omegamike (151) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2012 Bottled Winter 2010, opened Xmas 2011. Thick black pour, thick creamy espresso head that quickly dissipates after releasing a flourish of roasted chestnuts and honey. The flavours are nutty, sweet coffee, and chocolate, backed up with a subtle hop and honey backbone. The mouthfeel is thick and decadent, with the finish pleasantly warming.
tgncc (2514) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mine at last! The aroma is very nice, honey, nuts, flowers, light chocolate, caramel. The appearance is almost black, tan head. From the appearance, it looks like a stout. The flavor is chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, light coffee, nuts. Very nice. Medium/thick in body, creamy mouthfeel. The finish is pine, honey sweetness, some booze warming. Excellent. I’m a big sucker for the adventure of trying traditional ales, but this one was excellent in its own right.
Finn (3089) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medbragt av Rune fra GBBF’ 11. Delt med ham og MrSoul under seanse i heimen 21 Sep 11. Svart. Høyt kremaktig skum. Mokkafarget. Skummet flater helt ut. Rik aroma: Lakris & sjokolade. Avrundet kompleks smak. Samme komponenter som i aromaen med med tilføyelse av lakris. Tørr kaffeavslutning. Alkoholen godt kamuflert. KI=4
TheBeerGod (4915) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Label lists this as 9% ABV. Pours black with a tall, thick, frothy brown head. Aroma is rather strong grain notes, soft roast, honey, chocolate, burnt caramel and licorice. Touch of herbal notes as well. Taste is grains, roasted malt, licorice, burnt caramel, honey, herbal hops, chocolate covered nuts, light iodine, soft peat and light coffee. Body is thick and surprisingly creamy with a frothy, bubbly carbonation. Sticky sweetness in spots as well. Ends with more burnt caramel, honey notes, chocolate, coffee, herbal hops, and grains. Tasty and a nice surprise!
skortila (4178) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ ACBF 2011. The aroma has chocolate malts and honey. Black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is sweet, has heather honey, chocolate, coffee, some spice. Good body. Very nice!
Rune (6965) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from the Real Ale in a Bottle Bar, at GBBF ’11. Shared back home with Finn and MrSoul. Lots of bubbles to a big, tan-coloured head with fine duration. Opaque black body. Distinctive aroma of roasted malts, dark spices and anise. Comprehensive taste profile containing earthy malts, almost like ash, dark honey and nuts added by notes of spices. Bittersweet endnotes of coffee. Integrated alcohol. Velvet mouth feel. Lovely (at Finns in Tromsø, 22.09.2011).
Cavie (3564) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Pours a very dark brown color with touches of tannish red near the light. Heavy body. Tan foamy head. Aroma is interesting! Dark chocolate notes, hazelnut, chocolate, perfume and fruit rind. Flavor is sweet chocolate, cappuccino, vanilla and sweet sugar. Dark malts and sweet chocolate. Very good!
argo0 (11128) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50cl bottle. Medium brown head that gradually dissipates, atop brown-black body. Aroma is sweet, white chocolate, licorice, root beer, dark fruit, milk chocolate, vinous, some molasses. Taste is sweet, raisin/plum, cocoa, some licorice/root beer, vinous, earthy, light white chocolate. Full body, low carbonation, somewhat sticky.
prawlie (1019) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 mL bottle into a pint glass at the Great British Beer Festival 2011. Dark as night, oily head (though little of that). Wonderful deep alcohol aroma. Roasted and a little sweet, but also a bit ’earthy’. Very nice but pricey. Good but a bit too alcoholy. Nice but devastating!
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one at the ACBF 2011. Brown colored brew. Chesnut aroma, very strange, but ok. Chesnut in the flavor too, malts. Ok.