bigred22 (85) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Okay seriously wtf is this stuff? I don’t even know how to describe it. The most unique beer I have ever had. It almost had a sweet teriyaki flavor. Thick, no head and super oily. I have to try this again if I can find it, it is just to complex to not try again. wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2010
Bottle from Alko Helsinki Arkadia, Finland; shared with Slothez in Hartlepool. Poured as black as a Raven’s wing with a lingering dark brown head. Heavyweight snout that was chock a block with roasted malt, dark choc, hops, dark fruit and booze. Luxuriant, full bodied and thick mouthfeel. Flavour had bundles of roasted malt, a big hit of warming booze, more dark chocolate and fruits, with some coffee and liquorice notes. Finish just went on and on and on. A real pleasure to drink, and a beer that stands out from the crowd not only because of the label.
lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 6, 2010
375 ml bottle. Rated @ 14.11.2009.Hermod (7840) - Vantaa, FINLAND - AUG 29, 2010
Raw brew. Pours a pitch black colour with a massive light brown head. Burnt wood, roasted coffee and malty notes on the aroma. Very rich and raw. Same thing on the nose where the espresso and roastiness dominate. Full bodied, very rich flavour and oily texture. Excellent brew with a lot of potential after storing.
2005 version @ Olutravintola Pannuhuone. It’s like drinking another beer compared to the raw version. Very barley wine -like with sweet taste and a alcohol warming mouthfeel. Both versions are awesome in their own ways.
Shared a bottle @Sadonkorjuu. Poured pitch black with almost no head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, liquirice and some alcohol. Very complex indeed. Warm Flavor is port, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Finish is bitter, chocolate and coffee. Warming, but the alcohol is not disturbing in any way. The strongest beer I have tasted so far. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2010
bottle poured into a snifter has a dark black color and little head unless swirled aggressively in the glass. aroma is thick, tar like, heavy roasted malt, mild oxidation, molasses, dark rich fruit, and alcohol. mouth feel is thick and virtually non carbonated sticking to the tongue. flavor is an assault of dark heavy roasted malt, molasses, rich dark fruit, licorice, and a hefty swap of alcohol. wow this is a big boy and is it sweet. initially it crushes your tasters and makes this seem mellower over time. some chocolate and burnt coffee come on as the glass warmed up.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2010
I’m going to have to rate this again. For now, it’s delightful but not beer. No carbonation, minimal hop bitterness if any. More like an after dinner drink. Sweet nose, sweet taste. Complex interactions among the malts. Notes of chocolate and espresso, and much, much sugar. Would be cloyingly sweet, with so little carbonation, if not for ... what? I don’t know why this works. I had a shot glass, not a bottle, so it is not the alcohol in the beer that is making this review sound so confused. mcberko (17809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 21, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 375mL bottle, pours jet black with a small tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, wood, smoke, bourbon, caramel and alcohol. Flavour of very sweet roasted malt, caramel, some fruits (prunes, dates), wood and whiskey / bourbon. Near-cloying sweetness, but it’s highly enjoyable on small doses. crusianbeer (116) - Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2010
had to actually grab locking pliers to get this thing open... the cork was not budging.
poured into my bulbed bottom chang glass... :)
pours like motor oil. no head... but then I notice that there is a tiny bit of lacing clinging to the glass edges... there is a bit of hope in this.
nose... smells like beef bouillon and soy sauce... and booze.
front is very sweet, sugary, chocolate, and holy aftertaste of booze/coffee/beef bouillon. Beef bouillon fades after a few sips, but the others stay. Cant say I have ever had a beer that tastes like beef bouillon... for 17.5%, this doesnt really show it much... I mean yeah, you can tell there is a really high abv, but this is "covered" well... I actually kinda like this. I am not sure how to rate this... it really is not an imperial stout, if I rated to that, it would be really low, but this is in a class by itself... Sip for a few hours... cellar for a few decades.
TET (3030) - Kaarina, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2010
Black beer without head. Aroma is strong, liquirice, roasted, some liquiricevodka, strongly alcoholic aroma if your nose is in the glass, but keep your nose away from the glass and then only hint of alcohol can be found. Flavour is ingredible, all nuancees are strong, roastiness, sweetness, liquirice and bitterness and everything are ingredibly great balanced. No alcohol and it feels only warming feeling after swallowing. Full bodied and sticky to drink. Strong, powerfull and demanding beer; enjoy!. FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 9, 2010
A - Pitch black with a tiny, almost non-existent, fizzy, dark cafe tan colored head. This disappears fast leaving just a bit of a ring of lace around the edge.
S - Dark coffee aroma with a fair amount of dark, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Somewhat of a soy presence and some whisky, peat, and smokey aspects with just a bit of vanilla. Slight sweet, molasses like aroma as well, and alcohol is pretty noticeable, but given the ABV it is pretty well covered.
T - Strong alcohol presence with some dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Some whisky, peat, and vanilla flavor is present. A dark fruit liqueur and soy sauce flavors come out mid sip giving it a tart, sourish type of flavor that isn’t that great. Roasted flavors, faint hint of sweet dark fruit, and whisky come out a bit more on the finish, along with the ever present and strong alcohol.
M - Slightly above medium body with very little carbonation. Smooth and slick, oily feel.
D - Far too hot and boozy to be very drinkable. Definitely a sipper. Mid sip, the dark fruit tartness and soy sauce is a bit off-putting. Start and finish aren’t bad though. Not one that I would drink often and definitely a nightcap drink.
Notes: Best Before 29/04/19. The combination of intense alcohol and the soy/tart mid sip made this a little unappealing. Not one I would seek out again, but it wasn’t the worst beer I’ve had. Would be interesting to age.