Sevenlee (1451) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours totally black with a dark brown head. Aroma is malt, roastiness, caramel, chocolate, soy sauce, smokiness and peat. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to a big roasty finish. Awesome!
Psytron (1440) - 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.
Holmen2 (1437) - NORWAY - SEP 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at Mi2 15.09.14. Black. Dark beige head. Very complex aroma. Old red wine, dark chocolate, coffee and sweet vanilla. Similar taste. Quite dry. Dry bitterness in aftertaste.
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.
markextrae (1406) - 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.
charule (1400) - 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.
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.
kbutler1 (1367) - 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.
Jblauvs (1350) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Black pour with a tan head. aroma is chocolate powder, some subdued whiskey, wood, subtle barrel notes, some light peat. Flavor is an explosion of peaty whiskey, chocolate powder. Absurdly drinkable, smooth and creamy, this shit is dangerous at 13%. Delicious.
Muggus69 (1348) - 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.