Holmen2 (294) - - AUG 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black in colour. Bicycle tyre glue in aroma, that mellows as it airs. Sweet and strong taste with some port. A bit woody. Wonderfully complex aftertaste.
NosirIwont (1870) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 17.5%. Best before 25.02.20. Pours black with a diminishing dark tan head. Aroma is slightly oxidized, with dark fruits and peat/smoke. Well-balanced, quite nice. Quite sweet flavour; molasses, with an alcohol burn; has a Vermouth-like feel to it. Notes of peat/smoke and dark fruits. The peat/smoke feels a bit unbalanced, but it’s still pretty good. Finish is the same, with the alcohol burn lingering, along with a tobacco-like smoked note. Smooth palate. Overall really good and generally well-balanced; the sweetness in the flavour is especially good I think. If the peat/smoke note had been more balanced, it would have scored higher. 02.02.14.
angel77 (435) - oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 1, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Botella de 37 cl tomada dos veces en Pacos (Oviedo) durante el invierno de 2010 y 2011 (por ese entonces a 16 euros la botella) Como seria de interesante volver a tomar esta maravilla de cerveza, hasta ahora mi favorita. Gran imperial stout en la que aparte de sus intensísimos sabores tostados y quemados aporta un final de madera empapada de whisky de Islay alucinante, que la convierte casi en un licor. Para beber tranquilamente disfrutando cada trago durante un buen rato ya que sus alucinantes 17.5 vol se dejan notar claramente, dejando un maravilloso retrogusto final amargo de lúpulo verde combinado con la madera seca y salada del whisky de Islay ((((claro mi región escocesa preferida para los whiskys))) Sin dudarlo una cerveza 10. Mi favorita
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2013
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
In short: Chemical solvent compound, sticky stuff and burnt cereals. A new entry in my bottom-10 beer ever. Astonishingly gross.
How: Bottle 375ml, consumed with some age of it but still approximately 7 years before expiration date.
The look: Black body topped by a tan ring of foam.
In long: Nose is disturbingly nail polish remover, nothing else, I’ve never had such an intense nail polish remover smell from a beer, really like smelling an actual little flask of nail polish remover, and I used that stuff a lot in my younger days when I was using nails hardener for acoustic guitar. One of the most repulsive smell I have ever encountered in a beer. Taste is burnt plastic, highly phenolic alcohol, rubbing alcohol sensation, cereals that are charred to the max malts developing smoky-ashy character, sticky hard-liquor, maybe some wood. I could have been more descriptive but I quickly decided to drain pour my bottle. I can’t One of the most undrinkable beer I’ve ever had the misfortune of trying. If you die and go to heaven you will find a large stack of bottles like this one and when you are bored you can just pour down a bottle and its content falls directly in the mouth of the people below in hell.
rederic (2846) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle, pitch black color, with a ring of bubbly tan head, with a phenolic, earthy peated malt medicinal, herbal nose with some black, toasted, chocolate, roasted, peated malt, chocolatey, molasses accents, with some burnt fruitcake, black coffee, syrupy chocolate sauce, dark bitter chocolate baking bar notes in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a sweet warmth liquorish boozy, chocolate, black, toasted, caramel, roasted, peated malty, molasses, fruity character, with some earthy herbal peat moss, chocolate icecream, black coffee, brown sugar, chocolate cup filled with whisky flavours, and within a light dark bitter chocolate baking bar mouthfeel, and a cepacol mouth wash backbone, leading towards a warming, sweet liquorish whisky, peated, chocolate, roasted, black caramel, toasted maltiness, burnt dark dried fruit, molasses, chocolatey, roasty bitterness finish.
mcberko (5218) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2013 375mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours black with a small tan ring of head. Aroma brings out smoky islay barrels upfront, peat, wood and roasted malt. Flavour is very bold, with a wonderful balance between intense sweetness and the smokiness & peat from the islay. Quite sweet and moderately smoky (for islay) without being lopsided on either major flavour element. Booze is surprisingly well-worked in. Not the most complex, but certainly enjoyable. Very good.
gunnar (4735) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal.Pours pitch black , no head. Aroma of rubber glue and peated malt. Taste is heavy sweet, thick oily mouthfeel. Smooth.
driflin (23) - DENMARK - JUL 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my absolute favorites of all time. The aroma is absolutely magnificent and the taste as well ad the palate fully live up to this. Too bad that it is sold anymore.
Holmen1 (1851) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2014 Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff 2.pinsedag -13: kveldens siste, og den tredje Black på rad - for en avslutning! Sødmen er det mest fremtredende trekk, trass et kraftig torvrøykt preg. Ubalansert. Men allikevel et meget potent øl med stort særpreg. Ny flaske på Cardinaltreff aug-13: aroma minner om gummisolusjon (til lapping av sykkelslanger). Søtlig smak med stor fylde, portvinøs - enninteressant opplevelse. De 3.7 fra forrige rating gjelder forstatt.
abemorsten (2416) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 375 ml bottle at Cardinal. Black body with a brown rim. Heavy peated malts and roasted raisins on the nose. Heavy sweet, ashy peat and roasted raisins. Full bodied and oily. Smooth with a pleasantly rich finish.