davethebrave (5) - Nynäshamn, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2014 does not count
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From Systembolaget @ home. Dark black color, nose is coffee chocolatey roastedness, aromatic chocolate coffee vanilla honey mouth. Aftertaste is dry and roasty.
JonPet (6) - - JAN 9, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On the nose: Toasty aromas of very dark rye bread, underneath dried fruit and chocolate. I can just barely smell the oak, probably wouldn’t have if I didn’t know to look for it.
In the mouth: Now the aromas open up. The rye bread draws back slightly, revealing sherry-like raisins dipped in rich chocolate and some caramelly notes. The taste is appropriately bitter for the style, also showing a fair amount of roasted malt acidity, both of these balanced by caramel sweetness.
On the palate the beer is a little shy of creamy with just a slight fizziness. The result’s maybe just a bit thin but on the plus side the beer finishes pretty long.
FatPhil (9359) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Batch 2010, BB201201, drunk 201312. Gift from SaintMatty - thanks!
Pours an almost black ruby red, but completely flat. Quite aromatic berry pour, quite blackcurranty. In the glass it’s more of an aged roasted malt, a little bit of sherry. Then again, it has probably 4 years on it. Anna thinks it’s our courtyard grapes, but for me it’s pure Pedro Ximinez sherry. Some carbonation in the mouth briefly. Toffee in the retronasals. Beautiful aged roasty malts. That ageing has worked really. Burntness nice and toasty, but not astringent or ashy thanks to the sweetness, hops pleasantly bitter and leafy with a nice little tingle even if there’s almost no flavour to them any more. Beautiful sipper. No gimmicks. Ages well.
ansalon (1393) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, honey, muscovado sugar, vanilla. Taste is fairly complex, with bourbon notes upfront as well as vanilla, chocolate, coffee, honey, muscovado sugar and vanilla. Quite good and the best by far from Nynäshamn.
Cunningham (4506) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Black as the deepest dungeon. A nice big beige head that leaves a fine lacing.
Aroma: Coffee, chocolate and roasted dark malt.
Palate: Medium + body. Moderate sweet with a fine bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Lots of coffee, roasted malt, mild fruity and chocolate.
Overall impression: Soild stuff. Very pleasant and balanced.
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget in Strömstad, Sweden.
Pyrmir (3352) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, tested blindly. Near black with brown head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, molasses, coffee, chlorine and caramel. Taste is sweet, malty, roasted notes, caramel, dark chocolate, dark sugar, licorice and butterscotch. Nice!
SpringsLicker (3145) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Blomster who sent this as last winter’s SS.
Cellared 2012 bottling.
Pours oily black with a minimal head.
Complex aroma.Dried sweet fruits, Dates, raisins, figs.A bit of soy sauce.
The flavor is as complex as the aroma, sweet, and smooth.
lopisar (197) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black almost oily. Brown head thats almost invisible. Dark malt, coffee and chocolate. Very smooth and balanced
Naeri (23) - SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kolsvart med litet skum som snabbt dör. Tät.
Russin, plommon, kaffe, choklad i en riKtigt fyllig kropp. Något söt men bra balans med bitterheten.
Ser framemot att testa denna när den legat till sig i några år!
Ernest (6221) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (2013 edition, BB Aug 2018).
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, bitter chocolate), with notes of sherry, bourbon, oak, tar, soy sauce.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy/syrupy texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Ehhh, really not my thing...soy saucy and oxidized and whiskyish. Folks who like their stouts old and barrel aged will probably enjoy this, whereas those who like them fresh and vibrant will not. Not too bad for what it is, but not very enjoyable for me.