lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Glass: Trappist, shaker, tulip
Purchased at: Joe Canal’s, Lawrenceville, NJ
Size: 25.4 fl oz
Estimated Calories:450 C
RateBeer Rating: 98
Aural: pop opening, low carbonation, quiet pour
Aroma 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and sharp
Malt Aroma: brown sugar cinnamon toast truffles chocolate roast coffee
Hops Aroma: oregano cinnamon cilantro
Other Aroma: bubblegum
Notes: An enticing aroma.
Appearance 4 out of 5
Color:deep brown black
Head Retention: poor
Notes: despite the issues with head retention, the body is very deep and rich.
Flavor 9 out of 10
Malt Flavor: barley rye bread brown caramel chocolate mocha coffee
Hops Flavor: rum raisin orange
Notes: Like dessert. A wonderful flavor much more focused on malt flavors than hop flavors, but a great taste.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Notes: finish has strong warming effect - nice hidden abv.
General Impression: 18 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: Very malty, high ABV, but well hidden. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Not as fruity as I’d expect, but still a wonderful ale. Thanks, Mikkeller!
VastActiv (1607) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 0.75l Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is reddish black with almost no head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, dryness, red wine, Belgian yeast and some malts.
hotstuff (3567) - 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 (1661) - 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 (9458) - 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 (4815) - 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 (4546) - Helsinki, 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 (2782) - 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 (4981) - 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 (1685) - 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 (8805) - 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