gyllenbock (5796) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at SBWF 2013.
Black with a tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some light cocoa. Similar taste. Smooth with a nice creamy mouthfeel. The finish was on the dry side and bitter. A great one.
Onionkid (371) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma is boozy and malty. The taste is chocolate, booze and malts. The important bit is that it’s all so well balanced. For the abv, this is phenomenal. Very highly recommended. 10.2% alcohol.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours near black with a trim espresso head. Aroma has chocolate, some caramel, molasses and some resin. Taste is sweet with hop bitterness balancing it out. Its sweeter and less hoppy than I’d expect from SN, but you get the bitterness/roast at the end. Creamy/slick body. Pretty good stuff. I wouldn’t have guessed the ABV was over 10%.
TimsRatings (421) - - SEP 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz bottle.
Pours a really dark brown with caramel colored head. Aroma hints of coming maltiness and cocoa. Tastes of (are you sitting down?) malt and cocoa in a very nice collaboration.
Another nice beer that will be enjoyed in front of a fire this coming winter.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with half a finger of head. Lots of roasted malt in the aroma as well as chocolate and a bit of alcohol. Coats the mouth, the taste follows the aroma.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tan, finger head.
Smell coco, vanilla, bit of coffee.
Thick, full bodied.
EtTuCthulhu (1375) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color of this beer is an opaque black color with a medium brown head, and the aroma, although light, smells like roasted malts with a hint of coffee. The taste combines a quite umami character with a slight sweetness and a touch of bitterness, and the palate combines a full body, long smokey finish, oily texture, and a soft carbonation.
freeofthoughts (684) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep dark brown with khaki fizz. Nice grainy aroma some bitter cocoa and sweet malts. Rich malty flavor, dense bittersweet cocoa and burnt toffee. Very hidden fruits come up in time but still lay under filling roasted grains. Nice balancing dryness ads to finish. Looking forward to adding it a year or so.
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Ocean depth black in appearance with a cap of mocha foam. Aroma is a blend of coffee, roasted malts, molasses and cocoa powder with a bit of earthy hops around the edges. The flavor begins with a strong dose of smoky roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and dark roast coffee followed by notes of brown sugar, licorice and pine resin. The body is silky smooth and creamy with medium carbonation and more dark roasted malt and a touch of booze in the finish. As expected, a unique RIS and a worthy addition to the High Altitude series.
Hermod (4358) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 Fl. Oz bottle. 2012. Pitch black, thin brown head. Heavy roasty aroma, cocoa, licorice, hops, wood, quite complex and inviting. Wow, just what an IS should be. Massive. Smooty, oily mouthfeel. Roasted malty with tons of licorice, sweetness and coffee. Hoppy, dryer finish with licorice and cocoa lingering forever. Full bodied. Amazing.