Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: malt, sourish, rye, old berries, roasted.
Bitter, knäckebröd, sweet (however vaguely), megamalt.
Mouthfeel: odd, fizzy, rough, rich but pretty dry.
CinnamonGirl (40) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2005 Bought and brought home from Utobeer in London. Not available in Norway. Heavy stuff. Lots of malt with "strange fruit"! Iodine-like taste (or is it just the bottle shape? - ha, ha!), which I cannot make up my mind about. Roasted malt mixing with hoppy bitterness, quite nice.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Red label. Minimal head, black. Smooth porter-like taste. Dry, flower-like palate. Short aftertaste. Undemaning and a it boring. A small hint of coffee and cheap chocolate in aftertaste if you want to be kind.
andershn (90) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cL bottle. Dark brown with reddish tones, quickly disappearing head. Aroma of charcoal and sweet caramel which combine into a flavour of burned caramel with a long aftertaste of licorice. Good beer.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 Bottle (500ml)e. *found it in the back of my beer locker - at least 10 months old - here goes!* Poured a deep black (ruby tinted), very bubbly but a minimal froth of light brown head. Aroma ... very dark too - strong coffee, chocolate, overroasted malt, medium hop-bitterness, licorice, sour wine, moss, pine resin. A nice thick, oily mouthfeel - taste milder than the nose, but along those same lines - licorice, sweet turkish coffee, loam, chocolate, stewed fruits. Average length linger, starts toasted malt sweet, some balancing hops chimes in at end / as it warms, gets a little kola nut / root beer aftertaste going. Very nice, almost a dessert beer. (kept it dark and cool, so the green bottle didn’t cause problems)
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown, almost black with very small tan colour head. Aroma is very mild - nuts, fruity and maybe a hint of coffee. Very think to the palate - almost like Maple syrup. Flavours are mostly malt and nuts with an earth finish.
MiP (15158) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Roasted flavour, fruity finish. Good body.
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
After the Organic Pale Ale I was really looking forward to this one. Once again I really like the bottle. When poured it has a deep dark colour with only the slightest of glimmer when held up to the light. The head is good and lasting. I thought the nose was a little underdone for my expectation in that there are hints of nuttiness and maly but not as obvious as I would have thought. The flavour is equally lacking in depth and presence. There are some hops and roasted maltiness there but insufficient to meet expectations.
JoeMcPhee (9244) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle. Very dark brown, almost black beer with a ruby tint. Sweet nutty aroma, some herbal sweetness underneath. Some toasted caramel malts. Sweet malty flavour up front with a toast and coffee flavoured finish. No roastiness. A bit of earthy hop character toward the finish. Decent bitterness rounding off the finish. Very porter-like and a pretty solid brew.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Absolutely opaque black with absolutely no head. Aroma is dominated by a kind of fruity coffee if that makes any sense. Flavour is very sweet with well roasted malt but not burnt, which is a good thing. Finish is a bit burnt and has a significant alcohol presence. This knocks things down a bit. Lightly carbonated with a very thick texture. Pretty good stuff except for the end which may be what lingers in the memory.