markextrae (1492) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 rating goes out for the new 33cl old batch. dark black with a thick mocha coloured head. coffee, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate notes. sweet fruity. caramel, whisky, less peated. Very balanced and complexExcellent.
k0mpsa (1490) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at konttori, tampere. Temptating black color with light brown head. Aroma of licorice, salmiakki, roasty and chocolate. Smooth delicious taste of chocolate, licorice, roasty, whiskey barrels.
bluejacket74 (1466) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, Scotch whisky, smoke, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some wood. It tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, Scotch whisky, dark fruit, coffee, wood, smoke, and some caramel and molasses. It’s sweeter than I was expecting it to be, not that I’m complaining. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s a bit slick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinks way too easy for being 13% ABV. I think this is a good overall brew, definitely worth trying!
Psytron (1463) - Turku, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell of tar. Pitch black colour, tiny brown head. Aroma of red wine, malts, burnt sugar. Sour, slightly bitter. Flat carbon.
charule (1428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to antonfred all the way from Greece. Spewed pitch black with crazy tan head. Was a gusher because they didnt leave enough airspace in the neck when bottled. Aroma strong with woody oak smokey lil peat roast choc. Light carb thick bod. Taste of smokey peat light bitter. Pretty good. If youre a scotch guy youd love it.
peteinSD (1416) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick and creamy burnt expresso-hued head. Viscous appearance in the glass. Aroma is relatively smooth with decadent chocolate, smooth malt, and a light whisky influence. Taste deviates from the aroma with rich, bitter chocloate and a very strong whiskey dryness. Some dry coffee and perhaps expresso in the taste as well. Very smooth and silky in the mouth. The transition from the chocolate IRS to the dry whiskey works extremely well. Amazing beer.
MeadMe (1385) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours a deep dark flat black with a nice mocha head. Okay retention with some nice spotty lace.
S: Bold aromas. Lots of raw cocoa, fresh espresso, green hops, and light barrel.
T: Nice flavors. Sweet chocolate, very rich raw bitter chocolate, ash, oak, whiskey, and mild dark fruits.
M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, bold, good.
D: Very nice.... wonderful beer.
kbutler1 (1372) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured into the classic Darkness tulip glass. Pours a really dark brown/black with a slight tan head. Pretty carbonated. Holy barrels Batman! This thing is just loaded with the whiskey barrel aroma, so much so, that it almost wipes out all other smells. Some tobacco and leather makes its way know in the nose as well. Earthy/woody as well. Sweeter than I thought it would be to start which then transitions to a leather and bitter aftertaste. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Some coffee notes as well. The booze definitely makes itself known as it warms slightly. Dark fruit notes as well in almost a cloying way. It’s a sipper for sure and not the best really at that.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at Max’s. Thick black pour, not much head. Just a bunch of alcohol on the nose. Weak and watery flavor with some sweetness and spice. Very woody, maybe cedar. Messy and alcoholic.
Muggus69 (1362) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle BB 29/12/2016
Diabolical black sump oil in my glass. Holds a pale brown espresso foam.
Intense nose; vegemite, vinous plums and cherries, darkest of espressos and chocolate, treacle, vanilla, charred oak, with an earthy smokey spice.
Seriously thick, oily stuff. Low carbonation, clings to the palate, yet dries out with a big hit of acrid roast.
Delivers a big dose of treacle sweetness upfront on the body. More intense black coffee and cocoa powder, followed up by port-like vinous fruits. Lingering oaky spice and subtle earthy smoke. Warming finish with firm bitterness.
Sinister stuff, very full on. Despite it all, probably underdelivers compared to its parent beer, Black Albert.