Travlr (16422) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Totally black, massive thick brown head with phenomenal retention, solid lacing. Aroma of intense dark cocoa powder and over-roasted coffee beans. Taste is rich dark chocolate, moderate spice, pepper, burnt espresso. Bitter finish. Delicious.
rlgk (14380) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at CCB Day, Sätila 2012-07-07. Pitch black beer with a brown head. Malty chocolate aroma, roasted, cocoa, rye, oily, vanilla notes, some bitterness, figs, metal, raisins. Chocolate flavor, cocoa, hoppy, raisins, rye, figs, tar notes, metal, rather full bodied and with a pleasant chocolate finish with notes of metal, tar and vinous notes. Alcohol is well hidden.
brokensail (13623) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in color with a tan head. Roasted malt and licorice dominate the nose. Subtle rye spiciness, dark fruit, burnt sugar, coffee, and cocoa powder aromas are also present. Tastes mostly of roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. Somewhat bitter, a little bit of rye, some burnt sugar, licorice, and cocoa powder.
bhensonb (12587) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe as "most wanted". Pours thick and black with a dark tan smear. Aroma is very dark malt, but there does seem to be rye spice. It is oh so full bodied. Full bodied +. Flavor is dark thick treacle, with rye notes (what are notes? Ask Merlin). The flavors are so intense that my head reels. It’s like drinking liquid black bread. With treacle and the black bread is clearly rye bread. Deep breath. It’s frickin flavorful. I cannot comprehend this ale. So I had some beer before this one. Damn good thing. Sort of like vaccination. Doing this beer cold might be fatal! Ok. Enough fun.It’s a really heavy duty beer. If it were BA it would be super killer. If the bourbon would be detectable. Collapse in uproarious laughter at this point.
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, rye, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, rye, roasted malt, raisins, and graham cracker.
jtclockwork (11042) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with brown head. Nose and taste of rye, roasted chocolate, chocolate bread, toasted wood and toasted nuts. medium body. Slightly dry finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10833) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Hamilton’s. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, coffee notes, earthy hops, prunes and figs. Flavor is dark malt dominant, dark fruits, medium hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Benzai (10613) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle [from trade with jtclockwork] @ home. Opaque pitch black color, nice moderately creamy medium to dark brown colored head that lasts for a long time and leaves fair to good lacing. Wow! What a start! Aroma is malts, lightly roast, a hint of dark chocolate, cedar wood, liquor. Taste malts, rye, lightly roasted malts, again (cedar?) wood, some alcohol lightly, lightly dark chocolate [I have to say though, nowhere near KBS which I am now comparing with, perhaps not justified but still, because I drank it last night], again liquor (some kind of whiskey?), a nice malt chocolate bitter and a good bitter finish. Medium body, medium carbonation. Very nice!
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour, brown head. Toasty flavors, some coffee, plums, light smoke. Good but not incredible.
adnielsen (10138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Steve’s house, courtesy of arminjewell. Thanks! Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a thin brown head. Anise, herbal, somewhat bitter, dark chocolate, fig, dark fruity aroma. A bit goopy, dark chocolate, light caramel, licorice, slightly sweet, a touch boozy, fig flavor. Carbonation is a bit low. Pretty tasty but not my favorite.