xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Jebbe. Opaque dark brown/black with small creamy tan head. Dry roasted malt aroma, a little alc, nice hop presence, a little coffee. Sweet roasted malt flavor with coffee, a little toasted malt, a little nuttiness and nice hop presence, a little woody. Medium, creamy body. A nice sweet and hoppy stout like thing.
emacgee (4136) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Got to try this again and was much more impressed with it with some age. Pours a dark black that allows some light. The head is two fingers creamy and chestnut. The nose is very intense, sweet, molasses, some mild alcohol, rich chocolate, malty, coffee. The flavor is also very rich and intense, molasses, mild soy, rich chocolate, malt, alcohol, coffee, bitterness becomes more of a late factor. Rich and smooth mouthfeel with a velvety coat and a warming finish.
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with huge beige long lasting head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and dark fruits. Sweet and vinious flavor with roasted malt, chocolate, liquerice and overripe fruits.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at the Carolina Crew gathering, Greenville - thanks to OldStyleCubFan for sharing! Biggest disappointment of the night for me. Certainly a very solid beer in every way, but falls well short of the hype surrounding it. As they say, just ’cuz it’s rare . . . Anyways. It was definitely too green, too young. Some hops were initially present, but it mostly came on with a deep wet vegetal funk that tended in my mind to overshadow the complexity of the malts and other flavors that others seem to have enjoyed. Solid but not much more, though would happily rate again if given the chance.
thebeertourist (4901) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Almost black with a huge, light brown, lacing head. Dark fruit and espresso aroma. A hint of alcohol. Gains complexity in the mouth with vanilla blending with coffee, chocolate and fruit. Soft. De Struise Brouwers continue to impress.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl bottle at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Black coloe, lovely brown head. Aroma is dried fruit and dark roasted malt. Flavor is fantastic fruits and roasted to burnt malt, chocolate and caramel sweetness, hints of coffee and a wonderful sourness. Wonderful aftertaste. A fantastic beer - celebrating rating number 1.000.
TBone (12988) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 Bottled@RBESG 2008 Grand Tasting
Pitch black, small tan head. Roasted, maybe a bit smoked nose. Sticky, liquerish, toasted, roasted flavors. Quite sweet - ageing? Good drinkability though. Re-rate at home pending. (7/4/8/4/16 3.9)
Bottled (BB 04/2012)
Pitch black, good thick creamy expresso head. Toasted coffee beans, smoke and tar in the nose. Full-bodied. Flavor is very roasted with molasses, dark malts, dark coffee, chocolate and tobacco. Somewhat crisp egde - quite high carbonation for this kind of beer. Not feeling like 13 %, but then aftertaste is very warming. Complex and interesting. (8/5/8/4/16 4.1)
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 19, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks Barak! Love the label. A cold pour reveals a black-ish liquid and a very tall head that lingers like a stubborn koon hound. Aromas of roasted chocolate. Full nectar with creamy carbonation and an oily texture. Up front and center is a massive charcoal meltdown that shape shifts into liquid copper and other heavy metals. A strong bitter cocoa character balances the heavy metallic essence precisely. This beer is rich and very complex pushing up chocolate, dark fruit, cakebread, roasted coffee bean, leather. The finish is long and lingers like a memory that consists of a car crash at 100mph, flipping the car as a result, and living to talk about it like it was a ride at some crazy amusement park in Tijuana the you just can’t miss. The hops show moderately on the end and bitter it up profusely. Extreme, strong flavored, and very generous with high ABV that I can’t seem to spot. Overall I’ll have to Trump it to 100 because the aromas was a little weak. I’m a lucky guy and yes I did flip a car, safely =)
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Courtesy of TPD975. The aroma is very fruity with light toasty notes, dark malt, cassiss and cherry. The flavor mirrors the aroma, but neither really wow me. It is quite boozy at times with honey notes int he finish. Very decent, but it just doesn’t do it for me like it has so many others.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think I’m thanking moejuck for this one: Pours a deep, syrupy black that looks like cola minus its carbonated body. Aroma is heavy and lingering of rum-soaked raisins, deeply roasted chocolate malts and coffee bean. Vinous-like quality. Flavor is dry, with an oaked flavor rounding out dark sugars, bitter chocolate, light coffee bean, brown sugar, and a tinge of spiced hops. Pretty warm finish. This is a BIG beer.