rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2009
Bottled. Thanks Systembolaget ;-) Pours thick and black with diminishing head. Aroma is loaded with alcohol and pepper, along with tar and lavender. Body is frightingly light for a beer at this ABV. Hops probably balance out the residual sugars as it does not feel very sticky. Not very salty or toasty as it’s still "young" (+ 1 year old). The pepper lingers from start to finish, and it gets tarry after. The sweetness is sensed but it’s not provocative. I will definitely save my other bottle for another few years. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Black pour with a smooth fast falling brown head. Oily on the palate, quite a bit lighter bodied then the 1st edition. Alcohol was hot and the flavors are still a bit sharp, but should settle as it ages. Lots of dark chocolate, slight char and licorice. Good, but I thought the 1st edition turned out better. bhensonb (15958) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 6, 2009
#04591. Sheer black color with an incredibly dark creamy tan head. The alcohol is nose startling. Aromas of coffee, toasted malt and arguably treacle. Very full body with mildly creamy carbonation. Flavor is coffee and dark toast - but very smooth dark toast. Develops chocolate and mild heat with time. Finishes dry and coffee, with cacao traces. Mind blowing. marcus (10864) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Bottle shared with bhensonb. This dark brown ale poured with a decent brown head with a strong alcohol aroma. There is a delicious chocolate and roasted malt flavor with a serious alcohol burn. Thanks Bill. WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Tight as hell. MAssive alcohol, quite bitter. Nice roasty, malty notes, but the heat dominates. Needs some serious time in bottle before its drinking good. Thankfully Ive got one more btl in store. Hope it gets better in the next year.
Skinnyviking (9767) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle. Medium high brown fluffy head disappearing astonishingly quickly. Pitch black body. Powerful coffee aroma but unfortunatly also a heavy scent of alcohol. Apart from that vineous. The flavor though does not have the same alcohol dominance as it is very well disguised by the coffee choccolate liquorice notes. Also very vineous. Low carbonation and a long aftertaste. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head, soy malty chocolate. Sweet chocolate and minerals, a light roasty coffee and i must say this is dam smooth at 17%. Licorice and liqueur, not cloying either. redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Rich creamy coffee aromas, bitter chocolate, with hints of dark fruits, chocolate covered dreid dark cherries, figs. Pours black with a thin tan head, the lacing does stain the glass amber a little. Strong flavors, alcohol, coffee, dark chocolates, licorice, rich and dark, very decadent, reminds me of a chocolate or coffee liquor. It gives a very warming sensation. Despite the alcohol, it is enjoyable to drink. Excellent. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
AlohaC’s gathering. WeeHeavy’s bottle. Seriously man... Dark dark dark. Stains the glass. Taste is sharp. Malt chocolate licorice toffee coffee everything. ++ wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle from WeeHeavySD. Tried at alohaCs 2008 end of the year tasting. Thanks Jon! Black, thick, sweet. Low roastiness. Pretty good for an 18% beer. Lots of throat burn. I’m making a transition from loving high ABV sweet beers to 5% sours. If i had rated this one yeat ago, I would have probably given it a 4.4, but now only 3.9. Still very good.