Zakoon (370) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours pitch black with a tiny and quick fading tan head. Aroma is calvados, overripe apples, dark dried fruits, blueberries, chocolate, earthy, toffee, wood and roasted malt. Flavour is sweet, a little salty and medium bitter. Full bodied, oily texture, almost no carbonation. Finish is damn long, I think Iíll be able to taste it tomorrow. Warming alcohol, dark dried fruits, tangy and quite intense.
Theydon_Bois (14285) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Jack The Sipper leaves for the FBI again tasting, thanks to Kenny, 14/07/15.
Black with a decent tan covering.
Nose is rich roast, dark fruits, soy sauce, toffee, earthy rub, grit.
Taste comprises spice, charr, burnt toffee, bitter dark fruit shreds, dates, dark chocolate, wooded notes.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, drying close with a warming alcholic boost.
Decent for the ABV, pretty sippable but pretty hot too !
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
14th July 2015
Farewell Jack bottleshare at Craft Clerkenwell. Opaque black brown beer, small pale tan head. Thin but oh so rich dark malts. Big warming spice. The calvados is light but also spicy. Touch of fresher apple. Spicy dry finish. The thing I like about this version is what itís not compared to some other versions. Itís lacks that dry ashy dark malt bitterness and for me that is a very good thing. Pretty approachable, all things considered.
Leighton (15281) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared during Jackís leaving drinks. Many thanks to Kenny for this monster. The beer pours oily black with a slight, bubbly brown head. The aroma is all iodine, ash, old blackberries and cocoa. Heavy sweet flavor with prominent alcohol character, more ashy roast, baking cocoa, peat, ripe cherries. Full bodied, chewy, with fine carbonation. Hot finish, with alcohol you can feel in your teeth, with loads of burnt sugars, woody dryness, scorched earth, more ripe dark fruits, berries, burnt honey, some chocolate. Pretty good stuff overall. The calvados has definitely softened the oppressive dry ashiness of base Black, and imparted some tasty fruit characteristics. Itís hard for any beer pushing 20% ABV to be ídrinkableí, but this one is getting close.
The_Osprey (4179) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at CBC Clerkenwell, many thanks to Ken. A monstrous 19.2%. Black, small foamy brown head. Aroma is balsamic vinegar and sherry. Also has some floral and custardy notes that donít quite meld together. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is very sweet - face contortingly sweet. Some sherry tang. A little drying ash, but not much. I really like the huge ashiness of the base beer, and itís been covered up by the sweetness here.
jackl (6101) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ The Clerkenwell Share. Thanks Kenny (?) for sharing this. Deep brown pour with a small tan head. Pretty salty nose. Rich chocolate malt and ashy toasted grain. Plum meat. Tastee is very sweet indeed. Red berry cuts some of the saltiness present in the nose. Chocolate syrup. Thick, sludgy and rich. A bit all over the place. The black series is hit and miss for me. This one wasnít a particular favorite.
mR_fr0g (6489) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at craft beer co JackL leaving drinks. Reddy dark caramel coloured pour with a a fading, head. Aroma is big salty. Liquorice, black salty death. Berry. Flavour is composed is back salty. Blood. Liquorice, tangy salt roast, tart Apple. Cinnamon. Palate is full. Moderate carbonation. Cherry.
zvikar (4091) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Pours opaque black with a huge brown head, aroma of chocolate nuts, wood, red wine, coconut, vanilla, cherries, flavor of chocolate, wood, nuts, red wine, coconut, cocoa, cherries, dark chocolate, smokey aftertaste, full bodied, amazing.
ansalon (2107) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(As Mikkeller Black Calvados Small Batch Edition). Pours matte black with almost no head. Sticking your nose in assault your senses with booze, chocolate, esters, calvados, muscoavado sugar, smoked bacon.. Taste is very intense: dark chocolate, calvados, esters, burnt sugar, honey, smoked bacon. Moutfheel is very oily and compact with no carbonation. Very intense and unbalanced yet quite good - if you sip it slowly.
DSG (9317) - Tel Aviv, - SEP 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Pitch black with a bit of light brown foam. Great aroma of chocolate, cocoa, fruit and liqueuer pralines, a bit of apple acidity, vanilla, wood and some alcohol. Sweet flavor with a bit of apple acidity, lots of chocolate, wood, vanilla, caramel, mild fruitiness, liqueur and a dry roasty finish. Full-bodied, rounded, with a bit of warming alcohol. Great stuff. Alcohol is very well-integrated for this strength.