kramer (4347) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle, via sk8viking I think. An absolutely stunning pour, pitch black inky body that lets no light pass thru, great dense creamy brown head leaves curtains of heavy lacing and retains forever. Intense chocolaty and roasty nose with a light chalky yeast undertone. Light tar, smoke, heavily roasted coffee, and a little hoppiness. The flavor is burnt roasted malt and heavy scorched coffee with a dry chalky yeastiness. Alot of bitterness on the finish from the astringent malt and heavy handed hops. Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly oily in texture with perfect soft light carbonation. Mouthcoating clingy finish lingers on forever. Overall, pretty tasty, the bitterness gets more familiar and easier as I made my way towards the end of the bottle.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50 cl bottle, at Yngwie´s xmas-tasting. Black! Big brown head. Coffee, but alsp roasted/burned malt, hops, chocolate. A real craft-beer!
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 3, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml swingtop bottle, Batch 230, with another big thanks to Storm! Opens with a loud pop, pours a dark black with a thin tan head that drifts to a whispy but complete covering, minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, piney hops, and slight molasses and vanilla. Flavor capitalizes on the aromas, with a silky chocolate and hops presence throughout - great use of hops without going overboard. A very nice way to get through the winter!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours wtih a black body topped by a brown, medium thick head wtih some lacing. It’s slightly sweet yet roasty adn smokey with a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Full bodied, creamy and smooth.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Beer is very dark brown/black. Opaque. Head is small, light brown, frothy/creamy. Mostly diminishing but lasting.<P>The nose is huge. Malty with heavy notes of roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee, lesser notes of milk chocolate, toasted nuts, cookie; Hoppy with pointed notes of resin/pine, light herbal note; Yeasty with a light note of basement; Moderate miscellaneous notes of dried current, black fruit, alcohol, trace note of garden soil..<P>The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic with a long, lightly/moderately sweet, light/moderately bitter finish. Warm alcohol retros.<P>The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.<P>Massive, lovely and warm.
Ernest (5864) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (thanks Fil!).
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate/cocoa/fudge, roasted grain, molasses), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of vanilla, cardboard, alcohol, raisin.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
A little oxidized and has some residual vegetal/husky character in the finish (which the Porter has occasionally too, sadly). May have to try a fresher bottle.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Swingtop bottle, consumed out of my Olfabrikken glass. Beautiful pour. Deep, enticing nose. Brilliant intensity, revealing heavily roasted malts and burned black fruits. Excellent mouth feel.
Olfabrikken truly is one of the best breweries in the world.
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Impervious ebony. Fat mocha head slowly condenses into a fine creaminess. Intense notes of ink, chicory, tar, burnt cookies, earthy yeast, black currants, cottony roast, and toffee delight the olfactory senses. Slightly metallic and charcoalish. Soft and snug carbonation gently massages the palate. Impeccable attenuation clearly paves the way for a captivating medley of earthy yeast, woody roast and continually intensifying bitter espresso and dark truffles which brightly exude. Quite dry, yet remarkably deep in the malt department. Chewy then bitter; crisp yet juicy; velvety but bracingly acidic. Sandwiched within the chewy weight lies a firmly textured maltiness which imparts a dainty yet effective level of acidity to further allay the sweetness. Burnt malt hulls poignantly slice their way through the gooey chocolate-fudge and port-steeped plums. All the fruitiness you expect is aplenty and certainly serves its purpose by deepening the rich chocolate-saturated malt core. Extremely hefty, all around, but immensely quaffable. Sassy malt-derived phenols unite with smoky roast and dusty cocoa to accentuate the dryness and balance the colossal malt girth. Black malt astringency takes foothold late in the flavor and echoes the acidity. Finishes bitterly crunchy with a chalky dryness. Stunningly lengthy in its complexity, evoking thoughts of chocolate truffles, shoe polish, tar, licorice and tobacco. Overall, this is so enormous and kitchen sinkish, yet so structured and well-composed. A real bruiser, and certainly beefy enough to more than satisfy one’s seemingly insatiable malt craving.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a dense brown head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, toasted marshmallow, and coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and hops with a bitter finish.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cL bottle, BB 1/1/08, thanks to sk8viking! Poured a nice shade of black (or at least deep enough brown that you can’t tell the difference) with a lovely initial cap of deep brown head (if it didn’t recede to a ring and a light layer rather quickly, this would have been a “5”). The aroma was just what I needed.. not too complex, but substantial, well-roasted dark chocolates, a dusting of cocoa, and coffee grounds accented by an uptick of pine notes and airy darker fruits.. great! The flavor had dry-roasted dark chocolate, tobacco, and light doses of coffee surrounded by ample pine and coffee bitterness.. warm, lingering alcohol-fueled coffee ground bitterness sticks on the finish for a while. Somewhere between medium and heavily-bodied with a slick middle and nice use of bitterness.. decent balance with some rough points and a bit too boozy on the finish.. damn good nevertheless. I would go through a lot of this if it was available!