madmitch76 (24791) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
9th March 2016Travlr (24667) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Tower 42 Tasting. Thanks to Leighton. Opaque black - brown beer, oily looking. Tidy dark tan head. Airy palate, modest fine carbonation. Soft dark malts, touch of cream. Unsweet dark chocolate. Tangy dark fruits. Smooth and slightly viscous finish shows a little licorice. Decent.
Bottle. Totally black, massive thick brown head with phenomenal retention, solid lacing. Aroma of intense dark cocoa powder and over-roasted coffee beans. Taste is rich dark chocolate, moderate spice, pepper, burnt espresso. Bitter finish. Delicious. Leighton (21232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle shared on the 42nd floor - picked up at New Beer Distributors in NYC. Pours oily black with a dense, tight brown cream head. The nose holds well roasted malts, cocoa, light age, scorched earth. Medium sweet flavor with a lot of ashy wood, bitter dark chocolate, brown sugar, earth, leather. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with average carbonation. Lightly warming finish plenty more bitter dark chocolate, burnt earth, woody dryness, hints of dried dark fruits. Really good stuff. It’s got a hard edge to it. Theydon_Bois (19490) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle split at the level 42 tasting, thanks to LKS, 09/03/16.
Pitch black with a dirty tan covering.
Nose is molastic burst, charr, black pepper, spice, cocoa powder.
Taste comprises rich malt, chocolate cake, light mineral trace, faint pepper, bitter roast.
Full bodied, oily feel, semi drying close with a boosted tickle.
Solid impy fayre. rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle at CCB Day, Sätila 2012-07-07. Pitch black beer with a brown head. Malty chocolate aroma, roasted, cocoa, rye, oily, vanilla notes, some bitterness, figs, metal, raisins. Chocolate flavor, cocoa, hoppy, raisins, rye, figs, tar notes, metal, rather full bodied and with a pleasant chocolate finish with notes of metal, tar and vinous notes. Alcohol is well hidden.
mcberko (17815) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours jet black with a small ring of brown head. Aroma of deep roasted malt, soy sauce, cocoa nibs and subtle rye. Flavour is incredibly dense, full of deeply roasted malts, pungent rye and some burnt espresso notes. There are some caramel and soy sauce notes in there as well. Super dense and an all out assault on the palate. Awesome stuff. jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours pitch black with brown head. Nose and taste of rye, roasted chocolate, chocolate bread, toasted wood and toasted nuts. medium body. Slightly dry finish. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Black in color with a tan head. Roasted malt and licorice dominate the nose. Subtle rye spiciness, dark fruit, burnt sugar, coffee, and cocoa powder aromas are also present. Tastes mostly of roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit. Somewhat bitter, a little bit of rye, some burnt sugar, licorice, and cocoa powder. Benzai (15586) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle [from trade with jtclockwork] @ home. Opaque pitch black color, nice moderately creamy medium to dark brown colored head that lasts for a long time and leaves fair to good lacing. Wow! What a start! Aroma is malts, lightly roast, a hint of dark chocolate, cedar wood, liquor. Taste malts, rye, lightly roasted malts, again (cedar?) wood, some alcohol lightly, lightly dark chocolate [I have to say though, nowhere near KBS which I am now comparing with, perhaps not justified but still, because I drank it last night], again liquor (some kind of whiskey?), a nice malt chocolate bitter and a good bitter finish. Medium body, medium carbonation. Very nice! Ferris (15265) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle - Liquorice, dark chocolate and some light soy. Jet black and a dark brown head. Dark roast malts, spicy, espresso and alight sourness in the finish. Big and bold.