bhensonb (12960) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle from Hi-Time. Very brown/black color with ruby notes. Decent tan head, but it left rapidly. Aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee and darker stone fruits. Medium body with frothy carbonation. Starts with dark roasted malt, moves to coffee, moves to dark fruit, moves back to coffe, and finishes with coffee over dark roasted malt. Finishes rather dry with near burnt bitter. Dangdest barley wine I’ve ever had. Really good taste and mouthfeel.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to Bu11zeye.
Pours a very dark brown, almost black with tan head. Aroma is of coffe and alcohol. Flavor is sweet, dark fruit and dark roast. Mouthfeel is full body with low-med. carbonation. Very nice.
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Italian Blind tasting @ yespr, Bottle 10#] Black with medium off white head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, coffee and liquerice notes. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, caramel and coffee notes. Ends sweet.
dyetube (1373) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer pours black with no head. The aromas are roasted chocolate and light coffee as is the flavor. Cheers!
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blind tasting @ Yespr. Dark brown with a red hue and a creamy head. The aroma is slightly vinous with notes of caramel and licorice. The flavour has notes of roasted malt, hints of smoke, a light sweetness, licorice and chocolate and some dark fruits. The finish is slightly dry.
yespr (37030) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle#10: 75 cL bottle. Pours murky brown with floaties. Mild hoppy and yeasty malt aroma. Flavour is roasted malt and light smoked. Medium sweet caramel malt base and mild bitterness slowly showing through towards the finish. Mild spiced finish with a light off note, yet not unpleasant.
fiulijn (16931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 2009-08-30, batch 29/08, 1 year old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
Dark brown color; medium head. Nice aroma, chocolate with a touch of good coffee, and roasted nuts. Goody body strength, good chocolate flavor with some roasted malts, a hint of liquorice and a shade of the Montegioco sourish character (very subdued here); correct bitterness. Very rich.
2008-05-30, blind tasting at Yespr’s, 6-3-7-3-14=33
Dark brown color. Quite simple caramel aroma. Medium body, with a quite good caramel and dark chocolate flavor. In the final the chocolate gets a light vanilla touch, but maybe also some yeast. Not too complex but nice.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Numero deici de la degustazione cieco in casa di yespr. Botella. Pitch black colour. Bit smoky well roasted maltiness and caramel in the aroma. Soft mouthfeel. The flavour is a bit smoky with a mild bitterness, roasted malt, some choclolate and spice. Dry roasty finish.
Grovlam (4187) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 75 cl. [Mafioso testing @ yespr, thanks buddy] Average beige creamy head that mostly diminished. Spare lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma of toasted malt, fruit, grain. Hint of chocolate, some roasted malt. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and mild alcoholic texture. Moderated sweet and bitter flavor. Roasted malty lingering finish. 7 / 3 / 7 / 3 / 15 = 3.5
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Crosling, thanks Nick. Poured a deep brown color with a moderate off-white head that fades to a ring. Aromas of light chocolate and caramel with some moderate fruit including plum and raisin. Smooth, sweet malt entry with some light caramel and fruity undertones leads into a dry, bittersweet chocolate finish with a bit of spiciness. Smooth on the palate, light bitterness. Not bad, it just seemed to a mixture of different styles without one really standing out.