Abio (1859) - Waasland, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in the glass. Nice holding head. Decent brew but a slight sourness that ruines it a bit. Also the texture a bit to watery for me.
JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black pour, tan head. Roasty and malty with some ash flavors. Some chocolate flavors, but not my favorite.
TaktikMTL (7215) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille verte de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Légère odeur de céréale grillée avec une pointe de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat avec une pointe d’houblon et de céréale grillée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement chocolaté. (Rating #5004)
BierFiend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown/black with thick tan head. Smells of caramel, roasted malts, and alcohol. Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, alcohol, and bitter. Has a thick body with medium carbonation.
bu11zeye (12894) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, fennel, anise, caramel, herbs, and grass. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, herbs, cocoa, burnt grains, earth, and pine leading to a mildly bitter finish.
Ibrew2or3 (8358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL courtesy of sebletitje. It pours with a deep darkness as well as with a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up sweet dark fruity esters, chocolate and some dark roasted malts rimmed thinly by burnt malts. In the background I get an light earthy tobacco sort of note. The taste is nice with a pleasing depth coming from dark roasted malts to a mild level of burnt malts and thin diving into chocolate malts. Into the finish the burnt malts grow to close out the experience.
daknole (10920) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour with a brown head. Very toasty, ashy, asphalt. Overly roasted IMO.
Aniela (4215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black beer with a huge beige lacy head. Coffe, chocolate and vanilla aroma. Similar flavour, a bit too much almost burnt coffeflavour.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A roasted black ale of some kind with a bit of many many things. Fun tasty treat.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed not super-fresh… one year old?
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention.
In long: Nose is roasted, some dark belgian ale fruity esters and also a surprising green grassy-herbal hops presence. Taste is highly roasted malts, charcoal, burnt raisins, an unsuspected oaky/tannins sensation (but I don’t think this is wood aged), a shot of strong black coffee, ashes, figs, light notes of bittersweet black chocolate, green juicy grass. The charred cereals and green hops combine to create a weird asparagus sensation. The pleasant carbonation and mouthfeel is much more like a Belgian Strong than the typical Imperial Stout. At the end I had a hard time figuring out if the beer was very hoppy or if the green-grassy sensation was an by-product of something else. Relatively low sweetness sensation (for the style) and also more bitter than expected. I’m a bit puzzled by the whole thing, but whatever this beer is, I liked it, there’s a lot of things happening here, it may be a bit unfocussed (borderline chaotic) but it is a fun tasty black beer of some kind. Lots of good and not-so-good ratings for this original beer, and I like reading ratebeer ratings, reading beer ratings is really helping to make my vocabulary and grammar very gooder.
KyotoLefty (9645) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at World Beer Museum. Roasty malt nose, cafe au lait, spice, wood, fruit, esters, Belgian yeast, and a bit of acid. Black with fine brown lace. Woody, roasty flavor with coffee and light fruits. Well bitter and some acid which tell me it is a bit off, though just a bit and the roasty malts cover it nicely. Decent.