Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Well, spank me - didn’t ever expect to see this one, and then...one day. Thanks so much Todd!
A: Dark black color with a thin cappuccino head.
N: Oxide, cocoa, espresso, soy sauce, molasses, oak, marshmallow, and char.
T: Very sweet, minorly bittered just enough to stop it from climbing off the cloying cliff.
M: Thick, oily body. No alcohol.
O: This is quite nice. The balance here is remarkable, and as such, this is much better than most IRSs I have had. I kind of wish I had tried this next to something like Courage. Seems like there’d be a correlation, but I can’t confirm. gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2014
2006 version, kindly shared by Menno at the Zombier Collaboration Day at Struise. Pours deep dark brown with a small beige head. Subtle coffee and chocolate aromas, and some toffee fudge. Medium body with nice roasty hints, a tad watery but a very looong finish of the smoothest possible mocca coffee. A treat, yet a tad overrated, the 2006 version at least. rouhlas (3616) - GREECE - SEP 22, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2015 250 ml bottle, 2007 vintage, at home. Pitch black with beige head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, whiskey, wood, dried dark fruits. Taste is like the aroma, sweet, roasted malty, chocolate, vanilla, oak and whiskey again, light fruity. Full body, silky with soft carbonation. Long bitter (some coffee) and dark chocolate finish. When I first tried this beer, a 2008 vintage bottle in 2011, it was the best beer I ever tried and I think that bottle is still the best beer I ever had so far. The aroma was perfect, I didn’t want to drink it, I could smell it the whole night! The taste of that silky beer was perfect too! My score is affected from that bottle. If I was putting a score for the v2007 bottle I had in 2014 then it would be 8-4-8-4-17=4.1 McNeillR (2315) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2016 Thanks to the Birthday Boy, Craig "Swiftkey did it" Garvie - 2008 VintageBenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Opaquest dark brown, a total black hole swirl of a tan head. Rich sugary dusting. Dark smooshed figs, toasted coconut and isolated grab of raisins as it warmed and a welcoming porty porter core. Initial taste is a proper shotgun burning raidance of Meaty, juicy darkest malts - treacly charred sweetness seeping through. Vanilla pod crackles. Soily/dusty coffee dryness. Stabbing richness towards the finish, speckled fizzing out heat on the finish. A lot more layered and flavorsome than a Dark Lord, although a little more chewy meaty and leap at the finish - it’s up there and it’s mysticality will only increase each year this isn’t made.
Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting
Bottle, thanks Craig. Black with tidy tan head. Nice big aroma, roasty with licorice, molasses. Taste is very rich and balanced, molasses, licorice, roasty, ashy, dried fruits.
allmyvinyl (10613) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s, another amazing beer from the hallowed cellars! 2008 vintage. Pours jet black with a thin tan head. Aromas of liquorice, wood, light oxidation, light roast, meaty. Taste is boozy, sweet, roasty finish. Hot, but good. Stuu666 (13398) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roasted chocolate, little oxidised, taste is quite sweet, soy, dry, chocolate, meaty. A little past its best but thanks Craig! beer_est_deus (1300) - örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
Svart öl med ett litet och brunt skum. Doft: Kaffe, kola, kanderat socker, russin, sött fruktigt vin. Smak: Kola, choklad, russin, lakrits, lite julkryddor. Lite mindre "trög flytande" än vad jag minns att den brukar vara. vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2014
#3000, backlog bottle at akkurat. Black pour with tan head. Sweet chocolate, roasted, whiskey, deep aromas. Very smooth. Creamy. Chocolate whiskey, oak and roasted flavors. mcberko (17837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
Vintage 2008. Bottle sent from teorn88 (thanks so much, Matteo!) – been trying to hunt one of these down for several years now! Pours jet black with a very small tan head. Nose brings out lots of woody oak, roasted malt, and maybe some dry powdery cocoa. Flavour is fairly complex, with lots of oak and wood, medium roasted malt, and maybe some dried overripe fruits. Very woody and oaky, which are the flavours that dominate. Extremely soft palate, with low carbonation – no hint of oxidation. This is surely excellent, but number 1 in the world? A treat to have, but this is massively over-hyped.