sethdude (674) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours oily black with a dark brown head. Aroma is sweet chocolate, alcohol astringency and vanilla (bourbon?), and creeping smoke. Flavor is massively sweet malts, dark chocolate, cherry, wood esther, and just slightly-too-much smoke. Very strong alcohol note reinforces that you are drinking one stout porter. A great dessert, but not what I’d call session-able. Thanks mikem409!
laiti (4539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75 cl bottle @ PBF VIII. Thanks laiti!
Aroma has smoky notes and licorice. Flavour starts with rather strong alcohol and woody sting. Then it descends with licorice, peat and smoky meat. Finishes with lingering woody notes and non-disturbing presence of alcohol. Rich, but also a bit sticky.
lusikka (4972) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours a dark brown, almost black colour with a beige head. Aroma of smoked ham, licorice, dark chocolate, lingonberries and hay. Flavour is very complex and rich with dark chocolate, smoked wood, vanilla, bread, cinnamon, mild bitterness, warming alcohol and some toasted notes. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and rich mouthfeel. Warming, rich, roasty, woody, chocolate finish. Really a treat. Excellent stuff.
olio (4809) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours dark brown color with a small head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoke, oak, honey notes and some vanilla. Flavor of roasted malts, vanilla, honey, oak, some rye and bourbon. Quite heavy, some mild alcohol throughput with a sticky sweet finish. Very nice.
tiong (2771) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle @ PBF 2013
Pours pitch black with a foamy brown head. Aroma of rye, smoked malts, roastiness, wood, oak, loads of whisky notes, caramel, vanilla. Taste is roasty, smoked, wooden, oaky with notes of whisky, rye, vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate. Finish is sweet, smoked and slightly leathery with notes of whisky, oak, wood, rye and vanilla. Quite heavy and complex, but balanced beer.
oh6gdx (19631) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@PBF VIII. Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is toasted malts, some liquorice, mild toffee as well as some alcohol. Flavour is nice toffee, fudge, vanilla, liquorice, alcohol and some ripe fruits. Balanced.
omhper (18318) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at PBF. Near black, rich beige head. Bready nose with plenty of whiskey. Sweet with full body and rounded mouthfeel. Some bread, and caramel and pear, but mostly this is about the whiskey. Lingering peppery heat in the finish. Doesn’t really lift.
Geokkjer (4991) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2013 Bottle. Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma of bacon, smoked wood, some malt, caramel and bonfire. Flavor is sweety and smoked with some ash, caramel, some fruitiness, bacon and rye. Medium body, average carbonation.
bp (757) - Queens, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours dark brown with a big frothy tan head, aroma is smokey, wood, taste is a little sour to me which is surprising, some smokiness, and whisky flavors
BenH (1689) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Sev. Black with tan head. Smokey licorice aroma with some wood. Taste of vanilla oak, little coconut, lots of smoke and licorice. Full bodied, sweet and clean