ChainGangGuy (4281) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle - $9.99 at Charlie’s Beer & Wine in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out an ebony-hued body with a small-sized, tan head. Thin veneer of lacing on the way down.
Smell: Robust mocha tones with the incorporated roast, the harsh chocolate, heavy toastiness. Slightly lesser but still hearty notes of dark fruit, rye malt, anise, and woodsy hop pellets.
Taste: Roasted malts, plenty of bitter dark chocolate with a little pinch of licorice and some of the zestful rye coming across mingled with some underlying hop bitterness from the woodsy hops and alcohol warmth. Spiced, peppery mocha on the back half with continued warmth and some roasted grain astringency until the creamyish finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Fairly creamy, soft mouthfeel.
Overall: Fairly solid while not a jump for joy beer. Nøgne Ø generally handles the malty brews well.
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, rye bread, roast, some earth, and coffee. Tastes of chocolate, bread, coffee, roast, and rye. Alcohol well hidden.
oh6gdx (20003) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled@SBWF2012. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, some rye, fruits, ryebread, wood and mild toffeeish notes. Flavour is roasted malts, liquorice, alcohol, some mild nutty and toffeeish notes. Very nice!
omhper (18969) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at SBWF. Near black, small head. Aroma of whisky and tobacco. Sweet with near full body and rounded mouthfeel. Milk chocolate flavours well melted together with tobacco, earth and whisky. Warming really bitter finish. Packed with flavours, without getting too obnoxious. Really well made!
boxofrane (1887) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from circle liquors. Pours black with a nice brown head that dissipates quickly leaving a film of uneven bubbles on top. The aroma seems to have some lactose, some cocoa, and a little smoke.. not much of the rye here. The taste has chocolate, coffee, nd the rye spice hits on the finish. This is absolutely awesome and has a great balance of sweet and spice.
Gachupines (798) - USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a very thin tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate with some coffee and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is strong chocolate with a nice roasted coffee backbone and a hint of rye in the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky sweet though it finishes dry. Excellent collaboration.
SaintMatty (4752) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Stockholm Beer Festival 2012) - Black with a foamy tan head. Coffee, rye and chocolate in the aroma. Coffee, roasted malt and plain chocolate can be detected in the taste.
Countbeer (4071) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Batch 761:
Blackish brown pour, black beer in the glass, medium vast nutty brown head, disappears slow and leaves a thin brown lacing on top of a black colored beer.
Smell light espresso/coffee notes with some liquorice and liquorice wood notes, toasted to light roasted malts/grass/leaves/barleys.
Taste liquorice, roasted malts, malty bitterness, some hops and hop bitterness, roasted bitterness and light roasted coffee notes, hint of mocha, some roasted caramel.
Aftertaste grass, bitter, light liquorice, (roasted) hay.
Low carbo, soft thicker mouthfeel, medium to full body and a creamy light oily texture.
Very nice but not excellent.
Westmeister (1538) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark brown/black pour with a smaller brown head. Aroma is dark fruits, some coffee, chocolate and spicy hops. Taste is some mocha, chocolate, sweet caramel, spicy/sour from the rye, roasted malts, earthy hops. Overall, it was ok, but not a great brew due to the fact that the rye just didn’t work perfectly for me in the finish.
bergstaden (1017) - Røros, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a bown head - good roasted malt aroma - good malt body with some malt sweetness and olso some bitterness - this was very good