str0mma (22) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells gorgeous - smoke, soy, tar , brown sugar, alkohol.
Looks lovely - Deep black body, brown creamy short lived head. You can see how he beer really sticks to the glass when swirling it, probably the brown sugar.
Taste is complex, sweet - brown sugar, soy, smoke, woody, vanilla, the carbonation disappears quite fast but that doesn’t affect the beer in a negative way, I would rather say it’s better without.
It’s easy to forget that this little fella has a ABV at 17.2% - share it with a friend.
blomster (288) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, 330 ml. Pours black with a small, close to black head. Aroma of tar, toast, some smoke, alcohol. A sweet, sweet mess of a beer, molasses, medium bitter. Long but not such pleasant finish. Had high expectations. Dissapointing.
Travlr (22484) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Thomas at Cardinal in Stavanger, a huge thank you for this one! Bottle. Completely black, scant dark brown head. Aroma of port wine, licorice, light tar. Taste is melted licorice dipped in chocolate liqueur with vanilla and oak. Absolutely amazing.
Martinus (4563) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black beer, slight tan head. Aroma of oyster sauce, roasted malts, ketjap, mocca, raisins and alcohol. Quite a mix. Flavour mostly sweet, malty, ketjap and molasses. Sticky mouthfeel, long sticky finish, notes of oystersauce, mildly astringent. Quite unbalanced, and slightly disappointing in flavour, but still a nice experiment to combine these three big stouts.
(From 33cL bottle, shared @ De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Nicely packed bottle btw.)
gunnfryd (14373) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. aroma is alcohol, coffee, licorice, dried fruits, molasse. Flavour is sweet, alcohol, molasse, coffee, licorice, dried fruit, hop. Bitter finish. Full body. Warming nice beer.
joes (92) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown head, disappearing in seconds, on an as good as black beer. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, mocca, chocolate (-powder), alcohol, raisins. A bit dusty or oxidated. Very silky mouthfeel. Coffee and mocca in taste, with soft burning alcohol. Very, very sweet. Some (salty) liquorice. Complex in some way and boring at the same time. Not bad, but not satisfying eitherl. A bit too much of it all ...
aleph (231) - - APR 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with slight, disappearing brown head. Vanilla, dark sugars, coffee, roasted and sweet malt, dark fruit, wood. Oily, pretty full bodied, carbonation low.
espenra (1004) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAR 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle at Håndverkerstuene. Batch 057. According to the bottle it was bottled on 2021-07-20, but I’m going out on a limb and presume this is is the best before date. Pitch black colour with no head. Aroma is laden with vanilla, roasted coffee, malts and alcohol. Some cocoa. Flavour is sweet at first, but the alcohol, cocoa and coffee soon takes control and stays and lingers a long time.
Habanero (4374) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2012 Bottled: Pours black with a 1 fingers high brown, short lasting head. Nose of dark malts, vanilla and alcohol notes. Markedly sweet flavor with brown sugar, vanilla, roasted malt is present as well, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Full bodied, creamy to oily texture and flat to soft carbonation. Ends up more dry with an alcohol bite.
bombtex (14) - - MAR 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I tasted this great beer last night. At such high price, my expectations where high. The beer lived up to the reputation of being a good beer. Lots of smell , great dark taste with hints of licorice. This is a beer for the special times.