guiroul33 (255) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - MAY 3, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Tilquin English Beer Festival 2015. Very good honey notes predominate the aromas and in the taste which goes perfectly with this kind of dark complex brew. Delicious.
ElManana (1148) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Tilquin English Beerfestival. Lots of caramel, bitter chocolate, high alcohol, nice!
Moolesen (329) - NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 50cl. Pitch black with a caramel coloured head. Very intense aroma of subtle chocolate, roasted malt and tar. This is what I call a rich beer. Full bodied, dark chocolate, espresso and some dried fruit. Very nice. Long lasting finish. Perfectly in balance with a pleasant bitterness. An absolute superb beer.
cervmagpt (437) - PORTUGAL - APR 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 19B, adapted). Bottle 50 cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: aroma of sweet coffee (cappuccino, coffe and milk), black liquorice, dark chocolate, slight roasted cereals and faint wallnuts. soft alcohol aroma on the background. APPEARANCE: very dark brown color and opaque. brown average head with average retention. alcohol derived viscosity with some lacing. TASTE: initial prominent coffee and dark chocolate with a supportive moderatly sweet background. notes of black liquorice and a faint wallnut note. apparent low hop derived bitterness altough the finish is bitter from the roasted malts. finishes semi-dry with a long coffee-like and nutty aftertaste. PALATE: velvety texture with a medium-full body. smooth alcohol warming. OVERALL: an outstanding and complex dark ale that should be enjoyed at a very slow pace. higly recommended.
fkoolen (609) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Van Moll, Eindhoven. Deep dark brown color, brown head. Great rich nose and taste with coffee and chocolate, dried fruits, honey, vanilla and bourbon. Incredible lingering aftertaste with sweet coffee and caramel tones. Low carbonation, big body and creamy mouthfeel.
Bill Becker (566) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - APR 12, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Looks pretty stoutish..black with a small tan head, poured slowly. The lacing is pretty impressive.
The smell is big time, umm, roasty, nutty, chocolaty, smell some licorice, coffee..yummy.
As bold as the aromas permeating my nosebuds are, the taste takes it up a notch. Hazelnuts and coffee abound, licorice is there but plays a minor role. This is really quite bitter and right at the end, I get a bit of a smoky character.
It’s not overly heavy in the body. More like what I’ve seen mentioned...velvety smooth. Spot on carbonation.
This just plain blows me away with how good it is and how drinkable it is. At 9% abv, there’s no alcohol in the taste at all. Just a wee bit of warming on a morning, here in Casper, where it’s BLOODY SNOWING and there was no warning. Cheers!
nihtila (1835) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
6.12.2013. Täysin musta, ruskea vaahto. Tuoksussa paahteista kahvia. Maussa ensin kermaista pehmeyttä, siirtyy paahteiseen ja leipäiseen, omenaa, keskellä suklaan ja kahvin aromeja, pähkinää. Jälkimaussa karamellia ja kuivaa paahteisuutta.
Fredd_an (212) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Choklad , russin, maltynees doft. Dark choklad, sweet bitternes in the palate. Mörk malt smak, bitter Coffe.
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AbouAli (195) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge brown head. Color is deep black. Coffee, hazelnut, caramel aromas. Flavor is the same. Some bitterness. Texture is oily. Carbonation is soft to average. Average to long coffee finish. Well balanced
Stuu666 (6780) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3 varieties at Craig’s. Bbe 2009, 2015 and 2017. Rich, fruity, and sweet, nice smooth honey from the latter two.