Svesse (7850) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, purchased at Ölbutikken, Copenhagen, summer 2009) Black colour with frothy, brown head. Roasted, malty nose with notes of strong black coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, molasses, oak wood and vanilla. Roasted, malty taste with black coffee, oak wood, liquorice, sweet sherry, chocolate and some piney hops in the finish. Full body, chewy mouthfeel, quite sweet. The sherry wood is always around but never really takes over. Lovely beer.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 cl bottle. Dark brown with a tan haze. Nose is earthy chocolate, honey, wood and sherry. Medium body with a faint tingle, finishing hot and oily. Taste is Greek coffee, prunes, oak and sherry. The burnt notes overwhelm the sweetness of the sherry. Powerful brew, great for sipping.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to daknole for sharing this one. Pours as advertised with a trim brown head that leaves sugary lacing despite the massive legs on this one. Smells incredible. Loaded with coffee, ink, plums, sherry, and purple playdough. Yes!
Terminus (3570) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
small bottle-thanks to Daknole for bringing this to the Benson tasting! pours "black as hell" with a red tinge to the rim of the glass. huge legs on this one! nose is insane! molassas, coca, cherry, oak, big alcohol and some woody notes as well. big boosy, rasin, chocolate, smoke, port on the flavors with a long ass chared finish. Very good, but im really getting out of this style of beer.
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks papsoe. Black pour. Aroma is awesome. Molasses, ash, smoke, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, port, sherry...WOW. Flavor is just simply delicious. Coffee, chocolate, wood, port, raisins, molasses, ash and tobacco. WOW! What a beer!!!1
nickd717 (4165) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Little bottle shared by Nick3 on BA at a tasting. Was awesome of Nick to break out this rarity as well as the Whisky barrel version.
Pours, well, black as hell (is hell black?) with a small brown head.
Aroma is excellent - lots of roast, coffee, and a little sherry. Barrel is not too detectable.
Flavor is intense charcoal-like roast, ash, coffee, grain, and a little sherry. Some barrel evident here, but the hugeness of this beer overwhelms most of that. This is awesome.
Brutal, amazing, charcoaly palate. Really dry and rough, almost grainy. Full body with well-hidden ABV.
This is a phenomenal beer overall. Intense and really enjoyable. Not too drinkable, but who cares about that? Would love to smoke a fat stogie with this one.
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours black as Hell, with a medium-sized brown head. Aroma of chocolate malt, wood, alcohol, very light cardboard; nice but less intense than the Black as Coal. The mouthfeel is well round, quite smooth, with a strong chocolate and roasted malt flavor, liquorice, salty, and more sour than the Black as Coal. Balanced and salty final. Very good, but missing some vibe, compared to the other version..
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(25cl bottle) Pours a black body with a spare tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, sherry, vinous, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, vinous, and coffee with a dry wood finish. Tasty!
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this one.
A: Pours a nice deep shade of black with red tinges showing through. Thin mocha head with no retention or lace.
S: Lot of char, smokey with notes of sherry and oak coming through.
T: Lots of burnt coffee, char, and tobacco. Lightly smokey with faint chocolate and oak.
M: Medium in body, smooth.
D: Pretty good. Not too bad overall.
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, black pour with thin foam ring, woody smoke aroma, flavors are grainy espresso grounds, smoke, buttery chocolate and stewed fruit