Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 (Bottle 50 cl) Pours completely black and opaque with a thick, creamy and very goodloking light brown head. Burned aroma with hints of coffee. Very soft and smooth mouthfeel. The body is - surprisingly - not very full, actually the beer is scaringly easy to drink. Very distinct accents of burned malts and a somewhat burned edge. Lightly burned bitterness. I believe the brewers could easily turn up the coffee presence. 170306
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a large, creamy, tan head. Excellent retention. The aroma is of chocolate, espresso and caramel... everything deeply roasted and rich. Lightly sweet flavor balanced by light bitterness. Charcoal, mocha, ash and vanilla. Full-bodied and milky with soft carbonation. Finishes dry, burnt and softly bitter. Thanks go out to JensenTaster for sending the bottle from across the pond!
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very black beer, creamy deep beige foam. Nose is all coffee, nuts, burned apple pie, black malts, honey, the beer has a good balans beween burned bitters and herbal bitters of hops. Taste is very present. Again loads of coffee, burned malts, black caramel, some mint and fresh herbs. This is a medium boddied stout with an outstanding drikabelity. It is not heavey and the balans is one and all harmony. Indeed a stout to die for. Thanks Carlo !
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black opaque beer with good, creamy dark beige-brown head. First impression is stale coffee, but followed immediately by warm, rich malts. Vaguely sweetish and cigarette ashes. Extremely roasted taste with mounting background bitterness. Smokey, tobacco, coffee. Gets burnt-emptier, like a dry stout, but never becoming thin. Every new sip has a short glimpse of these warming malts, both nasal and retronasal. Very slick, medium body but not watery texture. My first impression was the morning coffee cup of a chain smoker - but after a few sips the welcoming warmth stays. I just would rather not have this for breakfast, if you know what I mean...
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to CaptainCougar for sharing this. Dense opaqe black pur with a small head. Roasty bitter chocolate aroma, with lots of bitter coffee. A fair amount of chocolate malty flavors, and coffee is present but not overwhelming. Fairly smooth body, and warming. Very nice beer.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the "let’s piss off Clark" tasting, thanks to Siroy for supplying this rarity
Absolute darkness, with a near-perfect mocha head. Call me mister bleak, but I just love the look of a good stout.
A very bold mixture of coffee and hops that dance along my nostril cavities, each taking the lead for a while then leaving the other in charge to do his thing. Coffee smelled freshly torrefied with no acrid features, yet the hops were youthfull and green, sometimes piney, sometimes more citrucy with orange notes, and it works.
Malt profile is rich, roasted with plenty of dark high-cocoa content chocolate, and again the hops really make their presence known without messing things up. I wouldn’t have thought this mix would work, but then again I know tons of people who go for the one-two punch of a tall glass of OJ with an expresso chaser in the morning. Kudos to the brewer who had the balls to give this a shot, make it turn out great, and name it with a friendly wink to his niche clientele.
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very intens warm black color with an outstanding Beige-brown creamy froth. Nose is rich, exeptionnally well balanced, chocolaty, has tons of softly torrified brasilian coffee beans, hints of tar and salty Dutch drop. There even is a touch of dried fruits, PX, Malaga wine and blackend candi sugar on top of a crème brullée. Now the taste. This is what i call a stout ! It has it all. Not the blackest, the highest in alcohol or the most powerfull of stouts, Bud IMO the best, most elegant and most complex one i ever had. Taste is soft, smooth, very long and perfectly balanced. When you say chocolat, it has impressions of the best of chocolats. When you say coffee, it is the best fresh torrified coffee you can fiend. The mouthfeel is sliky, very vanilla like, has a fine round body, of burned malts, honey, burned breadcrust and sugar bud also has a complex bitterness of hops and wild spring flowers. I never had a boost of powerfull aroma’s like this before. The beauty of it is that the composition and the balance is perfect. A MASTERPIECE signed by Mikkel and Kristian. I want it in my museum !!!
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2006 [ Bottled ; chilled ; BB Dec 06 ]
A fully lasting small frothy brown head that tops up a almost opaque black body. Moderate lacing. No particules. No bubbles. Aroma presents malt being heavy burnt coffee/chocolate.. while hops are very high citrusy for the style, it hit me ... Yeast character is light dough. Also, there are faint evocations of vanilla . Initial flavor is heavily bitter chocolate/coffee grain.. while development presents an array of subtilities.. raisin/figs/dates/wood... Finish is long.. Full body... creamy texture... Soft carbonation... Wondeful oatmeal stout and another superb product form this brewery. Thanks Papsoe!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle, Montreal Sourheads gathering on February 26 2006. Thick, full black body with a dark lasting somewhat foamy head....gobs and gobs of woody, resinous hops are the first thing the nose essays, dark chocolaty-espresso malts are also present and just a touch of Burgundy....the tongue is instantly assaulted by vastly bitter chocolate, part of a harsh burnt-coffee-malt complexity that lingers through to the finish....but sweet, milky lighter cocoa tastes arrive after midpalate, taming the roaring cowboy coffee that is boiling away at the back of the throat...smooth, creamy, even milky mouthfeel belies the rich bitterness, doesn’t ever tame it but makes it oh-so-palatable....touches of raisin and light wine deepen the mystery, the beauty. No disappointment, this.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to CaptainCougar for sharing another treat. Poured a very dark brown to black color with a small brown head. Pleasant roasted aroma. sweet coffee and a good amount of chocolate fill the nose. The flavor starts out with chocolate and then moves on to a roasted sweet malt. Black coffee bitterness is located on the finish. Mildly warming with a medium body.