asheft (2549) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[bottle at EBF 2008]
Black malt red wine aroma with cherries and raisins and coffee and balsam. Black, but red edged, under no head. Chewy molasses flavour with black malt roasty toasty red wine. Roasted almond coffee as well as everything else that is good from oak barrels. Full body, low carbonation, moderate dark malt dry red wine bitter finish.
larsniclas (5699) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at EBF08.
Chocolate and a lot of alcohol in the aroma.
Thick and oily palate.
Soylike saltiness in the flavour. To alcoholic.
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
EBF2008. It’s pitch black and the aroma has tons of dark fruits, berries, coffee and licorice. The mouthfeel is oily. The flavour has notes of roasted malt, coffee, licorice, dark fruits, berries, a slightly burnt bitterness, chocolate and its vinous. I think it might be less sweet than First Edition but with a little more alcohol. It would be great to taste the two of them side by side. No matter what, this is world class!
harrisoni (14021) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at EBF 08. Some heat on aroma. Nice enough, some liquorice on end. Hot. Alcohol is a little evident. It’s a little whisky like in character and too much liquorice for my liking. If I can get a bottle, I will age it for a year or two and then see what it’s like.
Rune (8348) - 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 (2338) - 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 (7620) - 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.