zathrus13 (1733) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, and roasted malt. Flaor is the same. Body is thinner than the first edition. Good, but nowher near the first edition.
rlgk (12430) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(EBF 2008) Black color, brown head. Licorice and cocoa aroma, milky notes, some vanilla. Alcohol flavor, slaty and spicy but too strong.
henrikb (1259) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very black body with a brown fine bubbled head; Incredible nose, layer upon layer upon layer......softer dryer cocoa, some almost perfumed, some sweet softer, great; Super body, very small bubbled sharp biting carbonation on velvety soft body, sweet complex and great; Long finish with alcohol sharper aromas and a sharp textured bite. Incredibly complex, yet super balanced beer!
Sigmund (5557) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Bottle # 12436. 39.5 degrees P, 65 IBU, ABV 17.5%. Pitch black colour, short-lived brown head. Intense and lovely aroma of dried dark fruits, liquorice, coffee, oak and tar. The flavour is intensely roasty with strong notes of coffee, liquorice and alcohol. A bit "raw", needs at least 1 year’s cellaring (probably more) to reach its potential. However, I think it is not a good idea for Nøgne Ø to make stronger versions of DH each year. 16% ABV, like DH First Ed. had, is definitely strong enough!
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(On tap) Completely opaque black with no head. Distinct aroma of burned malt, tar and tobacco. Extremely full-bodied with almost sticky burned malt and molasses - and again tar and tobacco. Very burning alcohol in the finish. 120908
Christian (11493) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with no head. Aroma is roast malt and licorice with a strong vodka-like alcohol presence. The flavour again is dominated by the alcohol, with lots of complex roast malt, and a long lasting roast aftertaste. It’s an intense and unique experience, but definitely too alcoholic, and quite far from the fantastic First Edition, which I was lucky enough to get a chance to compare it to later that weekend (EBF Copenhagen)
asheft (2655) - 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 (5903) - 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 (10187) - 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 (14619) - 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.