PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Opaque black with a big tan head which quickly recedes to a ring which sticks, and provides a little lace. Lots of roasted barley flavor for a baltic porter, but good. Also, chocolate, with a little frutiness. A bit of lingering bitterness i dont remember from previous vintages. (06a) Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2006
Bottled. Pours black with a big tan head. Aroma is roasted and very hoppy. Taste is roasted, toasted bread, coffee and bitter hoppy. Long roasted aftertaste GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2006
[bottle at The Rover] Black with a dense tan head. Chocolatey malt, roast aroma, some herbal hops. very full body, sweet, dry bitter. larsniclas (7144) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2006
Black with a small, frim head.
Salt, licorice, chocolate, coffee, tar and a hoppy finish. Loads of aromas and flavours and well composed. jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Pours very dark brown, with brown cream colored head. Coffee, dark chocolate, and slightly hoppy aroma. Flavor is mostly dark chocalate with notes of caramel, molassses, coffee, and hops. A little unbalanced overall, but still enjoyable, and fairly interesting.
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2006
12oz bottle: second time i’ve had this and pretty disappointed again. Dark black with a cream colored head, lots of chocolate aromas, coffee, and molasses. Lightly sour and bittered with flavors that follow the aromas. Unbalanced and kinda strange. Sigmund (7754) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 Rerate, 12 fl. oz. bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger, Norway. ABV here is 8.7%. Pitch black colour, large chocolate brown head. Interesting aroma with vinous notes, roasted malts, molasses and newmown hay, maybe some woodwork too. The flavour has a very powerful malty sweetness and an enormous richness, with notes of strong sweetened coffee, dark bitter chocolate and Danish pastry.
The bitterness is as high as 85 IBU, but it doesn’t taste that bitter, as the hops are balanced with the malty sweetness. Liquorice in the aftertaste. Definitely a "sipping beer". When you know what to expect, this is actually a great drinking experience! I’m upping it a few points. Original rating: Bottle, at Plain Kitchen, Göteborg. Black colour, moderate creamy tan head. Overwhelming malty sweet aroma, roastiness, molasses and bakery / Danish pastry. Flavour is VERY sweet (too sweet) - molasses, sweetened coffee, sweet pastry, chocolate. There’s just too much of the good stuff. Unbalanced. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2006
Roasted malts, sweet red wine, very powerful stuff. Taste is similar very balanced for somethign this strong. daveco67 (18) - Marion, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2006
Sweet smelling with malt aroma accompanied with alcohol. Coffee, toffee and hop bitterness. This was much better then the first time I had this one. optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2006
Bottle - Pours a flat black with a large brown head... smells of sweet dark fruit and burnt malts.. Flavor is highly complex.. coffee and a pretty strong hop flavor.. alcohol is present.. awsome beer. I love Hunter S. Thompson so it makes it all the better!