harrisoni (19536) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2006
Bottle at GBBF 2006. I hadn’t realised the strength of this. Very deep ruby colour with some nice raisins and a bit of caramel. Bit milky. Amazing dark dried fruit in the mouth. Prunes, raisins, currants. Smooth and rather lovely. Some burntness. Rich. Like Christmas cake. Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2004
Dark burgundy brown. Rich malt aroma w/ almond cake, light molasses, raisin, plum, dark chocolate, peach. Sweet, silky malt flavours, vietnamese coffee, fruity (apricot, orange) notes. Quite sweet and sugary. Needs a bit more hop for balance, and maybe to be more thoroughly fermented, but a good example of the style nonetheless. rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2005 Bottle, stored for about 10 months. Dark amber, beautiful head. Smotth malty aroma with toffee, milk and chocolate. Just as malty flavor, and with a wonderful body. This beer changed alot to the better while being stored... TBone (18558) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2005
Bottled (BB 10/2005)FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 6, 2010
Very dark ruby, creamy expresso head. Burnt malt aroma, slightly sugary - a bit similar to Zywiec Porter. Medium-bodied. Cold coffee, salted licorice powder. Soft palate - hides alcohol very well (actually some kick from alcohol would do good), good malty base but hop profile is weak. Far from complex and interesting Zywiec.
500ml bottle - shared by Mark&Sarah - thanks!
yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2006
Date and raisin aroma. Rich roast, dry burnt corners. Piles of raisin in the taste. finish has loads of grains as well as the roast. Good one. A touch heavy though.
Bottled. Reddish, dark brown with a beige head. Roasted aroma with fruitiness, pear, and some alcohol. Quite weak aroma, and quite weak flavor, with chocolate and coffee dominating. It has some alcohol in the finish, but it is in general well hidden. Quite pleasant beer. (060616) brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
Black pour with a khaki head. Smells like burnt grains and popcorn. Acidic coffee, chocolate, and burnt sugar. Maybe a bit of bile. Bread and tons of overly roasted malt. The flavor is bitter, burnt, and grainy. Burnt popcorn, licorice, chocolate, and acidic coffee. MiP (16055) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2006
Bottle. Sweet liquorice aroma. Almost black colour. Very small head. Quite sweet flavour, a lot of liquorice here too. Low bitterness. Maybe a bit too sweet, but quite nice. bhensonb (15969) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Aroma of toasted dark malt. Nearly opaque dark brown color with a tan head that is substantial. A bit thin in body. Starts with coffee, followed by toffee. Definite toffee candy sweet. The finish is not dry, and the toffee flavor persists. Interesting, but something of a one note. Not that there might not be hidden complexity, just not obvious to me. gunnfryd (15490) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a light brown head.Aroma is roasted chocolate. Pleasent roasted chocolate flavour.