Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
To put it short: In this little chubby bottle lives a very nice, little stout... The color is black/brown with a nice head. Aroma and flavour is a delicious mix of coffee, chocolate and licorice and the finish is long and develops in an exciting way all the way through. It’s sweet in the beginning but the nice bitterness balances this. The alcohol is very subdued, really nice stout.
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0.33l bottle at home. Dark brown almost black with beige head. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Coffee, hop and malty sweet taste. Dry sweet finish. Excellent stout.
Finn (6936) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0,33l at Duvel Cafe, Stockholm 1 Dec 2006. 8,4%. Black. A tanned creamy head. Light coffeeish aroma. Pleasant flavour of coffee. Cautious roasted finish. Well rounded.
Fin (10161) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up in Antwerp in Oct’ and resisted until now. Poured black with a tan head and was very lively, I let it stand for a second once opened to locate a decent glass, and some of it had frothed up over the work surface. Bitter chocolate and roasted malts dominate the aroma, the taste was far smoother and more subtle than I imagined but very, very good with the dark chocolate and roasted malts easing their way through along with some coffee and a pleasant sweetness, this really didn’t taste a 9% beer the alcohol appeared very well hidden and not at all harsh.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by 07/06. Black/brown. Small, frothy, off white cap. Nose is dark chocolate, roasted malt, and slightly sour. Same flavors turned down a notch. Huge dry, roasted chocolate aftertaste. Smooth, medium palate. Past its prime, would love to try it fresh.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, very sweat and malty with hints of chocolate. Flavors of dark fruits, sweat cocoa, kind of roasty and more caramel.
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
.33L bottle. This one is at least from 2001 (label lists best before 2002 / 2003 as the latest dates and neither are notched). Poured a dark, dark brown with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits / stronger raisins, caramel, and chocolate. Tastes of dark fruits, roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and very light coffee.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the brewery/farm, black with a beige foamy head. A spiced malty aroma with a background sweetness. Burnt malt dominates the palate at first with some stoned fruits. Finished long and dry. Very good.
after4ever (7887) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl. Pours jet black with a fairly thick, moussy, small-bubble tan head. The head runs off, and leaves no lace. Huge nose of port and raisins, not getting the spruce. Molasses is there, but that’s not a northern conifer, either. Beautiful mild dry palate with a bit of sweet at the end, though--at least we’re talking about the same beer in terms of flavors. Not much finish, fairly watery body, and the alcohol’s well nigh undetectable. This is an impeccably modulated beer, especially for the abv. Great stuff.
bluekuma (94) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black, brown tinged with fast vanishing white head. Interesting aroma; rich roast malt & something that’s a deadringer for a sweet birch muscle balm that presently soothes my work-weary limbs. Sticky on the palate with light carbonation and a suprisingly restrained, thin roast malt taste with a lasting bittersweet finish.