ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 9.0 % ABV: Opaque black colour with small brown head. Aroma is very roasted with notes of black chocolate, ash and fruitcake. Roasted malty flavour of black chocolate, smoke, ash, blue plums and figs. Bitter finish roasted malts, ash, salt, smoke and burnt fruitcake. Neat.
oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pitch black colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is roasted malts and some smoke along with caramellish malts and coffee. Smoky, roasted, plummy and very fullflavoured. Caramel, licorace you name it. Lovely brew. Looking forward to the time we get this into Finnish market this autumn.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is vinous with port and coffee, taste is similar with a serious easy drinkablility.
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells a little like "julmust" (swedish christmas softdrink), spices, sports ointment, black with light brown head, powerfull bitterness with an loooong aftertaste
rlgk (10655) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, brown head. Burnt, hoppy aroma. Flavor from viol and menthol, some juniperberries, florla notes. Floral, bitter finish.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottled, brewed in March 21st, 2006, batch 241, 9% ABV) Almost black with a small, dark beige head. Aroma of licorice, burned and roasted malt, and gooseberry hints. Strongly malty, bittersweet, strongly but smoothly hoppy flavor with an ashy, burned-malty finish. Long, dry and roasty aftertaste. Without yeast, the hops and alcohol are more pronounced. Very full-bodied, slicky-ashy palate with quite low carbonation. A beautiful, very strong, yet balanced brew, packed with roasted and burned maltiness. To be sipped in candlelight or by the fireplace, in good company. A perfect replacement for food. Not quite as good as Siperia, but at least this one you can buy to go...
cab (866) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong in aroma and in flavor, the head stays forever, coffee, burnt caramel, big big taste.
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at Vinens Verden... Intens black with brown head. toasted, coffee, burned caramel and a lot’s of licorice..
Theis (13410) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Mette at Amager Strandpark yesterday evening. Black no head. Coffee, roasted, burned, dried fruits, creamy, malty, licorice. A very big taste - i love it !!
Oakes (12626) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2008 re-rate: Almost black. Thin head. Chocolatey, slightly vegetal character with a hint of deep coffee. Rich and stinging in intensity, but with an alcohol signature. Some espresso crema character. A touch underdeveloped, but not so bad. 6 4 7 3 13 = 3.3
Original rating: Pretty close to pure black. Rich aroma is very fruity (plum, raisin) and slightly lactic with loads of meaty roastiness. Very rich body, chewy, with dense fruitcake and well-integrated roastiness and treacle. 8 4 8 4 16 = 4.0