jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with small tan head. Whiskey is prevalent in the nose - also charcoal, burnt wood. Taste is whiskey, roasted malt, smoke...boozy but well balanced. A nice beer.
SuperTiti33 (767) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Noire. Léger collet. Nez: cacao. Café vert. Végétale (légume). Fumé de bois. Réglisse. Boisé. Torréfié. Panais. Beigne/bacon à l'érable. Bouche: entrée sucré. Ronde. Malté. Café. Chocolat. Vanille. Sucré. Bien fumé. Jambon fumé. Fine amertume qui évolue jusqu'en finale pour finir sèche et torréfié. Très bien fait.
Yorker (1593) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, and chocolate – with a slightly bitter finish.
AndySnow (4829) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where: The Bishops Arms (Folkungagatan), Stockholm.
Appearance: Black colour with a small beige head.
Aroma: Hops, liquorice, roasted malt, hops.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Coffee, caramel, malt, some liquorice.
Linnet (1313) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Ar: smokey, licorice, coffee, burnt pork, alcohol, ashy.
Ap: black colour, medium beige head, lacing.
T: medium bite, mid-sweet, salty, smokey, licorice, smokiness well integrated.
P: medium body, average carbonation, warming, bitter, and salty finish.
santabeer (67) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black. The look of this is awesome. Like going into a dark mystery. Aroma of dark coffe. Taste of coffe with bitterness. Tiny watery at the end, but overall a great beer.
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma:light smoke,good chocolate nose..
Appearance:Dark black,good beige head...
Flavor:light smoke more chocolate and rosted malt flavor...Not bad at all
LoFi (1678) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a beige brown head leaving lots of lacing.
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, creamy.
Taste: chocolate, licorice, roasted, ashes, coffee, toffee.
Medium bodied, smooth.
Also GBWF, from my huge backlog. Additional notes: fruity, roasted, creamy milk chocolate, not very smoky.
gunnar (6418) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botted gift from Abemorsten. Pours pitch black with a small tanned head. Aroma of roastes malts, liquorice, dark chocolate and weak smoke. Taste is more smoky than suggested by the aroma, smooth mouthfeel, well balanced between malty sweetness and roasty/smoked bitterness, good one.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The initially generous dense beige foam slowly diminishes to nothingness atop the clear/filtered cola brown pour. Fairly complex aroma with both chocolate and coffee aromas to the foreground and a broad range of more subtle nuances, from jammy blackberries/blackcurrant to trace iodine, leathery, coal smoke. Despite the relatively pale colour for a stout, there is more than a trace of roast in here, mostly in the form of coffee overtones and this brings forth a fair bit of acidity which acts, together with the smoke, as a counterpoint to the healthy dose of residual sugars bathing in here. This brings about a thicker than average mouthfeel which is accompanied by a warmer than expected general presence - I suppose I would have guessed it near 9% if blind-tested. In the end, it’s impactful and bigger than the sum of its parts, with fair complexity. On its own, it feels a bit rough edged to me, playing on many fronts at once and lacking focus, but I imagine its smokey, charry, warming character would do marvels with meats from the grill.