bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ UDRM, Oirschot. Ash, whisky notes, dark chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Ash, dark chocolate and smoke in the almost vinous flavor. Alcoholic but still well balanced. Ashy aftertaste with dried fruit. Very good!
Koelschtrinker (9998) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Süßer und deutlich kaffeeartiger Antrunk, ausgeglichen. Dazu deutlich malzlastig, was sich schnell steigert. Dabei gleicht die Süße aus, so dass die Malzigkeit nicht so stark erscheint, wie sie eigentlich ist. Sehr schokoladig, herllich aromatisch, gleichzeitig wirkt der Hopfen frisch und bringt so neuen Schwung in das Bier. Sehr gelungenes und erstaunlich weiches Bier. 8/12/12/10//11
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
First sampling at the schoolhouse in December 2009, courtesy of Urbain who described it as "it’s what people dream about, but what we drink." Second tasting on draught at pre-ZBF, March 2009. Further samplings on days #1, 2 & 3 of bottle fermentation.
Black. Dark tan head, even apparent on day #1 after bottling. Aroma of roasted malts, dark bitter cocoa, prunes, very subtle whisky. Flavor has rich chocolate, wood, dark fruits. Bitterness progresses rapidly after bottling, bitter dry finish in other tastings. Wonderful.
Ratman197 (9560) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a translucent reddish brown nearly black with a lasting creamy brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, peat smoke, bakers cocoa and light oak. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bakers cocoa, peat smoke and light oak with a smooth lingering roasty peaty finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9471) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, roasted, dark fruit), light hops (floral), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of wood, prune, and leather. Flavor is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, roasted, dark fruit), light hops (floral), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of wood, alcohol, smoke, licorice, prune, and leather. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation and creaminess with a sweet finish.
Bov (9371) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of Allen - pitch black coloured with a dark beige foam; roasted aroma of nut with a touch of vanilla and oak; full-bodied and very thick, solid bitterness with an aftertaste of tar, roasted malts, nuts and chocolate with light woody notes; salty - robust and heavy
FatPhil (9191) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 330ml bottle (Tuulensuu, Tampere) (7:5:8:4:15=3.9)
Rich roasty aroma, gentle bacon component. Bacon really takes over in the taste, this is just full of smoky bacon. Smooth sweet palate, decent carbonation lightens the heaviness of the roast. Huge roast, but no astringency. Not quite up to the stunning Black Albert level, but a magical mellow super-rich stout. Not saying 13% at all.
Rerate: Tap (SBWF2012) (6:5:6:3:11=3.1)
Odd aroma, good dark roast, but some sour and bitter bite. Taste is apple seed bitterness. Metallic, a mess. A ruined Black Albert - don’t do that please.
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the Bottle at Chris O’s pre GBBF tasting, Kensal Rise 31/07/2010
Hop and roast aromas. Beige head. Black very strong in alcohol and hoppy with a dry and bitter coffee roast finish.
SirADNielsen (8960) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 Bottle @ home, courtesy of arminjewell. Huge thanks! Black appearance with a small dark brown head. Very roasty, dark chocolate, moderate anise, lightly peaty smoky, pretty intense aroma. Very rich, dark roasty chocolate malty, earthy, moderately peat smoky, anise flavor. Actually pretty smooth for 13% but it is very intense.
Update: I tried another bottle at Kulminator. Deep black appearance with a dark brown, thick head. Smoky, rich dark chocolate malty, peaty smoky, herbal, somewhat spicy, delicious aroma. Charred, roasty, burnt malty, swampy, smooth peaty smoky, mild coffee, rich chocolate flavor with a fairly sweet, charred, smoky finish. Fuck yea.
daknole (8950) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Noize...thanks my friend! Black pour, brown head. Aroma is quite roasty, ashy, molasses, peat. Flavor is boozy, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, ash, tobacco and a nice bitterness. Damn fine brew...awesome stuff.