sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black like you shut off the lights of the world and wore sunglasses taped over with duct tape. tan head is deep and could probably catch a parachuter with a broken chute. nose is sweet with a dark espresso, chocolatey burnt roast blast. taste? um, like heaven if it were made of sweet goodness. tastes just like it smells, roasted and chocolate with sweetness. mouthfeel is velvety smooth and perfect heaviness, but the aftertaste zaps your tastebuds with a lazer of crisp alcohol. some high-alcohol beers taste like a stout with a shot of rubbing alcohol in it, not ’black.’ an amazing marriage of alcohol and taste that makes enjoying a beer of the calibre that much more enjoyable. not if it weren’t $19 per bottle, we’d be set.
IPAaLLtHEwAY (142) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black pour with dark brown head. Aroma is roast, sweet molasses, vanilla and alcohol. Flavor is intensely rich and sweet. Caramel, bourbon boozyness and caramel molasses with tons of chocolate and vanilla. Palate is rich, full, velvety and creamy with a warming syrup like quality. AS the brew warms flavors develop into creamy roast, licorice, and syrup. Amazing brew.
joeneugs (4872) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with an almost reddish tint and a small dark brown head. Aroma is earthy, vinous and pungent with truffles, chocolate and coffee liquours. Insane flavor of sweet chocolate candy up front with a bit of plum, fig, dates. It then settles into an incredible roasted, earthy finish that recalls a campfire and a mouthful of dirt and twigs. Very inky, its so bitter it almost chokes you. It’s definitely a beer I will remember for the good and the bad. Extremely alcoholic, obviously, crazy complex and lots of flavors, but way over the top.
jredmond (6923) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black body with small brown head. Aroma is great coffee grind/roast. Taste is coffee, great balance, sharp mouthfeel, mild alcohol in the after taste.
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A 0.375L bottle from Alko. Brownish head. Alcoholic and coffeyish nose. Dark brown black colour. Sweet and soft chocolatey taste at beginning. Bitter coffeyness. At the end hoppiness and warming alcohol. Some licoriceand burnt malts too.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
big thanks to nbutler11 for cracking this...
it pours about as black as brown can be with no head... very viscous.
the aroma is really rich, thick and sweet... malt, soy, red wine, prunes, black raisins, wood, spice, cocoa nibs and booze. it smells like it’s going to hurt...
the palate is just not my thing... overtly sweet, rich and syrupy. it does have nice flavors of vanilla, prunes, dark cocoa, barley, ashy roast, salt/soy/yeast, wood and a fruity wine-like tartness before a cleansing on the finish of alcohol. the aftertaste is amazing!... tobacco, vanilla and all around fit for a cigar... something to cut the sweetness.
the body is thick, rich and syrupy (just like the rest of the brew), smooth and nearly void of carbonation. much like sipping on a nice port... just not my thing. 7/5/5/4/14/3.5
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep thick viscous black with a small head. Aroma is licorice, alcohol, roast, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is roast, barley, coffee, bitter chocolate, chalky, boozy, soy, tobacco. Glad to have tried it.
GonZoBeeR (3009) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma:porto,chocolat and dark fruit...
Apperance:dark black,light head...
Flavor:porto,liquorice,dark fruit and chocolate,allcohol...
GRM (3498) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Green bottle, 375 ml, best before 12/12/17, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on July 30 2009; eye: black, opaque, tiny creamy cappuccino head, light lacing; nose: fruity, roasted malt, burnt malt, alcohol, chocolate; mouth: soy sauce, salty, fruity, candied fruits, roasted malt, burnt malt, alcohol, molasses, dark chocolate, acrid finale in soy sauce, not much carbonation, rich texture, lots of astringency, full body; overall: quite good
Bouteilleverte, 375 ml, meilleure avant 12/12/17, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 30 juillet 2009; œil : noire, opaque, petite mousse crémeuse cappuccino, légère dentelle; nez : fruitée, malt torréfié, léger malt brûlé, alcool, chocolat; bouche : sauce soya, salée, fruité, fruits confits, malt torréfié, malt brûlé, alcool, mélasse, chocolat noir, finale âcre en sauce soya, moyennement salée, peu carbonatée, texture riche, plutôt astringente, corsée; en résumé : bien bon
Brandman (2533) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle.Appears pitch black with brown sticky head. Aroma is roasted, some liqourice, coffee, peachy alcohol and chocolate. Flavour is bitter and tastes like ash. Very burned, but changes to sweet liquer. Chocolate with alcohol warmth. Quite oily, it has somekind of little bits of something. Extremely strange, maybe too much. I’m not sure if it is a good thing. Worth of tasting, but I’m not sure where I stand with these "BIG BREWS".