alexjucla (20) - - APR 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is black. Like, literally black. The most opaque beer I’ve ever seen, and I’d wager I won’t see another as dark anytime soon.
Almost no head, just a ring of brown foam floating at the top.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly light; probably the alcohol is thinning it up a bit. The carbonation is very soft. Not a flat beer, but no exuberance either.
Taste has an interesting, almost smoky background. This probably comes from the barrel aging, as I don’t think it has any smoked malt in it but it does taste like it. I didn’t pick up the licorice at all. Chocolatey, toasty notes and that dark, earthy smokiness are the main characters of the taste.
Overall, a bit of a disappointment but would make a nice dessert beer or aperitif.
S_Side_Smitty (700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thick light tan head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, leather and deep creamy malts. Taste is smooth smooth mocha followed very quickly by dried raisiny goodness and a coffee inspired bitter finish. Awesome!
williamherbert (1477) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brewed Oct. 2015: When they say black ale, they ain’t kidding. If it’s not pure black it’s a deep, dark brown. Massive sheet of cardboard brown lace.
The aroma is pungent black licorice, dates, plums, sour raisins. The oak is beautiful and mercifully mild; an accent. German chocolate. Dusty hazelnut. I love the complexity and the flavor of this beer.
The flavor is a burst of alcohol, followed by a blast of burnt oak. Then there is a cascade of licorice, dark cherry, plum and dates. The alcohol coats the tongue.
The feel is creamy and milky, but dry like Ovaltine. It burns just a bit on the way down. It is a superior dark ale. The alcohol and flavor of a stout with the smooth edges of a porter.
oldrtybastrd (4951) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown almost black color with a small tan head. Aromas heavy on chocolate/coffee with some smoke. Nice bitterness mixed with the coffee/chocolate flavors. Excellent porter.
Trainedpalate (14) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
If you’re thinking about having more than a couple of beers you may want to share this bottle with a friend. Though it’s quite filling, its high ABV is well masked by dark roasted coffee character. Dark, heavy aromas match the mocha colored head.
keenano (20) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 27, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep dark brown for the bottle. Dark brown initially to off beige head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, slight booze. Huge chocolate throughout, nice finish. Unbelievably easy at 13%. Solid brew
Werckmeister (1895) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,75l bottle at Vienna Tasting shared by Nische, big thanks. BB 04/18/11. black color, small off-white head. smells of vanilla, licorice, spices, some roast. too much vanilla. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of licorice, vanilla, spices, wood, rather alcoholic. finishes lightly roasted with some alcohol with notes of licorice and wood. good stuff, a bit too much vanilla for me. overall ok.
Gurthnar (4777) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 27, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Vienna tasting February 2016. Many thanks! Almost black colour. Lots and lots of dark chocolatey coffeeish roasted flavours. Very rich and full bodied. Very tasty, very good. Excellent.
Cuso (7534) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 27, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle kindly shared by Nische, many thanks. Very dark brown color with medium beige head. Chocolate, dark malt, hazelnuts in aroma. Taste, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, biscuits, hazelnuts. Tasty.
Nische (1794) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from systembolaget. Shared in Vienna. Pitch black with off white head. Chocolately aroma with light vanilla. Lightly roasted. Chocolate and light boozy. Light boozy, chocolately flavor with syrup, coffee, roast, milk chocolate and molasses. Strong flavors and nicely balanced.
TychoJames (1003) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska bishops Örebro. Mörkbrun nästan svart kulör. Doft av knäck, choklad, vanilj och fat. I smak känns torkad frukt, rostad malt, mjölkchoklad, fat och vanilj. Skön kolsyrehalt och fin rund avslutning