Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at EBF 2008, Copenhagen. Pure black. Aroma - alcohol, dark malts, vinuous, tarry. Extremely boozy, in fact, rather too much for me.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from aplusbreaks. Pours very viscous, black with a a very thin, wispy, tan head. Specks of lace. Smells of super dark roasted malts, slightly sweet with some burnt scents and a bit of rubbing alcohol. Tastes super sweet and dark ripe/rotten fruity. Lots of roast and lots of alcohol. Slightly sour with a good amount of smoke as well. Full body, good carbonation. Sorry to say, that much like SA Triple Bock I am not a fan of this brew. It gives me the shivers.
johndoughty (4278) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
What a strange name for a very individual beer.Black and very flat with as you would expect a strong presence of alcohol. Roasted sherry like flavours dominate. Drunk on a cold winters night
and reached the spots other beers could not come near.
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
EBF 08. Black with a brown head. Nose is slightly sour, roasted, espresso and cocoa tones. Mouth is just intense, the best wakeup call my mouth has had at 11.30 am in a long time. Burnt espresso, burning feeling, rich and dark and thick. Not too much alcohol present. Dry mouthfeel, amazing.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Řlbutikken. Black as the mortal sin. Thick, whipped cream rusty head. Agressive aroma of burnt sugar, tar, artifical sweetener and extracted fruits. Taste is extremely sweet and roasted. Dark fruit notes, salmiac, burnt malts and the most bitter chocolate ever found. Harsh, resiny bitterness. Full-bodied. Glue-ish texture. Big and not so beautiful.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of GMCC2181. Pours a crude oil black with a thin tan head but that does leave decent lacing. Nose is sweet dark fruits and alcohol. Taste is molasses, dark fruits, caramelized brown sugar, roasted malt, powdered cocoa, coffee and booze. Lots going on in this one. Surprisingly sweet – way too sweet for my taste, but that does cut the big ABV somewhat. Medium creamy mouth feel. Big beer for sure. Thanks G-Whizzle my Nizzle.
robforbes (2087) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a jet black with a slight purple as it pours into the snifter, has a very small brown head, and some lacing.
smell is of lots of alcohol, dark fruits, cocoa, and a touch of coffee.
taste is thick, overbearing alcohol, bitter and bakers chocolate, and licorice.
overall it is just to much in the face with the alcohol that it gets in the way of any other smells and flavors, aging might help.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black color with a thin dense chocolate brown head. Aroma is intense of bourbon, smoke, roasted malt and over ripe fruits. Taste is way over the top. Lots of alcohol, roasted malt, and an odd hop bitterness with a long lasting after taste. This beer is extreme in every way. I don’t think I would want to drink another one.
Travlr (15912) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
The Surgeon General’s Warning is not enough!!
Appearance: Absorbs light like a black hole; pours like Sarah Palin’s motor oil
Aroma: "It’s burning my eyes!"; clears the sinuses better than Afrin.
Palate: "it cleared up this cough I’ve had for two years";
Flavor: like when you leave the espresso pot on the burner too long, then forget to add sugar; I timed the finish at 23 minutes, but one taster claimed he could still taste it the next day at work.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours black as night with a tan head. Aromas of alcohol, licorice, alcohol, coffee, alcohol, and some more alcohol. Flavors are about the same, Some coffee, some licorice, some roasted malts. Mostly though its a hotbed of alcohol. Perhaps some time (years) would do this justice. I honestly cant understand these high ratings? Oh well to each their own, thats the beauty of beer.