Thechasm442 (287) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, bottled 9/7/02 served in a Duvel tulip. Pours a rich black with a thick. dark tan head that takes forever to shrink down and leaves ok lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, oak, raisins, molasses, and a sharp hoppiness. Taste is more malts. Roasted barley, smoke, wood, and somewhat piney hops dominate. There is coffee and bakers chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is medium and alcohol is well hidden. It drinks like a porter meets black ipa. Real good.
haddon90 (1301) - Newport Beach, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black color with a lacing tan head. Strong, brown sugar aroma withn some dark chocolate in the background. Strong licorice flavor with a hint of brown sugar. Complex finish with the alcohol lingering.
VastActiv (805) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0.65l at Gallows Bird, Espoo. Colour is black with small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Oil, smoke, licorice, wood and roasted malts.
DiarmaidBHK (2272) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours from bottle black with an inch of khaki foam. Not a long on the nose. Definitely feels like motor on the tongue. Lots of roasted malt ant licorice. Finish lingers a bit. Solid for style.
tdmuel (80) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a super thick dark brown almost black with a big fluffy brown head. Lots of big toasted malt on the nose, sweet dark fruit, molasses, coffee and oak. The toasted malt and oak are really strong in the taste, dark bitter chocolate, dark coffee, and some dark fruit. Full bodied, very thick and viscous. Quite a good beer, but I think I prefer older viscosity.
eros47 (38) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with brown head. Tight bubbles, little carbonation. Smells like coffee, chocolate, oak, and cigar ash. Full body coats your palate and lingers.
Psytron (874) - Turku, FINLAND - APR 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell of coffee and cocoa. Black with high brown head. Aroma of ash, coffee, cocoa, tar. Bitter. Viscous, living up to the name. Barbed. Awesome attitude.
Comparison between Harviestoun Old Engine Oil and this: OEO is oily and droopy, this one is ashy and barbed.
rosenbergh (4653) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Bottled 8/7/12. Kaisla, Helsinki, Finland.
Pitch black colour with a small tan head.
The aroma is very strong roasted malt, sweet caramel, dark bread, ash, coffee, soy sauce, mild salt and mild dark chocolate. I would call the aroma complex.
The flavour is at least as strong. Roasted malt, grassy bitter hops, ash, coffee bitterness, salt and mild dark chocolate.
Alcohol is very well hidden. I have a bomber in front of me. That’ll be a challenge. It’s warming... like hell. But the flavour is very enjoyable and lingering. It’s absolutely great brew but also very nice beer to share. Wow! What a beer.
tneumann (2) - Rockford, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of dark fruit and some toffee. Full bodied and silk texture and tastes of dark fruit also and some toffee with hint if licorice and finish of oak with a little bitterness
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Torrefacto (62) - - APR 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Negro opaco, espuma beige densa y duradera. Aromas a chocolate, bizcocho, y torrefacto. Si se agita se desvelan matices alcohólicos. En boca tiene una progesividad extraordinaria. Comienza con un sabor dulce achocolatado y termina con un amargor que va creciendo en intesidad y que en el regusto se une a un toque alchólico equilibrado. Bien carbonatada, con una densidad media-alta, se bebe muy fácilmente. ¡¡Un pedazo de birrote!!
popkow (255) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge tan head on top of dark body. Flavors of chocolate and roasted malt blanket the high ABV. A nice long finish hints at some dry bitterness.