fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Aroma:Smokey, malty, dark malts, hot alcohol. It smells a little like a whiskey.
Appearance:Dark, cola colored. Itís pretty flat. It doesnít have lacing so much as a syrupy residue that sticks to the side of the glass.
Taste:The foretaste is smokey and tangy. Thereís a huge malty sweetness that peaks in the midtaste. Thereís smoke, woody flavors, and hops in the aftertaste.
Palate:There is hot alcohol in the foretaste and aftertaste, but it takes a break in the midtaste. Thereís actually not as much hot alcohol as I thought there would be. Itís very thick and syrupy. No carbonation to speak of.
Overall:This beer is quite tasty, and a much better beer than I thought it would be. Thereís a ton of complex whiskey related flavors (smoke and wood) that give the beer a lot of depth.
halfonit (1356) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours dark brown, almost black in color. Aroma is full of malts, a little smoke, and soy sauce. Flavor is full of malts, soy sauce, barley, smoke, and booze. Leaves a harsh malt and smoke finish. This is by far the maltiest beer Iíve ever had. But for 32% what else can you expect. Thanks to my fiance for the Christmas present. dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle poured into a shot glass at tasting. Very dark brown with basically no head. Smell of brandy, plum, banana, thick and complex. Taste of alcohol, oak and some fruit, golden syrup, molasses. Big malty, salty alcohol with some burn, but not overpowering. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Bottle courtesy of rciesla. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of dark fruit, figs, licorice, tobacco. Tastes of raisins, prunes, cognac, toffee, some big roasty hints, peppery. Alcohol is there but masked. Great beer! cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2011
Odland (137) - NORWAY - FEB 10, 2011
I tried this beer on January 17, 2011 at "The Beerbistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer was a very dark brown with no head. The aroma was alcohol, roasted malt, and wood. The mouthfeel was full bodied with no carbonation. The flavour was dry, smoke, malty, with a hint of licorice.
Bottle shared at home. Pours black with dark red tones. Very little head. Loads of roasted malts and a prominent flavor of oak. Some smoke. This beer is meant to be shared. An interesting brew. Not your everyday stout. phaleslu (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Rating #200 for this beer and rating #1983 for me, significant because I have reached my birth year in ratings. 375 ml bottle from michael-pollack- thanks again, Pollack! The bottle indicated a best by date of 10/28/2020, so Iím guessing it was bottled 10/28/2010 (batch 7). I opened this one and shared it at The Royale last night, as some of the local guys heard I had one and wanted to all try it. Pours a dark, cloudy brown color with almost no head, just a little ring. Aroma of tobacco, smoked and roasted malts, charred wood, and a whole lot of alcohol. In fact, keeping this up to your nose for more than a few seconds is like taking a big whiff of mineral spirits in terms of the heat you feel. But despite the smoke and heat, I liked the smell. Flavor of alcohol throughout, along with cigar tobacco, roasted malts, charred wood, and some malty, sugary sweetness. Medium-full bodied, with mild carbonation and a very boozy, very ashy mouthfeel. Bitterness from the alcohol is present throughout. The 32% is in no way masked here. This is one insane beer and Iím glad I was able to try this and share it. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2011 Bottle. Yep, here it is, the pretty dark hawk... It pours out in a clear reep reddish amber colour with a small bubbly off-white head. Big aroma of wood, booze, sweet licorice, whiskey,port, nuts and tar. Full-bodied with big hot and belly-warming flavours of salty licorice, wood, alcohol, tar, black chocolate, black pepper and used cigarettes. Long warming and as well quite boozy finish of salty licorice, prunes, pepper, alcohol and brown sugar.Crazy stuff of course but I still considering this as a beer after all. rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2011
4 cl glass. The Gallows Bird XIV Real Ale Festival, Espoo, Finland.thebeermonk (24) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2011
Dark reddish brown colour with no head.
Strong aroma of portwine, malt and alcohol.
Flavour is strongly vinous with portwine, brandy and very strong maltiness. Some alcohol in taste but not in a bad way. Disappears quickly (both glass/mouth). Warms like hell. Short aftertaste. Extreme but not too hard to handle.
Bottle: Dark, extreem dark. Nose a bit smokey, taste licorice but also salpether. To overpowering. Yet a brilliant "brew".