BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 23, 2015
22 ounce bottle at home. Pours opaque with a small, creamy tan head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is rich dark chocolate, coffee and roast malt with prunes and a light nuttiness. Flavor is sweet and rich dark chocolate, roast malt, espresso, nuts, dark fruits and a sweet and clean finish. Full body and medium carbonation. JDBaker11058 (2427) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Appearance: sludgy, viscous black pour with an incredibly rich medium tan head near the consistency of pudding, which lingered forever, belying the ABV; impressive. Aroma: big and roasty in general; TONS of fresh-baked black bread (bit of rye?), scads of bustelo-type ground espresso, a surprising amount of umami (soy sauce), with a big backbone of molasses and licorice. Taste: VERY sweet and almost syrupy, with espresso-chocolate syrup, slightly burnt black bread with honey butter, tons of blackstrap molasses and vanilla, with just a hint of mint. Finish: fulsome with lingering chewy sweetness; the palate on this thing was a monster. Notes: A gigantic beer, but the alcohol was almost completely hidden in the palate, which was almost more like drinking an espresso milkshake as opposed to drinking a beer. Very little in the way of lager characteristics. Almost too sweet, too chewy, too big. Hard to wrap my mouth around this one. Still thinking about it... Bottle from Sarah for Beersmas 2014.
jjgmd (2289) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2014
With Z, pours a deep dark black color with a small head. Nose is full of chocolate malt with rich espresso. Taste is roasted charcoal with notes of coffee and licorice. As to the contrary there is some old bitterness in the finish, with some subtle alcohol. Descent, quaff score 7 / 10 ☕️ zgaier (1968) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bomber. Pours pitch black with a brown head and nice coffee, espresso strong aroma. Taste is of delicious, lots of deep roasted coffee, espresso, and roasted malt leading to a coffee filled, roasty burnt, warming finish. Great coffee brew gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle shared at pre-BBF’14 tating at ABC Beers, Den Haag. Pours light dark with a reddish brown hue, no head. Medium coffee aroma but quite some bourbony character as well. Malty body, some alcoholic heat.
kraddel (9327) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
Bottle at pre-borefts tasting .
Pours black, no head .
Smell is oaty , bourbon, wood .
Taste is bitter , coffee, bit thin .
Roasted maltyness . Bit sweet. ok , not as good as expected . deanso (10266) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - SEP 25, 2014
bottle shared @ Pre Borefts tasting
Thin tan head. Clear deep amber pour. Lovely complex aftertaste. A great beer. sic1314 (4773) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
Poured deep dark brown with a small tan ring. Aroma of dark fruit and liquorice. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, dark chocolate, coffee. kermis (14955) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle shared at the Pre-Borefts Tasting. Pours near black with no head. Aroma of molasses, raisin, overripe dark fruit, toffee, booze. Flavour is heavy sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation. slowrunner77 (13204) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Hmmm. This is almost a very special beer. Almost. Black pour. Huge espresso and malted chocolate aroma. Hints of smoke and more chocolate and iced coffee flavor. I’m a sucker for the coffee and its good, but there is no balance whatsoever, only 17 ibu, and the utter lack of bitterness makes this cloyingly sweet as it warms."