deanso (8626) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle courtesy of Kermis/Rlgk. Thanks!
Thin creamy tan head. Clear very deep burgundy pour. Very smooth brew. Lovely
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[6830-20140930] 330mL bottle. Roasted figs and toasted woody bread crusts aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy tan head. Roasted figgy plum flavour has a nice soft boozy finish. Medium-full body. Good, the alcohol kind of sneaks around but it seems easy to drink at first. (8/3/8/4/15) 3.8
Svesse (7765) - 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.
Cuso (7627) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2014 Bottle from trade with Cunningham, many thanks. Almost black color with huge beige head. Nice strong coffee, roasted malt aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, plums in taste. Alcohol is evident, but not in disturbing way. Long coffee bitter finish. Tasty.
gyllenbock (7556) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Almost black with a medium tan head. Nice aroma and taste of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some fruit. The finish was dry and fairly bitter.
czar (7525) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours very dark brown with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. chocolate, booze, raisins, treacle and some milky notes - moderate to low sweetness, licorice, spices, burnt caramel and cereals, also some fresh dark red fruitiness, some pine, slightly earthy, hint of ashes and soy sauce. moderate to low carbonation, light to medium body - oily, grassy-spicy-piney-bitter coffee finish. balanced and tasty. pleasant surprise - very nice!
solidfunk (7351) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of roast malt with a good dose of bitter chocolate and a light note of rust. Creamy, thick texture with low carbonation. Pours black with mocha head and lacing. Bitter finish with a little caramel sweetness. Turns a little sour on the long term aftertaste. Bottle from lick-bough.
Geokkjer (7300) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of malt, some pine, some roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is sweet and roasted with some coffee, grains and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.
Ernest (7283) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (BB 2015-10-07).
Head is initially large, creamy/frothy, brown, fully lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, coffee), with light notes of alcohol, tar, minerals.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Let it be known that I played Unleashed’s "Midvinterblot" album while rating/drinking this...the title track of course being a sequence of verses praying to Thor, Freyr, and lastly Odin, but in general it’s one of this Swedish death metal band’s best albums. I think this is the 2013 edition based on the BB date (and it appearing on the winter beer shelf with all the other new stuff at a Systembolaget in Stockholm in Dec). Is it worthy of the sacrificial winter blot festival? Not so much, but it’s not bad. Very roasty/coffee-ish in the nose, but surprisingly watery and thin in the mouth relative to its size. Expected/hoped for something more rich and satisfying, but it’s basically just a straightforward roasty stout with more alcohol in it.
ogivlado (7174) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 330ml. -Black coloured, small cappuccino head, chocolat and mild coffee in the nose. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and licorice with pleasant notes of spices. Alcohol well hidden. Long bitter finish. Very nice indeed.