markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
Thanks to officerfriendly for the share. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Nose is roast, licorice, anise, and slight chocolate. Flavor is similar with lingering earth, roast, and licorice. Anise and pumpernickel abound in this medium-bodied beer. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2010
The final bottle from the Secret Santa trades I think: Nearly opaque with a fluffy beige head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of pumpernickel indeed with dark rye, some sourdough and lactic acid. Honestly it is more akin to a SF sourdough minus the dark rye. Oh, plenty of resiny and herbal hops, some fig, starfruit and anise, with a touch of bubblegum weizen esters too.NoiZe (2394) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2010
The taste is twangy and lactic with a brush of charred, coffee and chocolate covered hazelnut undertones. Remains with the rye snap, dark fruit, espresso and herbal hop bitterness to the ashy and earthy (a hint of peat bog too, yeah!) finish. The mouth feel is soft but not tepid, the right thickness for a porter, carbonated just enough to last towards the cracked rye dryness upon the finish.
This is the case of a beer being different enough to peak my interest without becoming bombastic and muddled. Truly a winner, there should be enough around for a nice International trade of your own. A bucket list beer for any stoutie!
Had this one at the Pre-ZBF 2010. Courtesy of molenbrouwer and johnbrus. Thnx! Black colored brew. Nice. Aroma is malty, chocolate. Flavor is sweet, some hops, good roasted malts. Good bitterness. Very nice. keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Beautiful black pour with a big foamy tan head. Aroma is bread, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Flavor has a lot of sweetness at first then the hops come in. Very nicely balanced. Nice and dry finish with a great aftertaste that keeps showing up after it’s long gone. Very good. garmonbozia (450) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle from the Wine and Cheese store. Obvious black with huge dark head. Smell of bitter chocolate and dried fruit. Low carbination. Bread, spices and a dry finish
Brix (660) - DENMARK - MAR 18, 2010
Tasted 2010-03-18. 6 months old bottle. Pours dark brown with a bronzy, grey/brown head. Aroma of coffee, rye, (vanilla?). Very strong flavours of roasted malts, coffee and pure liquorice. Bitterness is actually quite mild for the style. I can’t remember having had this powerfull a beer at such (relatively) low ABV before. Well done! Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Bottle from the Wine and Cheese place. Pours a deep chocolate brown with a a nice and creamy tan head, a touch of lacing. Great nose of vanilla, coconut, cocoa dust with faint coffee and toasted malts lingering in the back ground. very creamy on the palate, kind of marshmellow-y with a kind of bittersweet chocolate finish. Damn good stuff! Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2010
A black colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma of dark fruits and dark malts. The taste has some fruits sweets with a bitterness. It’s dry. The aftertaste is bittersweet. kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2010
(bottle) deep black with nice medium tan head and a little lace. Weird chemical aroma initially, but that wasn’t evident in the taste. Later aroma was toasted malt. Flavor is toasted slightly smoky malt, spice (?caraway), coffee. sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2010
gusher ... pours dark brown, light mocha head.
Aroma, pumpernickel bread is thin, roasted malts and some caramel/chocolate.
Flavor, definite notes of the pumpernickel, heavy dark grainy bread with some spices, roasted malts, medium-high carbonation.
Lots of roast, caramel and hints of cacao nibs. This is a nice tasty treat with the right amount of spices.