janubio (841) - SPAIN - NOV 29, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Bottle, 330 ml. Wow, this is a great one. Brown-black colour, pours a dark red head, that doesnít hold much. Smell of coffee, figs, pepper, vanilla, licorice, with toasted notes, maybe wood... and pure alcohol, maybe too much ethanol. Thick body, it seems to "weight" in your tongue, and dumb it. Taste is the same of smell, plus oranges and definitely wood. Maybe too agressive, even more when it warms, but a pleasure to your senses. It may be hard to drink for most people, even for beer lovers, but itís really great. slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2010
12oz bottle. Deep rich brown w/ a superheady nose of thick sweet booze. hints of fruits, candy, & other nuances of greatness abound. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin syrup considering the heavy booze & malt profile it carries. Slight tongue burn. The heat in the snifter is crazy: ether/modeling glue lol . Jasmine sweet & tart (thou not obv. cran.) lends well to the style: Champagne yeast, high ABV stout w/ great drinkability considering whats going on. dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Been excited to try this one for some time. The color is actually more brown then black, which was somewhat surprising to me. It wasnít super thick, but had a nice bubbly head to it. In the aroma I got alcohol, cherries, wood chips, and chocolate. It was very smooth tasting and a lot easier to drink than I was expecting. As it warmed up a bit the fruit/cherries came out a lot more, which made for a very pleasant drink. Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2010
Bottle from Cornelius. Very dark brown. Big nose, some coffee, plum, toast...very sweet with spicy alcohol and a nice smokey character. A strange beer, itís ok but itís not very refined or cohesive. Or exciting. The good elements are enjoyable however. gyllenbock (9096) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2010
Bottle a Beer Temple in Amsterdam, November 2010.
Black with a small head. Too boozy for my liking. Heavy mouth feel with a long aftertaste. Chocalate, dark fruit, roasted malt and a lot of alcohol.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2010
pours reddish black. thinner than expected. minimal to no head, yet the body isnt lacking needed carbonation. aroma of big raisin, fig, spice, oak, and lactose. flavor of alcohol, raisin, licorice, tobacco and bourbon. moderate heat (perhaps less than expected with a 18% abv)..nonetheless, it becomes difficult to drink and has a cloying finish. not bad, but it isnt easy being a beer at this abv donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2010
Pours deep brown - not the expected pitch black. Big burning alcohol on the nose, hurts to inhale. However the beer is insanely drinkable. A light toasty malt is well balanced with port like sweetness. The vanilla oakiness and herbal flavours only act to increase the driinkability. A very impressive brewing feat. stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle, 33cl. Pours a clear and dark reddish/brown beer with a weak beige head. The aroma is malt, roasted, alcohol and fruit. The flavor is malt, licorice, fruit and alcohol. The palate is alcoholwarmth and sweetness. Overall a good beer with a great body. pootzboy (1711) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle shared at the Chancey Smithís Brewdog Dinner:
Decants a viscous opaque rusty red- black liquid with a small bit of a cap. Lacing is washed from the walls of the glass by the high alcohol content. Very little carbonation.
Aroma is really off the hook! Layered, complex, roasty, burnt trecle, vinoud, berries, cocoa, citrus zest, musty oaky...un-frikkiní common!
Rich oily mouth feel... rounded, smooth but complex character, hides the massive alcohol fairly well.
Bombastic flavor gets right in your face but is not harsh or overbearing. Very vinous in overall flavor profile punctuated with an ale complexity which has roasty maltiness and hop elements that give impressions of red berries, burnt treacle, licorice, oak, cocoa, smoke...all with a massive herbal-medicinal hop bite.
Truly a brewing mile stone and an instant legend. THIS is the rich black ale Oba Dubh 30 yr. can only wish it could be. nearbeer (5362) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Thanks to lithy for this 330 ml. Batch #3, bb 16/02/20. Deep black with a lasting film of cream and a touch of lace. Nose of oat, cookie dough, figs, vanilla, oak and light whiskey. Flavor is at first the same, then the figs, whiskey, oak and vanilla nearly overpower me. Medium-heavy body is smooth, and well-dried and warmed by the alcohol. Some saltiness in the aftertaste. Not a big fan of 15% abv-plus beers, but this one ainít as alcoholic as most.