SimonBeer (33) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Drinking date: 20 February 2014) (Black Damnation Eight. Vintage 2012, alc. 12%.) Pitchblack colour, no light comes through it. Very small layer of creamy beige foam. Lovely sweet aroma of alcohol, vanilla, coffee, ripe dark fruits (figs and plums) and milk chocolate. I expected the aroma to be a bit more powerfull, that would have been better. The taste is exactly what I love: sweet and bitter, the aftertaste is coffee. The beer starts sweet, with a sweetness of sugar, ripe dark fruits and alcohol. Then the bitterness of coffee and pure chocolate comes through, you really taste coffee. The beer leaves a coffee-bitter taste in your mouth. The mouthfeel is perfect. Flat to medium carbonation, and really lovely thick in the mouth. The beer is really ’warm’ in the mouth and throath, which stays for a time. The alcohol causes that. So overall, I am really enjoying this beer. Unfortunately this beer was 25 euro for a bottle of 0,75 litres, otherwise I bought a hundred bottles. This is one of the best beers I have ever had. With a bit more powerfull aroma this beer would have been perfect. But now, it’s close to perfection. That?s why it gets the total score of 4.4!
dmac (3685) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at RBWG GT. Poured a dark black of medium density with a tiny bubbly beige head. Aroma/flavor of dark toast, citrus hops, burnt ornages, roast malts, barrel, burnt dark chocolate. Body was thinner for the high ABV which led to some heat. Okay but expected more.
phaleslu (5701) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting, I believe by jtclockwork- thanks again! Pours a deep, inky brown with no head. Plenty of rich, roasty malt notes, with dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, molasses, vanilla, tobacco, dates, figs, and some earthy hops. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. "Black IPA" is a bit of a stretch, since this one is massive and barrel-forward.
GT2 (7689) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[ Bottle ][ RBWG Grand Tasting Asheville ][ 750mL ][ Globe ][ Free ][ 2/8/14 ]
>> Thanks jtclockwork for the share. Pours a clear deep cola. Good foam. Nose is anesthetic, camphor, caramel filled chocolate, acetone. Taste is thin, sweet candy, TWIX/caramel filled chocolate bar. Tart, thinner body. Odd.
PriorL (1134) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl bottle. Shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: black beer, small stable beige head.
NOSE: coffee, chocolate, burned malts.
TASTE: coffee, bitter, chocolate, hoppy, little fruity. Very nice beer!
Too bad it’s quite expensive, otherwise I would buy a lot more of these!
Sledutah (4034) - Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the RBWG grand tasting
Black with a small tan head and some lacing. Aroma of soy sauce and leather. Flavors of roasted malts, soy sauce and bitter
Bullit (3813) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Rooie Dop brew dungeon, thanks for sharing Mark. Black colour, tan head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, banana foam candy, bourbon, bit of fruits. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, a light sourness. Low carbonation. Fairly sweet, slightly boozy, fairly bitter. Nice sipper.
Maarten1993 (158) - - FEB 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 Drank with Thijs at Sophie’s birthday 16-2-2014. Great beer. Typical dark. Complex taste. No weak points. Great!
berntholer (658) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
beige head disappears with some lacing. coffee colour. aroma intense notes of solvent, aceton, glue, hard to note anything else. taste bit like aroma, boozy, slight swith aftertaste bitter, coffee. medium body and carbonation. hmm, perhaps more age will do wonders? will rate again. bottle 75 cl / bbf sept-2018
deyholla (5841) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by James at the RBWG 2014 grand tasting, thanks! Pours an oily black with a dark brown head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has notes of dark grains, dark fruit, raisins and booziness. Flavor has smooth sweet dark grains with raisins and chocolate but is a bit thin on the finish.