JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with eclectic. Thanks Kevin! Pours a dark black color with a creamy tan head. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt and hops. Taste is smooth and rich of malt, coffee and smoke. Has a pleasent sweetness but not over bearing at all. Finishes with a bit of licorice and raisin flavor. Very nice!
JK (4970) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good. Very much like syrup with a purple tint. Lots of sweet malt and very light hops. Some roasted character. A little chocolate. Great body, and rather expensive for what it is.
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 500 ml bottle, this was the fifth beer sampled at Cellar’s Nøgne Ø on Friday. Pours a motor oil thick black with a thick beige head. Aroma of dark bittersweet chocolate, tawny port, burnt citrus wood, roasted barley malt, and some molasses. Taste of mostly roasted malt and vanilla. Finish is sweet/bitter and a heavy full body beverage. This one will fill you up like two pork chop sandwiches.
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, poured a deep black with dark brown edges. Coffee and burnt aromas with a touch a citrus. Great complex flavors, dried fruits, chocolate, resiny hops. Excellent mouthfeel, very creamy and thick, yet not overboard. A truly world class beer.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black pou8r with a short tan head. Aroma of chocolate, liqourice, and some vinous elements as well. Flavors of raosted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Medium to thick body with a smooth mouthfeel and somewhat roasty finish.
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - APR 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
first norwegian beer for me, it’s pitch black with dark brown head. sweet malty aroma blended with flowery hoppiness, the flavor is chocolatey with roasty finish.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Bottle: This excellent beer poured pitch black with a dark brown creamy head. Aroma of sweet malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is both sweet and bitter. Coffee notes give your a lasting bitterness combined with chocolate flavors thar are bittersweet and give a lasting roastiness on the tongue. An excellent balanced stout.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown head on this dark black pour. Coffee nose precedes a slightly sweet roasted cofee flavor with a hint of hops.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from biggcb. Deep charcoal black-brown body, medium, tight ochre head. Strong roasted malt aroma with rich chocolate notes (particularly from the empty bottle), cocoa, and coffee, with hints of soy and vinous characteristics. Creamy mouthfeel dominated by roasted malts and dry chocolate, burnt brown sugar, and a bitter, charred finish with a moderate hoppy character and hints of licorice. This bitterness becomes more assertive after a few sips, creating a rough, biting palate. Alcohol is warming. Very good beer but way too bitter in the finish to be world-class in my book.
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - APR 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick black pour, aroma of espresso, smoke. Oily mouthfeel, smooth with a little alcohol kick, sweet malt, bitter hops. Really cool bottle too.