maekchu (3202) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 3-4 years old. Heavy roast aroma, chocolate, licorice, thick dark fruit, sweet and boozy and fumey. Dark brown, some lace. Scorched malt, chocolate, small buzzing coffee notes, vanilla, berries, bit of soy sauce -- got it all. Thick and warming. Hides alcohol in flavors very well. Coffee seems to have faded somewhat. Wonderful stuff.
mR_fr0g (7805) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Daniels place. 20/02/2016. Many thanks to Daniel for this one. Dark / brown black coloured pour with a fading dark tan head. Aroma is dark choc, little alcohol, bourbon. Flavour is smooth vanilla, praline, some dirty coffee, smooth, dark liquorice. Good depth. Palate is medium full, dark fruit, velvety, smooth. Lingering Boosty, smooth vanilla. Really nice.
Leighton (17210) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the inaugural Richmond tasting - many thanks to the host. Pours deep brown with a creamy tan head. Rich roasted malts in the nose, hints of alcohol, burnt wood, dark fruits, raisins. Medium sweet flavor with sturdy boozy kick, rich dark chocolate, hard roast, aged dried dark fruits, baking cocoa. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Warming finish, with dense dark chocolate character, brownies, scorched earth, rich dried dark fruits. Great stuff. Nice and dry, well balanced.
Scopey (11356) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Richmondo tasting. It pours jet black with a tiny beige head. The nose is rich, big rich roast, dark jammy fruits, umami, dull smoke, big coffee character, earthy, cocoa and tangy action. The taste is rich, bitter - sweet, tangy dark fruits, rich coffee character, earthy, damp leaves, charred wood, liquorice and good boost with a warming finish. Medium - full body and fine carbonation. Works rather well. Pretty drinkable stuff.
Meilby (10487) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Whats Brewing - Saturday Session 1, Stavanger
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, caramel, alcohol and molasses. Taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long warm, burned, roasted, chocolate, vanilla, coffee and licorice finish. Body is full, texture is oily to sticky, carbonation is soft to flat.
jmgreenuk (6743) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Taps Beer Bar, Changkat, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a murky dark brown with a frothy tan head. The aroma is rich smoky roasted malt, some molasses, dry coffee. The flavour is big liqourice bitter with a rich, smooth, roasty, dark chocolate, coffee alcoholic palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation. A lovely heart-warming impy with well hidden alcohol.
tmrmwel (1618) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ What’s Brewing 15. 2013 vintage. Pours pitch black, with a small creamy mocha head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, with bread, cocoa, and coffee, muscovado, honey, leather and nice wooden barrels, as well as some herbal hops. Full, velvety creamy body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet, burned malts, with coffee, leather and cocoa, as well as dark fruits and muscovado. Lingering sweet malty finish with wood and coffee.
Zakoon (474) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours pitch black with a thick and creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, dark dried fruits and dark chocolate. Flavour is medium sweet and medium roasted. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is roasted bitterness and sweet dark dried fruits, warming alcohol.
Bule (1652) - California, USA - OCT 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle pours a thick black color without much head. Strong coffee flavor yet so well balanced. Some very fruit flavor and aroma.
willisread (1876) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Mikkeller Tokyo. Big aromas of dark roasted coffee with lots of chocolate, dark fruit, malt and some mustiness. Taste is more of the same with the coffee a center stage, but some prune, currant and dark plum shine as it comes to room temperature. Body is perfect for the style with a slight creaminess to it. Finishes with bitter coffee and a hint of tart fruit. Wonderfully complex.