bb (8588) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a cocoa-colored head. Dark chocolate aroma with rich malt and light roast. Rich toffee/caramel flavor with earthy yeast and dark chocolate. Medium plus bodied. Rich toffee and chocolate lingers with light yeast and light earth. Nice complexity. Great balance. Alcohol well hidden.
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For my 100th rating!
Pours nearly opaque black with lasting tan head. The color is red brown around the edges where light gets through. The aroma is of dark malts, fruit, anise, coffee, and that odd but delicious tar-like smell. The flavor is first of sweet dark malts, balanced by hop bitterness. There are notes of dark cherry, licorice, coffee, alcohol, and some spice. The finish is bitterness of hops, coffee, and bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is creamy and warming. Overall, a very good beer.
Koelschtrinker (17734) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stark malzig-röstiger Geruch. SEHR cremig-malziger Antrunk, komplex, schier unendlich schokoladig, sehr hopfig, was sich aber anfangs nur hintergründig zeigt. Weiter cremig und stark malzig, besonders im Mittelteil ist das harmonische Zusammenspiel zu betonen. Vordergründig ist das Bier nun leicht fruchtig, sehr aromatisch, leicht kaffartig. Zum Schluss ist der Alkohol etwas stechend.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by Chris at Ebenezers. Pours a deep dark ruby almost black with a nice lasting sticky head and good lacing. Aroma on this batch is slightly skewed a bit more to the dark fruity side whereas some bottles I have had are more roasty chocolate and thinner overall- the dark fruity more full bodied batch is quite a bit better- light dark chocolates with just a hint of roast as it warms, nice Belgian yeast character and tons of big fruity and sweet malts, toffee, molasses, chocolate covered almonds, raisin, plum, and apricot. Good big malt flavor- more dried fruits, Belgian light yeasty spiciness, dark chocolate, honey and maple syrup , some hints of tar and anise. Big smooth palate and a great lasting finish.
reggiedunlop (3675) - 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 (1225) - 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 (15304) - 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 (5046) - 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 (4990) - 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 (5951) - 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.