mickut (276) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head and good lacing. Full bodied with average carbonation and long, lightly bitter and burnt finish. Robust aromas have coffee flavors, roasted malts, hint of chocolate.
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black with a medium sized, dark tan, lasting head. Nose is sweet with touches of alcohol, molasses, and coffee. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of roasted chocolate and coffee. Finishes sweet with a touch of bitterness.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1996 Vintage: Heavy mapley aroma, and dark color with quick head. The flavor was woody and broad, with hints of coffee and chocolate.
The 2003 is much drier with much less body. Again, one to let age.
minihame2 (270) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with thick tan head. Malty aroma with roasted coffee. Slightly bitter overall taste, not overpoweringly roasty. Soft mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours jet black with a nice side tan head that has good lacing. Smoky roasted and nutty aroma. Smokey coffee and chocolate flavors. Creamy body with a slight bitter aftertase.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out black with a big frothy chocolaty head that takes its time before lacing to a thin layer. Looks spectacular. Smells of bakers chocolate, dark fruit, and roasty malt. The taste is crazy, in a very good way. Starts roasty, then transitions into bakers chocolate, then the dark fruit kicks in then washed away by a hop bite that dissapears to a coffee but silky flavor. So smooth in the mouth with a tickle of carbonation. I could drink these all night long.
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best if not the best beer in Finland. Delicious liquid chocolate ryebread with a nicely dry aftertaste. Winter warmer, summer dessert and simply a great beer.
wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours coffee brown with a large brown head. Roasted coffee, raisins and sweet caramel in aroma. Flavor is caramel, roastiness and it has a nice bitter finish.
spporras (259) - FINLAND - MAY 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2006 (Bottle BB 02/07/07) Roasted malty, coffee-like and chocolaty aroma. Black colour and large, brownish, slightly lasting head with good lacing. Roasted malty, very bitter, coffee-like, licorice-like flavour of long duration. Softly carbonated, slightly astringent, dry and full-bodied palate. Even though some Finnish micro brews are finally starting to approach the quality of ’Sinebrychoff Porter’, it is still the flagship of Finnish beers! An excellent brew! 31/08/06 (original rating was 8/5/8/5/16)