EithCubes (5437) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Coincidence: this beer’s 555th rating, here on X-Mas Eve 2015.] Bottle. Nose luscious, huge chocolate and heavy dark roast, strong coffee as well. Definite fruitiness with malt sweetness, plum and berry. Pitch pour with a dense and cream brown head. Watery-thin body in the mouth with medium bitterness, utterly bone-dry with strong and lasting smoke, lighter char and scorch, great and unrelenting dark roast, coffee, dark chocolate, classic brown malt. Love the brutal ardor, dry and even moreish (!) with mild background fruit for balance, rounded mild hoppiness mostly in earthiness, hint of ash with the smoke. Very mild mineral character and a touch of husk in the finish; there’s something distinctly Scandinavian about this, even though it was brewed in Belgium -- I immediately thought Nøgne Ø, then Mikkeller. Sticky lips. I’d desire it a touch thicker, but that’s quibbling; there’s a light creaminess which befits the smoke and would complement vanilla quite well -- it’s hard for me not to imagine the pairing. No trace of alcohol whatsoever. Super classy and easy-going, the beast you can bring home for dinner. [2015.12.24: 4.5]
DroolYeast (869) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home from To Øl’s Christmas calendar. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. Black with tan mostly diminishing head. Moderate malt and hop bitterness, light+ sweetness. Full body, oily texture, avg. carb., malt bitter finish.
neongolden (1115) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(330ml bottle shared @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Nov 27 2015) Pours black with a pale brown head lingering with lace. Aroma has smoky, roasty dark malts and piney hops. Palate is very smoky, dry and ashy dark malt and a lot of leafy, piney hops with a bit of resin. Finish is super smoky and medium bitter with dry roast and a supply of pine forward hops. Medium body with above average carb. Basically all about and hops, I admit I was expecting a fuller, richer body from the grain bill. Felt a little lacking in punch.
Rubin77 (720) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
F: thin brown diminishing to thin film.
C: dark non-transparent as a night.
A: roasted malt, wet wood, coffee, sweet dark fruit.
T: 0,33l bottle from De Hopduvel in Gent, dark malt, nice bitterness with some grassy/earthy tones decent dry on the palate, coffee, hint of dark chocolate, some dark fruity, smoked meat, full body, average carbo, very good beer for this style.
gegwilson (2813) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as a birthday gift from Jill. Cheers! Pours deep brown, almost black with a dense frothy beige head. Mild fruity malt aroma. Huge chocolate flavour with some coffee too. Rich with light spice and a long bitter finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Delicious.
Enno101 (63) - - NOV 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a two finger dark tan head. Smells really roasty, dark espresso. dark chocolate, caramel and toffee. Tastes of dark bitter chocolate & coffee, slight smokiness and a lot more bitter than I was expecting. Medium to full bodied. This beer tastes like a chocolate coffee porter. Better than most beers that actually try to taste like chocolate and coffee. Really nice, but a tad bit on the bitter side for me in terms of a porter.
Unde (790) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown colour, small head but it leaves some nice lacing behind. Aroma has hint of smoke, chocolate and herbs. Pleasant aromas. Taste has herbs, dry roasted malts, espresso coffee and grassy hoppy ending. Medium body and medium carbonation.
AgentAle (1406) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, vanilla bean, clove and sulphur. Taste is fresh malts, mocha, caramel, vanilla beans and clove. Chewy mouthfeel with rich malts and vines he’s with an earthy and slightly bitter finish. Appearance is black with a frothy light brown head that retains very well.
pintbypint (3273) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml brown bottle. Black pour, big dark brown head with a lot of lace.
Aroma has chocolate, roast and smoke. Taste has
roast, chocolate, smoke, berry. Bitter malts. The
mouthfeel is medium with soft carbonation. Good.
leghorn99 (201) - Livorno, ITALY - NOV 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nel bicchiere è perfetta e maestosa, di colore praticamente nero, con una crema di schiuma compatta e soffice, beige, molto persistente. L’aroma non è particolarmente complesso ma è molto pulito ed elegante, soprattutto per quel che riguarda i profumi di caffè in grani; a corollario ci sono orzo tostato e leggerissime note di cioccolato. L’aspetto visivo trova piena corrispondenza in bocca: è una porter cremosa e vellutata, dal corpo medio e molto poco carbonata. La scorrevolezza è indubbiamente un po’ sacrificata a favore di una morbidezza davvero godibilissima; grande intensità nel gusto, con abbondanza di tostature e di caffè, cioccolato amaro e qualche nota più dolce di caramello che cerca di bilanciare. Oltre all’acidità di malti scuri c’è anche una generosa luppolatura che, a fine corsa, svolge quella necessaria azione di alleggerimento per asciugare il palato e dare qualche istante di tregua, prima che la corsa riparta in un retrogusto molto lungo ed intenso, carico di caffè e di tostature.