gunnar (8023) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle with Jan Magnus at Cafe Viking, Copenhagen. Pours pitch black with a small tanned head. Aroma of chocolate and liquorice, promising. Smooth and thick mouthfeel, velvety, Coffee and liquorice with a nice bitterness. Very good.
lusikka (7700) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ CBC2013. Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate biscuit and hay. Flavour of roasted malts, biscuit, floral hops and wood. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a roasty, sweet, licorice finish. Good.
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle provided by GT2. Thanks! Poured a dark brown color, almost black with a dark tan head. Aroma is roasted, bitter chocolate notes. Flavor is light/medium chocolate notes, some touch of raspberries. A little boozy.
Geokkjer (7346) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of malt, roasted malt, chocolate, soy sauce and coffee. Flavor is sweet and maly with some licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, warming alcohol, coffee and red fruits. Full body, average carbonation.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle shared by GT2: pours an oily opaque with a clingy-lacing dark beige head. Has a rich sweet dark caramel malty nose with some dark fruity Noyes. Starts with good fullness and sweet dark chocolate with some dark fruits before a drier smoky and roasted finish. True to style, enjoyable and complex.
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ CBC 2013. The pourís deep brown with a tiny head. The nose is roasted coffee. Earthy dark chocolate, ash. Some accents of vanilla. The taste is quite roasty, dry. A bit of toasted nut, caramel. Dark chocolate. Vanilla. Dry finish. Full body, warming. Overall, quite nice.
bytemesis (6970) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours opaque black, large dark brown head, creamy, great lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is the same plus coffee, cocoa powder, little sweetness, medium bitterness. Full body.
RichTheVillan (6817) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; deep black pour with velvety brown head, sweet roasted malt aroma, sweet to taste brown sugar a bit of bready malts, oil thick mouthfeel, earthy with a hint of vanilla, solid impy stout.
Strykzone (6763) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at esbls. Black. Minimal head. I smell very light tobacco. It is tasted, too. Some ash. Hops are bigger than is evident. Alcohol is well hidden. Tasty.
Sigmund (6745) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle, kindly shared by gunnar and our beerpal Ole Anders. ABV is 10%. Pitch black colour, moderate tan head. Excellent aroma, notes of roasted malts, tobacco and leather. Very roasty flavour, fairly sweet, but still remarkably balanced by decent hops.