GT2 (7871) - 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
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A one-of-a-kind highly roasted, sweet and nutty dark ale that defies classification. Good.
How: Bottle 500ml, consumed probably fresh two weeks after purchase.
The look: Very dark brown body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention
In long: Highly unusual nose that I would describe as burnt spicy wood with some cacao and a sweet pastry. Taste is very roasted, burnt chocolate chips cookies, roasted nuts, crusty brownies, honey, peppery spiciness, burnt brown sugar, burnt tree bark, cocoa powder. A little alcohol bite in the finish. Aftertaste is roasted nuts, honey and cacao powder. Overall the sweetness and high roastiness level were keeping each other in check and the beer remained quite drinkable for a 10% brew. There was something very unusual about the entire thing that I don’t think I was able to put into words, the beer was simply “different”. Not a bad beer but a bit pricey for what it is, but you only live once, and you lived my life you’d agree that once is already more than enough.
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 28, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 Una delle migliori bevute degli ultimi mesi. Straordinaria complessità olfattiva e gustativa.
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2012 Bottled Winter 2010, opened Xmas 2011. Thick black pour, thick creamy espresso head that quickly dissipates after releasing a flourish of roasted chestnuts and honey. The flavours are nutty, sweet coffee, and chocolate, backed up with a subtle hop and honey backbone. The mouthfeel is thick and decadent, with the finish pleasantly warming.
tgncc (2663) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mine at last! The aroma is very nice, honey, nuts, flowers, light chocolate, caramel. The appearance is almost black, tan head. From the appearance, it looks like a stout. The flavor is chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, light coffee, nuts. Very nice. Medium/thick in body, creamy mouthfeel. The finish is pine, honey sweetness, some booze warming. Excellent. I’m a big sucker for the adventure of trying traditional ales, but this one was excellent in its own right.
Finn (3759) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medbragt av Rune fra GBBF’ 11. Delt med ham og MrSoul under seanse i heimen 21 Sep 11. Svart. Høyt kremaktig skum. Mokkafarget. Skummet flater helt ut. Rik aroma: Lakris & sjokolade. Avrundet kompleks smak. Samme komponenter som i aromaen med med tilføyelse av lakris. Tørr kaffeavslutning. Alkoholen godt kamuflert. KI=4
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Label lists this as 9% ABV. Pours black with a tall, thick, frothy brown head. Aroma is rather strong grain notes, soft roast, honey, chocolate, burnt caramel and licorice. Touch of herbal notes as well. Taste is grains, roasted malt, licorice, burnt caramel, honey, herbal hops, chocolate covered nuts, light iodine, soft peat and light coffee. Body is thick and surprisingly creamy with a frothy, bubbly carbonation. Sticky sweetness in spots as well. Ends with more burnt caramel, honey notes, chocolate, coffee, herbal hops, and grains. Tasty and a nice surprise!
skortila (4345) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ ACBF 2011. The aroma has chocolate malts and honey. Black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is sweet, has heather honey, chocolate, coffee, some spice. Good body. Very nice!
Rune (7348) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from the Real Ale in a Bottle Bar, at GBBF ’11. Shared back home with Finn and MrSoul. Lots of bubbles to a big, tan-coloured head with fine duration. Opaque black body. Distinctive aroma of roasted malts, dark spices and anise. Comprehensive taste profile containing earthy malts, almost like ash, dark honey and nuts added by notes of spices. Bittersweet endnotes of coffee. Integrated alcohol. Velvet mouth feel. Lovely (at Finns in Tromsø, 22.09.2011).