolate, cocoa and faint coffee also. Flavor of caramel, chocolate, some coffee, salty licorice and some brown sugar. Dry sweetish palate. A solid IS but nothing special.
laiti (5535) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle @ olio, BBE 2018
Aroma has ash, some tobacco, salty licorice and licorice root. Flavour has salty licorice, some ash and hints of tobacco. Too salty and actually pretty similar to the Sierra Nevada Narwhal we had before this.
jtclockwork (7974) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Downtown Inn tasting - RBWG Asheville. Pours brownish black with tan head. Nose and taste of toasted grainy nuts, roast chocolate malt, black licorice and coffee. Medium body.
deyholla (6503) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBWG 2014. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has dark grains with a bit of must and just a touch of dark bitter roasted malts. Flavor has notes of bitter roasted malts with dark grains and a hint of dark chocolate backing.
italarican (1475) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared during some post-bus drinking at the Downtown Inn for RBWG. Dark brown pour. Nose has moderate cocoa notes with slight smoke and earthiness. Silky but thin mouthfeel. Solid stuff.
rlpeeler (85) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap very dark with very little head. Taste is malt and coffee. Had it side by side with an Old Rasputin and there were definite similarities. Carries the alcohol well.
Ragnampiza (342) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Ales By Mail, served in a Teku Glass. Pitch black, with absolutely no light passing through, and a creamy light brown head. Great lacing retention. Nice aroma of dark bitter chocolate, espresso coffee, lots of vanilla, a bit of wood/leather and dark fruits under spirit. No trace of the alchool at all in the nose. Very bitter, with the some of the alchool showing up in the mouth, but fortunately not in a harsh way. Again plenty of coffee, dark chocolate and some hoppy bitterness. Certainly a nice change from the overly sweet IRS. 10.5 % ABV ? No way, extremely well hidden. Medium to full body, soft and pleasent carbonation, oily texture and coated lips. Great.
decaturstevo (4928) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Flavor of sweet chocolate and light coffee. Nice malty bitter finish. Medium full bodied with good carbonation. A nice beer