tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours black with nice tan head. Aroma of sweet caramelized oak, licorice, coffee, chocolate. Low carbonation, medium to full bodied, not as thick or oily as you might expect. Flavor of rich coffee grinds, dark, bitter chocolate, and sweet oak, some bourbon, a long, lingering finish. Alcohol very well hidden for 13%, exceptionally smooth and palatable. I bet this will only get better with age. Outstanding, and well worth the $14 I paid for it.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a thick pitch black oily color with a medium sized creamy cream colored head. Aroma of roasted malts, black licorice and rich dark chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, black licorice, bittersweet chocolate and hints of toasted oak. Alcohol presence detected.
SDalkoholic (2339) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Pacific Liquor: Created a monstrous sizing of thick foamy head that spilled over the rim of my glass like a volcano while a jet black liquid gently rested underneath. In the aroma, my nose is instantly gratified with a rich profile of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee creamer, and a whiff of alcohol, but oddly enough I didn’t smell any licorice or oak barrel. The flavor is rich and robust and hits with a heavy taste of dark roasted down malts that boast of chocolate and cocoa powder while a boozy presence of alcohol almost vodka like shares the spotlight. I find it really hard to taste any black licorice but the oak barrel does become more apparent and rounds out the beer to smooth and balanced ale. This was surely a delicious beer, but way over priced since this cost $20 a bottle.
kryon (2711) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Toronado, SF. Pours dark, low head. Aromas of alcohol, burned sugar, coffee and raisins. Creamy texture. Taste a bit to much of the alcohol.
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours pitch black with a light-tan head. Boozy aroma with some roasted malts, leather, molasses, and dark chocolate. Flavor displays black coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, wood and port. Big roasty bitterness with a strong - but not hot - alcohol presence. A little oily and acidic but otherwise pretty well-rounded for such a massive beer.
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a brown sticky head. Some soft licorice notes, rye, oak, muscovado sugar and citrusy and slightly fruity hops. Some caramel as well. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slightly warming sensation.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours black with a creamy, medium sized, brown head. The aroma holds fruity cocoa/espresso roast, salt liquorice and molasses/brown sugar up front. Buttery oak lurking in the background. Undertones of gingerbread dough, blueberries, black currant, roasted nuts, tobacco, meat and light smoky tar alongside wooden and citric hops. A touch of warming alcohol on the nose. Rich and straight forward. Tiny hint of ginger and pine. The flavor is light sweet, medium bitter and tiny acidic. Tones of tar, hops, cocoa, light oak wood, tobacco and liquorice, alongside a light touch of dark berries. Lots of dark malt. The mouthfeel is round and soft with a tart finish. Light to medium carbonation. Bitter roast and hops on the finish. Bit peppery as well. Well-hidden alcohol, only a light numbing burn in the end. Near full bodied.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Pourhouse in Westmont, NJ. Clear but jet black pour temporarily supporting a thin light tan head. Overpowering aroma of bittersweet chocolate. Tastes like a rich chocolate layer cake in a glass. Tons of cocoa and roasted malt with a little caramel and vanilla. Very thin biddy that doesn’t match the flavor. Sweet chocolaty finish.
nearbeer (4872) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml. Deep mocha with a lasting ring of cream. Nose of mushroom, soy, and cocoa. Flavor is strong soy, molasses, mint, light cocoa. Medium heavy body is salty, dryish and like drinking blood, except creamier. I love this brewery, but this tastes nothing like a Porter; or even an Imperial Porter. Tastes like my wife’s Hibachi Girls Night Out, drenched in soy sauce.
Fungrim (60) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 750 ml. Oh my... This is an ale? Blindfolded I would have sworn on an American Stout or even Imperial Porter. But hey, it is still very good! Pours black as sin. Light brown, medium head. Nose is roasted malts, with some licorice, vanilla and chocolate. A hint of red berries flies by. Lovely! Smooth, full body with little carbonation. Sweet licorice, chocolate and dark malts in the mouth. Not very bitter, semi-long finish. Really, really good!