dambor (225) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a beautiful head, leaving a nice lacing. Aroma: massive chocolote and coffee, followed by pleasant toast aroma, dark fruit and of course roast aroma. Taste: chocolate, coffee, pleasant hoppy bitterness in the palate, followed by a pleasant alcohol warming. This beer is thick and complex, but at the same time creamy and very drinkable. Well hidden ABV.
batneil (520) - - FEB 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a caramel coloured head. Chocolaty taste with a creamy feel in the mouth. A little too fizzy. Not bad really. (K)
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a dark brown with medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and brown sugar. Thin mouth with strong booze, dark chocolate, candy sugar, bitter roast finish. Very good.
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 10/8/11 from a capped 22oz bottle. Pours a completely opaque midnight black with a thin light brown head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is dominated by milk and dark chocolate, with a roasted savory aroma, and just a hint of coffee. The flavor is malty chocolate up front, moving to very dry and lightly bitter coffee and roasted savory notes. This beer is 10% but it drinks a little hotter. The body is full and creamy with light carbonation and a long very dry, malty dark chocolate, and bitter roasted finish.
VinegarStroke (345) - Napa, California, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: very dense, light head and just a little lace. Very lifted. Fruity, chocolate, clean, saturated, power, brooding. Very rich, almost dry, hint of bitterness, not sour. Massive flavor. Great power. Very long.
Pretty good example.
Nijstrom (272) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a large, off-white and frothy head. Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and a tiny bit of liquorice. Moderately sweet and slightly acidic with a long, dry finish.
WABeerFiend (351) - - JAN 22, 2015
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Poured from a bomber into a snifter on 01.21.15.
A: Cocoa, brown sugar, and milk chocolate.
A: 3 finger light brown foamy head that is retained. Nice bubbles wash up like it’s on nitro. Midnight black body with no red in the glass.
T: Light cocoa and brown sugar dominate. Vinegar and a lingering nuttiness are subtle.
P: Who cares.
O: The vinegar flavor is there enough to distract from the other flavors. Maybe it was Acetobacter? This was a drain pour.
Alengrin (3675) - BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Christmas stout, black with mahogany edges, under a deep beige, medium thick, moussy head. Quite powerful aroma of cured meat and smoked bacon, espresso, bitter chocolate, meat broth, candied figs, banana, vanilla, dry madera wine, grandmother’s sticky candi syrup I still associate with pancakes, black pepper, tobacco, candi sugar, wet leather, chocolate cake, mocha ice cream, blueberries, soy sauce. Refinedly sweet onset, candi syrup accent, candied fruits, pointy and tangy, soft carbo, smooth, oily and thick mouthfeel as usual for the style, yeasty and meaty, wheaty sourish touch and a certain hint of saltiness like liquorice candy, after which thick layers of maltiness unfold, nutty, bitterly chocolatey and roasted, especially in the finish where a thick coffee-like bitterness is confronted with a peppery, spicy, pungent hop bitterness and bourbon-like, warming alcohol; the liquorice-like ’saltiness’ lingers a bit too deep in the background. In all, nothing surprising in the context of its particular style, but - as usual from this brewery - very well crafted and satisfying. Ideal sipper for a cold winter afternoon.
kespecial (166) - - JAN 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A tremendous beer, if something of a palate wrecker. Huge aromas of chocolate, licorice, coffee, brown sugar. Sharp initial hop attack, followed by those flavors. A touch of booze, in a nice sipping way. Made to pair with dessert or as late night sipper.
SoberDave (172) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice spicy aroma with a hint of cinnamon. Pours dark with a foamy light brown head. Full of flavour. Dark malts, chocolate, smoky roast nuts and black licorice. A little overwhelming by the end, not the most pleasant mouthfeel.