fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Elizabeth Station, Bellingham, WA; vintage 2012
Pitch black color with generous, frothy brownish head. Intense aroma of roasted malt, with some firewood, lactose and light liquorice. Full bodied; the mouthfeel is a bit oily, but smooth; very good flavor of roasted malt, with some dark chocolate, roasted nuts, light Bitter digestive, and a bit too much liquorice; some leather too; it has a very strong bitterness, that hides the fair sweetness; the final is also a bit salty, providing alcohol warmth as well.
Bold and arrogant; well brewed, solid, but without nuances.
Travlr (15918) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Black color, thick brown head with decent retention. Aroma of bitter cocoa, caffe macchiato. Taste is vanilla, intense milk chocolate, chicolate covered espresso beans. Delicious.
yngwie (15390) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. It pours a dark, dark brown body, looking clear, and topped by a dense, small, light beige head. Sweetish, bready, caramel maltyness in the aroma, with licorice hints. Some molasses and alcohol. It’s full-bodied and warming, with soft carbonation. Lasting flavor with roasted notes, molasses, bread hints and caramel. Some roasted bitterness. Hints of coffee. After a good while, the hoppy bitterness chimes in, lasting for a long time. A complex and tasteful beer well worth a revisit. 130216
harrisoni (15071) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Exmouth Arms Finsbury. Black beer lasting tan head. Lots of choc and coffee on aroma. Cld be fuller in the mouth. Alcohol warmth on finish. Decent. I mean its like Sierra Nevada straight down the line solid but lacks character and the choc tends towards the dry papery variety. Good choc aroma fades in mouth
saxo (14844) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice, hops and is full bodied.
Dedollewaitor (14648) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ The 4th Annual Fastelavns-Smagning Ulfborg, 2013. Pours black with a creamy beige head. Roast, chocolate and mild honey. Sweet and vinous. Charcoal notes. Long finish
Theis (14468) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - white head. Pitch black - brown head. Chocolate, nice bitterness, light spicy, nice bitterness, dark choclate, light boozy, honey sweetness, thick oiley body, dark dark chocolate.
MiP (14465) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 10.2%. Creamed coffee aroma, hint of smoke. Black colour. Small dark brown head. The flavour starts off sweet with a fruity and sweet hop note. Turns salty and roasted with a late cream note. Late alcohol bitterness along with the bitterness of roast barley. Powerful, but fairly well-balanced. Gets rather boozy when nearing the end of the bottle.
Leighton (14043) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home in Salisbury, CT - picked up about six months ago in NH. Pours thick, dark brown-black, somewhat oily with a large, deep beige head. The aroma gives off burnt malts, dark chocolate, hefty roasted malts. Medium to big sweet flavor with liquidy dark sugars, baking cocoa, bitter earth, burnt wood, some molasses, mild raisin and raspberry. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet, lightly warming finish with bittersweet cocoa, general dark chocolate, dry chocolate cake, dirt, lightly torched wood. Pretty robust overall.
Rasmus40 (13912) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Black with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Oily. 160213