Jow (2005) - New York, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sunday afternoon brew. Pours dark brown with thin head. Great nose of coffee and dark fruits. Tastes of smoke, chocolate, licorice, root beer, coffee, earth, and warming on finish. Delightful beer for the season
egajdzis (5253) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some spices, vanilla, and nuts. Taste of the same, with odd spicing, and more vanilla.
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle. Dark brown with clingy tan haze. Nose is like some sort of herbal cough syrup featuring root beer, rubber, spearmint and dank cellar. Vaguely reminiscent of absinthe though this is actually drinkable. Syrupy with a buzz. Taste is licorice, peat, Mr. Pibb, burnt sugar and tree bark. An odd one.
WASW (50) - - DEC 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful rich dark colour with a thick creamy head. An almost overwhelming array of roasted, nutty flavours with a slightly underwhelming finish. A fine beer of its milieu.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with Colin. A black beer with a decent tan head. Beautiful meady, honey aroma with alcohol, roasty malt, coffee and caramel also. Flavours of honey and Christmas spices, cloves and cinnamon. Beautifully rich, oily mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation and light CO2 prickle. Alcohol is very well balanced. Lovely!
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, 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 (5938) - 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.