Gr0ve (2107) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle. Pitch black. Medium-sized beige fine-laced head. Motor oil. Papery and tight. Clean metallic hop aromas. Clean and nicely balanced. Intensely flavourful. Sweet and interestingly roasted. Wonderfully hopped. I love this. Very sweet flavours that are balanced by sharp hops that don’t punch you directly in the face, like in many of their other beers.
larsga (5890) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium dark brown head. Opaque black body. Intense burnt coffee and sugary pine needle aroma with alcoholic notes. Intense alcoholic burnt dandelion coffee taste with pine needle notes. Some wood. Very sweet. Alcohol taste is a bit dominant. Interesting, but not really that good. (0.375l bottle at Ole_R’s.)
blutt59 (5997) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, jet black color with a nose to match, brown head dissipates easily, has flavors of varnish and roast beef with burnt kahlua thrown in, finish is bitter sweet
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with reddish highlights and a brown head. Malty, light roasty, light boozy aroma with some chocolate. Chocolate, roast flavor with sweet malt and big alcohol notes. Medium-plus bodied. Lingering sweet malt, roast, big alcohol.
yespr (29415) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 RB#4600: 37.5 cL bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy dense chocolate brown head. Fruity and dense roasted malt aroma. Bite from alcohol in the eyes. Sweet and fruity flavour with a heavy roasted malt flavour following. Impressive sweet flavour with cane sugar and somewhat else - kind of off. Roasted barley acidic dense flavour in addition. Sweet and fruity into the finish with a distinct burning feel. Utterly unbalanced. Has all the ingredienses yet not in a nice blend. :( I did enjoy the experience - although this is tough one. Also as Extra Stron 18 at Plan B, 28. december 2009. Sweet and more smooth malt flavoured, sweet - but not dextrose like.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown-black color with a brown head and oily consistency. The aroma is more than a little crazy, with alcohol, insanely strong black coffee, and dark chocolate. I thought that the aroma was something, then I took a taste. The flavor is like a mocha espresso gone horribly wrong, with some roasted malt and a bitter finish. It is rather thick and alcohol is somewhat well concealed, but I agree with RCL that I will be more than a little drunk by the time I finish this one. Interesting example of a truly extreme beer....
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black as night. This beer is out of control. Usually I rail on about beers like this being out of balance and abominations, but this still works somehow. Almost tarry aroma. Super thick palate. Tastes like I’m going to be drunk soon. Super concentrated coffee and booze. Buckle up for this one.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black with a creamy tan head that retains extremely well; surprising given the ABV. Smell is really boozy, with some roastiness and bakers chocolate also coming through. Taste is of milk chocolate, caramel, cherries, and espresso. Very intense and good taste; much better than the aroma. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Taste was very good, but I could see how a full bottle of this could take a whole evening. Thanks to DicksMcGee for the sample.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. The aroma is down right abuse on the nasal cavities with jet exhaust, DEET mosquito repellent, burnt roasted Cuban coffee…made me think of the Cuban coffee shops in Little Havana with no air filtration systems… An equally abrasive, toxic, extreme bitter coffee and roasted malt flavor and a lingering bitter finish that does not go away.... Should come with a warning label about possible side effects to your senses… Way over the top for me, but am sure it came out as designed by the brewers.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Courtesy of cmr1517...pitch black pour with a minimal tan head. I’m a bit in awe over the pure overkill of this brew...straight alcohol soaked chocolate bars. This stuff could spontaneously combust at any moment it’s so damn hot. This definitely needs to sit down for about 10 years.