CLevar (375) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes. May 2010 tasting, sample from Armin. Thanks! Dark black oily pour, with a slightly off white very small head. Aroma is dominated by coffee and bitter chocolate, very nice. Taste is much the same, with some nice port tones coming through. Smooth and sweet. A great sipper, the booze is nicely hidden.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pouring at Capone’s, our first stop on the RBSG bus. Pours a deep viscous and oily black. Leathery, prunes and plums, very faint isopropyl while it’s too cold, but it goes away as it warms and bigger things cover it up. Big and boozy, chewy chocolate. Long lingering booze and sweetness, with touches of prune. Great (if not a bit too big to want to actually drink a whole glass of it by oneself)
Koelschtrinker (9493) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Schokoladiger Malzantrunk, stark und alkoholisch, dennoch vergleichsweise mild, sehr schöne Kombination. Im Unterton leicht rauchig, ebenso mild erscheinen die Kaffeearomen, die sich an das Malz anschließen. Im Abgang cremiger und ausgeglichener, stark Röstmalzern und schokoladig. Schwere Kost!
Test vom 14.8.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: -,11,11,13,-,11 - 11,35
pushkinwow (1584) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Happy that I noticed the container looked different then the 2nd edition I had in the cellar and so lucky enough to share this with Paul at Lion’s Pride and it was probably the best beer of the night and one of my all-time favourites. Came out of the fridge so way too cold but poured a midnight, viscous black with almost no head. Let it warm up for almost 45 minutes; aroma of anise, malts, chocolate, booze, hops and some coffee. Unbelievable mouthfeel, coats the palate, sweet (hints of a good port) but also some bitterness, full-bodied with a finish that just keeps on giving, leaving you smacking you chops trying to get more of the flavour. What a great beer - might have been helped by storage in a fridge for so long but would highly recommend trying this if you can.
ClubGonzo (3203) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My 1000th rating - entering "beer god" status, although I think this is a bit of an old terminology; the way Ratebeer has been growing and inflating over the last years it seems that a fair "beer god" status should now be something like 5 or 10 000 ratings... :-P Regardless, a great milestone for me. Happy to have come this far. :-) For this rating, I’ve saved something special. Bottle, shared by Yngwie - many, many thanks for giving me this opportunity to cement the gaping hole in my Norwegian beer history that is Dark Horizon 1st Edition, particularly as this is increasingly difficult to get hold of. :-) It looks great, laying in my glass like a piece of liquid coal with a small, dark caramel-hued crown. Nose is coffee, wood, red-wine-like tannin tones and hints of leather and tar. Mild and subtle blend, probably due to aging more than the original recipe. The taste too is extremely smooth and well-aged; Beer2000 mentioned that it’s probably reached its peak and will not get better so I guess my timing was impeccable. :-) Full-bodied in every aspect of the word. Highly balanced tones of dark chocolate, coffee, wood and tar-ish leather-like notes in the finish, along with subdued alcohol along the way. What a great brew, so well integrated and smoothly aged in every way. Wonder what this was like when it was younger. In any case, I’m glad to have tasted it. A big cross of my list and a worthy, historically oriented beer for this rating. :-) I would also use the opportunity to thank all my Ratebeer people from Norway, particularly Palme for being my (so far) only companion from Bergen, Abstractbeer for being generous in his trade agreements, Tfredvik for his newcomer enthusiasm and all you other great people out there. Much love and respect! :-)
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Served from a bottle from a trade from ygtbsm94. The appearance is an oily deep black with some light bubble head on the very edge. Very liquorish in appearance. The aromas are full of rich booze laced with coffee oils, chard oak. The flavors are rich oily malts and roasted coffee, whiskey, spiced oak, black currant, light amount of smoke. The mouth is oily in texture with a definite booze burn but is no longer really hot. Excellent high abv irs.
peteinSD (1178) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Center glass pour produces an initial expresso colored head that quickly fades out to a ring of foam. Aroma is heavy chocolate malt, thick raisin, light oxidization, an earthy mustiness, and a hard to pinpoint charred candied sugar. Wow - this is tasting great! Surprisingly light feel in the mouth with chocolate, subtle coffee, molasses, light and faded bitter hops, and a noticeable but pleasant alcohol burn from the middle through the finish. Very enjoyable - must have been amazing fresh.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this bottle. Bottle #667. Served in a Bruery tulip.
Pours a deep black with a thin head that quickly fades sideways into a tan collar. The nose is a bit weak with some booze, light roast, and a bit of black licorice. The flavor really comes on strong after that; really uber-rich on the tastebuds. Loads of roast, chocolate, and a bit of black licorice. Extremely enjoyable. Really smooth. Full body and quite big. The coffee is long gone. A really fantastic beer. Thanks again, Brad.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-12-2011
chrisv10 (9443) - DENMARK - APR 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ FOneFan from yngwie. Back with small dark brown head. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, dark fruit, sweet, vinous, bitter and hops.
saxo (12796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy Yngwie @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice and hops. Nice and thick mouthfeel.