thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(33cl bottle thanks to blutt59) jet black with deep tan head that lasts and is creamy. Nose of espresso, coffee, chocolate syrup, and very nutty. Taste of alcohol, dark chocolate, metal, medium thick creamy body.
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a gorgeous thick black with a long lasting dark brown head. Nose is very cool, heavy on fruity rum notes with lots of roasty coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is closer to Black Albert with less roasty imperial stout notes and an overall smoother body. Coffee roast flavor is big in the flavor with hints of chocolate vanilla and a very nice fruity note that is probably partly from the rum barrel and from the fruitier Black Albert. Quite different from Black Damnation as it doesn’t quite have the huge palate. A very very good belgian imperial stout.
BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours with a huge black body and a large tan head that stays. Aroma is coffee, peppery (heat as well) and strongly grassy. Taste is a bit metallic, coffee, fruity, sweet, tropical and oak. Some vanilla and molasses as an afterthought. Lively bubbles.
asheft (2372) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Potent vanilla and mocha aroma with sweet pumpernickel and a touch of hazelnut iced coffee. Opaque, oily black under a reddish brown foam. Massive toasty vanilla coffee dark chocolate flavour with a dark chocolate bitterness. Burnt almond. Full body, moderate carbonation, lasting black malt bitterness.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours midnight black with a mid-sized, light brown head. Fantastic retention. The nose offers charred wood and acrid espresso grounds with whispers of cayenne and chili peppers. Full-bodied and slick with medium carbonation. The flavor suggests mild acidity, heavily roasted black and chocolate malt sweetness and carbonaceous bitterness. Burnt, bitter, lightly tangy finish. Thanks go out to darkguardian for sharing this one with the Delray Beach gang!
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Massive coffee aroma with just a hint of vanilla and a little woody-ness. Flavor is light-medium sweet chocolate cover espresso beans with a light astringency on the finish.
screwball (1098) - Motala, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this at the brewery in Oostvleteren. Pours totaly black. Has a begie head. They have really gone "All in" on the coffee on this one. Both aroma and flavor is totaly dominated by coffee. It´s really pleasent! The mouthfeel is very nice. Has a nice dry feel to it as well.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. This one looks like a real stunner. Pitch black and ominous, with a tall, lasting column of spongy, light brown foam, this beauty leaves thick, semi-solid sheets of lacing all the way down the glass. The nose is just as gorgeous, seamlessly integrating notes of darkly roasted coffee, mocha, bittersweet dark cacao, and vanilla. A strong waft of cake is distinct, and it plays beautifully off of the softly earthen hops and light barrel char. Traces of minty pipe tobacco make the Black Albert presence known. Flavors are boldly roasted, featuring ample dark coffee bean, dark chocolate, barley malt, and a surprising dose of peppery, grassy, green hops. Fruity subtleties emerge, and the rum barrel makes its first distinct appearance with traces of cane sugar, molasses, and oaky vanilla. Delicious. The palate has thinned slightly from the barrel aging, but still carries ample weight. Carbonation is fine but slightly prickly, perhaps a little too much so for my liking. There’s very little alcoholic heat, but hints of spicy rum and coffee linger on the tongue and lips well after the swallow. This is just a stellar beer. Decadent, yet approachable. Bravo Urbain!
Embrouille (2774) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 33cl. Courtesy of kappldav123. It pours a pitch black beer with a small deep beige head which leaves a nice lace. Complex, deeply inviting aroma which is reminiscent of poppy seeds, bergamot, nasturcium, vietnamese coffee (Nguyen), aniseed, gooseberries, tobacco, rose petals and pralines. Great taste. Full bodied with poppy seeds being rather present. Good bitterness. Warming on the swallow. Licorice, nasturcium and aniseed in the finish. A fantastic beer. Big thanks to kappldav123 for this one!
Borresteijn (4137) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl Bottle via trade with Glouglouburp, thanks Dany! Pitch black colour, creamy light brown head. Aroma of strong ground coffee or coffee residue, alcohol, strong brown rum. Flavour is pure coffee, chocolate, hard roasted malts, boozy coffee bitter finish with some sweet chocolate mousse. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, fullbodied. I just don’t dig all the coffee, I hoped for more rum flavours.