MrChopin (2527) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Urbain shared BD 5, 6, 9, 10 next to each other. Shit man! Jet black, thin coffee head, larger bubbles than the 5. Nose is even sweeter than the 5, sugar, paper, light cocoa, hints of cardboard. The only hint of the alcohol here is when it sits in your nose, stinging like a spirit. The caol ila is more noticeable in the flavor, accompanies the sugary, papery cocoa and explodes in the salty finish. I prefer this to the 5, but again, itís too much for me personally.
bobinlondon (1215) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2011 Keg at Mesandsimís wedding. Black with a thick off black head (yes, Iíve never seen a head this tanned before)!. I was very wary of this high octane beast and requested that my glass not be over filled, as I didnít to want compromise my enjoyment of all the other delightful temptations on the bar that night. This was unbelievably drinkable for itís strength and despite double ice distillation it still had plenty of smooth carbonation. Brilliant balance of immense complexities, but I find it hard to believe it is anywhere near as strong as 39%. Having said that, I have no reason to mistrust the brewer. I canít wait to try this again, at any price.
weaselkenievil (1094) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I like most to rate this so far had it on tap at MesandSimís wedding. Thought itís a fitting beer to celebrate my 1000th on Ratebeer. Something from their wedding day is fitting but especially as itís base is Black Mes. Black with a dark brown head. After drinking another beer of similar strength that day, this is a much different animal. Of course itís strong but tastes nothing like 39%. Of the real insanely strong stuff, this is easily the tastiest and most palatable. I wanted to stand there all night drinking it but I heroically and unselfishly let others have some. Go me. It was funny watching the queue just pop up out of nowhere. I hadnít heard the call of it going on but my beer sense started tingling and asked someone what was going on. "Messy" was the reply. So drinkable for the strength. You have to pay it respect though. Whisky, chocolate, coffee, coconut even. All backed up by alcohol like a big brother. Cheers to my big brother and his new wife, congratulations. And cheers to the Struise guys.
JorisPPattyn (7312) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small rim, probably black beer, but the light circumstances too low for adequate estimation. Thereís some Islay malt in the nose. In fact, the Coal Isla whisky I tasted so far, rarely smelled that strongly iodine and phenolic. Alcohol bomb. Whisky in a beer disguise. Beyond mere words, like liquid brown bread with seaplants, drowned in maltwhisky. Heated, viscous, total spirit feel, and yet... This is truly impressive. Utterly beyond the scope of normal beer, neither spirit.
KnutAlbert (5186) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Mes & Simís wedding.
Is it a beer? Is it a whisky?
Pitch black, no carbonation to speak of. Smoke and liquorice,
I feel this is more like a whisky with a sugary malt extract in it...
oh6gdx (18576) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught@Mes & Simís Wedding. Pitch black colour, no head. Aroma is liquorice, alcohol, some slight smoked notes mild sweet maltyness. Flavour is liquorice, alcohol, some mild toasted notes as well as wood, dark dry fruits and raisins. Rather balanced, and actually a very pleasant sipper.
thewolf (9888) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Mes & Sims wedding.
Pours utterly black with a crazy-ass, staying, creamy, cappucino head. Super duration (on a 39 % beer!?). Aroma has light peity smoke, alcohol, whiskey, lots of viscous chocolate. Medium carbonation, great dry and fat creamy palate. The alcohol doesnít excactly burn - itís there in numbers, but not like drinking a whiskey (IMHO). Flavour is crazy, chocolate, peit, toasted, cocoa-powder, super vinious and warming. Sharp, but still impressive for the ABV. But even if this is seriously impressive, it lacks the subtle nuances of the magnificent Double Black. The alcohol penetrates too much, the sweetness does feel a bit layered on like icing on a cake. But an amazing achievement nonetheless!
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
18th June 2011
On tap at Mes&Sims wediing - Cheers Guys! Where do you start here? Opaque black beer with a good sized frothy head - creamy and chocolate coloured. A 39% beer that throws a good head? Smooth silky palate, inevitably slightly thick but that is not a bad thing. Big smoky Caol Ila nose. Then the beer - sweet sticky dark malt with sweet dark toffee. Big, but smooth smoky Caol Ila. This is all underpinned by some lovely plummy fruit. Soft dry finish with lingering Caol Ila warmth. Smooth beer and a re-definition of the phrase ídangerously drinkableí. 2/3rd of a pint went down way too easily! Ridiculously so! This would horrify Roger Protz LOL! Itís like night and day compared to Schorschbock 31, 40 etc and Brewdog Bismarck. Those felt like spirits and this feels like a beer. If this really is 39% itís a work of genius. I donít even like Caol Ila but here it is smooth and sweet whilst still bold. I reckon if I blind tasted this I would have thought it about 16-18% abv. A remarkable beer!
cgarvieuk (11024) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at MesandSim wedding do... deep deep rick black ... big tan head ... thick sweet rich roast toffee chocolate malts ... big whiskey nose ... thick oily body really rich ... wonderfully complex deep roast and chcocolate ... almost syrupy ... while high abv drinks very well ... very full and rounded ... but for me the big problem is the Cao Ila(sp) whisky, im just not fond of Islay whiskys and the whiskey is definitely present there... Nice but shame its Mesís fav whisky as its just not mine :-)
Scopey (3253) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at MesandSimís crazy wedding party! It pours jet black, with a thick dense tan head. The nose is charcoal, soy sauce, burnt sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee, smoke and dark chocolate. The taste is like a dense chocolate gateaux, there is lots of dark and milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, liquorice and some soy sauce. Itís so viscous and indulgent. There is unsurprisingly some alcohol warmth, but more like that of a 10% beer. Is this 39%? I couldnít believe it at the time of drinking, but the next day it took its toll. Mental!