mansquito (4056) - 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 (8809) - 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 (4616) - 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.
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50Cl Bottle @ RBBSG. Black coloured beer with a small off whiteh ead. Strong spicy almost roasted hinted aroma. Full palate. FInish is malty roasted. Very enjoyable.
Sammy (9443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Lakeview Liquors. A stout and a mead. Black with a bubbly head. New Zealand honey is a noticeably premium honey and here. Lacey. Wickedly Smooth mouthfeel. Chestnuts, a bit intense flavour in the finish. Good drinkability, something unique and special.
Marheb (3041) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 (Merci Pat!) Je la verse: Brun sombre qui se transforme en noir une fois dans le verre, surmonté d’une magnifique tête bien vissé sur le liquide épais. Je la respire: Tabac enduit de mélasse avec une touche de résine de pin, un côté mielleux vient également aguicher mes cils nasaux. Je la bois: Adam!?!? Non pas tout à fait même si son corps et sa personnalité lui ressemblent, son âme elle, est un peu différente. Cuir et tabac sont macérés dans les sucres foncés, le chocolat, les noisettes et le miel se déchaînent à travers des saveurs sombres, le tout enrobé d’une pellicule houblonnée. Le corps est bien collant et riche et ne veut absolument pas qu’on sache son taux d’alcool. De plus en plus balancé à chaque gorgée.
Oysteib (112) - NORWAY - SEP 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass bottle from Vinmonopolet, Bergen. Colour: Very dark, brown foam. Rich palate. Very "dark" aromas; coffee, dark chocolate. Honey comes through, although not in an unpleasantly sweet way. The high alcohol level does not dominate the flavor. Not my genre, but for people who like porter, should be right up their alley.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle. Dark brown and clear. Small light brown head. Rich roasted aroma, peat smoked malts, spicy sharp herbs and sugary honey flavours. Very intense flavours. High complexity. Lots of smoke and layers of herbs. Some coffee as well. Nicely balanced. Very complex, not cloying, but intense. There’s quite a bit of hops here, something that’s noticeable in the finish, which is quite bitter and the hop bitterness lingers a long time. Very nice.
tmrmwel (1231) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aiaiai… This beauty pours black with a big, creamy and coloured head. Ahhh…, good complex aroma with a nice sweet timber woodiness, as well as peated seaside. Sort of like a nice oaky wine cellar in a worn, tar-ish boathouse. Notes of vanilla, berries, coffee and chocolate. Not too much honey here, but a lot of sweetness from dark fruits. Full, sticky body, with a velvety yet dry feel, and soft to no carbonation. Flavour is sweet, with burned malt, peat, coffee and liquorice, leaving a nice long bitter burned finish. Fantastic stuff, definitely worth tracking down!