ChainGangGuy (4860) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a matte black body with a quick accruing froth comprising a mocha-hued head.
Smell: A sharp slice of roast with bitter chocolate, fire-charred licorice twists, burnt fruits, a splash of liquor, and a little umami.
Taste: Strong roastiness upfront cut with bitter chocolate, a puff of smoke, basic licorice, and some sugary caramel. Incidental hop profile. Some peppery alcohol. Some sips yield rich chocolate and caramel, but some sips press upon you the less desirable harsh tones. Drying, lightly bitter, slightly savory finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Well, it’s a bit different, and, maybe, in an ideal mood, I could even give it a half-nod of approval.
chrisv10 (16023) - DENMARK - JAN 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, little sweet, hops and medium bitter.
teddybeer (3576) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle. Poured a black beer with frothy tan head, good lacing and perfect lasting on the glass. Aroma has toasty and roasty notes, dark chocolate and coffee hints. Flavour is toasty, traces of dark coffee, hints of vanilla, dense on palate and a final slightly bittery. Carbonation is soft. Texture is oily. Body is high.
Drake (13140) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a rich dark brown color with a thin fizzy brown head. Average head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, cherries, soy, nuts, honey. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, leather, caramel, soy, honey, fruity notes and a bitter but mild hop finish. Medium bodied. Very nice.
yngwie (16711) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, at Ølfestival 2011. A black one, topped by a dense, tan head of fingerthick size. Buttery nose with coffee and roasted malts. Dried fruits too. The flavor is on the roasted side, coffee quite evident, with some faint vegetal hints too. Roasted style bitterness chimes in towards the end, and lasts for a while. Full bodied and lightly warming. A decent beer, but not clean enough or tasteful enough to make me interested in drinking it again. 110527
Cybercat (5321) - Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong, smoky aroma has quite a fierce alcohol overtone, more what one would expect from a barleywine. Unfortunately, it tends to overwhelm the "stouty" parts of the otherwise quite inviting aroma. It pours a rich, warm sable with a thick and fluffy, if not too persistent, dark chocolaty-tan head. Flavor has roast quality coffee, unsweet chocolate and woody tones with a hint of licorice - alcohol bite is not nearly what the aroma suggests. Smooth, full-bodied texture has plenty of fizz and just a bit of an alcohol nip. Like stouts? Look for this one!
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black with beige rim like an espreso. Smells of Vanilla, milk chocolate. Effervescent body but end slick & sticky. Great body. Dry bitter and dark chocolate taste that isn’t sweet.
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - OCT 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose is heavy caramel, sweet licorice, medium burnt malt, hazel, feel Is medium, carb is mediumlow, taste is burnt malt, some wood, sweet licorice, traces of rye, little ash
blipp (8511) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted malty aroma with dry chocolate and light coffee. The flavor has dark chocolate, light roasty notes, coffee, and a hint of molasses. Pretty good.
gunnfryd (14363) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at KØ-2011. dark brown colour with beige head. aroma is cocoa, smoked, roasted malt, caremel, coffee. Flavour is cocoa, smoked, roasted malt, caramel, coffee. OK beer.