mcberko (18084) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2010
330mL bottle, been looking forward to this for a while, pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and molasses. Flavour is very sweet - roasted malt, molasses, oak, and huge alcohol of course. A wonderful treat. Oakes (17842) - 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, it’s ok but it’s not very refined or cohesive. Or exciting. The good elements are enjoyable however. chrisv10 (17802) - DENMARK - MAY 31, 2011
Tap. Very dark brown with tiny tan head. Flavour is roasted malts, vinous, notes of alcohol, sweet, little liquorice, dark fruit, hops and plume. TBone (17699) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2009
[email protected]yngwie (17078) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2010
Dark brown color, small beige head. Woody, oaky aroma, some underlying berries. Very sweet, sticky, but same time smooth palate. Loads of caramel, kirschberry, some licorice. Certain Brewdog house flavor in the brew. Warming beer with lots of ageing potential.
Bottle at Patricks. It pours a clear dark brown, almost black body with a small beige head. The aroma is roasted and quite boozy, with coffee, some dark chocolate and salty licorice, and a good dash of vanilla. A too good dash actually, but it’s not really bad. There’s vanilla in the flavor too, but here the roasted malts are pulling a bigger part of the load. Some notes of dried fruits and licorice, and quite a lot of coffee. Quite low on bitterness. Full-bodied and warming, slightly oily on the palate. The finish is pretty much like the initial flavor, with some roasted malts bitterness. A quite delicious beer that needs some time to finish. 100610
jtclockwork (16725) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2017 Pours jet black with quickly dissipating tan head. Nose is licorice, chocolate, cranberries and spices. Taste is same with sweet caramel, vanilla, black licorice and cranberries leading the charge. Very smooth for the abv. I drank this warm with no refrigeration. I barely detected the alcohol. I thought this was an amazing brew. 4.4
Re-rate - too sweet. unami and soy, brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Dark brown, almost black, pour with a small khaki head. Caramel, herbal (anise?), dark fruit, and booze on the nose. Some brown sugar, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. The flavor is boozy and overly sweet. Caramel, sugar, and licorice. Dark fruit, some roasted malt, and notes of dark chocolate and coffee. FatPhil (16393) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2015 330ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki) (5:4:8:4:15=3.6)Dedollewaitor (16178) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2010
Black and flat, head hard to achieve, as the bubbles pop immediately. Thin sharp aroma. Some nettles as it becomes less cold. Sharp carbonation, quite a tingle on the tongue, but of course that’s alcohol too. Retronasals are sweet and chocolatey, with some currants and berries too. Alcohol very well hidden considering. There’s just a little dry burn, but not the booziness one often gets. Beestings in the retronasals as time warms. Finish a little sweet and sticky, but good roast too. A touch gimicky, but perfectly drinkable.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (drink baar, tallinn)
Did have a nice tight head this time. Again, it’s a bit stinky, there’s some nail varnish remover and alcohol. Similar retronasals, some cidery, some winey sharpness. Very sweet sugary body, but a nice burtness too. Smooth sweet sticky sweet body. The best things from the taste are in the finish, and not the bad parts. Probably wouldn’t give this quite as much this time, but it’s not so much worse that I feel compelled. Maybe 1 off taste and overall, but I’d add 1 to look too.
Rerate: Tap (TCBW15) (7:4:7:4:15-=3.7-) at 16.5%
Pleasant roasty tout. Sweet. Lovely rich body. Sweet, but not too sticky. Drinkabiliy great for 16.5%. Finish sweet and roasty. Quite delicious.
Bottle @ Hj Hansen, Odense. Pours black with a small creamy head and lacings. Deep roasted nose and flavor with notes of coffee, fruit and caramel. Oily, slick and full bodied. Warmth from alcohol. Fine balance and very tasty beer. Nice Benzai (15930) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2011
Bottle at Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Bottle said: Batch 4, aged on French toasted Oak chips. Dark brown color with a barely visible red glow coming through. Smell alcohol, roasted coffee, wood. Firm heavy taste at first, mostly roastyness and alcohol hitting me, but a soft warming finish of vanilla, warming alcohol and wood. Nice.