Christian (11052) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Jet black with a small, light brown head. Aroma of malt, toffee, licorice and bourbon-like alcohol. Roasted malt flavour ranging from licorice to charcoal, some alcohol in the finish.
RBESG August 2011, The Rake. Much more vineous with dried fruits and sherry notes. Just about the same numbers.
bhensonb (10904) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Coop in Davis, CA. It is indeed a black pour with a 2-finger tan/brown head. Aroma is primarily chocolate over dark roasted, not burnt, malt. Full bodied with chewy carbonation. Flavor is a touch of heat, dark roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate bitter. Very well integrated. The hop doesn’t stand out until things have pretty well gone down. Guess that’s a description for the finish. Really outstanding. Great nose.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010
Date: August 23, 2008
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: black, fine tan head, drippy sudsy lace
Aroma: dark chocolate aroma with a touch of sweetness, just a hint of fruityness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, creamy milky sweetness balances the bitterness from the roasted and dark chocolate to bring out a milky chocolate
Date: June 13, 2010
Appearance: black, huge brown head, layers of lace
Aroma: black chocolate aroma, touch of licorice and sweet caramel, hint of fruityness and sherry
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice sweetness balances the bitterness from the dark chocolate, touch of fruityness is emerging and enhanced by the sweet sherry character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
brokensail (10738) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours black as night with great viscosity. A nice tan head about a finger and a half tall.
S: Smells like...dark chocolate (crazy, I know). The roasted malt really comes through on this as well as the booze (especially as it comes up to temperature).
T: I find this to be really boozy at first, but with each sip, it calms down and the other flavors come out. When I say other flavors I mean the roasted malt, the bitter taste that I perceive to be the chocolate, and some sweetness from the oatmeal.
M: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation which lends the beer a wonderful creamy smoothness.
D: This is still a bit "hot", but keeps on getting better. I’m glad I have several more to hold on to.
Tmoney99 (10545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Heavy roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Good complex roasted flavor with a medium to heavy roasted bittersweet finish of long duration. Good complex standout brew.
Koelschtrinker (10435) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Würzig malziger Antrunk mit gelungenen nussigen Schokoladennoten und hellem Getreide (Hafer), dabei nie alkoholisch. Rund un voll, harmonisch, wenig trocken. Schokoladiger Langer Abgang mit subtilder Getreidenote. Sehr gut! 12/13/12/13//13
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with tiny beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and chocolate notes. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and woody notes.
rlgk (10254) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at The Rake. Had spent three years in the pubcellar before being served. Black beer, brown head. Malty vinous aroma, chocolate, cocoa, milky, creamy, cocoa, some licorice. Hoppy chocolate flavor, milky, vinous, nuts, cocoa, creamy, licorice. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Travlr (10196) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Like eating a very bitter Hershey bar. Over the top. Not subtle. Full bodied, creamy. Use earplugs.
Maria (10136) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom! It is pitch black with a nougat colored, creamy head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, ash, chocolate, light smoke, wood and it is funny, but I can smell the bitterness. The flavour has a roasted and hoppy bitterness, notes of roasted malt, wood, bitter chocolate, light sweetness and coffee and a hint of ashes. It is at the same time both very bitter and yet smooth, complex and yet straight forward, and interesting mix.