khytre (73) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2007
Tasted 4 times, with months between them, and it gets better and better. How much taste can you put in a beer bottle. Like a friend told me "it is like drinking narcotics". Coffe, licorice, darc chocolate, port, caramel, leather, the list goes on and on.
But the bottle is too big!! TAR (2779) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2008 Penetrable black with edges of brown. Tightly packed ring of tiny beige bubbles. Molasses, cake batter, burnt sugar and fruitcake aromas. Gorgeous whispers of smoky char and remarkably lustrous vinousness. Very faint diacetyl and taffy-like yeast. Tiny bubbled carbonation. Bottle conditioned. Silky body. Alcohol and charred sugar immediately clasp the palate before a dense and supple surge of rum soaked black currants sweeps it away, depositing a pure liquefied-sugar effect in its wake. Crunchy char remains extremely tight and focused and keeps the sweetness at bay while alcohol buckles the cheeks and warms the innards. Beautifully attenuated. Malt stops just short of becoming grainy. Not a whole lot of malt depth here, but the deep and bright estery fruitiness compensates wonderfully. Meaty port qualities backup the sweetness and help augment the body. Short-lived roast provides additional grip but swiftly morphs into a bed of gritty sugars and a plump medley of black currants and blackberries. Finishes slightly salty and harshly alcoholic, yet with a sumptuous trail of smoky char and ink-splashed black licorice that lingers. Pretty neat rendition, as they seemed to have boosted it with a variety of sugars rather than solely malt, and it obviously relies on yeast for character, rather than beating you over the head with malt. Not overly complex, but it is quite polished and relatively understated. Like a much more refined Mephistopheles, actually. Thanks to hey_kevin for sharing! ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2007
Had this beer two times in week, the rating is a combined rating. Pitch black colour with a light brown head. Roasted malty aroma with a vague coffee bitter aroma and notes of some chocolate sweetness. Coffee bitter and choclate sweet flavor with notes of fruit and liqourice. Light alcohol sweet finish. yespr (47077) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 CBF07 sample from bottle poured by the brewer himself. Pours pitch black with a nice creamy head. Aroma of liqourice and chocolate, alcohol notes beneath. Vague malt profile. Mouthfeel is thick oily. Flavours is a lot of dark notes: coffee, dark chocolate. Softness of the chocolate blends into a strong bitterness lasting long into the finish. Toffee sweetness, alcohol and strong bitterness makes the finish very long lasting.9-5-9-5-18 4.6MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2007
Blind tasting at sk8vikings porter / stout tasting, beer no 21. Pours black with a lacing brown head. Slight alcohol aroma with buttery note. Light smoked. Quite sweet , slight dried fruit flavour. Sight alcohol finish with a persisting roasted to chocolate malt flavour. 6-4-7-4-14 3.5
Also tasted at one of Papsoes tastings, that and the blind tasting did not come near to the first sample, as a consequence the score is changed to the average of the first sample and the two others combined. 7-5-8-4-16 4
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 A Mes rate:
Bottle @ Københavnske Øldage. Superb black brown appearance. The smell is almost enough to take my head off. Alcohol, barley, heavy chocolate malt and other stuff. Simply unreal. Right now I can not recall a better smelling beer. Flavour is also stunning. It made me think of a black version of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale. If there was such a thing it would surely be the drink of the gods. As it is, this is almost that good. The last time I was stopped in my tracks like this was when I first tried Schaerbeekse Kriek. So complex it’s difficult to know where to begin. Every single type of berries you can imagine. All the dark stouty character you could wish for with roasted chocolate malt, coffee, lovely thick rubbery car tires and it all gives way to an immense 16% alcohol burn on the way down that is so wrong but oh so right. With age I’m sure this could be even better again. I honestly do not have the right words. Incredible beer. Huge huge shame that I can’t get hold of more of it. Guys? You listening? HELP!!!
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2007
Black body with a medium sized light brown head; Huge deep balanced incredibly well made nose, very concentrated aromas of fruity coffee beens, red berries (raspberry and blackberry, aromas of super bitter concentrated chocolate as well, GREAT; Very soft body, deep but could be a little deeper, the alcohol burns a bit, sweet and slightly bitter; Huge alcohol burn (very pleasant) in an incredibly long finish, the bitterness grows, the sweetness grows and this in an incredibly balanced way, chocolate malt aromas, cherry and ripe blackberry fruity sweetness, aromas of thin espresso with tons of light muscovado sugar. Super beer. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2007 Bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2007. Black - brown head. A lot of berries, prunes, plums, dreid dark fruits. Strong, sharp taste of licorice, chokolate, coffee, alcoholic - but still a smooth big mouthfeeling.
------ had this beer before (21-07-2006) and it was not ready then, this is what i wrote: Bottle tasted at ølbaren - thanks to Christian. Black with brown head. Roasted malts, coffee, fruits, prunes, raisins. and far too much alcohol. Mabye a couple of years in a beercellar would help. But for now, too aggressive on the alcohol. (7/4/5/3/14) sunevdj (4123) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2007
Ølfestival 2007. Bottle, poured by the brewmaster, himself. Pours black with a brown head. Very sweet and bitter with coffee aromas. Also quite alcoholic, especially towards the end. Aromas of prunes and a hint of smoke. Oily texture. Soft cabonation. Long bitter and sweet finish with some coffee aromas. omhper (25565) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2007 Bottled at Københavnske Øldage. Black!! Intense aroma of plum brandy and licorice. Sweet and extremely full bodied. Syrupy, but tar and licorice dominates. Thick and chewy, mature madeira flavours. Long tarry very bitter finish. Has great potential for aging - can become something really outstanding. As of now it is still young, sweet and a bit sugary, which detracts from the very interesting flavour. madsberg (11776) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2007
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Thick dense brown head. Sweetness, roast, alcohol, cocoa, chocolate and light coffee in the nose. Flavour as well is full of dark fruits, roast, chocolate and spice. For a 16% beer the alcohol is very well hidden. Very complex and almost too flavourfull. Is full bodied. Has a light roasty bitterness in the end, and the alcohol does a great job warming lips and palate. This for sure is a fantastic brew.