OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2008
Bottle@KnutAlbert’s. Pitch black, thin lasting espresso head. Pleasant mild fruity aroma. Coffee and vanilla, mild spices and roast.
Taste is delicate and well rounded malts with a distinct roastiness. Piney, herbal and earthy hop bitterness all the way towards the end. Fruity tones underneath. Full-bodied. Supersmooth. The bitterness lingers forever. Excellent. caesar (7162) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2008
Bottled. Dark color, short head. Aroma of dark chocolat, roasted malt, some oak, slight fruity. Malty taste, quite bitter, some licorice and chocolat. NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2008
Black colored brew. Aroma of malts and chocolate. Flavor is very malty, chocolate, licorice, nice smooth brew. jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
2008-10-22. Pitch black body with a modest tan head that fades fast. (3+) Big aroma, interesting spice notes - cinnamon? Brief fruit is subsumed by massive melange of undecipherable something. Probably juniper per the bottle but I would not have picked it out. Flavour is (illegible) bombastic overload. Light spice character similar to the aroma, again I assume it to be jasmine. Mild fruit undertones show up in the finish and aftertaste. (7+) The aftertaste is actually rather nice, and shows a lot more nuance than the up front flavour profile. Rather interesting but I think a whole bottle of this would be rather hard to finish alone. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Thanks for sharing this rarity Harry! Bottle shared by HogTownHarry c/o Reakt MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2008
Pitch black, the way I like it. The aroma has some wood going on along with alcohol and almost something that reminds me of salmiakki or perhaps tar, maybe from the burned notes combining with alcohol. Something conjures childhood memories of hot, freshly laid out asphalt on an overcast day. Berries there too. Taste has chocolate, roasted notes, berries, smoke and wood along with an alcoholic kick, something spicy lurks in the background. I like this, could do with some balancing though.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 Bottle. Black body with thin lacing and then no head. Oak chocolate silky sweet with big etoh. A bit of peat and smoke. Very smooth and drinkable. Lightly bitter coffee but extremely smooth. Actually the alcohol is really well hidden, i dont believe its 12%. A great balance is found here, and nothing seems to come off as excessive. Honestly sessionable! BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Shared by Rciesla. Thanks broski. Big malt and hop flavor. Supposedly this beer has jasmine an cranberries in it but they were both drowned out. Well attenuated and hid it’s alcohol well. Unfortunately I’m not a fan of this one, but I can see what people like about it. KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2008
Dark, brown tint.
Deceivingly smooth. Coffee, dark fruit, a little soot, some vanilla. Warming alcohol. Very impressive to brew a beer of this strength with this velvet smoothness. Fine bitter finish. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2008
Bottle. Black with a modest light brown froth. Woody, maybe even peaty, roasted aroma. Vanilla, rich chocolate, some roasted coffee as well as rummy flavours. Some spicy aftertaste and also alcohol. Slick, full body. A treat. larsga (7542) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2008 Small coarseish dark brown head. Opaque black body. Dense burnt vanilla coffee and cocoa aroma, impressively harmonic, with pine needle notes. Dry-sweet pine needle and burnt coffee taste with alcoholic notes. Soft, harmonic, and balanced. Dry orangey chocolate aftertaste. Leaves sticky sugars on the lips. Very, very nice. One to sip, and perhaps to cellar. (0.33l bottle shared by KnutAlbert. Rerated at home.)