Rune (8065) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
100ml taster at European Beer Festival 08 in Copenhagen. Black as the devil with a tiny, dark beige head. Smell on dark fruits with underlying vapour of brandy-like alcohol. Honeyed-covered malts in flavour supported by dark coffee which gets more bitter towards a long-lived ending with a solid alcoholic tingle. Full bodied. Amazing stuff, apart from some distracting alcohol. Looking forward to the bottle version (13.09.2008).
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2009 Bottle courtesy of Jacob Brunow on 06/29/2009. Dark black body with no head and a fairly viscous body. Big chocolate, roast, light molassas and faint alcohol aroma. Big chocolate and roast flavor with a big of alcohol and some faint molassas. Full body with low carbonation. 8/5/8/3/16 - 4.0
Bottle courtesy of Greg Koch at our stop at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 08/03/2008 on day three of RBSG 2008. Dark black body with a small brown head. Big chocolate and molassas aroma with caramel and roast. Thick roasty chocolate flavor with some caramel and molassas. Full body with low carbonation. 9/5/8/3/17 - 4.2
hirigalzkar (2295) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 Sample @ Stockolm Beer Festival 2008. Black colour. Dark brown head. Intense roasted flavor with malt and alcohol. Hints of salt, soy, tar and dark chocolate. The alcohol is little to intense. This will be a killer beer in a couple of years when it´s matured a bit.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - SEP 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at EBF2008. Pours a black beer with a brown head. The aroma is roasted, alcohol and malt. The flavor is roasted, raisin and alcohol. The beer is very big in taste, and there is no doubt that this beer would gain a lot by aging.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at EBF. Black, brown espresso head. Syrupy, alcoholic aroma, tar, rubber oak. Flavor is spruce, resin, sweet burned malts, tar and alcohol. Great balance for a beer this big, the alcohol didn’t bother at all. Can’t wait to get my hands on the bottles.
Fin (7464) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at European Beer Festival, Kobenhaven 12-09-08. Poured very dark with creamy head. Really, really full flavoured, thick almost chewy absolutely gorgeous. There is vanilla, port, some hoppiness whips around, really thick and indulgent beer, quite, quite lovely. As good as this is I reckon with a bit of age on it it will improve quite considerably.
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[EBF @ Copenhagen, September 2008] Average creamy beige head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma was quite strong and dominated by alcohol, with roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate, English liquorish, dried fruit. Full bodied with an average carbonation and thick alcoholic texture. Heavy bitter flavor with good counter sweetness. Lingering burned bitter alcoholic finish.
Theis (13437) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (uden pantmærke) at EBF. Black - no head. Farmor - sprut/kaffe/praliner - likør. Powerfull, prunes, raisins, roased, nice bitterness, raisins, dried dark fruity, vineous, alcoholic, chocolate. High sharpness.
HenrikSoegaard (10554) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at EBF. Frothy off-white fair mostly deminishing head. Black colour. Powerfull malty and hoppy aroma. Chocolate and roasted notes. Heavy bitter complex flavor. Long powerfull vinius finish. Way too alcoholic to be nearly perfect, but still a very good beer.
MiP (13608) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at EBF08. Good vinous aroma. Black colour, seems a bit muddy. The flavour is quite rough, very peppery, but OK.