TheJestersBeer (1912) - SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. (Rating #500)
Pours pitch black, with a brown head.
Very complex aromas, roasted malt, licorice, spices, hops, coffee, chocolate, tar, dried fruits, plums, ashes, smoke.
Sweet, full bodied (and beyond), high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Extremely rich and complex, loads of fruit and roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, plums, chocolate, tar, smoke, hops. Let this one lie down for a few years. A beauty.
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Off tap at Sheffield tap. Massive sherry, dark fruits, port, red wine, honey. Very tasty.
wizardjoe (11) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Absolutely delicous, but can too easily become overpowering if consumed too quickly or at a quantity more than about half a bottle. Unique in taste, texture and aroma.
Jow (1821) - New York, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sunday afternoon brew. Pours dark brown with thin head. Great nose of coffee and dark fruits. Tastes of smoke, chocolate, licorice, root beer, coffee, earth, and warming on finish. Delightful beer for the season
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some spices, vanilla, and nuts. Taste of the same, with odd spicing, and more vanilla.
TheEpeeist (3144) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle. Dark brown with clingy tan haze. Nose is like some sort of herbal cough syrup featuring root beer, rubber, spearmint and dank cellar. Vaguely reminiscent of absinthe though this is actually drinkable. Syrupy with a buzz. Taste is licorice, peat, Mr. Pibb, burnt sugar and tree bark. An odd one.
WASW (50) - - DEC 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful rich dark colour with a thick creamy head. An almost overwhelming array of roasted, nutty flavours with a slightly underwhelming finish. A fine beer of its milieu.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with Colin. A black beer with a decent tan head. Beautiful meady, honey aroma with alcohol, roasty malt, coffee and caramel also. Flavours of honey and Christmas spices, cloves and cinnamon. Beautifully rich, oily mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation and light CO2 prickle. Alcohol is very well balanced. Lovely!
GT2 (7721) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL rating #100 for this beer and celebrating my 3300th rating on this site! From Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL. The pour is essentially ink, perhaps very deep sepia, with a large, reverse cascading mocha head. Good retention. Not a lot of lace. Nose is sweet red candies and sharp honey with hints of fresh citrus peel, licorice and peat (for once- the commercial description is pretty spot on). Taste is interesting: spicy, relatively oily, small flashes of cardboard, mild smoked meat, spicy espresso. Also some mild metallic character. No alcohol presence. My big qualm is the large presence of orange flavored Robitussin cough syrup and grape flavored Dimetapp medicine. Uh. Okay. Meaty savory palate. Nice lactic acid. Just way too much cough syrup character probably from the honey addition.
Zarin (202) - ITALY - DEC 29, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Aroma: smokey, rosted malts. Appearance: wood.Taste: Awesome mix of porter and a smoked. Palate: mb. Overall: 20/20