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 (4205) - 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 (12619) - 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 (1036) - 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 (10023) - 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 (13021) - 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.
DSG (11353) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(6/29/08) Bottle sample at RBESG08 grand tasting in Plzen. Black-colored, coffee-like. Powerful aroma of burnt malt, coffee and some hard liquor-like alcohol. Sweet powerful flavor with coffee and whiskey. Full-bodied. Too overpowering.
kramer (5770) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 oz bottle, shared in an incredible act of generosity by Walt @ BCTC. Pours a heavy and super dark black body with a minimal head. So incredibly super viscous that it left heavy wine like legs when swirled. The nose is heavy roast with molasses and bourbon, very woody, and it had a little bit of an aged oxidation quality. The flavor is way too sweet and cloying at first with tons of molasses and bourbon. A lot of alcohol, but I don’t think that it’s overpowering. As I made my way thru the sample the sweetness really came more into check and I began to enjoy it more and more. It almost had some Sam Adams Triple Bock similarities to it. Mouthfeel is viscous and thick with almost zero carbonation. One of the heaviest and most cloying beers I can recall. Overall, I pretty well liked this, and the more I got accustomed to it the more I liked it. Don’t think I could have more than 4-6 ounces of something like this, but a small sample was really pretty much perfect.
TURDFERGUSON (4042) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 Bottle shared by Walt. Wow, I was shocked to see this here but very happy to try. Thanks Buttscratcher, I mean, Walt! Pours still black, with some brownish crimson red around the edges and no head. Nose was heavy molasses, fusel alcohol, chocolate, astringent hops. I found it difficult to hold my nose in it for too long without being overcome by the alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and alcoholic, akin to the mikeller black I tried earlier in the day. Also picked up notes of molasses, honey, and sweet milk chocolate. I actually enjoyed this more as it warmed a bit and I was able to come to grips with my initial impressions of this very big beer.