DuffMan (5780) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Josephson. Pours a very dark walnut brown with a surprisingly lively brown bubbly head that takes eons to settle. Aroma is quite woody and earthy, with chocolate and coffee. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, with accents of smokey wood and pepper. Finish has an interesting tartness to it, that seems to lighten up the body somewhat. Very good.
notalush (4450) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to bhensonb for this one - the pour is foamy as hell - so much so that it took me five minutes just to pour a decent glass of the stuff - looks pretty damn good! - a lot of oaky, tannic character in the nose, a bit of dark cherry tartness/fruit pit/fruit skin - I would hesitate to call that character "funky," but it is damn close - it works really well, though, especially with the intense oak character - vanilla and bourbon underneath - a bit of smoke - carbonation is full in the mouth, and sort of abrasive at first - as the beer warms, this mellows a bit, but the carbonation is still way too much, leading me to believe that the subtle funkiness to the beer is the result of an infection - however, it is just enough to make things interesting, and not yet enough to make the beer taste "off" or sour - fairly dry and lightly tart - red wine character - strong oak, but not overpowering - becomes a bit burnt and ashy-tasting through the middle, though - a bit of smoke - dry, bitter finish, with lingering ash - an interesting and tasty experience, considering that certain elements were obviously not intended by the brewer.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 Bottle courtesy of Glouglouburp: Pours an overcarbonated effervescent opaque black with a clumpy-lacing light brown head. Has a tart cherry and woody oak nose with some roasted maltiness. Starts with a fizzy carbonation atop an oily lightly sweet dark caramel and chocolate body with some tart cherries and vanilla oak complexity before a toasty dry and earthy finish. This definitely seems to have some kind of infection going on, but at this point it’s still drinkable. Would be nice to try a fresh sample.
Geokkjer (4995) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 660ml.Pours black with a beige head.Aroma is spicy and maybe slightly brettish with roasted malts and oak.Flavour is slightly sourish with lots of roasted grains , chocolate and some spicy notes .Slightly brettish with a bitter finish.Full body.Nice
gunnfryd (9299) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted, malt, oak. Flavour is harmonic, fruit, coffee, oak, wood, roasted malt, whiskey. Nice beer.
yngwie (11750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 22oz. A black beer topped by a tan head of moderate size. Slightly milky and roasted nose, some chocolate and alcohol blending in. All too weak, but nice. The flavor is roasted, with chocolate, burnt notes and some alcohol. A little milky sourness too. Medium to full body, dry and slighlty warming. Nicely carbonated. The finish is of the lasting kind, roasted, chocolaty and slightly sour. And warming. A decent beer, but nothing I will miss drinking again. 100409
Sammy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Middle stout rather than an imperial In a word, dry. The pour was a gusher, although not handled much in several months. Most was fortunately saved, and it poured mollasses substantially in foam form. Much roastiness. Initially a bit of sweet, anise, though dryness took over and dominated. Drinkable but a pint is much.Thanks Presario.
jgb9348 (4276) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
WARNING: THIS BEER EXPLODED ON ME - KEEP WITH CARE!!! Deep pitch black coloured body with a thick brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, oak (of course), vanilla and a crap load of burnt sugars. Full-bodied; Deep roasty flavours throughout with tons of vanilla and pitted fruits, coupled with a lot of spices including licorice and aniseed. Aftertaste is very potent with alcohol and coffee most noticeable with a bit of oak and vanilla noticeable as well. Overall, a good beer - but the exploding bottle really didn’t settle well with me. Luckily my wife and I weren’t near the bottle - just heard it blast. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased earlier in the week (on 23 June 2010) from Brown Jug in Anchorage, Alaska, sampled at home with the remnants of the broken bottle - luckily there was some, on 30 June 2010 at home in Washington. This might have exploded because the yeast and sediment really got mixed around and ’activated’ due to the long flights from Anchorage to Washington [DC], but let this be a warning to people cellaring this, as it will probably happen again!
beernbourbon (1212) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bvc a long time ago. Pour is almost black with a medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malt; lots of dark fruity notes of fig, pomegranate, and plums; light wood; and faint bourbon. Really has some distant funky notes akin to a sour or lambic. These aromas are quite faint and only come through later, but they are present in the finish of the flavor. Also in the flavor are notes of roasted malt, light bourbon, wood, and a light dark fruitiness. I cannot really put my finger on that unique tart/ sour flavor. It is certainly present, but it is subtle and hard to ID. Body could have been fuller, but that is my only real complaint. I really liked this beer and had no trouble at all finishing a bomber by myself..
leeburg (223) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enormous head, quintupled its volume in foam. Aroma was floral and sweet with very toasty and fruity notes. Flavor was very richly sweet and malty, with a chocolatey, velvety mouthfeel and diverting into a sharply bitter finish like straight cocoa powder. Obnoxious to pour but more delicious than expected. I think this is underrated.