vickey9 (582) - 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 (3710) - 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 (3183) - 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)
Garlic_of_Doom (496) - SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tiny bottle, gift from a super friendly but alas, unknown bartender i Bruxelles.
Black with red hues at the edges, no head to talk about.
Aroma has port/madeira, raisins in liquor, chocolate truffles, alcohol and vanilla.
Taste is as above but with some liquorice as well.
Full body, flat, smooth mouth feel.
Short bitter after taste.
Camons (6521) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught @ De Struise Brewery @ The Old School. Had vintage 2012 and 2014 side by side. Vintage 2014, pours black, no head, but some oily lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, roast, wood, spirits, alcohol, dark chocolate, licorice. Flavor is very rich roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, wood, spirits, whisky, boozy alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation, rather hot alcohol. Nice, but a little raw and to hot from the alcohol to be really drinkable. 2-9-8-4-16. Vintage 2012, pours pitch black with a small light brown head, leaving some nice lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, wood, light licorice, spirits, port. Flavor is rich malty, coffee, filled dark chocolate, dried fruit, licorice, wood, spirits, port. Full body, soft carbonation, long warming finish. Alcohol is extremely well hidden for the ABV wich makes it nice and easy to drink. Stupid me had 3 or 4 (small) glasses of this baby, so damn good. 9-5-9-5-19. 020814
hackobock (1794) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
#1300. On tap at ’t Antwaerps Bierhuyske, july 30, 2014 version. Pours thick black with a tiny dense brown head. Aroma is chocolate, raisins, caramel, soy, vanilla, oak and alcohol. Taste is very sweet syrupy caramel, dried fruits, chocolate, licorice. Finish has warming alcohol and sweet sticky caramel and medium roasted malt. Full bodied, sticky texture and soft carbonation.
On tap at Struise, august 2. Tried 2012 and 2014 side by side.
The 2012 version was a bit more rounded with slightly more dried fruits, otherwise minor differences.
Swaroga (1545) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the brewery. It is a decadent RIS? Difficult to swallow since it’s so good to keep in mouth. Wow.
djd07 (3982) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle as shown thanks to Gibson. Pours a motor oil with medium creamy tan head. The aroma is strong roast, smoke, booze, chocolate. Syrupy mouthfeel with strong booze, dark chocolate, smoke, roast, and nice alcohol burn. Very impressive.
berntholer (1106) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
beige head disappears rather fast and completely, no lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is soy, booze and candy sugar. quite dense and syrupy, lots of alcoholwarmth, alcoholsweet, candy sugar aftertaste is bitter like pure chocolate. dense body, quite carbonated, impressive there is still so much left. nice although a bit sharp boozy, some age will surely do marvels. draft @ bierhuyske
Alengrin (2630) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The fourth offspring of Black Damnation and a really big one this time, frozen to double strength and the strongest Belgian beer ever, as far as I know of. Creamy beige head that lasts strikingly long in view of the enormous strength, colour equally black, very thick consistency that can best be compared to motor oil. Incredibly powerful, almost narcotic aroma of coffee, charcoal, tobacco, apple, vanilla, chocolate, cacao powder, leather, soy sauce, raisins, paprika and obviously lots and lots of liqueurish and whisky-like alcohol. Very, VERY thick and deep taste, profoundly malty and extremely thick, oily, , fatty and chewy mouthfeel, very viscous as if you were drinking syrup, earthy, sourish note, in the end strongly roasted bitter, smoky and boozy, but still surprisingly drinkable and alcohol, though obviously very present, still remarkably well hidden, not even astringent. Very impressive, almost frightening beer... if you can still call it that.