hopdog (11009) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Very nice packaging. Poured a dark, dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of coffee, roast, chocolate, vanilla, and nutty. Tastes of nuts, chocolate, roast, coffee, licorice, and a little smoke. Was their alcohol in the finish? Sure, but at 17+%, it was not bad or detracting. This one really wasnt that bad and I look forward to trying it again with some age on it.
mikkopen (1025) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 500 ml bottle. Pitch black, with a thin brown head that leaves some lacing. Strong roasted malty aroma with lots of coffee, liquorice and dark chocolate and a sherry-like alcoholic note. The flavour is domianted by alcohol. Hiding behind the alcohol, there are flavours of roasted malts, dark chocolate and salty liquorice. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, smooth and oily. Lingering bitter aftertaste.I have two more bottles maturing in store, it will be interesting to see what will become of them. In this bottle, the alcohol was too overpowering.
espenra (985) - Kurland, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2011 50cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. It poured a colour as black as oil with a medium big dark brown foamy head that settled down fast in the glass leaving a thin roof on top. The aroma is dominated by the alcohol, but there is also notes of coffee, roasted malts and licorice. The flavour is, not suprisingly, dominated by the alcohol, and massivly bitter, but there is also notes of roasted malts, coffee, licorice and pepper. It has a long, lingering aftertaste letting you taste the beer, and mostly the alcohol, long after your last sip. I am really looking forward to tasting it again in 6 months time to see how it has developed.
fonefan (43166) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark black color with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, dark chocolate, sherry, cognac, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. (120908)
alobar (3432) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This needs to age. Deep black color-like 6000 mile oldmotor oil. No head. Aroma of roasted malts, alochol, smoke and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malts, alcohol and some smoke and chocolate. Way too hot. This might a real catch in a few years.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As black as can be, vanishing dark brown head. Aroma is lots of licorice with roastiness and vinous note, thin vanilla and smoke also come up. Still too much alcohol here, burns my nose. Near full bodied, surprisingly carbonated and oily-sticky palate. Flavor is more roasted with still licorice here, mild vanilla-smokiness also here. Aftertaste has medium alcohol with same oily palate lasting. Well, slight disappointment.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The bottle says do not open until fall 2009... too late. Pours a very dark creamy near black with a very dark gray head that settles into a lovely thick creamy fine silky mocha froth. Great IS aroma, dusty dark chocolate, deep roasted coffee, dark fruits and berries, some very noticeable alcohol overwhelms subtitles the more it breaths. O, now I feel foolish for opening this early, way too hot. Why have so many of you opened bottles already? Really great flavors that are washed over by the strong alcohol. Chocolate, plasticy malts, toffee, roasted coffee, vanilla bean, licorice, light tobacco, almond skins and plums. Not particularly bitter. The closest beer to Black Albert Ive tried. Expensive beer to baseline fresh, however I see the great potential here and will invest in agers.
Capa (2566) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a small dark tan head. Intense aroma of roasted malts, light smoke, chocolate, coffee, some light spice, dark, nearly wine like fruits and some noticeable alcohol. Full, coating mouth. Bittersweet chocolate flavor with plenty of roasted malts, strong, black coffee, vanilla, tobacco, smoke, liquorice, and a very strong alcohol finish. What is an excellent stout now will be an amzing stout after a few years of aging.
egajdzis (5952) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head that left light sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla beans, espresso, and chestnuts. Taste of bitter dark chocolate, smoked malts, roast, coffee, some astringent green apple, and a sharp alcoholic finish. Probably, like 1st Edition, this should not be touched for two years after bottling.
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - DEC 13, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2009 Bottle. Pours a black color with a brown, small foamy head which almost disappears, though there is a small amount of it left around the edges.
Aroma of liquorice, almost salmiac, espresso coffee, spices, dark chocolate, toffee and almonds. I would say it is as the classic toffee with almonds - mandelknäck - which we eat around Christmas here in Sweden. Vinous. Some alcohol too, but this is strong.
Flavour has lots of liquorice and salmiac, hard roasted coffee, quite espresso-like, toffee with almonds just as the smell, some dark chocolate. Not as sweet as expected. Some hops in the background, medium bitterness. A small alcohol-kick.
Very smooth for being so high in alcohol, filling, full-bodied, low carbonation, a bit viscous.
A very nice sipper with some noticable alcohol, but it is well hidden for 16%. It will probably be even better within a year or two or ten... but it is already very good. Beer of the year? According to me... yes.