Capa (2423) - 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 (5695) - 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.
Monkeypower (172) - Odense C, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with dark, brown head. Port aroma with alcohol, tobacco, coffe and fermented grapes. Thick flavor with port, coffee, toffee, tobacco and much more.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
EBF 2008, Copenhagen. Black in colour. Very soft on the tongue with tons of flavour - chocolate, coffee and lots of hot, warming alcohol. Still very dry at the finish though. Perhaps I am more accustomed to the style now than when I had the first edition. Very drinkable given the extreme strength.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2008 500ml Bottle # 14292: Lightly sweet aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, slight smoke, roasted malts, slight vanilla, and slight tar. Poured dark black in color with a tiny dark brown head that disappeared immediately except around the edges where it lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, roasting, malts, light smoke, light tar, and some licorice. Fully body. Thick, viscous, smooth texture. Soft carbonation. Roasty, malty, chocolaty, coating, finish, with significant alcohol warming/burn. For a 17.5%ABV brew, the alcohol burn was on the low side of what it could have been. Fucked me up.
Furseth (2028) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Black colour, with a werry nice creamy head. Aroma of : Smokey, citric, Iron, vanilla, chemical,coffee, dark chocolate and dry fruits. Flavor is amost the same, but a lot moore complex, coffee, vanilla,expresso coffee,alcy, saltlakris raisins, long smoke/viny coffee finish. full body. An IMPY, who will get better after a few years againg.
But werry nice
bermod (119) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong, warm aroma is earthy, a lots of coffee and chocolate, roasted and burnt malts and licorice. Very strong, roasty and burnt flavor with chocolate, coffee, salty licorice, liqueur and in the finish some alcohol too. Best IS I’ve ever had.
finol (2643) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Systembolaget (temporary)
Black beer with a small toffe coloured head.
Very chocolaty taste. Surprisingly easy to drink dispite the high alcohol content, rather unusual for this type of IS which usualy needs a few years in a cellar before beeing realy enjoyable.
TET (2254) - Kaarina, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 A Black beer with a beautiful and dark brown, thin and vanishing head. Aroma is strongly roasted, sweet, some alcohol and fruits. Taste is strongly roasted, lots of black coffee, alcohol, peppers, quite much of sweetness, some warming alcohol in the throat, but it doesn’t bother the taste, still some liquirice booze, lots of herbal bitterness, dry aftertaste. Full-bodied and strong beer, even dry aftertaste there are some sugar left, because lips are sticky while after start. Dark Horizon 2. edition is fleshy, thick, coffee-like, strong, warming beer that might be better later when flavour will be calm down; still worth to try even now at freshly. Updated 16.7.2012. Now when this beer is older, quite nicely balanced, great aroma, alcohol is still there, taste is probably dryer than the fresh bottle.