Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Vintage. Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber in a stemless wine glass. the beer pours a nice black hue, with a low tan head. The nose shows really appetizing characters of chocolate milk, dark chocolate, and a slight roast note; along with a background note of Munich and perhaps a medium lovibond crystal malt. Any hop character has long fallen out of solution. The palate shows much of what was advertised in the aroma, with a touch more emphasis on roasted character. Milk chocolate, mellow roasted flavors, a nice residual caramel/toasted malt sweetness, and a finish that is absolutely surprising in its dryness. Again, hop bitterness seems nonexistent, indicating that the alcohol may be adding a touch of bitterness, along with the roasted malt. Overall, the beer shows a level of complexity and refinement that is exemplary. A stellar example of the style.
77ships (4405) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Benzai. 650 ml. bottle sampled @ “Tim needs to get rid of his ticks” Tasting. Enjoyed together with tderoeck, Benzai & Alengrin. 2013 Vintage. Black, solid reasonably big beige head. Nose is cold coffee, oily, chicory coffee & liquorish. Taste is bitter chicory coffee, bitter roots & herbs, roast, soy sauce, herbal, bark, pretty thick body. Decent but these just aren’t my preferred flavours.
Benzai (9143) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by me @ Tim needs to get rid of his ticks tasting. Black color, medium sized light brown head. Aroma is malts, dark malts, a hint of roast. Taste malts, dark malts, moderately sweet-bitter flavors, bitter, liquorice, soft roast. Velvety oily texture, medium body, soft yet suitable carbonation. Lovely beer.
Prufrockstar (1209) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Homer321. Shared with friends. Dark clear brown pour with no head. Aroma of dark fruit, marshmallow, chocolate, light roast, cherries. Taste: moderately sweet, lovely roast chocolate, lightly bitter finish with moderate warming. Palate: full body, slick texture, soft appropriate carbonation. Nice mouth coating. Overall: this is pretty freaking tasty.
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black Opaque Color, Huge Long Lasting Mocha Head, Lots Of Lacing. Toasted Malt, Chocolate Aroma. Toasted Malt, Sweet Chocolate, Slight Alcohol Zing To Finish Off. Soft Carbonation, Full Body. While There is A Slight Alcohol Zing, It Hides High ABV Pretty Well. Very Sweet. No Wonder It Is Called Big Beer Series. Nice. Savored and Enjoyed It. Recommended...
mstrcrwly (369) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft poured into a tulip glass..dark brown with a fluffy tan head..aroma of roasted nuts,chocolate,dark fruits..dry,malty and roasted flavor..very good.
toxichop (408) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 Bottle ABV 9.8. P: This is a very dark beer with a brown head that doesnt last long. S: So much is going on here you get molasses, lacto, dark fruits, raisins, coffee, a hint of soy, malt and a bit of ethanol. T: This is bold, dark roasted malts, coffee which is both bitter and sweet, dark fruits and raisins, with burned wheat toast to finish it off. M: Medium with somewhat high carbonation. O: Why did I put this off for so long, there is so much good stuff going on here without anything ever being overpowering.
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"surprise wish list beer - sweet! this one reminded me a lot of the recent aphotic baltic porter without the oak presence. very dry, roasted malt, lots of chocolate and dark fruit. done quite well."
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a brown head. Rich roasted malt aroma. Sweet and full bodied, but not too much. Pretty good.
boxofrane (2272) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the pourhouse. Pours pitch black with a medium sized brown head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate, mocha, coffee, cherry, raisin, slight alcohol. The taste has a ton of dark fruit, chocolate, sweet cherry, a bit of heat of the finish.
Darkmagus82 (1855) - - SEP 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-8-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep brown nearly black color with a one finger tan head. The head fades slowly over time to leave a great level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma is heaviest of dark fruits of raisin, cherry and prune with a roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Mixed with these stronger smells are notes of toffee and caramel as well as a warming alcohol smell. Quite delicious.
Taste – The taste begins heavy of toasted malt, chocolate, and a caramel sweetness. The caramel takes on more of a toffee like flavor more toward the middle along with some flavors of fig and raisin hitting the tongue. The sweeter flavors fade ever so slightly as some light coffee flavors and a bit of a boozy taste comes to the tongue. More bitter sweet chocolate comes to the tongue at the end along with a light smokiness leaving a nice darker and toasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was thick and creamy with a lower to average level of carbonation. The thicker body was fantastic for all the dark roasted flavors of the brew really allowing all the subtle (as well as the not so subtle) darker flavors to linger and be detected by the tongue.
Overall – Quite a delicious brew. Medium sweetness with a thick body and a nice roasted flavor profile. A very nice cool weather sipping brew.