Allen (2689) - - 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.
Gorm (163) - sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Svart farve med beige gyllent skum som forsvinner. Lukt av malt og sjokolade. Smak av malt, sjokolade, kaffe og søt honning. Vinmonopolet.
Niall73 (95) - - JUN 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. bbd 27/02/17, so young. Pitch black with a coffee colored foamy head. Wow - the aroma is great. Its medicinal, coffee, pepto bismoly and a touch of chocolate but really complex with a touch of sweetness and malt and something floral about it. Holy fuck, its something else - so syrupy, sticky, chewy and rich in the mouth. Boozy, but it’s still smooth for something so strong. the medicinal stuff is big, which isn’t my favorite but its sweet and malty and chocolatey and has some coffee bitterness... oh, its lovely.
jookos (829) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with light tan head. Slight smokey, or rather tar-y, dark malts - some dry chocolate, a bit of roasty. Has dark toffee, grainy maltiness, with a bit of herbal hoppyness. Very intensive flavours, very nice. Body is thick, slightly oily. But leaves a dry finish. Brown dark maltiness. Somewhat like an RIS, but not salty licoricy, more brown malty, chocolatele. Really nice, and drinkable.
crossovert (4760) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Pours a dense blackish brown with a thick and creamy tan head. SMell and flavor are smokiness, roasted malt, chocolate, nuttiness, sooooo rich and delicious.
imdownthepub (8547) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, 500ml (9.0%abv), aged 4yrs. from Bellingers Garage, Grove, Oxon. Black with tan head. Thick, smooth, velvety beer with a big liquorice, tarry nose on opening. The pour is slow, like easing the beer out of the bottle. There is cocoa powder initially on the palate with a charred coffee ovelay, deeply roasted malts. There is a hoppiness, but the ageing has smoothed this into the beer, but I get a lighter fruity note. Undoubtedly a superb beer.
HoppyBudgie (285) - SOLA, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good creamy coffee aroma, mild grassy hop notes. Black colour. small stable brown head. Good sweet roasted flavour. Good hop flavour, sweet and spicy, very grassy finish
RichTheVillan (962) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines; dark black pour with luxurious big tan head, dark fruit and alcohol aroma, rich dark dried fruit taste, light smokiness very complex and bold some earthy wet leaves like action, vanilla, leather. Has a decent level of bitterness. Mouthfeel is can only be described as luxurious. Wonderful beer.
Nekronos (3231) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAY 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite nice but not so pale. NIce aroma and somewhat different than those who will be on cask.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Sweet dark caramel and toffee malts, dark fruits, honey, smoke, nuttiness, vanilla, oak, bit of booze.
T - Sweet dark caramel and toffee malts, dark fruits, honey, vanilla, oak, smoke, nuttiness, black licorice, and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming finish.
D - Nice complex and balanced English Strong Ale.
Cletus (6187) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Firkin at My Place Pizza. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of roasted malt, some honey undertones, nutty, spicy. Tastes sweet with a nice blend of roasted malt and honey. Enjoyable.