otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark blacks under a dark espresso crema head. A thick head of crema hued foam fades into a thick collar which also swirls thick. A very alluring image of a beer.
Berries and honey. Honey glazed and flambéed over a brilliant red-hot flame, the honey crackling and sizzling as they cooked along with the strawberries and raspberries. Sweet dark breads packed with juicy plump raisins – pumpernickel if you please. Black licorice root. Mulberries. Root beer candies.
Interesting from start to finish. Dark fruits abound – plums, raisins, and prunes – covered in honey and berry glaze. Fresh – no artificial preservatives and additives need apply. Smokey and rooty in the back and along the edges – tendrils. Black licorice also in the back swallow. Burnt caramel. A parching finish of black cacao powder, ash, and charcoal. Delicate berries covered in chocolate greet me at the beginning of each taste. More dry dark chocolates in the middle.
Delicious! Interestingly delicious! I had heard good things about England’s Thornbridge brewery and it would seem they were true. This is my second beer from Thornbridge and hopefully it won’t be my last. Quintessentially classically English. Cheerio!
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle (graduation present) from Dan - merci beaucoup! Pours a viscous looking black, small mocha head. Aroma is gorgeous and complex - chestnut, a bit of chocolatey malt, herbal spiciness, cloves, and oddly a bit of bubblegum. Taste is equally complex and rewarding. Soft chocolatey and coffee malts, with honey, some bitter hop spice, juniper, clove, vanilla, cranberries. Silky mouthfeel, long finish, lingering milkiness. Just gorgeous.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - NOV 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with FaithHealer1. Viscous oily black pour, thin mocha head. Big fruity chestnut, oddly herbal and bubblegum on the nose, with a thick rich chocolate malt underneath. Super-soft malts, lovely subtle chocolate flavours, some fruity vinous complexity underneath and a nice nutty bitterness on the finish. Prefer the PX version but this is still great.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - From my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours very dark brown, nearly black. 1-finger thick dark tan head, nice lacing. Nose is dark fruit, tobacco, ash, chocolate,fig/date, big raisin, almost into red licorice, with light oak/bark notes present as well. Flavours of spicy red and black fruits, especially currants and blackberries; tobacco, ash, spice, lightly vinous, tarry finish. Very unique, and quite good.
Foffern (1362) - Bodø, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with (and courtasy of) Veitafan. Pours a pitch black colour with a medium light brown head. Nice roasted and a bit special aroma with rubber, dark wood, dark chocolate, menthol and some farmhouse. More like a stout in the flavour with more roasted coffee, campfire, leather, wood, dark chocolate and some honey, and is a bit dry in the end. Slick and oily mouthfeel, and a light bitterness. One of a kind aroma and a more porter-like taste. A cozy and suprisingly easy-drinking beer relative to the 10% ABV.
oh6gdx (21565) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (beers of europe). Pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is fruity bubble gum, honey, liquorice, mild ashes, syrup and ripe berries. Flavour is ashes, liquorice, mild fruity bubble gum along with some lavendel and mild nuttyness. Also some leathery notes (thomas fawcett peat malts?)
mansquito (3873) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
New Beer Distributors, NY 50cl ($16): Yes, this is expensive. However, it pours a near black color with a nice brown head that dissipates completes and just leaves a syrupt looking beer. Aroma is honey, pretzels, honey pretzels, wood, fruit, and more honey pretzels. Taste is nuts, honey, bread, hops, ambiguous roast, and fruits. This is like a Dark Belgian Strong Combined with a light porter with a hint of mead and pretzels. Yes, this classifies as one of my pretzel beers. Oh, and the alcohol is totally covered. Because I pad a retarded sum of money for this, I drank it slowly. Worth your time and money if you are looking for a substantial and unique beer that is crafted with the utmost skill and precision. Super dank.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: October 06, 2012
Source: Beerfest, HOToberfest 2012
Appearance: clear dark brown, frothy tan head
Aroma: sweet fruity chocolate aroma, hint of sour mash tartness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, candy caramel sweetness, just a touch of balancing earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: **+ /4
Scopey (8068) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 year old bottle, originally purchased at Real Ale, Twickenham. It pours jet black, with a medium tan head. The nose is spice, liquorice, strong smell of tortilla chips, roasted malt, light smoke, alcohol, figs, date, prune and earth. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, wood, nut, earth, tortilla chips, dark chocolate, dark fruit, cherry cola, charcoal, tar, light smoke and some underlying alcohol warmth, with rich, roasty finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Complex and flavoursome. Rich, luxurious and indulgent...
ClubGonzo (4450) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours a thick black body with a big, dense creamy beige head. Looks real good. Aroma is dark malts, raisins, leather, molasses-coated almonds, nuts, honey and hints of chestnuts and wood. Highly original and very pleasant. Taste is chestnuts, honey (very present), dark malts, bitter dry grass tones, chocolate, molasses and hints of burnt toast and smoke. Thick body, medium carbonation. Lovely stuff, and highly original; I don’t think I’ve ever had this kind of beer before. Also, I happen to have a jar of chestnut honey from Spain at home, enabling me to easily identify the characteristic flavors (which I’ve otherwise would have interpreted as something entirely different, I guess). A real autumn treat and a true gem of traditional ales, will definitely buy this again.