Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black color with a viscous quality. Sweet, alcoholy flavor. Tastes a little like syrup. Rich, deep chocolate flavor with some mild bitterness. Very good.
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has an aroma of sweetened motor oil (which is a bad thing) and similar appearance (which is a good thing). Flavors are very complex, but too 'peppy' for me. No consistent theme: I taste coffee, dark berries, roasted wood, lots of malt, and I don't know what else. I'd like this better if it was less complex and equally bitter, or less bitter and equally complex.
maltdog (616) - Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Inky, oily black in the glass with a small but lasting mocha head. Raisins, prune, tangy licorice (treacle?), and pinesap in the nose. Smells become fruitier as it warms. Tastes of darkest roasted grain, espresso, unsweetened chocolate, and broad earthy bitterness. Long finish with these same flavors, ends somewhat chalky. Actually seems more bitter afterward, like charcoal.
piscator34 (1946) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black in colour with a small off white head. Aromas of sweet malt, dark berry fruit, and a bit of soy. Flavors of prune dominate along with notes of black licorice and a bit of iron. Nice mouthfeel. Less "bright" fruit than I had expected, and quite dominant alcohol presence as well.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
a nice solid porter. A lot thicker and darker then I was expecting, but I think i was just happy that this beer washed the hop flavor out of my mouth.
Gorbalev (2905) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks Harry. Black pour, small tan head. Mild acidity and chocolate in aroma. Thin mouthfeel. Really acidic taste, roasted as well - a nice porter balance. I found it even too thin for the style though. Strong lingering roasted chocolate in finish. A pretty decent but not mind blowing porter that aged decently.
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... A&K’s4thAHBT... Totally black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. The nose is chocolate, vanilla and roasted nuts. Well-balanced flavor, but it doesn’t match the roastiness or richness of the aroma. A touch burnt and tangy. Medium-bodied and fizzy. Finishes crisp and fairly clean.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one suffered being in comparison to the Olfabrikken, which we sampled directly before. A big sweet treacle aroma. Doesn’t seem to have the depth of flavour that the abv should command - it’s fairly bland and a bit watery. Good beer, but I expected more from this.
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - JUL 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark, almost black beer with a nice and creamy dark beige to brown head. Aroma is suggesting a sweetness in the taste, it has a well hidden sour accent and lots of coffee hints with a touch of roasted malts. Taste is dryer than expected and the beer leaves a slight midicinal touch in the taste. It is faintly herbal, malty and spicey. In the afthertaste you can notice accents of dry honey, grass and hops. Nice beer with good ballace, but lacs that extra touch to be great.
RobertGBG (109) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sourness, dark black with a little head, some coffee, soot, tar, a little watery, some bitterness, big minus on the smell