jsquire (4146) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours a very dark liquid with a deep brown foamy head that shrinks to an attractive ring. The nose is of ripe pit fruit, molassess and alcohol. Very smooth beer. Very balanced and the 9% is very well hidden. Coating mouthfeel, but in a pleasant way that signifies a very thick and tastey beer. Chocolate, dark caramel sweetness, something almost peaty, with a dark fruity acidity that keeps the mouth tingling. Excellent sipping beer.
Zeswaft (1659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
800th rating. Pours super thick and jet black with one finger of tan head. Aroma is full of rich roasted malts, and tons of chocolate. There’s some dark fruit aroma as well as a little black licorice. Very thick and heavy body. Medium carbonation. Flavor seems a little sour. Chocolate dominates. A little bit of grape juice flavor in this. Alcohol is a bit noticeable. A rich and flavorful imperial porter but doesn’t stand up to a lot of imperial stouts that I’ve had.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 12oz bottle. thanks to JCB for this. pours pitch black small tan head with nice lacing. nose has some really sweet chocolate and mild oak, not a real comlex nose but real pleasant. tastes has candied dark fruits plums and currants, sweet chocolates, caramel, and some smokeyness. flavor evolves into more rich chocolate and roasted notes. mouthfeel is creamy. alcohol is well hidden. very tasty stuff.3.9.
.another sample on 3/9/07 and this bottle was much better than the one from the rating. appearance and palate was improved and each increased a point. a very tasty beer indeed.4.2.
12/5/07, 2007 vintage. pours dark brown with almost no head. nose has nice dark fruits and espresso. flavor is pretty syrupy and yeasty. some dark fruits in there too. thin body. this seemed to meld together much better as i drank it. but what happened to this beer? it was much better last year. 3.7.
1/19/08, 07 bottle. man i’m digging this a lot more than previous rating from 07 bottle. wonderful dark fruits with chocolate and clean lager yeast finish. awesome. 4.0
Ungstrup (34334) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of soy sauce, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet and very roasted, which adds a bit of acidity, but also with notes of chocolate, and hints of smoked malt. The alcohol burns on the tongue. Thanks to Engelsmann for sharing this one.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Opaque black with a small dark brown head. Espresso bean, semi-sweet chocolate, biscuit, and some alcohol in the aroma. Toasty, nutty flavors just broaching being roasty. Deep chocolate with a melding of hoppy bitterness and coffee bean bitterness. Minor alcohol notes in the finish with a lactic sweetness and residual roastiness. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, yet smooth.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black. Short, frothy, light brown cap. Nose of graham crackers, lactose, dry wood, burnt malt, pbj sandwich, subtle coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Similar flavor without the pbj and the addition of huge earthy, bitter hops that also carry some resinous venom. Some chocolate chip cookie in there, also. Full body, viscous with enough carbonation to balance. Excellent. Duck Rabbit = dark beer specialist.
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Trade from Ross. Thanks man. Pours a dark brown color with brown head. Aroma of sweet malt, chocolate, roasted coffee, raisins, black licorice and dark fruit. It also has a peculiar nuttiness to it. Taste is chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruit, black licorice and some berry flavors. Mouthfeel is peculiar with an almost acrid taste, however it?s well played out with regard to the roasted flavors and fruit notes.
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Engelsmann. Black - brown head. Raisins, smooth, cocoa, sweet, berries, light roasted, honey. No taste of the 9% alcohol.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks Martin Engelsmann. Black colour with a big brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, and the taste is also a bit roasted with dark fruits, chocolate and coffee. Medium to full body with a dry finish. Great beer.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 Bottle from Capone’s. Pours near black with a large, creamy head. Spare lacing. Aroma is sweet, with dark roasted malts, milky chocolate, molasses, attic dust and salt.
Full body, creamy mocha texture. Taste is mostly sweet with touch of dusty bitterness.