Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Madsberg. Pours a beautiful viscous black chocolate with a big creamy tan head that left some nice sheeted lacing. Big nose of chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, coffee, toffee and light booze. Brew was long and lingering on the palate with oak and chocolate.....some vanilla.
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Alex for the chance to try this! Inky pour. Can’t quite see through it. Big thick impy nose with lots of char and some light indistinct fruity notes. Big thick, charry, tarry with lots of alcohol late. Very burnt at times, but with lots of sweetness. Not hugely subtle. Dry finish for such a beer, quite woody still, but not as complex as it perhaps ought to be.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick and viscous, inky black. Leaves a rich coffee-colored head in its wake. Big aroma is not that hot. Is rich on the coffee and cocoa end of the spectrum with a bit of pleasant smokiness. Oddly enough I don’t smell a lot of wine but I do detect an herb like rosemary, faintly. Although served cold is just bursting with flavor. I don’t get a lot of wine until it warms up, and then it’s like drinking juice squeezed from the wood. More wood than wine. Vinousness is felt more than tasted, detected as a very dry wine barrel on the back of tongue. Finishes slightly burnt. Lots of cedar and aromatic woods. Intense all cocoa powder chocolate that is unrelentingly unsweetened. Very cool beer.
riversideAK (5830) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice nose - lots of oak, red winey notes, still black malts and roasted notes, dark malty sweetness as well, but really nice oak barrel notes. Black pour, dark brownish head and ring. Tons of red wine and fresh oaky flavors. Dark charred malts, dark fruit, black malts. Lots of wood and more red winey notes. Earthy and dry. Barrel really dries out. Solid carbonation, lively.
bvc (1196) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml capped shared by after4ever. Black and viscous with a beautiful creama head. Patent malt with a touch of cocoa and oak and a good amount of tanin. Bitter roasted malt and coffee, some light earthy woodiness, and lots of rich red wine tanins. Nice display of Bordeaux.
after4ever (6924) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375. thanks, maria! such amazing treats, these norrebros. pours jet black with a loose very dark tan, almost brown head. big roasty chocolate nose with nice dry red wine notes blended in. creamy medium body with very little carb. roast, chocolate, light wood, dry red wine grape mid palate. mild red wine and roasty chocolate finish.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by hophead84 at Woodshop 5.0 (2/20/10): Pours a dark oily opaque with a frothy, spotty-lacing light brown head. Aroma of rich complex oaky bordeaux barrels and sweet dark caramel malts and roasty mocha. Starts with good fullness and some rich dark chocolate maltiness with a smooth oaky bordeaux complexity before a warming, lingering bittersweet roasty finish. Pretty complex, but could hide the alcohol better.
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, liquorish, oak, canilla and light redwine. Flavour is roasted malt, oak, canilla, light redwine, chocolate and coffee.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another awesome beer opened by hophead84 at Woodshop 5.0. Black color. Lightly sweet. Creamy head. Pretty nice.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 bottle from DK. I had this up against the Niepoort during the Can-Russia Olympic hockey game. The Niepoort was the clear winner for me! Pours black with dark tan head. Nose full of Bordeaux notes, some roasted coffee and alcohol coming through. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, more wine notes, chocolate, raspberry and oak. Finish smooth with some lingering bitterness. Not as well married as the Neipoort, a bit too much Bordeaux character dominating.