VsXsV (2409) - Linköping, - NOV 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with a thick, medium to big sized mocha head. Nice lacing. Aroma of fresh ground coffee, dark fruit, ash, bitter chocolate, bread, smoke and some sweet alcohol. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of coffee, piney hops and light ash. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Not flat as last year’s version. This one’s actually really good. Nice going.
Hopmaestro (174) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An aroma of roasted malts and licorice with a hint of chocolate. The taste brings even more to the table and for being a porter it is super-tasty and flavorful. Sweet malts with a licorice and coffee touch and a hint of wood in the undertone. The aftertaste is medium sweet with a warm touch from the alcohol and medium bitterness, very well balanced. This is actually one of the best Swedish winter brews around.
djoeye (1725) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black brown body, light brown small and diminishing head, lacingless.
Aroma; roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa, dusty brown hops, paint(?).
Taste; roasted black malts, winey stuff, dark fermented fruits, hops, and goes to finish with dark fruits, cocoa, dark chocolate.
Feels as a well bodied, but a bit slippery porter.
Overall; when all dishes are eaten, and the Xmas chocolate and fruits are on the table, this is a suitable pal for the occasion.
[33cl brown embossed bottle, abv8%, BB16-09-2016, B@Systembolaget Storheden Luleå]
thb (700) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Inky black, mocha foam (thinnish). Aroma is lots of chocolate, toast, leather. Taste pulls out the same plus a lot of fruits - blackberries and the like. Sweet, bitter in balance. Lots going on, lots of evolution throughout the sip. Good.
grubypawel (60) - - NOV 23, 2014
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
New 2014 bottle from Systembolaget. The packaging says chocolate and coffee, but all I get is caramel malt and toasted bread. Pours a headless black. Disappointing.
Linnet (1141) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coffee, chocolate, licorice, ash, transluscent black colour, small, beige head, medium bite, salty, mid-sweet, full of character and well rounded, fullbodied, soft carbonation, warming finish. Solid.
BiffNilsson (249) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kolsvart vätska med liten brun krona.
Fyllig doft med inslag av rostade nötter, kaffe och choklad.
Smaken är syrlig med mycket kaffekaraktär och nyanser av plommon.
dfearnley (1048) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to pint glass
Blackberry, coffee, chocolate, and toasted malt. Black with a 2 cm creamy dark tan head that reduces quickly to a thin mottled head. Taste is toasted malt, bread, dark chocolate, coffee, and a little caramel and a hint of sourness.
gilvanblight (796) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark but clear pour. Almost no head. Rich and smokey caramels. Very nice and easy to drink. Not at all boozy. Dig this
Svesse (6234) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Black colour with lasting, rocky, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit (figs, raisins), liquorice, black rye bread and hints of orange peel. Malty, roasted taste with notes of black coffee, dark chocolate, cacao, liquorice, black rye bread, dark fruit, some vanilla sweetness, hits of burnt sugar and a generous coffee bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, with a certain sweetness. Not quite as powerful as the stronger 2011 version, but a bit more balanced, actually in excellent balance. Lovely beer.
jercraigs (8013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014-09-30. Black body, nice brown head fades. 3+ Lightly fruity alcoholic dark malt, moderate roast malt. 7++ Flavour is similar, rich sweet dark malt character, fruity lightly tangy accents, notes of dusty cocoa. Light alcohol throughout is delicate considering how strong it is, moderately warming in the throat. Smooth medium to full bodied has light carbonation. Pretty nice. Bottle cellared close to a year, BB 2014-12-17, from the LCBO, Toronto