leaparsons (9757) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with a cream foam. Aromas are berries with roast malts and liquorice. Yeasty with oily notes. Flavours are sweet coffee and chocolate with Winter fruit. Dark chocolate bitterness with some woody notes. Good.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours a medium brown color with a small off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, yeast, and roasted malt. Tastes of roastedt malt, light hops, dark fruits, yeast, caramel, and oak. Has a semi dry slightly sweet finsih. Nicely balanced well crafted brew.
RichardGretton (4627) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black beer with a strongish head. The aroma is lightly malty, and the flavour is milky, bitter and malty. Overall an average beer.
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ruby brown. Dense well-retained foam. Grapey nose with notes of taffy, stale chocolate, and iron. Soft carbonation. Initially sloppy and grapey with ensuing medicinal sweetness and overripe plums. Sorely lacking malt depth, and the faint vanilla-cookie sweetness that exudes is quickly dispersed by the sharp alcoholic undertow. Chalky yeast underscores the already stark and empty center as the alcohol continues its fiery push. Despite the off-putting chalky yeast finish, it somehow takes on a flabby and extremely shallow fruitiness on top of that. An extremely poor rendition. Very hollow, sloppy and unrefined.
coops (2) - NORWAY - JUN 15, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
A personal favourite.750ml bottle at Den Gode Nabo in Trondheim. Near black with crisp slightly brown head. Fruity, plum/raisins, vanilla and caramel taste. Smells much the same although woodier. Well concealed alcohol taste. Try it, love it!
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On-tap. Bishops Arms Järntorget. Gothenburg. Hazy brown colour with a beige head. Aroma: Maltiness, spices, fruit, nuts and alcohol. Taste: Sweet malt, alcohol, dark fruit, nuts, meat, lightly yeasty and fenolic. A bit less alcohol and a bit more belgian yeast character would be good for this beer. Also served way to cold.
johndoughty (4949) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark and clear with a strong presence of alcohol.Full bodied with a combination of fruitiness and other complex flavours.One to be taken seriously.
espenra (988) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle at Olympen. Labelled as Monks Brew. It poured a very dark brown, almost black colour with a big light-brown creamy head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of raisins, hops, vanilla and strawberry. Very nice. The flavour is also sweet and fruity, again with notes of raisins, hops, vanilla and strawberry. Very little alcohol. It has a lingering, but a bit short aftertaste. This is one of the best beers from Mikkeller yet.
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75cl bottle. Dark brown color with a minihead. Aroma is plums,chocolat and some caramel sweetness. Taste is about the same as the aroma with plenty of brown sugar and dark fruit in there aswell. Alcohol presence is pretty big and ruins it a bit for me.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from pizza port Dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Molasses chocolate nutmeg and brown sugar aroma and taste.