bhensonb (9831) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter 2010 bottle from Charleston Beer Exchange. Pours black with a 3 finger creamy bubbly dark tan head. Aroma is quite fresh - almost suggests mint. Really quite clean and herby. Med plus body. Flavor is defintely dark fruits and anise, but there’s all kinds of notes. Chocolate. The composite flavor is like nothing I’ve experienced, and it’s disturbingly complex. In the finish a little orange seems to appear. I’m overwhelmed.
Blairgus (2193) - California, USA - APR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
17 April 2011, bottle. really black, nice foamy brown head that fades fast. nose is subtle for something this dark. something like a soft pepermine? maybe it is medicinal. heaby nutty aroma or maybe a nutty molasses. full body and faintly fizzy. really big beer! starting out there was a kind of medicinal/mouthwash. as it goes on more bitter coffee/astringent coffee comes out. keeps an astringency for a while. wow. i could happily drink this anytime!
BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winter 2010 bottling (500ml, 10%, marked as best before of 12.14). Pours with a pitch black body and a large deep brown head. Great lace and some alcohol legs. Aromas of rich tobacco, honey, toffee, coffee, nuts, nutella, cereal, wheat, mocha, hershey’s syrup, light smoke, a tinge of citrus. Bready and grainy. Very nice. Flavors of smoke, honey, cocoa, bitter, toffee, coffee, dusty cocoa, alcohol. Nice smokey, rich, deep malt complexity. Some sweetness. Dark fruits, cherries, hazelnuts. Bitter, earthy tobacco.
Hugely creamy mouthfeel, syrupy, mouth coating, boozy. Very good, but at $20 for a 500ml, I probably will not be buying it again any time soon.
mcberko (4810) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 2008, pours black with a tan head. Aroma of iodine. Flavour of roasted malts, iodine, slight espresso and a bitter finish. Seems a bit off, though quite nice.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge dark yellow-beige head, irregular, over virtually black beer. Rich cakey nose with toffee and speculoos, old books and a whiff of cypress, and hazelnut oil. Roasted chocolate cookies, again this oxydized-like cookies/old books flavour (hazelnut) and a spicy finish (cypress, rosemary,...) Perfumed, but not soapy, quite sweet but not cloying. Bitterish lining, spicy-soft roasted, but not really hoppy. Very rich, chewy MF, voluptuous, warming. Excellent rich, warming ale, it really grew upon me. I wish I had some to open one every year!
evergreen0199 (1642) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Euston Tap, London last December. A black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Aroma of dark fruit and roasted malt. Tastes roasty, malty, coffee, chocolate, spice, sweet, Christmasey and complex. Nice drop indeed.
RoyceH (1189) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at ACBF. Black, little bit of brown head. Liquorice and dark plumminess, touch of cinnamon and the tiniest bit of acetone. Flavour is molasses, espresso, cocoa, mixed spices (star anise?). Light mouthfeel, which is a little disappointing, but very drinkable.
tderoeck (3611) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
05/03/2011 - 50cl bottle @ Alvinne Craft Beer Festival (2011-90)
Black beer with a dark brown small head, unstable and non adhesive. Aroma: spices, alcohol, mocha, but mainly very strange spices and is it the honey? Taste: caramel, sweet dark sugar, mocha, spices, alcohol. Aftertaste: some carbon sour, mocha turning to coffee.
joergen (18875) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ACBF 2011.
Black coloured with a small brown head.
Roasted aroma of caramel, liquorice and dark chocolate.
Fruity and light roasted flavour of dark chocolate and liquorice with notes of hops.
Sweet and roasted finish.
planky84 (1786) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beer Ritz. Black pour with a tan head. Chocolate, raisin, dark fruit and coffee aroma. Very nice nose. Smoky flavours of dark chocolate and molasses, huge coffee burst. Sweet coffee-esque finish. Very, very nice indeed!