jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Bottle, pours very dark black, with a slow developing head of dark brown color, Aroma was very malt forward, Great malty tastes, Molasses, chocolate, roasted coffee, Really nice, slighty sweet but not cloying in any way. Thanks MrRomero. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 26, 2007
12 oz bottle courtesy of Matty Simpson: poured black. Very black with a smallish brown head that took a second to develop. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, and nuts. Flavor is quite huge with lots of chocolate. Slightly sweet at first followed up with a slight dryness as you swallow. Oily mouthfeel but great body. A very nice beer. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2007
Much thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears black with dark brown edges when held to the light. A dark tan head slowly fades into a small, creamy cap. Scattered spots of lacing are left all around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, caramel, cream, cocoa, and a blessing of piney hops found in the background, along with toffee, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla. Black grape aromas come out as it warms.
Taste is of molasses, melted caramel, cocoa, and vanilla goodness with an herbal and piney hoppiness that gently runs and compliments the sweetness of this well done brew.
Mouthfeel is of sweet molasses up front that runs slickly along the tongue with light roastiness grazing each tastebud with intense verocity that’s fit for royalty.
Oh, yes. Believe the hype. If I can get a keg of this beauty, I will. If not, I’ll gladly take a case. Any takers on a trade? I’ll be passing through Fayeteville in August of 2007. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2007
(12oz bottle, best by 7/07, thanks kmweaver) Black body with medium brown head. Aroma is medium sweet, smoke, chocolate, berry, light cherry. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate/caramel, some smoke. Smooth medium body. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Bottle from zathrus13, thanks! Black, thin dark tan head. Nose is cocoa, cola, sweet rich malt, caramel, some dark fruit/cherry. Flavor is caramel, dark fruits, cocoa, cola, bittersweet ’old’ tasting finish.
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2007
12 oz bottle via trade with DrBayern, many thanks Matt. Pours pitch black with a nice two finger light brown head. The aroma is roasty, chocolately, with notes of coffee and malt. The taste is big bold and strong, with many of the aromas coming through in the flavor. Feels really nice on the palate too. Wow this is stellar stuff. OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2007
12 oz bottle, best before 7/07 courtesy radiomgb. Opaque black colour, not a shade of anything else when held to the light, with a mostly lasting frothy and creamy light brown head. Rich chocolate, sweet caramel, light cappuccino, figs, fruity, and vinous aroma. Very fruity and vinous flavours, lightly acidic, with background chocolate, fig, raisin, light citrus, some cappuccino, and a lingering lightly roasty bitter finish. Full bodied, rich and smooth mouthfeel. Very intense beer. lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2007
Bottle (thanks Ughsmash!) Aroma of slightly stale bready malt, chocolate and cherry liquor came flooding out of the bottle upon opening. Poured pitch black with a thick muddy brown head. Light, almost weightless mouthfeel with perfect level of carbonation. Obvious milky quality to this beer, a little too lactic perhaps to make it more than an occassional event. Whipped in with the cream was some baking chocolate, cherries, a splash of red wine, vanilla and a coffee bean or two.
Fascinating beer to drink. Just a little too dairy to float my boat.
CMUBEERMAN (440) - - MAR 11, 2007
Cquiroga gave me a taste of this at Port Brewing sometime in Jan.
***Very small sample.
Aroma was huge fresh berry notes...crazily fruity. Notes of chocolate and roasted malts as well. Flavor was largely sweet...a lot going on...but the complexity was in numerous subtleties. I feel like this would be a great beer to get to know, but on my approx. 4oz...i’d say that is was very desert like and not at all over powering. Mouthfeel was light...but that is probably because it is a "baltic porter". DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2007
As my supplies dwindle, I might as well rate it... Pours a near black brown with a short dark brown head. Aromas of sweet malty chocolate, coffee, and a hint of alcohol. Flavors of coffee, fine dark chocolate, toffee, and a pleasant alcohol finish. This beer is silky smooth and has only improved since release. A great beer from one of the best breweries around.