madmitch76 (22309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
9th March 2016
Tower 42 Tasting. Thanks to Leighton. Opaque black - brown beer, oily looking. Tidy dark tan head. Airy palate, modest fine carbonation. Soft dark malts, touch of cream. Unsweet dark chocolate. Tangy dark fruits. Smooth and slightly viscous finish shows a little licorice. Decent.
Travlr (21638) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.
Leighton (18700) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared on the 42nd floor - picked up at New Beer Distributors in NYC. Pours oily black with a dense, tight brown cream head. The nose holds well roasted malts, cocoa, light age, scorched earth. Medium sweet flavor with a lot of ashy wood, bitter dark chocolate, brown sugar, earth, leather. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with average carbonation. Lightly warming finish plenty more bitter dark chocolate, burnt earth, woody dryness, hints of dried dark fruits. Really good stuff. It’s got a hard edge to it.
rlgk (18322) - 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.
Theydon_Bois (17221) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at the level 42 tasting, thanks to LKS, 09/03/16.
Pitch black with a dirty tan covering.
Nose is molastic burst, charr, black pepper, spice, cocoa powder.
Taste comprises rich malt, chocolate cake, light mineral trace, faint pepper, bitter roast.
Full bodied, oily feel, semi drying close with a boosted tickle.
Solid impy fayre.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, 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.
jtclockwork (14999) - , 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.
mcberko (14659) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, pours jet black with a small ring of brown head. Aroma of deep roasted malt, soy sauce, cocoa nibs and subtle rye. Flavour is incredibly dense, full of deeply roasted malts, pungent rye and some burnt espresso notes. There are some caramel and soy sauce notes in there as well. Super dense and an all out assault on the palate. Awesome stuff.
Benzai (14267) - 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!
bhensonb (14162) - 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.