JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with a rich looking, tight bubbled, glossy tan head. Fairly mild aromas, with husk and grain adding sweetness. Light grapefruit, mild light fruit, hints of roasted malt and coffee all seems to be hanging around, but nothing comes out and takes over the nose. It does seem to have a mild "green" scent. My first thought after sipping is... OK who handed me the creosote and tar infused coal. Certainly strong and foreboding flavors. A little more dissection is required. Very sweet start, with brown sugar, maple sap, and caramelized simple sugar. This is beyond WWS in many aspects. I started to think about a side by side, but then realized that I do have to work tomorrow and want to sleep vs. pass-out tonight. Only a few ounces in and my throat, stomach and head are all starting to warm up. Slick and lightly oily on the tongue. At this point in time this is far to young. I can see some potential. Middle has roasted and burnt malt, light grapefruit acidity, some berries and dark chocolate. Finish returns to the sweetness and sugary side. Light caramel and alcohol. Linger is long and bitter. I’m catching hops, tar, black malt, roasted malt, burnt coffee, charred wood and a few other things that are black, burnt and otherwise living up to the name bestowed upon this one. I will share one more bottle of this at some point in the next few months, otherwise any other bottles I may accumulate will need a few years.
Ratman197 (8482) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Green corked and caged bottle poured an opaque black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of ALCOHOL, pepper, shoe polish, dark chocolate, alcohol, carmel, coffee, a hint of vanilla and did I mention alcohol. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a HOT finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, ALCOHOL, carmel, pepper, roasted malt and vanilla with a smooth HOT lingering alcoholic finish.
This is the HOTTEST beeer I’ve ever drank. I still tried to rate it fairly.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2008
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Holy shit. This is insane. Incredibly hot, acrid and acidic. Aroma of shoe polish on leather. Deep, dark, charred, acrid malt. Fusel alcohol, diesel fuel, asphalt and insanely charred coffee. Pours a surprisingly thin charcoal/brown with a dense but quickly disappearing khaki head. Flavor is loaded with bitter, acrid, charred espresso. Ashy. Marlboro. Grain alcohol soaked dark chocolate. Tarry. Chewing on hot asphalt. Acid. Burned anise. An absolute trainwreck. Bracing in its acidity. Heartburn in a bottle. Big, sticky, hot, cloying, acidic, acrid, charred body...ugh. The godawful tarry finish lasts forever. Paired perfectly with an unfiltered Lucky Strike.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 27, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
As black as black can be. Aromas are complex with the diesel fuel up front along with anise, burnt malts and fruits. This is a real alcohol monster. Flavor of orange and chocolate are also there. This stuff should be put in a time capsule for future generations to enjoy, as I doubt I’ll be around from when the it matures.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2008
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle, thanks to Tyler. Tepid charcoal pour; topped with a thin skin of greyish brown. Dirty honey, plastic bubblegum, unripe honeydew, mango and kiwi aroma; a fully oppressive weight of metallic coffee grounds and searing motor oil and deliriously tart apple cider. Aceteldahyde and raw smoke heat. Heat. Lush, acrid, tropical, asphalt in jungle summer heat. Flavor screams raw spices, wet graham crackers, wholly unattended to light roasted coffee, tangy barbecue, pain. Pain. Aspirin and cherry cough syrups; aggregiously abrasive and completely jagged on every edge. Robitussin, even. So hot and violent and crushing and completely reckless with total malicious affront on the palate; mean in spirit, forceable, acrid earthiness. Syrupy, and wholly reminiscent of espresso steeped at highest capacity and then burnt while brewed at core of the earth temperature; bit of lemon juice and burnt peanut shells lingers with indifferent, careless acridity and ugliness in the finish. Searing pain on the internal organs here, which is a bit incomprehensible and shockingly palapable. Ulcer forming. Shit.
Furseth (1904) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2010 Bottle at 3-små rum Göteborg: Black colour, nice brown head. Aroma of citrus,raisins,dry fruits,and a alcy nose. Flavor is weery like here., can recodnice some sugar here too.Dark chocolate/fruity finish. this is a complex beer,who willl be better in some 2-3-years.
Bottle @ Home:
Re rating after almost 3 years aging.
Black colour, no head at all, some brown bubbles when it comes to the glas. Aroma is dusty,caramelly, and dark chocolate,caramelly,alcy and citric in the end. The aroma part gives hopefully, that the aging has done it well. Flavor was: smouth/creamy caramelly mouthfelling, than the bitternes thake care og the rest, almost balanced, that I mean that the sweet caramelly/choclate in the begining, was almost 50/50 when the bitternes thake over, and had a a long bitter/fruity finish. this is a beer that is complex, but enywaydone the aging well. 8/5/7/5-16=4.1
Aging a dark strong beer, is a good Idea, thats for sure :-)
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at ølbutikken - served in a plastic cup.
Pitch black - big brown lasting head.
Wow what a rush !! I can still taste it after 1 hour - I do get a bit afraid of this beer.
Aroma: Coffee, sweetness, high hoppy.
Taste: Lots of sweetness, brown sugar, burned, syrup, licorice, coffee.
Aftertaste: Long lasting high hoppy and alcoholic burning. _________________ Later____ Bottle - thanks Lars. Now I am not that afraid of it, it is till burning, but now a lot more pleasant !!!!
yjb (113) - Davis, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
The elaborate process of taking spent engine oil, freezing it and taking the thin layer of ice has been employed in making this behemoth. Dark thick bitter roast makes this a true sipper share this with 5 to six others its a challenge for an experienced taster
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - APR 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy malty burnt aroma. Huge, frothy, light brown head. Excellent lacing. Fully lasting longevity. Black body. Harsh bitter initial flavor with a long finish duration. Medium palate and creamy texture.
Palidor19 (2845) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super Strong, Super Sweet, Super Bitter, and its pretty super. its taste is pure espresso with lots of sugar and minor touch of tartness. NOT a session beer, drink it slowly, but drink it.