Brentv (205) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 7 oz 2010 bottle (opened in 2014). Deep black with reddish highlights and a small tan head. Some lacing. Rich aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malts. It seems to also have a hint of bourbon, but the bottle doesnít indicate it. Taste is bitter dark chocolate. Full mouthfeel. Bitter finish.
tderoeck (4012) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2/II/14 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ Vintage Tasting, Brugs Bierfestival - BB: n/a (2014-161) Thanks to the person who contributed this bottle!
Clear black beer, aery beige to brown head, pretty stable, non adhesive. Aroma: chocolate, caramel, bit hoppy, mocha. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: lots of chocolate, coffee, bitter hops, little sour, some cooked red fruits, hint of barley wine, very hoppy ending, little sweet, caramel.
charule (748) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Haymarket. Poured blak with think n creamy tan head. Super dark choc aroma. Light to no carb thick bod. Drying intensifying bitter choc taste, light coffee hop resin finish.
PriorL (1153) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
THX for sharing! Sample at Brugs Bierfestival 2014. Shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: coffee, chocolate, alcohol, sweet.
TASTE: alcohol, sweet, coffee, chocolate, very decent beer!
BackyardDogs (32) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Friday night. 750 ml bottle. Bit pricey but delivered. Nice stout with tan head. Full of flavor with smooth finish. I suggest pairing this with Bruce Springsteen live from NYC playing Jungleland and beans and franks. In other words it's pretty damn good.
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erickok (3072) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Canít add more than already said about this beer, but very glad I got to try this. And totally accidental because it was offered by Simon from La Cave ŗ Bulles, for which many thanks! In a way itís an amazing shopping beer, because itís impressive, a sipper and gets you talking. From the luscious roasted malts to the big hop presence, but certainly too the addition of honey and licorice candy. It does have the thick, dark, almost sticky body and richness of the latter, so I wonít complain. Burned malts and a tasty alcohol warmth dominate the end while its the complex bitterness that lasts after that. Very heavy, very tasty. (Glass offered at La Cave ŗ Bulles, many thanks to Simon!)
FatPhil (8353) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour (Līgo Ziema 2014, Riga)
Black, barely pulls a head. Rich burnt roast aromas. Woh, dense as fuck in the mouth. Monster big. Alcohol not so well hidden. Not so much drinkable, but sippable. Marmitey, yeasty, burnt finish, touch of coffee. Keep coming back for more sips, so it must be doing something right.
ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super powerful IPA. Lots of bitterness, some earthy hops make this a distinctive taste.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7oz bottle served in a snifter
A - Pours a "dark brown edged" black color with a swift fading mocha head.
S - Old licorice/chocolate, rum, dates, chocolate cake batter, sweet bread.
T - Cocoa cake batter, sweet cream, heavily roasted malts, astringent bitterness, cherries, espresso, bitter chocolates, moderate leafy hop oils, chlorophyll, tobacco, goes right back to dry roasted chocolate malts, finishes with with moderate roasted bitterness, coating the tongue with hop oils.
M - Silky feel, medium and heavy at different stages, still a good amount of creamy carbonation, dry and bitter finish.
Wow! I havenít had this fresh but this is still pretty harsh. Nice aroma but the roasted coffee/malts, mixed with the resinous hop oils make for a stout and astringent drink. Iím very surprised the hop oils are still very bitter. 4 years has not mellowed this out. This could go for at least 2 to 3 more years. Wish I had another one of this vintage.
Serving type: bottle
WanderinCelt87 (125) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark opaque black with a light brown head. Has a very chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste is bitter like coffee with a hint of chocolate sweetness at the end. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.