planky84 (2572) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beer Merchants. Black pour with a tan head. Dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, vanilla and caramel aromas. Flavours of dark chocolate, smoke, licorice, oak and wood. Peaty. Huge alcohol burn. Long deep finish of sweet malts and licorice.
Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 375ml @ home
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of chocolate, coffee, licorice, alcohol and oak. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a very long finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat.
dnstone (2396) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolatey aroma with whiskey tones. Black in color with tan head. Sweet with whiskey tones.
Notes: Borefts Beer Festival í10
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Borefts BF 2010. Superb. I love it. As I donít normally like BA beers, and Black is one of favourites, I was a little suspcious. But the whisky is quite subtle on this beer. Good heat. Gorgeous.
theSlipperyPen (248) - 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 thereís 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 itís very hot and very bitter - the alcohol and whiskey are so pronounced that Iím quite bewildered to what it is exactly Iím 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. Itís like being trapped in a chimney with a bottle of Talisker and a pocket of Dutch liqourice. Iím blown away. Without a doubt a top five. A life changing beer. GADZOOKS!
Ober (2813) - 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 (1700) - GŲteborg, 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. Iíd 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 (4199) - 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.