Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
330ml bottle. Extra dark with a head like the best of the trappist beers, leaving lacing and a creamy cap as it diminishes. Aroma is stunning yet subtle, with perfume and spices riding atop chocolate and dark fruit. Taste just about lives up to the nose with the same features. Palate has the thickness of a quadrupel, with alcohol heat kept at bay for the most part. A really excellent imperial stout. stravale (3065) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - APR 25, 2012
Bottle from Nina’s Mini Mart, Edinburgh
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - APR 25, 2012
Extremely dark ruby colour, clear, off white head that dissipates to rim
Aroma Dark fruits, raisins, touch of sherry, dark sugars, bit earthy, hint of cherry, alcohol almost unnoticeable
Taste Dark fruity malts, raisins, lots of fruits, yeast esters, some sherry, touch of wood, juicy dark fruits, alcohol soaked dark fruits, bit of port, soft roasted malts, ashy notes, some alcohol, hint of dark bitter chocolate, touch of bitter hops in the background, complex.
Palate Very soft carb, body surprisingly quite thin, palate not too sweet, alcohol soaked fruits. Finish of warming alcohol, dark fruits with a bitter bit roasted linger which is slightly metallic. Medium body makes it rather easy to drink.
Overall Complex beer, quite unusual with lots of dark fruits and sherry notes but not overly sweet. A little thin though but somehow seems to suit this beer .
Pours dark red with beige foam head.
Smells coffee, some light metallic notes but nothing wrong.
The force of this beer is in mouth: great well balanced Imperial stout that beer is !
Chocolate, rosted flavours, creamy mouth. Sweet aftertaste. No alcohol heat despite the 10% ... very well done. Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2012
Off keg at a pub in amsterdam. Stunning, it was really stunning. Loads of really dark flavours, just how I like it. tderoeck (9735) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2012
14/IV/2012 - 33cl bottle @ home - bottled: 13/VII/11 (2012-375) Thanks to ajax25g for sharing the beer!
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2012
Pretty cloudy murky brown to very dark brown beer, big aery light beige head, stable and very adhesive. Aroma: very fruity, ripe apples, caramel and mocha. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of sweet caramel, bitter hops, cocoa powder, mocha, coffee and coconut. Aftertaste: caramel, mocha, red berries, coffee, bitter hoppy ending, alcohol warming the throat.
Dark cola brown with a disappointing cap.....just a sad bubble ring floating around the edge of my glass. Aroma is excellent rootbeer, black cherry, cold coffee, cigarette ash.......aroma is losing it awesomeness the longer smell. Whats up with this beer? seems almost flat, very cold and watery feeling. Taste is strong but not intense. Basically every thing I said I found in the aroma is in the taste. Beer is disappointing with out being bad. I’m going to re-review this beer with the other bottles I bought this one seems off. Palme (4811) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 11, 2012
0.75l corked and waxed bottle #697. It pours a nice brown body (that actually gets darker and darker further down the bottle! That’s a new one)with a small quickly side sticking light tan head. The aroma is really right up my alley. It actually almost smells like it has been heavy barreled on a thick old bourbon barrel for decades. Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and salty licorice. It has a thick and oily texture and it’s softly carbonated with those small prickling bubbles. Warming, heavy roasted, tons of dark chocolate, its also sweet, alcoholy and more really really warming with a nice subtle hint of salty licorice and vanilla. Perhaps at times a bit to sweet, sticky and boozy for a gent who hasn’t had any diner yet Oh, yeah! Have stored it for about a year now, but think I should have kept it a bit longer. Damn, why did I not buy more of this? Note to self: buy more Rasputin. 28.03.2012 laiti (8481) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 9, 2012
33 cl bottle @ home. Batch #307: brewed 16.04.2009, bottled 15.05.2009, BBE 15.05.2034FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2012
Pours pitch black, no head at all – just some big bubbles. Aroma is somewhat light with well roasted malt, cocoa and some vanilla. Palate has no CO2 at all, feels flat. Carbonation problem with a bottle from De Molen once again. Flavour is strong, slightly stinging and sour with warming alcohol, some dark chocolate, cocoa and hints of vanilla. Also some potato cellar notes that make me wonder if this would really be still good after 25 years. Good stuff still.
A 75 cl bottle some years ago was brilliant; I gave it 4.4.
Bottle at Dan’s. Pours a deep cola brown, with no head. Aroma is dark fruits, raisins, milk, vanilla, hint of metal. A bit Belgian. Taste is coffee grain, dark fruits, a bit tart, a bit milky, metallic and funky. A bit flat, but a good bitter coffee finish. De Molen win again. (200th rating!) omega (900) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 6, 2012
Pours a murky brown colour with generous tan head. Nose is a chocolately molasses which carries through on the palate. Sweet up front with good length.