mcberko (5228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500mL bottle, pours jet black with a small light brown head. Aroma reveals a complex array of different things, port wine notes, sherry, dark fruits, lots of booze and slight notes of oxidation - don’t get any of the coffee. Flavour is complex and rich as hell, with sherry, port wine, dark fruits, fairly high sweetness without every being cloying, with the 16% not making any effort to hide itself (though it’s not intrusive of the complexity or drinkability). Some light smokey and woody notes to round off the sweetness beautifully. Tastes like it’s had age on its side, though I wouldn’t leave it much longer as there are slight notes of oxidation. Supremely rich, complex and warming. Certainly a treat.
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a solid dark chocolate/brown/black with a medium sized dark caramel head and virtually no carbonation. Aroma of sweet dark fruits, raisins, plums, cherries, booze, toasted nuts, light smoke aspects. Flavour of sheer bliss. Ouch it’s complex! Where to begin? Initial boozy sweetness for by a rustic wood fire sensation, perhaps some vanilla, alcohol burn. Tastes aged - if that makes sense. Freaking good and most certainly warms yer cockles! Intense,
Rustyham (1707) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really hot on the youngish, black olives, prune juice, black cherries and cola. Very got and sweet, slight roastiness, not really smoky. Thick and slushy.
Huhzubendah (2231) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2012 Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!
The beer is dark brown with a thin, oily, beige head. The aroma is bold, powerful, and roasty. Wow! Fabulous taste with delicious roast notes. At 16%, this beer will kick your ass. Incredibly smooth, age has served this beer well. Coffee has faded over time, and has very little, if any, presence in the beer at this point. The mouthfeel is superb, and coats the palate with a delicate assertiveness. What a treat. Highly recommended.
BenH (1927) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Another beer I thought I’d never see, made possible by Craig, thanks. Black with a little tan head. Beautiful chocolate and licorice aroma, some fruitiness, dark fruits, plum. Rich taste, very delicious, a balanced blend of licorice, chocolate, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. Perfect palate, sweet, thick with a clean finish, some co2 prickle. Absolutely delicious
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
In bottle, thanks Craig! Pours a very dark brown colour with a lacy beige head. Aroma of liquorice, dark chocolate, raisins, blackberries and alcohol. Similar flavours with lots of chewy liquorice, rum and raisin chocolate and a long alcohol hum. Mild carbonation and CO2 prickle. Phenomenal!
madmitch76 (13043) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1st January 2010
Opaque black beer. Boozy nose of chocolate and raisins. Crisp light palate, dry. Moderate carbonation. Boozy chocolate and raisins and spicy alcohol. Not bad but hardly disguises the abv - it’s all out there! Only a little coffee!?
28th January 2010
Another bottle was much improved in character - sweeter with some Port Wine character.
skoisirius (1440) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FINALLY GOT AROUND TO THIS! Is this three years old now? Honestly can’t remember. Definitely one of the only beers I’ve ever purchased in a tube. Pours jet black with a beautiful tanned head, plenty of carbonation left to produce a nice lacing around the glass. Nose is dark malty sweet, with hints of sweet coffee, burnt licorice, and powdery cocoa. Flavor now that it’s 3+ years aged is smooth! Super smooth. Velvety even. Hints of vanilla and milk chocolate at first, transmuting into a blissful roasted mocha blend, warming your entire body as it heads it’s way to the stomach. Dark plums and cherries are lost in there somewhere. You can feel the 16%, but you cannot taste it...incredible! Cocoa and velvety coffee finish. One damn good beer, wish I’d kept a few more lying around!
motelpogo (6126) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 2, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottled. viscous and tarry, deep shade of black with a decent dark brown head; aroma of port and roasted plums with some old capuccino and brandy butter; at first a bit of briney saltiness hits and then it’s a sweet and mellow ride with hints of burnt sherbet, liquorice, prunes and plenty of burnt bitterness; a mish-mash of flavours that lingers and lingers; big and beautiful
bergstaden (974) - Røros, NORWAY - APR 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a light brown head - good malt aroma laong with some dark fruits - good malt body with some roasted malts some cofee notes with some warming alcohol - lingering dark malt finish - this was very good