Benzai (6440) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 Bottle [thanks to tiong] shared with Dutchdrebus, Joes, Ansjelaah and Martinus @ weekly tasting. Opaque pitch black color, medium to full sized beige to slightly light brown head that leaves fair lacing and lasts for a long time. Aroma is malts, hops, even a touch of fruits, only slightly roasty. Taste malts, light to moderately roasty, superb bitterness, hops. Damn, this is a very nice beer!
DutchDrebus (3491) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @benzai. Pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells hops, dark chocolate, roasty, coffee, green twigs, great. Tastes coffee, roasty, hops, some pine even, sone chocolate. This should be a black ipa. Medium to full body, soft carbo.
kustie (65) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mild chocolate aroma with some roastiness. Very beautiful head. Taste starts with malt and has some vanilla, chocolate and hoppiness. The aftertaste is very challenging and versatile. Excellent beer with many nuances.
deanso (4689) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle via a friends shared with 2 friends.
Hoppy aroma. Thick tan head. Clear black pour. Lovely brew. Very enjoyable
freiksenet (91) - - JAN 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Pitch black with small yellow head. S: Coffee, alcohol, smoke. T: Liquorice that gets into strong smoky taste with bitterness and a pure bitter aftertaste. M: Not that thick for the style. O: Nice and heavy.
panacea (28) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have to say the expectations for this one was quite different from reality. This beer is more of a black IPA than imperial stout. Anyways, clear black with decent long lasting head. Confusing aroma for me (preconceptions) but with roasted/caramel malts and new world hops in perfect balance. The taste is far better than most of the black IPAs I’ve tasted, very balanced. I like this beer a lot! Not surprising it is nr 1 in Finland. Impressive though better classified as a black IPA.
Cuso (3823) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from rosenbergh, many thanks. Very dark red brown color with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice. Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, hops in taste. Coffee bitter finish. Tasty.
MisoW (801) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, gift from rosenbergh (my SecretSanta). Pours black color, with huge dark beige head. Aroma is roasted malt and some coffee. Taste starts medium sweet, but ends very bitter, really nice change. Taste is coffee, hoppy, dark chocolate, some hints of citrus. Nice one...
LoFi (1524) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled bottle at Porterfestivalen 2013.
Black with a light brown head.
Aroma: roasted, coffee, hoppy, light metallic.
Taste: very bitter, pine and grapefruit, coffee, roasted, resin, salmiak, chili.
Grew on me after a while into a nice hoppy and bitter stout, but to begin with, I thought it was too much.
___pyry (4) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A perfect dry stout with deep hoppy flavour. I was expecting a sweeter beer, but was happily suprised to find out there are strong stouts that don’t taste like syrup.