doriangrey (124) - Diamond Creek, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2017 Mine was the smaller 8% bottle, 2105 vintage. Amazing aroma of birch tar, molasses, oil, coffee and oud. Taste is a bit astringent and bitter. Strong coffee, tar and liquorice. Ok but slightly overpowering. Tastes stronger than it is. Giant head when poured
***Now 3.8!!!!! the 2017 8% version is a lot more rounded. Raisins chocolate and Christmas spice. A good 3.8 score in this vintage*** DeliriumT (545) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2016
Pours black with next to no head. Aroma of mocha and brown sugar. Flavour is an intense mix of coffee, chocolate and bitterness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Benzai (16916) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle shared by Countbeer, thanks! Opaque black color, full sized brown head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma is malts, dark and roasted malts, tar. Taste malts, roasted malts, liquorice, tar, bitter. Decent body, medium carbonation. Solid. Countbeer (6589) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2016
Bottle: Thanks Owen: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Black beer with a brown head.
Nose has tones of roast, coffee, liquorice, bay leaf, little tar and soy notes, some raisin, hint of gingerbread and a light light floral tint.
Flavours of roast, liquorice, bay leaf, some soy, light mocha and dark chocolate tints, laurel, raisin, bitters, light coffee...
Aftertaste is bitter, roasty, light liquorice, light coffee and some laurel.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, bit more than medium bodied.
Decent. Oakes (19349) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2016
Dark brown. Not much head. Oily, slightly burnt, a touch of alcohol. Rich, burnt sugars, touch of torched fruit. Kind of a simple character, but fairly intense.
Dredd (978) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2016
Nice, but pushing the limit of being boozy. Cocoa aroma, boozy stewed prune flavor with dry cocoa finish. Aftertaste is boozy Ferris (17070) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle - Dark roasty cocoa. Deep dark brown with a small light brown head. Dirty cocoa notes, overcarbed and a long light bitter finish. Not great. fiulijn (21506) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2016
Tasting at Matt’sbeerplace (2287) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2016
Black color, beige head. Dark brown color, near black, with beige frothy head. Aroma of cheap chocolate and tobacco. Roasted malts flavor, a bit sour, coffee, heavily roasted nuts.
500ml bottle at Matt’s. Aroma is saddle, leather, roasted seeds. Taste is hoppy bitterness, burnt malt. Burnt malt, hoppy bitternesa aftertaste. Strange one :-) mcberko (19805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2016
500mL bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma smells a bit off, with a slight sour note, and roasted malt. Flavour is heavy on the roasted malt, with some bitter dry cocoa, and an off-putting bitter astringency. Mind-boggling how this has such a high rating. Messy, incoherent and potentially infected. Not impressive.