bierkoning (13352) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2009
Bottle from Olbutikken. Black and opague. Vinous aroma with grapes, ash, chocolate. Full bodied. Complex yet alcoholic flavor. Vinous notes, ash, roast, grapes, dark chocolate, tobacco. Even some tartness from black berries. Layers of flavors come up and fade away slowly. Long alcoholic aftertaste. Great beer! weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Thanks to NoLiberty for cracking this open via Shaun E. Hill...
Appears a dark midnight with a fluffy brown cap that sticks around. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of red wine character, wood, cocoa, grappa, coffee, and dark chocolate.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with huge red wine flavors, & dark chocolate melding as a gigantic marriage of faith and harmony. Absolutely beautiful.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with sweet vanilla that lingers with oaky tannins hanging along the palate. hopdog (12549) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Bottle via Alex (thanks!). Poured a deep and dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, vinous, chocolate, woodiness, and caramel. Tastes of roast, vinous, chocolate, vanilla, woody, caramel, and had a bitter coffee finish. egajdzis (6588) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Opaque black with a tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, smoke, strong bordeaux, oak, nuts, and alcohol. Taste of roasted malts, smoke, burnt wood, dark chocolate, winey notes, and some alcohol in the finish. Thanks Shaun and Alex! TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Pours a deep brown almost black with a medium creamy tan head that left some lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, mixed nuts, oak and oats. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, decent hop bitterness, oak, vanilla, nuts, dark chocolate and coffee.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2010 Pitch black with a small beige head that leaves a small ring of lacings.
A very complex smell, full of character. Roasted malts, tar, wood, vinous fruits, oak barrel and perhaps a fresh floral note. Hints of vanilla and alcohol. Nice.
The taste is not as impressive as the smell, but still very good. Powerful and rich. Hard roasted malts, dry woody notes, oak barrel, chocolate, molasses, vinous grape-like fruity notes. The finish is rather dry and bitter with notes of vanilla, salt licorice and roasted malts. The alcohol is noticeable. Nice balance throughout.
Very full-bodied and a thick creamy texture.
A very good beer. Complex and aggressive with an interesting barrel character.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review) hirigalzkar (3158) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2009
Bottle. Ap: Black, long lasting brown head. Ar: Barrel aged vinous sweetness of vanilla. Some smoke. Chocolate. Fla: Dark chocolate. Cacao. Small cigar smokeiness. Vinous. Cranberry. Vanilla. Pal: Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Ov: Very complex and well balanced beer. sunevdj (4087) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2009
Tasting at Nørrebro Bryghus. Pours an opaque black with an beige head and lacings. Smells of soy sauce and alcohol. Sweet with aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. Aslo some sour maltyness. Low carbonation. Full body. Toasted finish. Dedollewaitor (16159) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2009
37,5cl bottle. Pours black with a creamy head and lacings. Roasted coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Oak and red wine. Long finish. Full bodied. Oily and slick. World class. fonefan (49343) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2009
Clear dark dark black color with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, chocolate, red wine and wood, vanilla notes, moderate hoppy. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, a mild wineous flavored. Body is medium to full, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft.