Swaroga (1664) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer carbonates with a sound like a Pepsi... and it lasts. Dark brown with creamy head. The head disappears quickly which seams quite normal for the alcohol content. Mouthfeel is oily and creamy but surprisingly light for a RIS with 14%. Easy to drink but on the other side lacks rich and depth. Roastyness is mellow. Alcohol feel is mellow but the flavor of it is comparable to nail polish or aroma for baking. It’s medium sweet with delicate dry acidity that reminds an ashtray and lemon juice. The aftertaste goes more into ashtray though. Alcohol is warming and delicately burns like vodka. Its a strange beer and I’m not yet sure if I enjoy it. At least it has an alcohol kick...
Maarten1993 (460) - - MAR 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank ar home with Kasar 25-3-2015. The beer does not taste like it has 14%; the alcohol is well-hidden. Beer has a fine imperial stout taste, but is a bit one-dimensional. No taste-evolution. Still fine :)
BeerBaboon (1740) - FINLAND - MAR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with light beige head. Aroma is roasted, licorice and chocolate. Flavour is roasted, light to medium sweet and coffee.
GothGargoyle (1605) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a good brown head. Aroma is dutch liquorice, smoke, leather, sandlewood. Medium-full bodied, sweet and lightly smoky on the palate with a slightly umami finish. Taste is dutch liquorice, smoke, chocolate, leather. Hides the alcohol so well.
Alengrin (3030) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another of those White Pony beers brewed at Gaverhopke. Imperial stout with very dark mahogany colour, only visible at the edges as the rest of the robe remains black; medium thick and - especially seen its huge ABV - relatively stable, light beige head. Fairly strong aroma of dry red wine, coffee grounds, cigar ashes, raisins, roasted chestnuts, balsamic vinegar, charcoal, leather, liquorice, chicken soup, passion fruit, lemon peel touch, peated whisky, ’oude jenever’, rye bread, burning leaves, fish sauce, beef, brown sugar, banana liqueur, hint of phenolic varnish or shoe polish. Dried and some candied fruits in the onset, dates, raisins and blackcurrant, sharpish minerally carbonation (overcarbonated for this style), sourish and sweetish flavours in balance with each other, making room for a deep, thick, caramelly and nutty maltiness adorned by spicy yeastiness, but perhaps a bit less ’oily’ and fat than I am used to from this style; towards the end, a fairly strong and fondant chocolate-like roasted bitterness sets in, long-lasting and accompanied by a sharper, leafy hops bitterness as well as a warming, but in all very bearable, ’jenever’- or wodka-like alcohol presence and lingering carbonation; the last impressions are a tingling carbo sensation, oily maltiness, residual sourishness, warming alcohol (though not obnoxious at all) and a mouth-filling, roasted and lightly peppery hoppy bitterness. Not bad at all, but it does feel very ’Belgian’, a tad too sour in nose and mouth, and for an imperial stout I also find this overcarbonated (point off on palate for that). The ABV is very impressive and in all very well hidden, at least in the taste (not so much in the effect this has on the head), but unnecessary; it is the third time I feel this brewery is trying to impress us with ’big’ beers but this could function equally well - or perhaps better - at, say, 9 or 10% ABV. Still recommended though, but handle with care. I blame myself for being too impatient with this: I bet this ages very well, and by losing some of the carbonation over a five years period, it probably only becomes better, especially since the sourish component may act as a preservative. I do like these guys’ labels: if the beer is meant to be dark, the arty labels aptly illustrate that. Pondering about this, I’d call this ’the Raven’ rather than ’the Crow’, as the raven is considerably bigger (but not necessarily darker) than the black crow... Perhaps there is a 17% ABV version of this coming up under that name?
PriorL (2507) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small brown rim as a head.
NOSE: chocolate, coffee, mocha, alcohol, balanced.
TASTE: alcohol, bourbon-like, quite bitter coffee chocolate aftertaste. Quite a decent White Pony! Bit smoked/ash aftertaste as well, but not disturbing. Job not badly done!
Countbeer (5153) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Medium sized beige brown head. Black beer.
Aromas of roast, mocha, light vinous note, some subtle grain/hay roast and some candy ish yeasty tones.
Flavours of grain and hay roast, some chocolate, some dried herbs, porridge, grains, some bitters and a hint of marzipan.
Aftertaste is a mix of grains, hay, bitters, some roast/toast and hints of chocolate and cardboard.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium to just a bit more than medium bodied. It’s ok, but missing some real body and dark ingredients!
thewolf (11394) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @Etre Gourmet. Pours deep opaque black with no real head. Aroma has soy sauce, roasted, licorice, soft smoke, light vinious. Low carbonation, fine dry and quite oily mouthfeel. Flavour has smoke, licorice, soy sauce, vinious but not alcoholic. Dry malty finish with soft warming effect.
TET (2008) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pitch black beer, the head is very big and brown. The aroma is great, intensive, lots of coffee, salt liquirice, pine, sourness, some chocolate, berries and roastiness. Taste has coffee, salt liquirice, some sourness, after the beginning a quite strong sweetness, some berries, no alcohol. Full bodied that is lightening by strong carbonation. Surprisingly, light despite of strenght. The great beer, unique sourness and also otherwise not typical, quite sweet.
PlutonowyMan (111) - POLAND - DEC 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark beer with a small head. The smell of coffee and caramel. Also the taste of coffee, but more intense, gently feel the alcohol. Easy to drink. Moderately bitter. Tasty.