reggiedunlop (3403) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a nice deep black with a thick mocha head..nice retention and lacing. good amount of sediment visible throughout. aroma is complex with dark chocolate, alcohol, coffee, spicy hops, dark fruit, and anise. flavor is sweeter than expected but very nice...notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, and a touch of anise with a nice spicy hop character to round it out. unbelievably thick and creamy mouthfeel, nearly viscous, with a warming roasty finish.
esox (1168) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 10, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Kertsbier festival, Bruges. Pitch black beer with a medium-sized beige head tha is creamy and lasting. The aroma has floral hops, dried fruits and licorice. The flavor is very malty, dark, medium roasted and sweetish. Some candy sugar too. Drier and a bit ashy in the finish with medium bitterness. The palate is almst full bodied, soft and bitter in the finish. Very well balanced and drinkable sout.
MiP (14001) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2011 Draught, 13%. Very muddy appearance. Layers of yeast in a very dark brown colour. Small brown head. the flavour starts off yeasty and quite malty. Dark sweet maltiness and a distinct pepper finish. 7 3 7 3 16
Bottle, 13%. Distinct sherry aroma. Black colour, very small white light brown head. Not as muddy as the draught version I had. Good sweet flavour. Quite alcoholic, but does not taste 13%. Balanced by the sweetness, though.7 3 7 3 19
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2009 Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival 2008. Black color with tan head. Toasty, berryish, chocolatey, medicinal, grassy and appley aroma with hint of solvent. Sweetish, vinous, nutty, berryish, medicinal and chocolatey flavor with hint of solvent. Very smooth and drinkable for 13 ABV. Complex with good vinous and nutty character.
Rating of the 0.33 l bottle (vintage 2007) on June 2009: Black with creamy tan head. Tart, vinous, berryish, chocolatey and perfumed aroma with licorice and dark sugar. Firm vinous, licoricey, roasty and medicinal flavor with dark fruits and hint of metal. The coffee-chocolate-charcoal roastiness is more upfront than in the draught version. 7-4-7-4-15=3.7. I prefer the fresh draught version.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 Bottle@Home. Very strong aroma of chocolate, mocha and coffee with black currant. Thick, pitch black, large brown firm head, good lace. Sweet, bitter, sugary start, loads of dark malts, licorice, chocolate, fruity (black currant mainly), cola finish. Very full, sparkling, warming. Great stuff. At least I thought so far. But halfway the glass I found it to be too sugary, lacking some complexity and maltiness, especially the roasted/bitter touch. Still a nice beer.
Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2013 Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge deep brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep dry black chocolate with an intense hoppy dry finish. Taste is also a very nice mix between some deep dry chocolate malt with some dry hops and a dry roasted malt and coffee finish. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol was apparent. Very complex and not totally American in it approach to the style. A more creamy body would render this even better in my opinion.
Re-rate: 2008 bottle drank in 2013: Wow! This beer has totally changed. There is almost no sign of roasted malt which has been replaced by port notes due to oxidation. This is still enjoyable though nothing close to the original.
GonZoBeeR (2984) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma:rosted malt,sugar,liiquorices aroma...
appearance:dark balck,good brown head...
Flavor:rosted malt,alcohol,liquorices good...
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2013 Bottle thanks to dchmela. Pours with a thick, creamy brown head and a very dark brown body. Lace and legs left on the glass. Aroma of alcohol, grass, candi sugar, chocolate, cocoa, lactose, bakery, and Belgian yeast. Taste is meaty, unami, chocolate, wood, smoke, nutty with an ultra long duration, vinous finish. Silky, creamy mouthfeel, great alcohol flavor and presence.
Batch 0. Pours with a black hue and a large tan head with great retention. Aromas are of dark chocolate, figs, deep esters, fudge, glug wine mulling spices, light metal, port. Vinous. Complex, rich and layered. Flavors are malty, earthy, roasty, tar and tobacco. Ash and fig. Moderate alcohol, good malt structure. Medium body, vinous raisins. Lightly warming.
Borresteijn (5193) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma of liquorice, some coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar, hops. Flavour is sweet, roasted malts and coffee, some chocolate and liquorice. Nice bitter finish with a lingering coffee flavour, which comes out more when the beer warms up. Medium to fullbodied, good carbonation. Very good beer, but a bit too smooth, it lacks a bit of edge imo. And is this really 13%?!
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Saved this one for my 100th rating! Pours thick black and opaque with a thick mocha coloured head. Aroma is huge and complex. Candied lemon, coffee, chocolate, plums, strawberries, and cherries. Tastes initially sweet and then changes with every second it’s in your mouth. Plums, cherries, strawberries, dried apricots, caramel, anise, coffee, a huge wave of chocolate on the finish. This is a really good beer. Smooth, not very bitter, I just want to drink this all day.