BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Poured a black color with a thick, dense, creamy tan head that slowly receded to a thick fluffy layer while leaving large spots of lacing. Aroma of bakers chocolate, lightly roasted malt, bread (rye?), a soft earthiness, and some dry pepper. Smooth, lightly bitter entry that leads into a moderate roasted maltiness with some hints of light bakers chocolate that leads into a lightly dry earthiness paired with a moderate chalkiness that is overtaken by lightly spicy pepper note that lingers into the finish and becomes a tad overbearing before a light, sweet breadiness peaks through and tries to salvage some of the flavor. Light carbonation and relatively slick mouth feel. Overall, the appearance and aroma are pretty promising, but the lingering, harsh flavor leaves a pretty fair amount to be desired. I am not sure if it’s the peppers that are imparting the chalking, almost medicinal flavors or not, but I am not a fan of that. Bummer.
GnarlyGnome (699) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of nice dark roasty and chocolaty flavors with a nice big spicy and smoky pepper flavor that dominates the finish. Lovely.
BeerandBlues2 (10442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Secret Santa Winter 2014. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with spare lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee malt, earthy hops, prunes and smoky chipotle peppers. Flavor is dark and lightly bitter roast malt, smoky chipotle peppers, dark fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
PawelD (291) - Gdańsk, POLAND - MAR 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Butelka 0,33. W aromacie kawa, czekolada, lukrecja. Kolor pitch black, beżowa drobna piana, trochę się dziurawi ale zostaje do końca. Piwo bardzo rozgrzewające a jednocześnie wodniste, w smaku czekoladowe, minimalnie kawowe, pikantność papryczek na średnim poziomie, ale ładnie współgra z finiszem, delikatnie piekąc w podniebienie. Bardzo dobre i o dziwo pijalne mimo pikanterii.
profXpat (12) - ITALY - MAR 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick, chocolate smoke coffee ginger pepper spice. Sipping beer worth contemplating. The spiciness builds up over time.
Martinus (3438) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of liquorice root, roasted malts, light bell pepper. Coffee flavour, soy sauce, light chili heat. Light to medium body. Finish coffee, light lingering chili.
(from 33cL bottle @ home)
blankboy (6400) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle (330ml)] Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a large semi-lasting frothy beige head and a good amount of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, wood, chocolate, hops, alcohol, some smoke and spices. Flavour of roasted malt and wood first followed by chocolate, spices, smoke, hops and a long woody finish. Medium bodied. I liked it, it didn’t blow me away but it’s a pretty good beer.
markextrae (1488) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared bottle with a collegue, 33cl new batch, deep dark brown colour with a tanned head. cacao, dark bitter chocolate, dark roasted malts, chilli heat, smoke hints, espresso, chili finish but not overwelming. nice base beer. but the BA versions are better as expected
Berard (401) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with thin white head that clings to the edges. Coffee aroma over mild carbonation. It's mostly a coffee flavor with a hint of heat. Nice thick mouthfeel.
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jeremyh70 (831) - Missouri, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black with a minimal khaki head and good lacing. Aroma is savory with soy sauce, some ginger, smoke and pepper. Taste has a hint of cocoa, roasted malt, smoke and some pepper flavor and heat. Medium/full bodied with medium carbonation.
jahshuwuh (466) - USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fairly dark color with no head. Smells savory, pepper, malt, ginger, vegetal. Taste is a vegetal malt, roasted pepper, a little coffee and chocolate, very little burn from the pepper, tobacco. Dryness with the pepper at the end, roasted hop. Interesting but not my thing.
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