theSlipperyPen (240) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved the original Black - its rough egdes and extemenesses. But this... just wow! How can there be so much head at 17.5%ABV? It sits there like an espresso foam, all dark tan and tightness. And then there’s the nose. What a nose. The whiskey has seeped in deeply on this one, reached down to the very deepest part of the base beer and given over its bitter wood and sweet vanilla. The malts and hops give an intensity that matches the bold alcohol profile, combining to burn your eyes and singe your tongue. In the mouth it’s very hot and very bitter - the alcohol and whiskey are so pronounced that I’m quite bewildered to what it is exactly I’m drinking. Mouth feel is as syrup with a buttery texture; the alcohol is heavy. The finish holds most of the flavour, for here the alcohol subsides and allows the complex developement of vanilla, grassy bitterness, soy sauce and darkest cocoa - the end is superberbly whiskeyed. It’s like being trapped in a chimney with a bottle of Talisker and a pocket of Dutch liqourice. I’m blown away. Without a doubt a top five. A life changing beer. GADZOOKS!
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ 2e BBF. A pitch black colored beer, with a thick light brown head. The aroma of chocolate with coffee, wood notes and bitter. The taste of some whisky, burny. There is chocolate bitter with a little vanilla. The aftertaste is very burny with bitter.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with white wax. Pours pitch black with a thick creamy tan head. Nose is full of smoke, roasted malts, booze and coffee. An over the top beer but surprisingly drinkable.
LoFi (1595) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle. Black with a small, light brown head. Aroma: smoke, coffee, port, wood. Taste, lots of alcohol, port, sweet and salty, bitter coffee, chocolate, licorice, oak, some red wine. Thick and oily. Shows potential, but a bit too rough. I’d definitely want to try an aged version in a few years.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with tan head, nose is oaky with a hint of whiskey and ash. Taste is over the top hot, tons of flavor, beaten up with booze.
dEnk (4032) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2013 Bottle @ BBF. Deep black pour. Aroma is mild whisky, lot?s of liquorice, chocolate, roasted malt and much more.Flavour is very sweet, liquorice, roasted malt, mild whisky and alcohol. Some spices in the finish.Nice but the higher percentage doesn?t add anything but alcohol.Overall too sweet and alcoholic.
Travlr (13233) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Borefts Beer Festival 2010, courtesy of Mikkel and the boys - thanks! I was not terribly fond of the base beer, even after being induced to try it three times (peer pressure rears its ugly head). The barrel definitely makes it more drinkable, although it’s still powerful stuff.
trevor211 (1338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Glossy black pour, with a minimal dark tan head. The aroma is nothing to write home about. Some dirty leather layered over fruit - dark fruit - and some bitter chocolate. Flavor gives it a brief burst of sweetness - port, fruit, even some brown sugar. Wow - flavor is just incredible. Balance is like sandbags on either side of a needle-thin fulcrum - really toes the line. It’s a bit hot (nicely countered by the sweetness), with some oak and scotch. There’s so much to this one. Certainly not an "everyday" brew - but wow am I falling in love with this more with every sip.
Vaiz (3555) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at 2nd BBF @ De Molen. Sharp, heavy and alcoholic. Very full of whisky, but still huge character. Heavy and awesome.
gnoff (7976) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
37.5 cl bottle thanks to Marko, on September 24, 2010
Black color, big brown head. Sweet, some peat, alcohol, also chocolate scent. Some fruits as well. Smooth, sweet, firey, alcohol, licorice taste. Lingering roasted, sweet, bitter aftertaste. Smooth mouth feel. Medium high bitterness. Gut warming alcohol.
Much better than the original Black, as I remember it. Still way too much alcohol.