Bragesnak (5331) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From LIC, Aarhus, DK.
Black with a brownish head. Aroma is vinous. Flavor is long lasting of malt - incl. roasted barley - caramel, chocolate, liqourice and hop bitterness.
thedm (4886) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 26, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This corked and caged bottled brew from Indianapolis, IN poured a medium sized head of fine to medium sized very dark brown colored long lasting bubbles that left behind an opaque black colored body with no visible carbonation and a most excellent lacing. The aroma was of vinous whiskey and dark malts. The mouth feel was thick vinous tingly and mildly burning from start to finish. The flavor was extremely yummy with thick dark malt brown malt and whiskey notes.
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2008
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2013 Itís a beer that you have to try just because of the absurdly high alcohol. A general rule is 13%+ works in barley wine but not imperial stout, and that seems to have been confirmed here. The nose is actually quite nice, something I enjoyed: sure thereís a tone of chocolate liqueur, but itís actually a really nice (and strong) note of chocolate liqueur, very hot, but almost dessert-like, with notes of black licorice and heavy char. Flavor, though, thatís where this thing turns into a complete mess. Hugely hot, stinging, sharp, biting, boozy, but the char and roast makes this seem like Iím drinking booze distilled off of burning rubber tires.
saxo (13455) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Huge brown head with good duration. Color is pitch black. Aroma and taste are rich with coffee, chocolate and hops.
cgarvieuk (13117) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2012 Bottle at home ... Thanks to Maria for this ... Deep black ... thin off white head ... dark dry chocolate roast ... Nice ... Nice ... Nice ... odd first word for flavour but HONEY ... sweet light gentle lots of fruit almost raspberry ... loads of roast with some charcoal... really very tasty with quite a spirit burn ... oh finish isnt so hot lots of charcoal bitterness in linger and a long dry burnt linger ... This would be a good 0.5 higher if it wasnt for its charcoal finnish.3.6
tap at brewdog ... deep blavk... thin tan head ... solid roast ... chewy malt oily thick body ... light charcoal ... light spirit ... light charcoal ... not as much as i remember ... soft honey malts .... mmm . indeed 0.5 higher
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 25, 2008
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12.7oz bottle, courtesy of acrdz. Thanks, Mike! Pours a very very dark black color; textured, creamy medium brown head with solid retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Loads of nougat, licorice, and dark chocolate liquor in the aroma; not a ton of alcohol; lots of charred / burnt malts; pretty nice nose, actually. Huge amounts of alcohol in the mouth: full mouthfeel: loads of booze, intense coffee, jarringly bitter chocolate; just huge, boozy, messy, and abrasive; soy sauce and coffee grounds and alcohol; completely over-the-top and barely drinkable right now, even as a sipper. Nothing held back here. Age forever.
yngwie (12605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2010 Bottle, thx to fonefan, 37.5cl corked. Pours a black, slightly oily body with a dense tan head. No carbonation. Soy sauce, some alcohol, coffee, dark bitter chocolate and a little salt in the aroma. The flavor has a wonderful sweetness, chocolate, an intense hoppyness and salty licorice notes. Oily mouthfeel, and a finish with lots of bitterness, fruityness and coffee. A lovely, big beer, but it will probably be a better big beer after some time in the bottle. Still I loved it. I loved it enough that I have later on enjoyed a bottle on my own, and will do that again. Rating: 8-5-9-5-17-4.4. 080412
Bottle. An oily, black beer, no head at all. Quite boozy on the nose, with coffee, dark chocolate and some soy sauce. At least some saltyness reminiscent of soy sauce. Lots of sweetness in the mouth, oily, full-bodied and very warming. Coffee and dark chocolate with a good addition of licorice and salty licorice. A bit heavy on the alcohol. I donít really know, itís tasteful as hell, but on the other side, itís way too much. The booze is very evident, and itís definately a two-hour beer. I sort of love it, ending up lowering my score just a little bit. Rating: 8-3-9-5-17-4.2. 100513
Bottle, 375ml corked. 2007 vintage. It pours more or less completely flat, some brown bubbles around the rim. Pitch black body. Intense aroma, burnt malts, alcohol, soy sauce and caramel and some coffee. Itís very warming on the palate, in a sort of pleasant way, oily and sweet. The flavor has dark
sugar, alcohol, coffee, some licorice, a burnt touch and a pleasant bitterness. Burning finish with burnt malts and coffee. Well, what can one say. Itís a lovely beer in many ways, but itís probably too intense as well. Itís best suited for sharing, although I canít imagine I wouldnít finish the bottle if I opened one on my own. 101208
gunnfryd (9889) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Maria tasting. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted, malt, coffee, licorice. Flavour is roasted, malt, licorice, coffee, hop, alcohol. The finish is hop, coffee. Very nice after dinner beer.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nearly pitch black out of the bottle and appears opaque black in the glass. Head isnít as dark as expected, a light tan. Nose has a lot of elements, hinting of raisins, sherry, chocolate and coffee, rubber, tar and alcohol. Flavor is loaded with dark fruit and heavily roasted malt notes, with some hints of chocolate and coffee. Intense, massively flavorful, strong alcohol (but much better hidden than when the beer was first imported) and lots of taste. It has improved in the last three months, but mostly, Iím thinking of how this beer will be in a couple years. Check back with it in 2009. It will be a gem by then.
JK (4283) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is good, certainly a love it or hate it kind of beer, though I wouldnít go so far as to say I love it. The boozy, smooth palate with no carbonation reminded me of World Wide Stout, but this is not as good as that beer. The aroma has port and red wine, as well as oak and vanilla, along coffee that has been burned in the roasted process. Flavor has some some and alcohol, which is not hidden at all. There is also raisin and bitter roasted malt with other malt that is still sweet and not overly roasted. It might need some time, but this is a beer with complexity and various flavors and aromas.