Cunningham (6255) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Sinful dark black color with a frothy big beige head. Nice lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla and fruity.
Palate: Thick oily body. Slightly sweet and an ok bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Coffee, chocolate and nice smooth balanced fruity. Dangerously well masked alcohol.
Overall impression: Tasty and powerful ale. One more please. The only problem now: Where can I get another bottle...
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway.
Kosmokrator (761) - ITALY - SEP 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2015 Denso color nero con un cappello mediamente spesso di schiuma marroncino chiaro. Al naso offre frutta fresca, miele, cacao, farina di castagne, frutta secca e piů velati sentori di caffč e malti tostati; al palato č un fantastico equilibrio di sapori tra i quali emergono pere, miele di rododendro e castagno, cereali e cacao amaro. Al palato č perfetta: elegante, fine, cremosa, vellutata, gentilmente effervescente e di corpo abbondante; l’abv non si sente e ogni sorso invita al successivo. Una birra "aristocratica", favolosa.
zimbo (836) - SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medicinal long prune snappy with some bloodiness. Meaty.fantastic complexity & depth. So so long. Wow.
Idiosynkrasie (5563) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Pitch black colour with late awakening, average to huge, frothy to creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, brown head. Dark malty aroma has fruity notes of blue/dark berries, hints of milk chocolate, a touch of nougat, hoppy overtones. Taste is moderately sweet, intense dark malty, notes of treacle, chocolate, dark berries, liquorice, a touch of roast, a salty touch, cautious hints of peat, minimally bitter, herbal hoppy overtones, cautious hints of alcohol; slightly oily texture, sticky palate. Very rich and complex taste.
Valgreen (768) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Exmouth Arms, London. Pitch black, small tan head, good lacing. Aroma, deep roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, a very rich sweetness, . Taste, roasted malts, sweet burnt sugar, chocolate, coffee, licorice, . Nice mouth feel. Slightly oily. Roasted honey aftertaste.
hawthorne00 (3170) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Bottle, 12C. Black with a tan head that fades to a coat, leaving spots of lacing. Aroma of hazelnuts, the forest floor, chocolate, cherries, twangy medicinal honey, the lodge. Silky mouthfeel, low carbonation. Sweet spiced chocolate, hazelnuts, autumnal detritus, coffee, cherries, complex toasty caramelised/ singed flavours. Cocoa and spices (anise, galangal, licorice, coriander root) linger, honey is more obvious. Bitterness creeps up. Alcohol is well-integrated, but it drinks like a strong brew. Brings to mind a large room - used only occasionally but well-maintained and stacked with seasoned wood - in the last sunny days before the fire must be lit. Spectacularly good. [4.6]
Went on a bit then, but yes, a really stunning beer. Dark, burnt, spicy gruit things, modern hops that should jar but don’t at all. Mysterious herbal notes that pop in and out of prominence. Big and complex, but nothing’s that shouty and yet everything’s well defined.
HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor at the Thornbridge tasting. Pours oily black with a short, khaki head. Aroma of cocoa, caramel, and a sweet smokiness. Taste opens up a thick chocolate body with a nice roasty background, travels through the mouth with a touch of caramel and coffee, leaving a lingering aftertaste of cocoa and almost a caramel peat. A really pleasant, sweet smokiness. Proved to be different to the standard coffee/chocolate stout, good to see.
maneliquor (3480) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours very dark with a small, sticky tan head. Nose shows smoke instantly. As it opens up, a fair bit of sweetness comes out but it’s a balanced sweetness. Almost like sweet hickory smoke with some heavy caramel and powdery chocolate in there too. Very complex stuff - firewood, dark chocolate, powdered chocolate, sweet & sticky honey, peat, toffee. Finishes with a very caramelised/honey forward peatiness right on the back end with a touch of coconut. Works extremely well and I can see why this is so highly regarded. Very solid stuff
jonnyguns (1104) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at mane liquor thornbridge tasting night. Pours a dark brown/black with a frothy tanned head. Nose is quite interesting. Nutmeg and bitter chocolate with dark roasty malts. Taste is much more of the same. Heaps of dark chocolate malts coming through even a touch of coconut towards the end of the palate. Fucking interesting beer Im finding it hard to describe. Would definitely recommend trying for pure complexity.
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DenverLogan (990) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 500 ml bottle. Poured in a Rader tulip glass.
Pours black with brown head.
Aroma of chestnuts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, honey.
Significant carbonation and big mouthfeel.
Flavors of bitter chocolate, honey grahams, milk balls, alcohol, liquid smoke, burnt roasted malts, molasses, cream of tartar, rosemary. Overall a big and bold brew with lots of dark roasty notes, significant alcohol, chocolates.