Travlr (21638) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Pizzeria Paradiso. Dark brown with an edge head. Aroma of anise and milk chocolate. Great body. Flavor also has milk chocolate, and roasted coffee. Interesting.
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Craft Beer Advent Calendar
Black color, small head. Some liquorice and dark malts in the aroma. Good body strength; chocolate flavor, a bit too much medicine (phenol?), moderately sweet, with some leather, and some alcohol warmth; a bit of roasted nuts too.
Quite good, a bit weird.
Leighton (18695) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared in London - picked up in NC. Pours clear, deep brown with a frothy, beige head. The nose has some metal, generous roast, rusting metal. Medium sweet flavor, quite tangy, some sour cherries, a bit of roast, grapes, prunes. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sour finish, a bit of funk, burnt earth, lasting roast, touches of alcohol warmth. This beer seems infected. Shame. Still drinkable and interesting but not what it ought to be.
Koelschtrinker (17681) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malzig-herber, in Teilen schokoladiger Antrunk. Das Malz wird im Mittelteil eher nussig, Geringe herbe, das Malz wird dabei ein wenig breiter. Trotz des Alkohols süffig, ein wenig hopfig. Dabei bleibt das Malz hinter seinen Möglichkeiten zurück, außerdem ist das Bier recht trocken, vor allem im Abgang. Minimal alkoholisch im Nachgeschmack, sonst herb-schokoladig. Nett! 8/11/10/11/9/11
Theydon_Bois (17221) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks to Leighton, 27/03/14.
Light black with a big tan head that quickly dissipates to a swirl and edgeing.
Nose is bitter dark fruits, lactic ring, soured dark berries, light smoke.
Taste comprises tarte dark berries, lactic tones, tangy dark fruit, light roast and hint of cocoa both of which are overidden by the lactic notes.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying close.
Ok and drinkable but this is infected.
yngwie (16518) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. (trade w/the_epeeist) Pours black, with a brown head. Chocolate, licorice, some coffee, burnt and roasted malt, in short terms, all the good stuff, in the aroma. The flavor follows up the good start, with a little salty note added, like the saltyness in salty licorice, and the coffee is a bit more evident. The fullbodied beer has a long finish with sweetness, some saltyness and licorice. Really, really nice. (070809)
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A: The pour is almost black with a modestly sized tan/off-white head.
S: This is going to sound strange, but this beer smells strongly of powdered cheddar cheese (like on Cheese Chex Mix). There’s also licorice, roasted malt, roast, and ash. Definitely a dark fruit aroma, too, like prunes.
T: Lots and lots of licorice and prune juice. It’s overly sweet and sugary at points. I pick up some metal, and there are also fruit skins and quite a bit of roast and ash, which at least help to mitigate the sweetness.
M: The body is medium with a low to medium level of carbonation.
D: Not an enjoyable drinking experience here. Some really weird and off flavors.
Oakes (15804) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a thin layer of cosmos-shaped head. Rich aroma - thick malts, accents of smoked plums, brown sugar and Turkish coffee, at time seeming a little bit burnt, at times coming through with very fresh malts. The body is thick, slightly oily. The main thing on the palate is Indonesian soy sauce - clean and well-structured, though. There isn’t a ton of nuance here - some sugar and the slightest bright apricot notes are about it. Finishes with a bit of roast.
Theis (15152) - 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.
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with many thanks to Pollack. Pours black with reddish brown head. Nose of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla coffee and bourbon. Taste is initially sweet chocolate, vanilla and coffee with little bourbon kick and velvet mouth feel. Excellent.