cgarvieuk (18564) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle at home ... dark black ... thin tan head ... sweet roast malts .. big toffeee ... light bourbon nose ... little over fizzy ... light charcoal front ... quite a lot of bourbon .. big roast ... little burnt coffee ... some licorice ... nice enough ... quite heavy going but really quite nice
BeerandBlues2 (11059) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with an average, frothy brown head, medium-long retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roasted, coffee, nutty, chocolate), average hops (floral, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of alcohol, licorice, figs, and smoke. Flavor is heavy malt (roasted, coffee, nutty, chocolate), average hops (floral, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of alcohol, licorice, oak, figs, and smoke. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation and creaminess with a biting and drying finish, though some residual sweetness still coats the tongue. This is a nice, warm beer, though the warmth (and alcohol) could be toned down a bit to make this an even better beer.
MarinaMarket (233) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose of sweet dark fruit, coffee & malt. Pours very dark with a beautiful dark full head. Wonderful looking beer that does not disappoint! Flavors of malts, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and slight hints of licorice and alcohol. This is a really big beer with a huge mouthfeel. Oily, sticky, great lacing, and yet still quite balanced by the alcohol, hops, and brewing skill. I would lay a bunch of this down to enjoy over the next few years. Tasted from the bottle @ 62F.
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into La Fin du Monde glass. Outstanding appearance: head is 2" and doesnít go anywhere. Blackest bubbles Iíve seen on a beer, very interesting. Aroma is very enticing: chocolate, some coffee, tons of roast. Very clean, refreshing. I donít know if I would have picked out licorice unless it was written on the bottle, but I can find hints of it if I try. Big, sweet, syrupy mouthfeel, with a huge kick of warmth--almost heat--at the end. Flavor is fantastic--complex with coffee beans, superdark chocolate, nice bitterness, a bit of whiskey. Sweet post-finish, after the warmth--almost too much after a few sips, as if in a sugary way. I havenít had a beer this exciting in a while--great stuff. Solid lacing down the glass as you drink, as foreshadowed by the head. Excellent.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a pitch black color with a nice dark head. The nose is sweet and sappy with licorice and coffee notes, plenty of dark chocolate and sweet raisin/plum maltiness. The flavor is balanced, lots of malts and a big body. Quite balanced in the finish with a nice chewy underlayer of licorice. Very fun strong porter, I liked it.
Miksu (5030) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer and Whisky Festival 2010. Black color with rusty head. Thick salty licorice aroma with vanilla, oak, smoke and leather. Sweet flavor with oak, licorice and chocolate. Way too much oak.
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is extremely roasty with burnt coffee, smoke, vanilla, and all that, just the slightest bit sour/metallic.
pours thick dark brown with small tan head.
flavor is super rich, sweet but not quite cloying, with a balancing woody bitterness.
itís chewy and smooth with very little carbonation, alcohol is hidden until the finish, which is a bittersweet chocolate liquor that lasts.
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottled 9/2/10) near black, deep tan head. Nose of light smoke, sweet chocolate, rich, crackers. Taste of sweet chocolate, fudge, very well hidden alcohol. Deep rich cracker finish with oily body.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Bottled on 08/31/10. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense-frothy-creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is smooth and creamy chocolates, licorice, roasts, dark fruits and plums, vanilla, oak, and toffee. Flavor is similar. Lots of dark, creamy chocolates and hard roasts with a nice licorice spice. More vanilla, dark fruits, somewhat grainy caramels, dates, plums, toffee, and wood. Finishes dry and roasty with a pleasant, medium bitterness, wood, plenty of bitter cocoas, and medium spiced licorice. Leaves a very lengthy aftertaste following a medium-full, smooth body and soft, creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a very bold and flavorful beer. I like the rich and creamy chocolates, hard roasts, licorice, and woody aspects. This is definitely my kind of beer.
Travlr (17714) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best beer of the night at Paradiso Alexandria, deftly served by Collin. Black, with massive, thick dull brown head. Aroma of dark roasted coffee beans and melted Hershey bars. Taste is bourbon! Thick and chewy, oak, smoke, cocoa. Shows its alcohol.