Sammy (8948) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with coffee smell. The coffee hits you in the finish,an excellent puckering bitterness that squares integrates with sweetness. Great for what it is. Medium plus mouthfeel. The 17.5% is definately a closer, have a bed nearby.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2009 Bottle, shared w/ and compliments of danielcurtis81. Doesn’t take long for the 17.5ABV to hit your throat. This one is strong and heavy, and I swear it tastes like Mesquite Merinade, just not quite as thick. Truly interesting and truly different. Wow is all I can say, and I’m still not sure if it’s a good wow or bad.
FatPhil (9646) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 21, 2008
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2010 Shit.
Bottle (EBF2008) - thanks M0rhi!
Boozy and burnt. Over-burnt. Over-boozy. A pitiful victim of the inane ’some is good, therefore more is better’ syndrome. I’d rather chew on a lump of coal and mainline turpentine than take a third sip of this complete freakish disaster. (Yes, I took a second sip to make sure that the train-wreck I witnessed on the first sip was real. It was.) This may be big in some people’s eyes, but it’s about as far away from being clever as it’s possible to get. Shit.
thebeertourist (4904) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Completely black with an uneven brown froth. Vanilla, chocolate and hints of coffee in the nose. Alcoholic, too. Complex flavours, strongly alcoholic, vanilla is dominant together with chocolate and that touch of roast. Full-bodied and smooth. One of a kind, but one bottle is enough. A bit too alcoholic in my opinion.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at EBF2008. Pours a pitchblack beer with a chocolatebrown head. The aromna is soft roasted malts, coffee, licorice and notes of alcohol. The flavor is alcohol and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is bold and sharp from the alcohol. Overall this beer has a nice aroma, but in the flavor and the mouthfeel the alcohol is a bit overpowering.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet light chocolate or coffee aroma. Sweet body with a light alcohol note. Sweet coffee palate with a nice alcohol warmth. Very nice.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer was not nearly as good as I expected. It poured with a black body topped by a thin to medium thick head with a little lacing left on the glass. This beer hits every part of the tongue, but, I think that’s what I don’t like about it. It starts out sweet and fruity then it gets bitter and hoppy then it’s salty and peppery and it’s al mixed with strong alcohol notes. Full bodied, dry and hot.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Wow this beer has some punch. Pours a pitch black mystery to revel a green bottle (why would you but a beer this thick and black in a green bottle?!). Oak flavors fill the nose. Tastes like you are drinking BBQ sauce, the most delicious BBQ sauce you’ve ever had but BBQ sauce none the less. Doesn’t taste that strong on the tougue but it hits you half way down and leaves lingering burn. Perhaps better with age but worth the try. If not for the price tag it would be fabulous to cook with!
baggio (320) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Black, almost no head.
Aroma: Cocoa, Molasses, Alcohol, Ripe fruit.
Flavor: Licorice, Chocolate, Ash, Alcohol, Vanilla, Dark caramel.
Palate: Thick and very sweet with low carbonation. A sipper for sure!
For a beer this strength, this is quite interesting. I found it to be quite pleasing to sip away at during an hour or so. Could use some aging tho. Worth a try!
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn...I mean...DAMN!!! This beer pours liquid coal with a nice tightly packed milk chocolate colored head. Surprisingly, the head stuck around a while,left lacing, and stained the glass. Visually stunning. The aroma is unsweetened cocoa, dark roasted coffee, and malt. Much more pleasant on the nose than on the tongue!!! This one sent chills...alcohol is HOT at first. Interestingly though, after you get acclimated to the burn, the underlying flavors are quite pleasant. I actually found the bite to be less overwhelming than with Dark Horizon 1st Ed. Sip this one...and don’t bite down, you might chip a tooth it’s so thick. Worth a try definitely.