Niksko (568) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark opaque brown with two fingers light brown head. Nose is strong coffee, slightly sweet and a little barnyard funk. Flavor is complex. A reasonably light sweet attack, sweet prunes and peach on the mid palate, and bitter coffee and more dark fruit on the finish. Mouth feel is silky and full bodied. Really delightful. Sweetness throughout is pleasant but not cloying. A big treat.
zacgillbanks (4028) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. An inky black thick oily beer with a powerful liquorice and paint?! aroma. It has liquorice, blackcurrant and red fruity flavours with slight chocolate and smooth vanilla on the finish.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from Santa. Pours rich dark brown with beautiful tan head. Very nice looking beer. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, nuts, rich dark malts, and a little peat. Flavors of rich dark malts, toffee, chocolate, bit of smoke, fair amount of dark fruit, touch of coffee and nuttyness. Has nice bitterness. Body is a little thinner than it looks, but there is a lot going on with brew. Nice level of complexity. Nice surprise and delicious beer.
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2013 Bottled 50cl. Pitch black with a small beige head. Incredibly inviting complex nose. Great (mainly roasted) malt profile. Good bitterness. Lovely honey notes. Hints of wild strawberries. Full bodied. A great beer with plenty of character.
probstblueribbon (3579) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from Bieropholie, served almost cold in a tulip glass.
App.: Very deep mahogany (almost black) with a nice deep mocha head.
Aroma: Very deep and dark, black cherries, fairly fruity, molasses and treacle, very dark rye bread crust, some booze, big stuff!
Palate: Medium-full body, full, slightly aggressive effervescence.
Flav.: Huge, a ton of rich, dark, thick maltiness, quite fruity, more of the black cherries, molasses and treacle, dark chocolate, tree fruits, alcohol sting, wow; sweet with pretty good bitterness and a very long, inky, mouth-coating finish.
Not a beer to be taken lightly!
NikkTwist (2410) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2013 Bottle (and later draft) at Farmers Cabinet. Pitch black pour with a thick brown head. Black gummy raisin syrup. Spectacular! Saddle leather. Raisin pie. Liquorice. Sweet car engine. Dark black juicy flavors. Some peat. Dark, full and tremendous! Bit more smokey flavor appears as it warms. More than worth a try but may prove challenging to some. The chestnut flavor is quite nice.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. darker pour. notes of dried fruits, raisins, chocolate , light coffee and good dose of peat/smoke. Quite flavorful, very complex. warming. Nice beer.
_angst_ (4261) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours hazy dark brown with a rather small creamy mocha head that doesn’t leave much trace while dissipating. Smell is sweet with toasted malts, rubber, asphalt, vanilla fudge, rubber, cereal, liquorice fudge, pine, wood, prunes, raisins, alcohol, cereal and hints of low quality milk chocolate. Taste is sweet, bitter and tiny sour with caramel, sweet dark bread, pine, freshly cut grass, resinous wood, sweet liquorice candy, bitter chocolate, rubber, asphalt, orange peal, alcohol, pine, lemon zest, sweet liquorice candy, sassafras and hints of sweetened dark roast coffee. Mouthfeel is slightly round, tiny astringent, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is sweet and slightly bitter with toasted malts, caramel, toffee, pine, orange peal, asphalt, rubber, sweet liquorice candy and hints of citrus. A big disappointment... A bad bottle perhaps?
rlgk (16556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber/brown beer with a small but lasting beige head. Malty cork aroma, fruity, vinous, some citrus and raisins. Mslty roasted flavor, rubber, caramel, hay. Huge amounts of rubber.
lusikka (7650) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma of strong caramel, bubblegum and some grass. Flavour of roasted malts, very sweet caramel, bubblegum, toothpaste, white chocolate and grassy hops. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a long, malty, salty, sweet finish. Way too sweet and rootbeer-y.