BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 38/40. This dark ruby beer exploded with fizzy carbination leading a still headless glass. sweet aroma with oak vanilla and malt dominated by intense sherry. The wine dominates the flavor but toasted malts peak through. Vanilla comes foreword in an incredibly smooth finish with plenty of roast peaking out in the aftertaste. Smooth as hell with a sweetness that gives an intense barleywine like character. Superb is an understatement.
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, graciously shared by Brad!! Pours a inky black/brown color with minimal brown head. Aroma is chocolate milk, coffee, light roast, dried fruit, alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roast, caramel, port, burnt sugar, vanilla. Palate is ultra full bodied, mild carbonation, finished ultra sweet and chewy. I really enjoyed this because I like really sweet beers, however I can definitely see where folks are not gonna dig this. Borders on the absurdly sweet! Very complex blend of flavors going on.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating # 5000. Bottle #14/40 shared with yespr, Grovlam, joergen and sk8viking. This was defenitely the highlight of my beer hunting career. Pitch black colour with a brown head. Roasted aroma with a balanced alcohol and vinous note and loads of fruit and chocolate. Roasted, light coffee bitter flavor with notes of alcohol, wood and chocolate. This is so good, imho it only needs a better head to be a perfect 5.0.
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small sample shared by Carlo at the Ebenezers Struise event. Thanks. Thick, chewy and sweet. Starts nice but has a real ugly finish that kills the beer. A better finish would really improve this one.
Grovlam (4149) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2008
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rating # 3000. Bottle # 14 shared with Thomas, Jørgen, René and Jesper on my terrace in the warm summer of 2008. The setup for this beer was perfect. Good company, the food and knowing that your money was spend on a good project in Mozambique. Besides that, this beer was absolutely fantastic! Thick brownish creamy head that mostly diminished. Good display of lacework. Heavy complex aroma of chocolate, port wine, dried fruit, wood, vanilla, coffee, liquorish. What an explosion of notes hitting your nose. The sip is equally complex and thick. Very full bodied with a soft carbonation and mild alcoholic and thick oily texture. Heavy sweet and bitter in a harmony of flavors. As Jesper wrote: a never ending finish with complexity and texture like never before. This was absolutely the best beer that I have ever tasted, just too bad that it was and will be the only time that we get to taste it.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle (#10/40) shared by Walt. Thanks!!! I was very excited to see this one. Poured deep dark black with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, molasses, sherry and burnt wood. Tastes much like the Mikkeller 黑. Burnt lumber, molasses sweet, bitter baker’s chocolate with some warming. This one grabs you by the nuts and owns you.
Christian (10355) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thank you yespr for sharing this at the RBESG!
Black with a small light brown head. head. Overwhelming, intense aroma with vanilla, oak, some caramel, and complex roast malt notes. Rather sweet, with burned and charcoal notes balancing, toffee malty sweetness, aqnd a lingering warm alcohol. I love how wild and powerful it is.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at Cleveland tasting on 8-23-08. Thanks!! Bottle pours black with a thin tan head. I smelled this several times and had a hard time deciding what it was exactly I was smelling. I know I was getting roasted malts, then some sweet bourbon, and I had a hard time making out the spices. Maybe a little from the hops. Maybe it was a mix of bitter chocolate and anise or fennel. Whatever it was it was very unique. It had a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Taste was exceptional. Roasted malt, slight bourbon notes, and a slew of flavors I am not used to in this style, but I like it! Overall a very nice brew that I contemplated over. And others did as well.
pivnizub (8358) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (RBESG 08): Literally back; sweet dark malt, vanilla, soy-sauce and coffee in the nose; full sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied; strong sweet coffee in the dark-malty finish, additionally flavoured by vanilla. Very impressive....
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(BCTC, 750ml bottle, thanks Walt!) Black body with small brown head. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk/bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, light anise. Taste is incredibly sweet, milk chocolate, molasses, alcohol, smoke/roast, some dark chocolate, light soy sauce. Full body, some stickiness. Once palate adjusts to the sweetness, it’s nice, but the sweetness definitely needs getting used to.