kerenmk (4035) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks ArizviSG. Black with tan head. Wine, ink and gouache paint aroma, inky, bitter, slightly dry and slightly roasty in the mouth, full body, sleek, light carbonation and a little roasty finish.
BeerBaboon (1952) - FINLAND - FEB 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours bkack with beige head. Aroma is roasted, licorice, chocolate, bread and nuts. Flavour is medium to heavy bitter, light sweet, roasted and licorice.
k92488 (389) - NORWAY - FEB 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mørk farge brunkt skum. Smak av malt, sjokolade, honning. Lukter malt og sjokolade. Veldig god
Theydon_Bois (16654) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from Thornbridge Online, at the mass online Thornbridge/Oakham Tasting of 11/02/14.
Pitch black with a mahoosive dirty tan head - utter filth in fact, this subsided after a few mintutes to leave a covering and edgework, finally ending up as the shape of a scary hedgehog.
Nose is chocolate malt, spice, herbal tang, chocolate biscuits, dark fruits on the turn.
Taste comprises bitter chocolate, earthy hopped backbone, spice, herbal, light shades of that Hungarian Zwak affair a la light creosote, bitter dark fruit rinds.
Medium bodied carbonation is a little prickly but helps this 10% number drink more easily.
So I let this one warm up over an hour or so and it didn’t improve the flavours massively.
Solid for style, drinkable for 10%, but not one I’d rush back to time and again.
radarsock (1146) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle supplied by Leighton for our IP trade. Many thanks! To oversized brandy snifter, it pours a deep, dark purplish brown with which a quickly-diminishing tan khaki ringed head, 1 finger in length, rested atop. Aromas of prunes, toasted breadcrumbs, hazelnut butter, oak, blackstrap molasses, butternut squash purée, autumnal leaves, burnt leather, booze, sugarcane, red licorice, and sourdough. Tastes the same with the addition of peat smoke, spearmint, melted wax, and marsh rosemary by mid-palate. By swallow, it’s hinting at chestnuts, pine needles, semi-sweet chocolate, castagnaccio, stale coffee, raisins, and black lime. Citric acid also present. Bitey and versatile. Bloody fuckin’ good.
Sebilinz (1752) - Linz, AUSTRIA - FEB 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very nice dark brown body with tan lasting white head. Aroma is dried fruits, roasted malts and some honey. Taste is roasted malts caramel and fruits very balanced between sweet and bitter. Aftertaste is sweet honey and bitter. Very balanced and nice one.
allmyvinyl (9319) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from the brewery online shop. Deep, dark brown with a big tan head. Smoky and metallic aromas, bubblegum and coffee. Lots going on. Seems to smell a bit different every time... Lemon and chocolate coming through now. Great aromas. Taste has all this going on too, and a good balance between bitter and sweet - sometimes big beers this strength are too sweet on the finish, but this has dried out well, assuming the champagne yeast has something to do with that. Getting something nutty now, on the taste. Full-bodied,rich and creamy. Long finish. Very nice beer.
tomer (2877) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
At a tasting, many thanks DSG, zvikar and Ariel, small beige head, totaly black colour, aroma of wax, old shoes, glue, hints of charred wood and roastiness, flavour of dark chocolate with hints of smoke, wax, charred wood and dirt, with some fruitiness coming and going, long and intense dark chocolate aftertaste. Intriguing beer which is quite difficult to drink.
freiksenet (93) - - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Deep black with some red tint. S: Caramel, whisky. T: Strong liquorice, alcohol really feels. Some acid, plum, lots of fruit. M: Oily, Tangy feeling in mouth. O: Complex.
DSG (11505) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Black-colored with a light brown head. Aroma of dark malts, some roastiness, some chocolate, dark fruits and floral honey notes. Sweet flavor with a light acidic note, chocolate, a bit of honey, some dark fruits touches, mild roastiness and a finish with light hoppiness. Rather full-bodied, quite silky and rounded. Very good and complex.