Martinus (1777) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in the Alchemy series, yellow label with hand written ’Murmansk’ and ’7,4’ ABV
Pitch black beer, fluffy tan head. The very last out of the bottle has some weird floaties. Aroma of coffee, light brett, minerals, ash, mocha, caramel, light dried sour cherries. Coffee bitter flavour, coffee, roasted malts and dark chocolate. Silky texture, really soft and creamy. Firm hoppy finish, burned malts and coffee. Nice!
(From 50cL bottle, shared while visiting tderoeck.)
77ships (2156) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
50 cl. bottle purchased @ Alvinne: label bears the Alchemy etiquette with Murmansk & 7.4 (besides ABV) written with a pen, appearance is usual black with mocha head, smell is mocha, cocoa, coffee, touch sweet & sour, taste is creamy milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, going into a bitter chocolate truffle, slightly vinous coffee, touch sour red berries, slightly bitter roasted coffee & bitter hop finish, body is creamy but a very nice smoothness to it, highly drinkable, great beer, glad it wasn’t a 33 cl. bottle
tderoeck (3000) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 4/III/2012 33cl bottle as Alchemy series, yellow label from Alvinne brewery and shop (Moen) @ home - BB: n/a (2012-216) Thanks to Martinus for sharing the bottle!
Dark brown to black beer, small brown creamy head, adhesive, little stable. Aroma: bretta start, mocha, sweet caramel, sour red fruits. MF: low carbon, full body, thick creamy texture. Taste: dark chocolate, heavy caramel, fudge, mocha, coffee, creamed coffee. Aftertaste: pretty hoppy, coffee, mocha, bitter dry hop ending.
bu11zeye (11111) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500ml bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, bread, and toffee with a dry, bitter finish.
Glouglouburp (5562) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A big heavy sweet dark beer like many others. Good.
How: Bottle 500ml. Consumed probably fresh, 6 months after first bottle rating
The look: Black body topped by medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is big fat roasted malts, peat, light smoky notes. Tastes is chocolate fudge, peat, roast, a shot of a quality pale single malt Scotch, burnt brown sugar, waffles, note of smoked wood. Not much hops to speak of. High sweetness sensation. Big full body with appropriate medium carbonation. A decent beer, but a bit too heavy for its own good, a single 500ml bottle was more than enough for me. This is a nice big sweet heavy beer but it doesn’t really stand out. Not a bad beer at all but when considering the hefty price tag I regret purchasing this one. I need to be more selective when buying pricey beer bottles, I think I need more discipline, and I don’t mean the spanking kind, however if you know someone offering this service please beermail me.
cgarvieuk (10993) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting ... deep black ... thin tan head... soft dark malt roast nose ... dark fruits ... dark malts ... soft easy .... good drinking.
Christian (9697) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBESG August 2011, grand tasting. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice, soy and ash. Sweet licorice and roasted flavour, with a touch of wood. Thick and rich
thewolf (9860) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, bought @ Beermerchants.com
Pours all opaque black with a big, staying, lovely, creamy, dark-beige head. Gorgeous looks. Aroma has chocolate, light roasted, a hint of raisin and a bit of liqourice. Lowish carbonation, quite fat and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good smoke, luscious chocolate, mildly roasted. Long, lingering high bitter malty finish. Lovely beer - especially at the lowish ABV.
skortila (4166) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ ACBF 2011. The aroma has roasted malts, liquorice and some coffee. Black coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet with roasted malts, liquorice and coffee. Medium bodied. Nice one!
FatPhil (7496) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 4, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (RBESGG2011, Grand Tasting)
Simple roast aroma, a touch sweet, rather understated, dull even. Smooth in the mouth, and gentle carbonation, pretty succulent. There’s a great roast, with a lovely level of burntness with no ashiness. The finish is glorious, there’s coffee everywhere. YUM.