ALIBALI (2085) - Kiel, GERMANY - JUL 21, 2017 TAR (2760) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nov., 2004 bottling: Virtually opaque black. Big rich-tan bubbles condense into a fine layer of cream. Heavily charred aroma with tar, smoke, richly earthy java, burnt custard, and potting soil. Fairly phenolic. Pleasingly dense in body. Mostly soft and velvety carbonation, yet with a fine tingle of spritz. Opens with a poignant sting of char and a snappy but relaxed phenolic bite. Sneaky java intensity slowly develops an extremely smoky and nutty earthiness and glides down like liquid tar and burnt chocolate fudge. Bittersweet notes of unsweetened cocoa and black chocolate truffles fuse with well managed coffee- and malt-derived acidity to add more layers of depth. Rich java anchors the drier char elements and tugs the palate downward with significant force. Meaty as all get out. Tannic alcohol warms the body and lends dryness, but is otherwise a non-factor. Perceptible nuttiness and roasted grains complement the rounded inky and salmiakki overtones. Finishes with snippets of vinous acidity and ashen malt dryness, but otherwise decidedly punishing and potent with lingering espresso beans bathing in fudge and tar. This is a journey in a bottle. (9/4/8/4/17=4.2)
Draft: Dark brown. Creamy gray-tan foam. Bittersweet aroma of charcoal and coffee. Surprisingly simplistic. Somewhat dense in body, but overly gritty from the nitrogen. Initially nutty with roasted malts and softening hints of coconut milk. Mild buttery espresso flavor cuts the acidity and dryness from the heavily charred coffee character. Bittersweet chocolate center. Gobs of char flavors, ranging from burnt matchsticks to charcoal. Hint of crystallized sugar compounds the firm char. Moderately slick ink flavors. The coffee begs for some malt complexity to curtail its acridness, but it never arrives. Finishes dry and gradually more subdued in its intensity. After judging this from the bottle, where it really sparkles, I see no reason to nitrogenate this. (7/4/7/3/14=3.5)
Charmant brutal!!! Bean & Röst Pepper Animal ??!!! Aber auch nicht outstanding. Fassware im MUTED HORN Berlin. bonev (780) - POLAND - JUL 20, 2017
Piwo czarne z lekko bezowa piana w postaci cienkiej obraczki na szkle. Mocna dawka palonosci i kawy. Jest wytrawne z intensywna goryczka i wysyceniem na dosc niskim poziomie. Troche lukrecji i lekki alkohol ogrzewa gardlo. Brakuje jednak zdecydowanie ciala i intensywnosci. garroch (53) - New York, USA - JUL 18, 2017
On tap at rattle n hum east. Pours deep black with a dark tan head that settles to a thin layer and sticks around. Nose is mainly chocolate and vanilla. Taste is black coffee, vanilla, bourbon sweetness. Finish is coffee, vanilla, and a lingering boozy burn. Medium to heavy body. Really smooth mouth feel, fine and light carbonation. This is legitimate beer.
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On tap at Dieu du Ciel, Montreal on 8th July 2017. Absolutely pitch black with thick tan foam and full lacing. Fresh coffee aroma. Rich and intense ’shot’ of coffee in-mouth, with a solid roasty, chocolate taste. A hint of plum and touch of smoke. A rich, lengthy finish of bitter chocolate, coffee and liquorice. Full bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel. Absolutely exquisite. WillemsUrenkel (1868) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2017
0,341 ml bottle from a beer store in the neighbourhood of the brewery. Pours out really oily and BLACK with a big beige head. Smell is strong coffee and dark choco.Taste starts the same, some dark berriefruity in the background. Very smooth, totally hidden alcohol. Some sweetness and vanilla in the second row. Great stuff!
AnG_BrgNor (714) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2017
Bottle. Black with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, roasted and some black malts. Taste is bitter coffee, chocolate and ash. Nice aftertaste. tightslice (1307) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 2, 2017
Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, CA (Dated 04-27-2016). Aroma is coffee, coffee liquor, burnt toffee, dark chocolate covered licorice. Taste is tangy coffee upfront with a licorice belt line, then some cherry vanilla business in the middle, followed by bitter coffee on the finish. Excellent chewy licorice but ultimately surprised at the amount of coffee flavor considering this is over a year old. biir (1357) - Berlin, - JUL 2, 2017
Tap at Muted Horn - black color, creamy beige head. taste is heavy on roasted malts, bitter, burnt finish. well balanced stout. good. ehaak26 (518) - - JUN 30, 2017
Bottle from Beers of the World. Aroma has a ton of roasted and coffee malt. dukeandduke (264) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2017
6/26/17 (Chicago): 11.5 oz bottle poured into snifter. Pitch black pour with one finger tan head and mild lacing. Strong bitter coffee aroma. Excellent bitter coffee, dry roasted malt balanced by sweet chocolate taste. Thin texture, no carbonation, easy smooth drinking. Nice after dinner drink, has a good kick. Love this beer!