laiti (6788) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle @ olio, BBE 27.02.2017
Aroma has root beer and hints of herbs. Flavour has roasted notes, root beer, herbal notes and hints of cocoa. Completely different than I expected, a root beer with 10% more ABV than usually.
tiong (4541) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a foamy head. Smells like root beer, notes of toothpaste, dark ripe fruits, hints of roastiness and nuts. Taste is sweet, smooth, slightlly roasty with notes of root beer, hints of nuts, hops and lingering chocolate notes. Finish is sweetish and roasty with long lasting spicy notes. Quite unique, spicy and root beerish.
tabernae (178) - Latina, ITALY - JAN 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Versa nera, con una bella testa bruna. Tostata, con note di miele e cioccolato. in bocca è ricca , dolce, rotonda mai noiosa, ancora miele, cioccolato, bruciato. piena e appagante, il top di questo natale.
dmschefke (571) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nearly black with medium dark tan head, minimal lacing. Aroma of rich cocoa, cream, exotic coffee, oatmeal, dark amber honey, and a nice tree nut mixture. Flavor matches well and comes together so nicely. Gets better as it warms to room temperature. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and the aftertaste makes me want to keep sipping on it so that it never goes away. What a great brew.
Yorker (1472) - Herning, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
50 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a light tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, honey, liquorice, and a little booze. Flavour is honey, roasted malt, caramel, and a little warming alcohol.
gunnar (6183) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bierkonig, Amsterdam. Pours pitch black with a huge frothy tanned head. Aroma is sweet malty, liquorice, wood and some flowery sweetness. Taste is a big surprise, full bodied, smooth, light roasted malts, ash,a distinct sweetness, like flowers and plums, suitable carbonation level,
lingering malty goodies, included light salty liquorice, a true gem of a beer.
TaktikMTL (6352) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Légère odeur de chocolat et de prunes. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col brun mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat avec une pointe d’alcool et de fruité. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût chocolaté. (Rating #4490)
yiannnos (1027) - , CYPRUS - JAN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colour. Halelnat and dark malt aroma. Taste is more hazelnut, malt, chocolate. Very nice.
Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.5l bottle. Looks so majestic even before popping the cap. Anyhow, the beer itself looks at least as majestic, if not even more. Deep oily dark brown with a small bubbly and islandy chocolate head that looks like bubbly stratos chocolate. It really does look like thick dark motor oil with a nice little head. On the nose it’s intensely sweet and delicious with soy sauce, woodwork, roasted barley, chocolate, smooth licorice, anise and a little bit of warming perfectly integrated booze. It smells amazing. It’s thick, creamy and really viscous in texture and it has a soft prickling just perfect carbonation level. The taste is deep dark, rich roasted, dark fruity with forest berries, more woodwork, warming booze, syrupy chocolate beans and a lively bitterness balancing the sweet concentrated caramel sweetness. And the finish? It’s just leaving a lingering smoky peated aftertaste that never lets go. This is just stunningly nice. A great great beer and an amazing sipper. 10.09.2012
mnoud (293) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013.01.07 - Thornbridge Bracia - 16.9oz bottle in pint glass. I'm a fan of braggots and things made with honey so I have high hopes.
Pours dark with a caramel head, visually looking like a stout. Head goes quickly, little evident cabonation. Aroma as it poured almost gave a bit of a minty fragrance. As it warms up it moves more towards a generalized sweetness, no hops, no yeast; maybe a bit of coffee.
First drink, roast like a stout is obvious but disappears very quickly and is replaced by sweetness. Label mentions liquorice, might not have noticed if it didn't say so but I can definitely pick it out now. This reminds me a bit of some of the things in the "Black Saison" category like New Holland Four Witches. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, little carbonation.
Overall, good. A bit expensive for any repeat purchase, but this is the only bottle I've ever seen so it may not be an option anyway. A bit more roast/peat sort of favors than expected but definitely good and interesting. Not as good as braggots I enjoy but definitely tasty.
Aroma 6/10, Appearance 5/5, Taste 8/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 17/20