thebaldwizard (1204) - Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by Sliffy at the C-bus tasting #4. Coffee dominates the aroma, which flows from a black body with a nice brown head on top. Medium mouthfeel for an impy. Strong coffee flavor with a slight bitter chocolate taste in the finish--I thought this beer might blow me away, but it just didnít live up to the hype in my opinion. A good impy stout, but not one of the great ones out there.
BelgiskOlklub (799) - Viby J, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick black beer. Very powerfull aroma of coffee and chocolate and long bitter finish. My high expectations were not fully met.
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
THANKS ANDERS37. Bottle. Poured pitch black, motor oil like pour. 2 finger sized dark tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee and oats, very nice. Flavor of nicely balanced roasted coffee, chocolate up front, and a nice oaty, oaky tones in the back. A nice sweetness in the finish. Dry roasty finish. Medium bodied. Long lasting aftertaste. good carbonation present. I definaltely enjoyed this. By far one of the best beers I have had in a long while!
Jukkabro (3486) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colored, medium sized beige head. Aroma is roasted, smoky and oaky as in some barrel aged stouts, chocolate, vinous tones and strong coffee there also. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is even roastier with coffee and licorice, aftertaste has strong and obvious dryness and lasting roastiness with some caramel.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to sliffy for sharing this one.Aroma is of chocolate and coffee.Pours black with a tan head.Has a coffee flavor at first then a nice bit of bitter chocolate.Mouthfeel is thick and oily with a solid chocolate finish.
GG (1980) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is midnight black with a medium tannish head. Aroma was a bit ash-like for me with notes of burnt charcoal/ashes, coffee, vanilla and tootsie rolls. I had a hard time getting past the nose of ashes, which was the most pronounced for me. Flavors were bakerís chocolate, coffee, with a moderate kick of hops and malts. I wanted to love this beer, but overall Iíd say it was above average. Drinkable, but not spectacular.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 Hop and coffee aroma. Brown/tan head with decent lace over dark motor oil body. Acidity reminiscent of a good, strong espresso and hops that feel slightly citrusy. Great balance, great hopping, brilliant!
July 8th 2008:
Another re-rate of an old favourite where I lower the rating... where will it end? Of course, this is still a smashing beer but not quite as good as I remembered it. Used to be 9-5-9-5-18 but is now 8-5-8-2-17 for a bloody decent score of 4.2.
gunnfryd (8554) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Horsens beerfestival. Black colour with a light brown head. Aroma is hop, roasted, coffee. Flavour is hop, roasted, coffee, fruit.
haukur (1009) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - NOV 11, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
again, the word here is power! This has everything, espresso, moccha, tiny hint of caramel, smoke, cocoa. The list is endless. Incredibly warming and you can feel the massive coffee in this. Breakfast of champions maybe? :) Magnificent long dry finish with the aftertaste of the best espresso a man can ask for. yes!!!!
yngwie (10758) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2010 Bottled at Horsens Beerfestival. Jet black with a small, dense, brown head. Chocolate, mocha, roased/burnt malt, coffee and lots of citrusy and piney hops in the aroma. The flavor is much the same delight, but feels a bit more pronounced. Fullbodied, with a long coffee-bitter and burnt finish. A balanced, yet hoppy beer. A bit too much for breakfast maybe, but delightful. Rating: 8-4-8-5-17-4.2. 061028
Bottle. Thereís some brownish notes in this black beer. The head is tan and of moderate size, leaving lacings. Thereís loads of freshly brewed black coffee on the nose, roasted and chocolatey, and with a lovely hoppyness giving some citrus and pine cones. The flavor is sweet with an underlying roasted bitterness. Black coffee, smooth heavily roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and a fine citrusy, piney hop impact that leads my thoughts to a newly opened bag of hops. No molasses or dark sugars, no dried fruits. Still, itís damn fantastic with all itís complexity in a simple way. Can I write that? I mean, simple and complex in the same sentence. It might be a bit thin on the palate, but itís damn smooth, quite dry and it slides down dangerously easy. And as it warms up a bit, everything is lifted up to an even higher level. Thereís some alcohol too, all the way from the nose ítil after the last swallow, but itís just there to compliment the beer, it adds to the complexity and is just pleasant, almost relaxing. Nothing like the boozy alcohol found in strong euro-lagers, just a smooth, sneaking touch of warmth that suits this dark, rainy day very well. And the finish, it just donít disappear. The coffee and dark chocolate just lasts and last, I had to drink some water to get rid of it. Well, I didnít want that, so I had another sip and quit drinking the water. Oh, what a lovely beer, Iíll definitely have one with breakfast this weekend. I donít drink coffee, except when Mikkeller and other brewers put it in their beers, so a bacon, toast, marmalade, butter, milk and BGB breakfast will probably kickstart the day in wonderful way. I might even make some scrambled eggs and have some smoked salmon with it. Iím hungry already!
The last ten or twenty or so BGBís Iíve had has sort of disappointed, probably due to the wonderfullness of itís bigger brother Beer Geek Brunch Weasel. This BGB was the best Iíve ever had, it stood out even though it was drank after two lovely porters at the same ABV level. The combo of dry, roasted malts and coffee and hops did it for me. Damn, Iím glad I didnít just bring one bottle home. Cheers! 101005