Jimmythespoon (471) - - JAN 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh bottle straight from the brewery. Pours a dark black, with a nice foamy head which resides. Aroma is sweet honey chestnut. This beer is incredibly smooth, the 10% alcohol is well hidden and does not come out in the slightest. Very well balanced beer, having honey in it I expected it sweeter, but the slight bitter finish creates a great balance. Not a beer to drink everyday but great stuff for the holidays!
Holmen1 (3403) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Flaske delt med Egil på Cardinal des-12: svart farge. Sjokoladebrunt skum som blir hengende. En rik og tilbakelent smak med stor verdighet. En helt sjelden ølopplevelse som må på handlelista. (iflg Egil så er aromaen som å gå inn i et gammelt herregårdskap som ikke har vært åpnet på 80 år, og hvor det ligger noen godt brukte ullsokker)
Alecwallace (155) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 This is my second bottle of this beer and was 12 months old. The beer pours a smidge off black and has a caramel head, that didnt last. The inital aroma was nutty, chocolatey and warm. The taste was smooooth. The nuttiness continues and drinks really well. I am impressed that beer can have such an aroma and taste of a specialist ingredient, yet be very palatable on not over power the beer. There is a special balance to this beer which draws me in and makes me think about every mouthful. Top stuff.
LarsEngen (367) - Sandvika, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
50 cl bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Pours oilyblack with a big brown head. Aroma of honey, nuts and dark fruits. Complex beer with a very well hidden alcohol. More nuts and honey with some coffee and chocolate in the flavour. Very nice mouthfeel.
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 (1405) - 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 (22398) - 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?)