jmgreenuk (6970) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the De Molen second Tuesday tasting, April 2013. Poured a deep crude oil black colour with an oily consistency and a thin tan head. The aroma is rich, with red fruits and lots of alcohol. The flavour is very intense with lots of bitter alcohol, liquorice and fruit. It’s a hugely rich beer and has one of the most complex flavours I’ve ever tasted. The bitterness lingers for quite some time in the aftertaste, just to let you know it’s still there. It’s a huge man mountain of a beer!
kermis (9616) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Denk’s monthly tasting at De Molen. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of tar, earth, roasted malts, licorice, light molasses, dark chocolate, light coffee, leather, tobacco and caramel. There’s a lot going on here. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter, with a massive sweet alcohol warmth (almost burn) in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (8114) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at the molen monthly beer tasting.
Thick tan head. Clear black pour. Smooth taste but noticeable alcohol. Lovely
rederic (3250) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle, with a white wax neck, deep pitch black color, with a bubbly tan head, light yeasty, whiskyish liquor, mochaish, chocolatey nose, with a mild earthy roasted, black, chocolate, toasted malt, brownie note, and with some burnt fruitcake, burnt dried raisin, date, fig, dark bitter chocolate, burnt bran muffin, black coffee accents in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate, with a strong warmth boozy, yeasty chocolatey brownie, sweet burnt dark dried fruit, black coffee, flowery leafy, minty, grassy hop, light whisky barrel character, with some chocolate cake, molasses, dark bitter chocolate baking bar, burnt toast, burnt bran muffin, chocolate cup filled with whisky liqueur flavours, with a chocolate mint bar, mint leafiness undertone, leading towards a warming, yeasty, roasty, black maltiness, black coffee, burnt dark dried fruitiness, molasses, chocolate cake, black coffee, burnt toast, lingering leafy, grassy, minty hop bitterness finish.
czar (7040) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle thanks to fred82, BB 2019. pours very dark brown with a surprisingly nice moka head, good retention considering abv. dark burnt molasses and demerara, peat, smoke, subtle oakiness, saltiness, exploding umami esters, underlying nuttiness, caramelized, burnt and smoked nuts. full body - sticky, oily. sweetness for sure but it is backed by bold resinous hops for a medium long bittering coffee and smoky finish. decent drinkability considering abv and sugars - abv well hidden too. enjoyed it, even though i was scared of this one (splitted in three parts, of course!)
77ships (7023) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
375 ml. bottle. Bottled on 15/07/2009. Mmm… this is not white wax that is on the bottle but plastic… Pours black – obviously – with surprising amount of mocha head – okay stability considering the ABV. Bottle says that the carbonation level is medium which is I assume an euphemism for flat. Good quality alcohol dominates in the nose, enjoyable thick licorice, black chocolate, rich but alcohol is foremost and of exceptional quality. Velvety rich, thick licorice in the taste, light ash, strong roast, pitch black chocolate, fine spirit is far more in the back and tuned down, still warming and alcoholic, overripe dark fruits marinated in fine spirit, light ashes,… Velvety, very, very slick, little carbonation. I am still amazed just how much better the BA Black’s are than the original.
kraddel (5726) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black , brown foam
Smell is boozy , hint of oaty
Low but sharp carbo
Taste reminds very much of black , but more complex . I get some extra sweetness too .
Alcoholic aftertaste . very bozzy but very nice
Habanero (3789) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a medium sized tan head. Leaving a fair lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, figs, wood, vanilla, whiskey and licorice notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and with an alcohol burn. Full bodied, oily text and soft CO2. A very nice impy. ★★★★
hallinghansen (2650) - Odense SV, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Black body with a large brown head. Aroma is carcoal, smoke, wood, alcohol, roasted malt, whisky. The first sip was pure alcohol, it becomes better though, caramel, smoke, tobacco, roasted malt, oak, whisky.
BoringBard (139) - NORWAY - FEB 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like a rich and high alcohol stout. Little whiskey smell. Pitch black with brown head that quickly disappear. Very sweet, some bitterness, some alcohol, but unfortunatly no whiskey taste. Looks very thick, but then it is very thin. All over very good, and "light" compared to style and alcohol conteny