BeerandBlues2 (10514) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle provided by northerntimber. Pours opaque with very little fizzy brown head, patchy, very thick liquid. Aroma is dark roasted chocolate malt, coffee and ashy wood, hidden dark fruit (raisin, prune) with a velvety alcohol nose. Medium bitterness and acidity, medium sweet chocolate and nutty roasted malt, coffee and oats, ashy finish. Full bodied, creamy and thick, smooth and velvety palate with a slightly dry end.
Svesse (6735) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 6 Oct) Pitch black colour with small brown head. Roasted, creamy nose with chocolate, coffee, moccha and grainy oatmeal notes. Roasted taste with creamy chocolate, coffee (with cream), blueberries and crowberries. Smooth oatmeal character in the finish. Very nice one.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black coffee colour with a brown head that was thick but not long lasting. The aroma is chock full of chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The palate was thinner than I expected which was quite dissapointing. the flavour was nice but a bit subdued. The coffee was definatly present with more chocolate and roast notes.
shigadeyo (3131) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 10/13/2006: 2006 from illinismitty. Very deep dark brown; as close to black as possible without actually being black. Moderate carbonation & a brown crown. Pours like old motor oil; it just looks thick, but silky at the same time. Aroma is so intriguing & inviting: Chocolate, coffee, dark malt, charred wood. Flavor is very deep & rich flooding the tongue with tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, cola. Finishes like a fine cup of espresso with some cola. There is even an almost imperceptible hint of smoke or charred wood as in the flavor too. The lingering flavor reminds me of the taste of sucking on whole coffee beans. The bitterness of the beer is extremely balanced & the alcohol is nearly invisible. Medium body & is very glossy & smooth on the palate. Overall it is pretty intense & complex with so many aromas & flavors drifting around in it. I think it is great & I am extremely disappointed that this fine beer isn’t readily available in Ohio. Rating: 7/4/8/4/17=4
2006 Vintage - 11/15/2008: Pours out in a silent & silky near-black stream. It swirls slowly in the glass, but has very little carbonation & really no head or crown. The aroma is rich creamy chocolate with hints of sweet, charred malt, coffee. The flavor is also rich & starts sweeet with deeply caramelized malts & some char, then fine, smooth alcohol, & finally indulgent bold & robust coffee. As it warms, the oatmeal flavor & texture becomes more apparent. There is also a thread of what I can only describe as sweet citrus-like candy that must be from the aged hops. Body is medium-full & it’s mellow & velvety on the palate. Definitely not overcarbonated, but a touch more would have actually been welcomed to help open up the flavors more. Overall it is still drinking quite well at this age. It too may have lost some of its complexities & the bitterness has gone out of it a bit, but it is still a delightfully warming, richly flavored beer. Probably peaked within 1st year. Rating: 7/3/8/4/16=3.8
gnoff (8150) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(355 ml bottle) Dark brown to black color, small brown head. Smooth light youghurt berry scent. Sweet mixed with burnt taste, burnt aftertaste. Some salty tones. Medium bitterness. A bit grainy mouthfeel "taste".
larsniclas (5900) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Sampled at SBF -06]
Black. Small off-white head.
Salty with coffee and licorice.
Rather milky and sweet. Soft and smooth.
oh6gdx (21811) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pitch black colour, brown mediumsized head. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel and dark chocolate. Also lack coffee. Flavour is licorace, coffee, roasted malts and slight hoppy bitternes. Lovely brew.
TBone (13518) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black, small white head. Roasted, cold coffee nose, some burnt malts. Chocolaty, roasted malty flavor. Sticky mouthfeel. Long roasted aftertaste.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival Black, no foam to mention. Sweet aroma of arabica coffee, chocolate sauce and almond paste. Full but a bit too clean flavour of chocoalte sauce, nougat, crackers and chocolate cream. Long aftertaste of cocoa, biscuit and dark chocolate.
rlgk (12381) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Stockholm Beer Festival 2006) Black with a brown head. Coffe and cocoa aroma, malty and with chocolate notes. Milky chocolate flavor, coffee, licorice, bitter notes. Wonderful palate and with a very smooth finish.