TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
33 cl bottle. Almost black with a moderate tan head. Smoky coffee, tobacco and mild brown sugar. Starts with black licorice tang and unsweetened chocolate. Smoked prunes and dry molasses add just enough sweetness to balance the dark roast. Mellow bitter finish. Espresso and a cigar; wonderful.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown, with a thick tan head. Impressive malt aroma, with vanilla and coffee standing out. Medium body and bitter (from the burnt malt). A bit dry.
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle from Magic_dave6] Black with a thick tan head. Big, tarry nose, almost burnt, caramel, coffee, hint of smoke. Full bodied, sweet and slightly dry.
steeno (7) - DENMARK - JUL 8, 2007 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black, creamy porter with a thick stable head. A flavor with smoke, coffee and dark chocolate.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy after4ever. Pours an opaque black with a lacy tan head. Coffee aroma. Medium-full body with a sweet and almost salty taste of coffee chocolate, Dry finish.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks for sharing heemer. Poured an opaque black color. Attractive khaki head. Very rich aroma of chocolate and roasty malt. Wow that smelled good. Tasted of dark chocolate and coffee with a hint of burnt stick. There was some roasty bitterness at the end. Delicious. Excellent beer.
after4ever (7534) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330. Thanks, Maria! Deep dark opaque black. Huge tan moussy thick head. Lots of clingy lace. Smoky dry nose. Coffeeish. Medium body, soft carb. Ultra dry ashy body. Finish is smoky, ashy, and chalky. This is an exceptionally dry and astringent beer from beginning to end, but especially on the finish--the finish is really puckery. Unusual in many ways. But you could argue that it would be impossible to make a beer any more what it set out to be than this one; it’s kind of a zenith of an interpretation of the style. Very intense!
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy boboski. Pours black with a medium light brown head. Nice sausage, smoke, dark malts, and heavy roast swirled around my nostrils. The flavor wasnt nearly as smoky but very delightful. Nice full flavor. Good body to it. Good chocolate right up front, nice roast, with just a touch of that smoke I got in the smell. A little alcohol is present with a great smooth chocolatey finish. Fantastic!
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy boboski. Pours a nice thick dark chestnut color with bits of light tan head swirling around. Smells real smoky right off, but a nutty roast aroma comes out more as it warms. Rich, creamy palate. Smoke, Brazil nuts, chocolate on the taste; nice roast character through the middle. A very rich, full brew - earthy like a cup of dark coffee.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUN 13, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2007 Medium sized creamy head, tan with white remnants. Light, soft looking lacing. The body is a sensuous shade of dark auburn brown with shimmering blood red peeking out from deep within. The head diminishes somewhat, leaving fat groups of bubbles at the edge - the clusters resemble an outline of flower petals around the visible body. What a shocking aroma! Moderate smoke entanged with heavily roasted grains, Dutch chocolate and bristling with caramel and aniseed. Alcohol is well concealed thus far. Starfruit, raisin bread and peanut butter make flighty appearances. This is utterly complex and certifiably one-of-a-kind. Smoke in the nose is reminiscent of the effect of running a beer through lines that accomodated a rauchbier not long ago, such as the residual effect noticed all too easily (and to my delight) in Schlenkerla Helles. A marvelous addition to most any roasty beer, certainly permissible in this scenario. Flavor is chock full of the aforementioned components, but the center of attention is the roast and smoke one-two punch. Bitterness is mild to moderate, sweetness about the same. Alcohol is still fairly well masked. The last part of each sip gives me a feeling that resembles just melted chocolate gliding slowly down my throat. The finish is very smooth, leaving behind a lightly smoky and heavily roasty and chocolatey blend, as well as lingering hints of vanilla and scorched earth. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, velvety, but unleashes crushing malt and the palate is overall very affable. Carbonation is medium but remains soft and enhances the drinkability. An absolutely wonderful treat. This will remain a sought after beer for me. A few more should do.