Mesjasz (244) - Lodz, POLAND - JUL 4, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, vintage 2012. Pitch black color, brown head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, roast, moderate smoked malt, chocolate, bourbon. Taste is medium sweet and dry at finish. Flavor is roasty, tar, chocolate, dried fruits, light peat note. Aftertaste is long, dry with dark chocolate and bourbon alcohol. Full body and soft carbonation.
kevd193213 (928) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour with a thin brown head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, licorice, tar and tannins. Outstanding lacing. Full body that is surprisingly drinkable with a slight bitter finish.
BlackHaddock (4922) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
27th June 2015: shared bottle at the 2nd Annual Midlands tasting, thanks Gary for this offering. Black with a tanned topping. Sweet brew with plenty going on in both the aroma and taste. Malty front with some interesting flavours blending together: dark chocolate, liquorice and a spade full of tar to name but three. Interesting and enjoyable.
dandeman (654) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Café, chocolat noir, fruits rouges au nez. Complexité remarquable en bouche. Mélange de chocolat noir, de café, de framboises, de cerises. Mélange bien dosé de sucre et torréfaction avec un léger manque d’amertume. Excellent produit.
Garrold (2591) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share round at Richy’s. Dark, chestnut brown. A few bubbles of coffee coloured head. Slick, and viscous in the glass. Aroma of roast coffee. Roast malts. Tar. Wood. Taste is sweet, rich chocolate. Rich, smooth palate. Finishes long, roasty dry, and chocolatey sweet.
DanielBrown (4112) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Cherry Reds, Birmingham city centre. Really, really delicious. Lovely brown froth. Leathers tar, leathers imperial. Thick gobfeel. Great rich taste. Excellent.
SarkyNorthener (2997) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2nd annual midland tasting group. Bottle shared by Garrold, cheers Gary, beer of the day for me. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of roast malts, licorice and dark malts. Taste is licorice, boozy, sweet dark malts and some tar. Sticky palate. Excellent stuff.
RichTheVillan (4455) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle during 2nd Annual Midlands tasting group; dark brown pour with a creamy mocha head, aroma has bourbon roast malt, taste has sweet chocolate, roasted malts, some vanilla, tar, some ash.
blipp (6957) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Molasses and big dark fruity notes, mild roasted malts, raisin, vanilla, and mild bourbony notes. It’s fine, but these big boozy Belgian stouts are usually much too rich for my tastes.
McWorta (989) - LUXEMBOURG - JUN 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a very fie poring toast coloured head. Aromas of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark red fruits, plums, oak and caramelised dates and walnuts develop. Smoothly carbonated, with a rather mild texture and a full body. A bit sweet and astringent tasting of vanilla, coffee/espresso, roast malts and bitter chocolate. lasting sweet-bitter finish.