SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2009
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
22oz 2008 bottle split with jcr and UnclePete: We saved this bottle to drink for both my dad and myself’s 1000 rating. I don’t want to be the guy that rags on a beer just because it is rare and rates high, but this was absolutely lackluster to me. It was a complete sugary trainwreck that was nearly undrinkable. I’ve had lots of high ABV imperials before that simply blow this away. Finesse was not in the brewer’s mind when this was made. None of the three of us could finish our 7oz portions. We saved our 1000th rating for a different beer. Bummer.
Oil can black pour with a great, thick mocha head. The nose is appealing, as the sugary sweet chocolate and raisin notes literally jump from the tulip. The first sip goes down harsh - an unexpected gulp of white sugar sticking to all sides of the mouth. The coffee and chocolate notes that are present are nice, but the cloying, viscous liquid is way too sweet to appreciate them. The bitterness does attempt to balance things out, but fails miserably under the weight of the sugar. Undrinkable.
Interesting side note - after we all drank as much of our portions as we could, we decided this beer would be the perfect candidate for a "beer float." I grabbed the vanilla ice cream and we each added a small dollop to our remaining portions. What I thought would be a super-sweet treat ended up completely different. I don’t know if some strange chemical reaction happened, but the sugars in the beer and the sugars in the ice cream must have neutralized each other as all we could taste was bitterness. Very strange.
Bestbrew1 (45) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good beer a little more on the sweet side for me. I’ve heard that 2 years is the sweet spot for aging this beer. I’ll definitely be trying the beers that I’ve been aging at year 1 and 2. So far a little more overrated but that’s okay it keeps us beer nerds wanting to collect.
thomat (1545) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ CBC 2013. Very dark brown with a small brown head. Fruity and malty tones. Fruit, malt, coffee, caramel and hops. Full body with a long bitter sweet after taste. Very nice !
jra1983 (11) - york haven, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a deep black. Head is a nice tan color. Smell is of roasted coffee, sweet molasses, roasted malts, chocolate. taste is very much the same as the nose. Nice and bitter roasty flavors. This has aged well for three years!
thewolf (9848) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ CBC 2013.
Pours utterly, completely opaque black with a small, creamy, beige rim of foam. Aroma has roasted malts, chocolate, vinious, cocoa and white chocolate. Very little soy sauce. Medium carbonation, lovely dry and oily mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, light sticky, some chocolate, coffee and a bit of smoke. A very dry finish balances the sweetness very well. Cocoa, coffee and light peppery bitterness with a slight vinious touch.
JanLaursen (2149) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at CBC. Reddish dark brown with a lasting frothy dark brown head. Aroma is sweet roasted malt with notes of licorice, ground coffee, chocolate and dried fruit. Flavor is medium sweet and medium to heavy bitter. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Dry and roasted lingering bitter finish. Good and packed with flavor, but not as spetacular or unique as rumoured.
Rasmus40 (6935) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CBC. Black with a lasting dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and dried fruit. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. 040513
Ataraxia (160) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black, thin tan head. Potent aroma of chocolate, licorice, roasted malt, molasses, ripe cherries and other berries. Sweet malts compete with bitter hops. Exceptionally smooth and creamy, with a little lively carbonation. Finish is long, bitter, astringent, and moderately boozy.
chrisv10 (7833) - DENMARK - MAY 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ CBC. Black with medium beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, hops, medium bitter and medium sweet.
jmgreenuk (1271) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. Poured a dark mahogany colour with a thin broken tan head. The aroma is peaty and alcoholic. The flavour is medium bitter, rich, oily, with coffee and liqourice. A super beer that controls the bitterness well and fully justifies its rating.
Camons (3683) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ CBC. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, light hops. Flavor is rich roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, berries, vanilla. Full body, soft carbonation, warming alcoholic finish. 040513