DesertDevil (555) - Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloyingly sweet nose of malt syrup, maple, caramelized sugar, a touch of blueberries, and very hot brandy. Pours muddy black with cola traces. Thick and smoky flavor, very syrupy with a heavy soy sauce note and a berry blend. Too thick and too hot.
Renobob (875) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bue à la pression chez De Struise. Couleur noir profond avec une magnifique mousse marron foncé. Bière incroyable, superbement équilibrée malgré son taux d’alcool. Sublime !
freretoc (848) - Besançon, FRANCE - DEC 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bue à la pression en 8cl à l’école à Oostvleteren, couleur noire, belle mousse brune et pas d’effervescence, une putain de claque, en bouche grosse attaque sur le café, puis une deuxième bouche sur l’alcool, continuité sur la liqueur de café et fin de bouche assez forte sur le sucre. Incroyable que l’alcool soit si bien équilibré !
KAWANO (28) - JAPAN - DEC 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer was able to drink in Tokyo. The was above all great It’s explosive power of scent. Strong aroma and sweet and taste that will not including the mouth felt until now comes surged at a stretch. Also impressive was easy to drink in spite of the frequency. Even it would be good to drink as dessert.
tectactoe (2330) - Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Thanks, Mike! Pours thick like oil. Sloshes in the glass. Small cherry-tan head grows slowly. Aroma of super sweet prunes, dates, licorice, brown sugar, syrup, chocolate, light roast, & a hint of boozy oxidation. It smells heavy & robust, but still not quite 26% ABV. Taste is very sweet but still not quite to cloying levels. Dense brown sugar, booze, dates, prunes, black licorice, roasted malts, burnt caramel, lots & lots of dense sugary tones mixing with a strong backlash of booze. Gets a little boozier with time, warms up the throat & chest quite a bit. Dense fudge finish, burnt sugar, faint oxidation. NIce.
mike_77 (3408) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with dark brown creamy head. Looks like a greek coffee. Theres an element of alcohol in the aroma which is perhaps inevitable. Flavour has a degree of roasted malt bitterness and some lighter coffee and sweet vanilla. Thick, rich and warming.
Theydon_Bois (9945) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Het Oude Schooltje, during the 3rd Zombier Anniversary, 18/10/14.
Black with a big old dirty tan head.
Nose is rich roast, bourbon tinged, big dark fruit wafts, raisens, sweet tunes, malty, spice, boozey overtures, sweet toffee.
Taste comprises very sweet licks, spice, rich roast, bozey tunes nay top o’ the fucken pops, dates, fruits, Xmas cake, light chocolate, candied sugars.
Full bodied, viscous oily helter skelter on ya throat, big warming alcohol and sweetness personified in the closure.
Great stuff for the ABV, too sweet for me other than the odd nip, glad to have tried this monster though!
vickey9 (551) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Simply black and heavy. Nose is chocolate and oak. Body is full, texture thick, carbon low. Taste is sweet. Palate of chocolate, cocoa and vanilla. B@BF
bytemesis (3514) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have been holding this one for a while thanks to Alen - finally enough people to make it worth opening! Bottle #9 at the tasting. Pours inky thick black, small dark black head, dissipates quickly leaving decent lacing. This one is so thick that it clings to the glass as you swirl it. Pretty impressive. Strong in your face aroma heavy with cocoa, bourbon, dark fudge, roasted malts, a bit of tobacco, molasses, anise. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter, hugely flavorful with lots of chocolate, bourbon and a bit of roasty anise. Super full body, very creamy mouthfeel. A bit hot to be sure, but when you compare its drinkability to its ABV it is pretty remarkable really. Waves of flavor continue to wash over you after you swallow, likely because the viscous stuff sticks to your tongue and palate for a while. Certainly a sipper - we shared this 8 ways and still have about 1/3 of the bottle remaining, but it is really enjoyable.
Martinus (3062) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black colour, tan head. Aroma of coffee, alcohol, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, wood, loads of caramel and molasses. Sweet flavour, malts, alcohol, coffee, bourbon and light wood. Quite nicely carbonated for such a strong, icebocked beer. Finish bourbon, alcohol, coffee and cacao. Nice!
(From draught @ Brugs Bier Festival 2014)