hotstuff (3340) - Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog rating 1-24-2009 (Bottle) This beer pours a small tan head with good retention, very little lacing, opaque body, and a brown hue. The Aroma is caramel, chocolate, yeast, and alcohol. The Taste is sweet, chocolate, alcohol, malty, and fruit esters. The Palate is tingly and this is a light-medium bodied beer. All-in-all, this beer is very quaffable, very tasty, worth trying, and I recommend this beer.
wedgie9 (1590) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted in October 2011 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle shared at a tasting. Pours opaque dark brown with a bubbly lace collar, but no real head. The nose is quite nice, with dark chocolate, marshmallow, black strap molasses, and licorice. The flavor is not quite as nice, with some charred licorice, fruity molasses, and dark chocolate, with some nutty oxidation starting to set in. The body is full with nearly no carbonation and a long dark chocolate and molasses finish.
Koelschtrinker (8481) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lebkuchen-Geruch. Süßer Beginn mit Kräuternoten, hefig, etwas oxidiert. Nicht ganz rund, zuckrig, röstig, deutliche Holznoten. Zum Ende hintergründig alkoholisch, etwas Vanille. /10/9/9/9/9
olio (4080) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle.
Pours pitch black colour with minimal head. Aroma of ripe fruits, plum, raisins, grass, caramel, toffee and some berries. Flavour of caramel malts, ripe fruits, mild berry notes, plum, light spices and yeast.
laiti (3926) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Pikkulintu, BBE
Sweetish and somewhat light aroma has raisins, licorice, berries and some roastiness. Dryish palate. Flavour has licorice, some brown sugar, spices and raisins. Some signs of alcohol that do not disturb. Palate becomes sticky after one small glass. Good.
tiong (2242) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki
Pours black with a tiny foamy head. Aroma has notes of burned malts, spices and berries. Taste is quite malty with notes of licorice, berries and spices. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily. Finishes dry and short. Okay, but not best of the series.
lusikka (4044) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle @ Olutravintola Pikkulintu, Helsinki.
Pours a black colour with a slightly tanned head. Aroma of sweet roasted malts, wood and strong licorice. Flavour of roasted malts, strong licorice, plums, light diminished hops and wood. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a warming, roasty and licorice like finish. Very well balanced.
Rustyham (1633) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
2.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Sweet aroma of Christmas spices and pumpkin peter. No head. Sweet, but really flat and thin. Kind of lame, the abv is definitely hidden.
Bov (8204) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of Jespr - dark black coloured with a little dark beige foam left; notes of Madeira/Portwine, roasted chocolatey and licorice aroma; low carbonation and very sweet; late and low bitterness; sugary notes in the finish with lingering hints of black chocolate and licorice
zach8270 (2921) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(beer tasting @ Monty’s Krown - Rochester, NY: bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Thanks to David for this one. Murky copper color with a thin tan head. Spice and chocolate in the aroma with some light yeast notes. Dark malts and lots of spice still in the flavor for the age. Smooth caramel and light spice linger on near the middle and into the finish. Nice and warming aftertaste.