harrisoni (19189) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottle, St Albans Beer Festival 2005. Dark ruby colour with lasting dark beige head. Nice chocolate, dark treacle flavours. oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2009
Bottled (from Cracked Kettle). Deep ambery brown, close to black, colour. Mediumsized brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, nuts, some spices and dark fruits. Flavour is roasted malts, liquorice, some fruits and also quite nutty notes. Whoa! Extremely nice beer. Smoked wood in aftertaste. MiP (15960) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2006
Bottle. Doughy yeast aroma, also vinous. Very dark brown colour, seemingly clear. Very unstable head. Roasted flavour, a little sweet hoppiness, dusty. Roasted aftertaste. Dry start, reminding me of blue or red Chimay, seems to soften a bit along the way. Coffee aftertaste. High carbonation. rauchbier (3927) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2003
Bottle conditioned. Deep ruby red brown, good noisy off white head and moderate condition. Big malty barley wine nose that becomes fruity and has some spicy peppery hop notes. Raisins, roast barley and alcohol in the mouth. Sweet and malty in the finish with some obvious alcohol notes.
jbrus (4989) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2004
Licorice aroma. Red/black color, brown almost creamy head, very nice lace. Sweet, licorice, lightly hopped, hint of cola (what a pitty), hint of coffee in the end (could use some extra), medium to full body.
Marko (5930) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 15, 2007
Bottle courtesy of and shared with ozujsko (thanks!)FatPhil (16930) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 10, 2009
Poured a very dark red-black with a small to medium sized creamy, thick off-white head that went away slowly. The nose was nice; chicory, chocolate, coffee. The taste wasn’t far off. The same notes, chicory, cocoa and coffee, could be felt. Mild and somewhat sweet (more than it was bitter). A bit dry, with notes of herbal hops in the aftertaste. This was a very likable, drinkable, quality beer that fits in the Porter category more than it does in teh s/h/v category. All in all, way underrated.
330ml bottle (Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam)chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2003
Rich brown, small light and persistent head. Very rich and interesting roasty aroma - plenty of fruity esters - dark berries. Slightly savoury too - soy sauce perhaps. Soft palate, pleasant carbonation. Quite full bodied - mostly richly roasted malt, but other stuff going on in there too. Hard to put my finger on what they are though. Hoppy taste is quite a spike, but mellows for the finish, and doesn’t build up over time, unlike some others do. Ah, now I’ve worked out what zouthout is, the burntness and the soy sauce saltiness might point to liquorice. Covers the alcohol very well. A great combination of the simple (it just tastes great) and the complex (it’s full of details), and really pressing my buttons.
I copied everything off of the label in the description here when I added this beer. This was from a bottle at Arendnnest in Amsterdam. There's no real indication of the style on the bottle, so I might be slightly off on the specifics. The label does sat 'Cat. S Bier'. Anyway, it is a darker tan copper brown color with a surprisingly strong hop aroma. Nothing compared to a North American hop aroma, but still pretty decent for the milder beers the Dutch seem to favor. Good malt body to back up the hop bitterness. Fizzy in the mouth, but otherwise quite a good beer. caesar (7170) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2004
Cloudy black color, medium brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, some licorice and coffee. Taste is again roasted malty, some licorice, bitter. Quite full taste and palate. Nice brew. skortila (5970) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2004
Coffee-malty aroma with some sweetness and fruits. Black coloured with a nice lacing. Sweet and roasted malty taste with some coffee and fruits. More bitter in the end. Decent brew.