CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle: Pours an oily opaque black with a stringy-lacing beige head. Has a lightly sweet toasted dark caramel and roasted malty nose with some chocolate notes and a touch of tart fruits. Starts with pretty good fullness and well-dissolved carbonation with some semi-sweet dark caramel maltiness, dark chocolate and light horseblanket funk. Finishes slightly drier and bittersweet with a touch of vinous tartness. Has pretty good complexity and balance throughout.
FatPhil (11835) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle - shared by Kairi - thanks!
RIght after the pour I get a bit of soy, but the main thrust of the aroma is sherry, then dates, then red wine. Later, after it’s warmed up a bit, some alcohol does come over too. Taste is even more sherry and red-winey than the aroma. Black, but couldn’t put any head on it at all. Was in a clear glass bottle, which I dislike, but as it was shipped in a box, it’s not harmful to the beer, so not docking any points. Very full palate, sweet and almost a bit slick, but good as a sipper. Finish is back to the dates from the aroma. Utterly delicious - I went back to finish the bottle, not that there was much left.
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 4, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks Massimo. No carb, rich, fruity and boozy. Great taste, rich, lovely, lots of fruit, guess from the wine. Very nice. Was a bit trashed at this stage.
jc1762 (387) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Massimo for sharing (and making) the bottle!
Poured into a tulip tasters showing pitch black with a thin translucent coffee brown and no head.
The nose shows very subtle notes of tomato leaf and an alcohol pungency.
The palate shows a full body with no carbonation. Flavors of light coffee with slight saltiness at the finish. Interesting and different but unique to try at least once.
TimE (4347) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black color. No head at all. Mildly Brett sour nose with big black strap molasses, and dark chocolate. Very flat, lots of ash and molasses and dark chocolate with some tobacco leafs. Very nice.
cbac (6) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 10, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
150608 - Couleur Brun/noir - Texture épaisse - Mousse compact fine brune / Nez cacao/café/brett - En bouche explosion de saveur magnifiquement balancée par un ce coté vineux hyper longue en bouche. Délicieux
PriorL (2819) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at ACBF 2015 with S&G tasting group.
APPEARANCE: black beer, no head.
NOSE: brett, vanilla, coffee, mocha, vanilla.
TASTE: vanilla, very dry, brett, bit too much vanilla for me.
JefVerstraete (2300) - Ghent, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ ACBF 2015. Dark brown/black colour, creamy foam. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts. Boozy and sweet with notes of vanilla. Light notes of brett. Ok.
sebletitje (8116) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample @ ACBF 2015.
Brune foncée, sans col, le tout laissant un filament doré au verre.
Arôme est assez agréable offrant un brett très léger et des notes de vin rouge, soja et presque caramélisé de Sherry et Madeire.
Palais est épais, centré sur les malts avec un côté vin cuit et légère note de Porto. Note de chocolat avec un résiduel vin rouge. Le brett est discret et ajoute une pellicule d’aigreur qui balance un peu le profil doux-prononcé des sucres résiduels.
AdamChandler (3920) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black, dense and thick, looks like oil, no head at all. looks totally flat. Smells like fudge, booze and cappuccino. Taste is like prune juice, figs, chocolate, Totally flat, almost actually like a Sherry wine than a stout. loads of dessert like qualities. I taste every bit of the booze but it is indeed a very interesting beer. Might be remarkable as a sipping beer that you re-cork in 5-10 years.
tmrmwel (1432) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Bottiglia n. 0129. Once upon a time, impys were barrel aged and somewhat wild. Oh, the good times. And just when the ancient art was all but forgotten, Toccalmatto came to the rescue. Pours pitch black, with a creamy mocha head. Amazing aroma with dark roasted malts, red wine barrels and woody brett with tobacco and maple syrup, as well as lactic acid, dark chocolate and muscovado. Full body with creamy texture, and soft to none carbonation. Flavour is dark malts with tobacco and dark fruits, red wine barrels, tannins, and woody brett, as well as notes of heather, whisky and sea salt. Dark fruits, leather and salty liquorice in the finish. An absolute winner! Can I have another...