gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2013
Had this on several occasions, always in bottle 375ml white wax. Pours pitch black with nice steady creamy dark beige head. Quite overwhelming aroma of chocolate, some coffee, but lots of alcohol. Huge body with lots of sweetness balanced by roasty notes, quite bitter end and lots of alcohol glow all the way throug, low carbonation. Taste is toffee, some whisky. Good beer, but the alcohol too prominently in the foreground. esp0r (2928) - NORWAY - APR 17, 2013
Bottle bought at Barleywine summer 2011 enjoyed at homeBullit (4675) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 13, 2013
Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Smells of oak, chocolate, whisky, some booze, vanilla and caramel. Heavy sweet, hints of peat, quite malty, caramel and chocolate, alot of oak and booze. The barrell aging really rule this beer. Moderate bitter. Too high abv and too sweet for my liking. A beer in the extreme end of the scale
Bottle, 2nd Tuesday Tasting @ De Molen. Black colour, medium brown head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee, light whisky, maybe a hint of tobacco. Flavour is roasted malts, quite sweet, coffee, whisky and fairly alcoholic. Finish has a fairly strong alcohol burn. This is for slow sipping. VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2013
375 ml bottle from czar ; shared with him and albatross. Pours pitch black with a resilient beige head. Aroma is burnt caramel, whiskey, sweet chocolate. Flavor is tons of dark chocolate, whiskey, lots of wood, brazilian coffee, and a touch of booze. Finish is extremely bitter (although it does compensate quite well for all the sugar), dark chocolate, pitch black coffee, burnt mowed herbs. Lingering flavor of coffee, burnt grains, alcohol, but mostly coffee. Very much full bodied, you’re welcome, sticky mouthfeel, weak carbonation. We’re talking about some solid sh*t here, gentlemen. jmgreenuk (9863) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle at the De Molen second Tuesday tasting, April 2013. Poured a deep crude oil black colour with an oily consistency and a thin tan head. The aroma is rich, with red fruits and lots of alcohol. The flavour is very intense with lots of bitter alcohol, liquorice and fruit. It’s a hugely rich beer and has one of the most complex flavours I’ve ever tasted. The bitterness lingers for quite some time in the aftertaste, just to let you know it’s still there. It’s a huge man mountain of a beer!
kermis (14478) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2013
Bottle shared at Denk’s monthly tasting at De Molen. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of tar, earth, roasted malts, licorice, light molasses, dark chocolate, light coffee, leather, tobacco and caramel. There’s a lot going on here. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter, with a massive sweet alcohol warmth (almost burn) in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation. deanso (10220) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - APR 9, 2013
Sample at the molen monthly beer tasting.
Thick tan head. Clear black pour. Smooth taste but noticeable alcohol. Lovely rederic (3341) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
375ml bottle, with a white wax neck, deep pitch black color, with a bubbly tan head, light yeasty, whiskyish liquor, mochaish, chocolatey nose, with a mild earthy roasted, black, chocolate, toasted malt, brownie note, and with some burnt fruitcake, burnt dried raisin, date, fig, dark bitter chocolate, burnt bran muffin, black coffee accents in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate, with a strong warmth boozy, yeasty chocolatey brownie, sweet burnt dark dried fruit, black coffee, flowery leafy, minty, grassy hop, light whisky barrel character, with some chocolate cake, molasses, dark bitter chocolate baking bar, burnt toast, burnt bran muffin, chocolate cup filled with whisky liqueur flavours, with a chocolate mint bar, mint leafiness undertone, leading towards a warming, yeasty, roasty, black maltiness, black coffee, burnt dark dried fruitiness, molasses, chocolate cake, black coffee, burnt toast, lingering leafy, grassy, minty hop bitterness finish. czar (9338) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
375ml bottle thanks to fred82, BB 2019. pours very dark brown with a surprisingly nice moka head, good retention considering abv. dark burnt molasses and demerara, peat, smoke, subtle oakiness, saltiness, exploding umami esters, underlying nuttiness, caramelized, burnt and smoked nuts. full body - sticky, oily. sweetness for sure but it is backed by bold resinous hops for a medium long bittering coffee and smoky finish. decent drinkability considering abv and sugars - abv well hidden too. enjoyed it, even though i was scared of this one (splitted in three parts, of course!) 77ships (10770) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2013
375 ml. bottle. Bottled on 15/07/2009. Mmm… this is not white wax that is on the bottle but plastic… Pours black – obviously – with surprising amount of mocha head – okay stability considering the ABV. Bottle says that the carbonation level is medium which is I assume an euphemism for flat. Good quality alcohol dominates in the nose, enjoyable thick licorice, black chocolate, rich but alcohol is foremost and of exceptional quality. Velvety rich, thick licorice in the taste, light ash, strong roast, pitch black chocolate, fine spirit is far more in the back and tuned down, still warming and alcoholic, overripe dark fruits marinated in fine spirit, light ashes,… Velvety, very, very slick, little carbonation. I am still amazed just how much better the BA Black’s are than the original.