thb (848) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
Oh my word oh my word oh my word. This is so many wonderful things all at once. Pours inky black, plus nice head. Aromas are - where to start? Black cherry? Coffee? Chocolate? Bacon? Smoke? Leather? Blackberries? All that in one beer? Yes, and more - and just flat out delicious. Warming alcohol is an exclamation point. A treat. Bin905beerbums (9) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 13, 2012 does not count
Holy hell, this beer is too awesome and while they state the obvious, we will not.... Not a single thing out of place and everyone agrees. The nose of this year’s version is so unique and delectable, like a can of the finest smoked oysters, oily and rich with a hint of smoke and unagi... The amazing colour seems to suck light in so much that it makes a black hole look opaque. Once you get through the intensity of the colour you notice the head is tanned and laces with the elegance of Chantilly lace while the viscosity means it hangs on the glass like fine aged port. The palate has so much rich chocolate and coffee but that amazing soy cured eel lingers and couples with the smokiness to produce the finest liquid meal I have ever consumed. The length is nearly as dense as the colour and I know this will sit in my throat long after the 12 or so other beers I will consume this evening have come and gone. This is the Dali of beers... Unique, intense and one any beer lover should not pass up. Would love to see how it develops in 2-5 years too, 3 going to cellar tonight. scantron (63) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
Jan. 2, 2012; 750 mL 10% abv. No BBD.
A pretty young bottle. 1/7/11. The noses is of fruits, cherry and lychee, with some smokey malts and sweetness. Some spicy alcohol as well. Pours a black with little tan head. Creamy lacing on the glass. Tastes of coffee, chocolate malts with a fruity sweetness. Bitterness comes through with some more smoke and alcohol. Coats the back of the throat. Wish I had another bottle to age a bit longer. kschep (1707) - DENMARK - DEC 25, 2011
#1019 bottle; Nose is decent cane sugar, medium sweet roasted malt, alcohol whiff, cream, feel is medium, carb is medium, taste is sour roasted malt, plum, alcohol, coffee, velvet hops finish VincentL (287) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Odeur chocolaté a souhait. Une super mousse chocolaté abondante avec un robe noire presque totalement opaque. Un goût exquis ou le sucre domine en entré suivi par une légère torréfaction. En soit, une porter typique mais l’équilibre est parfait, le goût est très ’clean’ et le palais est excellent; juste assez épais avec une finale qui vous suit longtemps sans qu’on s’en lasse.
50belair (3697) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Smoke and roasted malt nose. Sweet and smokey notes. I usually do not care for Baltic Porters, but this is very good. PatIrish (184) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2011
This beer is outstanding. I can’t help but feel that it will only get better with age. It was the perfect night cap. Thick, heavy, cultured, yeasty....notes of blue cheese even. Crockett (1139) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2011
Pours beautiful jet black with a foamy brown head. Nose of cocoa, sourdough yeast, wine, toasty cereal, port, and brine. It has a shiraz-like sweetness and pumpernickel bread. Lactic acid. Coffee and Chocolate. Dark Caramel, macerated fruit and old honey. HIdes alcohol extremely well. Surprisingly light bodied and drinkable this young. Finish is very satisfying. rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2011
Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown, frothy dark beige head. Aroma: Caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, coffee, some other notes I don’t recognise. Slightly woody, nutty. Palate: thick bodied, creamy, smooth, not much carbonation, but it’s not flat. quite a slow, dry finish. Taste: Starts off very sweet, and moves to a faintly bitter finish. Strong coffee and chocolate notes. Pretty good. bp (924) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle: pours dark black with a thin tan head, aroma of chocolate, malt, coffee, smokiness, taste is chocolate, malt, roasty, smooth. Nice.