CraftBeerNick (1692) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml Bottle BBE 30/09/18 at home, shared with The Beast, 6th February 16. Opened carefully after reports of gushing, not even a hiss! The beer pours black, little bit if a head, in fact carbonation spot on. Aroma is chocolate, leather, wood, barrel. Taste is complex, chocolate, never too sweet, good bitter cocoa, oak, slight port or vineous, no where near as much as I expected. Blackberries completed integrated into this beast. Great beer.
phaleslu (8983) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by Steve at Mark’s gigantic tasting- thanks again, Steve! Pours a deep, nearly opaque cocoa brown with a minimal bubbly head. Notes of rich chocolate, oak, blackberries, figs, mild roast, earth, and sweet, rich, vinous port wine throughout. Drier nose, sweeter flavor. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a rich, smooth, sweet mouthfeel. Hides the ABV well, but it’s a big one.
hallinghansen (2614) - Odense SV, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Bullerup Pubben’s , Re-Opening/Solar eclipse pt. 2. Black body with a small offwhite head. Roasted malt, port wine, tart berries, light alcohol,
Plovmand (7487) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at The Bullerup Pubben reopening/Solar Eclipse pt. 2 tasting. Pours opaque black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is loaded with black berries, chocolate, oak, vinous berries and sweet roasted malts. The flavour is deep ripe berries, with dark chocolate and some roasted malty notes. Incredible use of the black berries and the chocolate that the roasted malts provides. Thanks Dolle!
Dedollewaitor (15250) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Bullerup Pubben’s , Re-Opening/Solar eclipse pt. 2. Pours black with a creamy beige head. Fizzy carbonation - wanna leave the bottle - fucking typical Struise ish. Wood , roast, ashtray, tart fruity edge. Can’t believe they fooled me again. So fucking mediocre stuff at best! Don’t spend your loot or your trades on this. Yeast, dust and a tart almost infected like edge. Crap!
Alengrin (4083) - BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The first one in this great series of "dark twists of the mind", vintage 75 cl bottle of a couple of years of age. Very violent gusher: the liquid poured out of the bottle upon opening and I lost half a pint in the sink; the foam kept creeping out of the bottle afterwards for minutes on end. I guess the sugars from the added blackberries kept fermentation going inside the bottle for years but obviously this is not a pleasant start. Anyway, what I captured had a deep brownish beige, moussy, frothy, very thick head thinning after a while and completely dissolving in the end, and an ink black colour, completely opaque. Aroma fortunately does not show signs of infection - affirming my guess that it is the fermentation of the fruit sugars which caused the gushing. I get impressions of coffee grounds, some dry cocoa powder, earth, wet leather, red port but subtly so, blackberry indeed, warm oak and vanilla-like tannins, pipe tobacco gone completely dry, unripe kiwi, chestnuts, straw, candied fig. Quite intense taste, candied and dried fruits, restrainedly sweet, dates, hint of dried banana, surrounded by a soft fruity sourishness which could come from the blackberries, but if I hadn’t known about them, it could have been redcurrant or even blueberries just as well. Meaty and somewhat teriyaki umami flavours hang around in the mouth cavity too, above a thick and viscous layer of caramelly, nutty and chocolatey malts, providing smoothness and sweetness and matching well with the Belgian yeast and the fruit - the first being more ’clean’ than is often the case in Belgian ales, but in this particular style, such a feature is obviously very welcome. Lovely, rich bittersweet finish, with the thick maltiness gliding through the throat and carrying a glow of warming, brandy-like alcohol though no alcohol burn, a lovely and well-dosed drying woodiness and an equally well-measured herbal hop bitterness; the initial soft berry tartness remains as well and adds some more drought in the end, but it is the chocolatey malt bittersweetness which has the final word. The gushing is all forgiven after tasting this: I really hate it, but in this case the flavour is rich and intense enough to ignore it and just enjoy a few glasses of the stuff on this gloomy autumn afternoon.
jinroh (1024) - ESTONIA - NOV 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black, a bit reddish. Aroma is full, booze, nice fruity tingle. Black bitter chocolate. Coffee flavour also there. Not really getting much of blackberries. But maybe they contribute to fruitiness. Some leathery peat in the background. Aftertaste lingers, sweetish, pretty good. Kind of difficult to keep track between five different damnations in one go. Great anyway!
SlackerMads (2615) - DENMARK - NOV 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with MF666 <3. Black with a small light brown head. Taste all syrup, chocolate, cocoa, wood, minerals, earth, mild smoke. Full body, sticky texture, fine carbonation. Not offensive and carries the abv well, still not something that really stands out or gets me exited except for the sugar and booze. Perhaps a different experience when it was fresh as there is no trace of blackberries in it now.
willisread (1923) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks Jon! Pitch black pour without a head. Roasted malt, faint smoke and light blackberry on the nose as it warms. Taste is fairly roasty with some espresso and roasted caramel. Not sweet, but some dark fruit and light sourness on the finish.
shoulderbroken (3320) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks Jon. Very nice. Aroma is little smoky, dark and roasty. Taste is very nice, roast, caramel, chocolate, little sweetness. Little bit of sourness, is that the blackberries?