Jesterdeal (1580) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma if chocolate, rye and sour cherries. Pours black and thick. Taste is smoky with peat, rye, and chocolate. Delicious and sticky.
bytemesis (2414) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - one of those little 11.2 oz guys thanks to Alen! Says best by 2015 on the bottle. Unlike the new 750ís, this is not tart at all. Infection free zone. Pour is inky black with a large creamy brown head that lasts for a looonnnnggg time and laces well. Aroma is roasty, dark sugars, licorice. Flavor follows, light sweet and heavy bitter, strong anise/licorice notes. Not much smoke or peat here, some whiskey, barrel notes and perhaps some peatiness in the finish. Fairly light bodied, high carbonation. Bitter as hell on the finish. Not bad.
rxeight (975) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml. Opened after BD. Black as night pour. Nose has some Belgian tartness. With a bit of smoky scotch. Taste is scotch and stout. Like if bourbon county used scotch barrels instead.
Imperial_Scout (355) - Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black and minimal head after settling. Nose is tart and yeasty. Body is thick. Drinks like a sweeter imp stout. Plums dark cherry flavors. Good but state side this hog was 45 bucks. Falls a bit short.
bartlebier (1083) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught sample @Brugs BF 2014, ZA. Luring dessert aroma, leading into a perfectly designed, monodimensional bourbon-infused Wiener Kaffee with a whisp of cask smoke, making it both viscous and dry, never sticky or too sweet. Lingering, palate-coating finish, hopjes drenched in bourbon reduction.
Fritz123 (707) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Sybarite Pig in Boca. (Danís birthday!!) Snifter pour. Black as night and slightly oily. Small head lingered and laced. Awesome aroma of heavy roasted malts, scotch, vanilla, spices, and Brazil nuts. The taste was interesting with the scotch barrel really knocking on the palette up front. Smooth booze and barrel on the back-end. Didnít seem like a 13% however. Medium carb, full body. Good but not a favorite.
garthicus (2567) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
With great thanks to harrisoni who gifted me this in London a couple of weeks ago, very thoughtful. Thanks Ian. Appearance: Pitch black, medium mocha head. Aroma: Chocolate, espresso, leather, wood, very rich, vanilla pod, a hint of alcohol. Flavour: Lots of wood and a great espresso, rich dark chocolate, delightfully light to medium mouthfeel despite how rich the flavours are, lots of dark fruit and a wonderful coffee and chocolate finish that lasts forever, magic.
kerenmk (1874) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks Tom L. Very black with tan head. Sweet aroma, very little soy and also something burnt. Umami taste, slightly salty and then sweet. Smooth, full body, alcoholic finish.
BlackHaddock (3161) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My night cap on 31st Jan 2014: a shared 0.75 litre bottle at the end of the Belgian Beer Board website bottle exchange.
Good beer to finish on.
Black, oily and flavoursome. My taste buds were shot by now and my notes are difficult to decipher in the cold light of day. I liked it, thatís for sure: donít really know why though!
Alcoholic, coffee and oaky in flavour and smell, according to my scribble, with a full, rich depth of body. That will have to do.
hohops (77) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a snifter. Pours like oil, dark brown head which doesnít last long. No light escaping at all. Aromas of coffee, chocolate fudge, slight whisky notes (not as much as expected), bit of vanilla sweetness. The taste is bitter, very dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee/espresso, undertones of whisky-drenched dark fruit- plum and raisin. Some vanilla sweetness towards the end, with a little bit of alcohol warmth. Thick and viscous, coats the palate, almost chewy. Very full bodied and intense, and very nice indeed.
Homer321 (883) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2014
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
750 ml bottle bought at knighly spirits in Orlando. poured into a snifter. moderate brown head, pitch black color. Ho Lee Hell. Acetobacter and vinegar in the nose initially, followed by a solvent, sharpie marker kind of smell. taste is not pleasant, very phenolic and off putting, tastes worse than any high alcohol farmhouse ale Iíve ever had. This is foul and I hope the distributor or store is doing something about it since these beers arenít cheap. This could quite possibly rival Lambeak Wants Blood Orange for the worse sour beer I have ever had.