Beer5000 (6674) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle @ Cardinal. Black body with a finger thick, stable beige head. Interesting and a bit unusually in aroma, dark malt, dark berries, chocolate and some alcoholic scent in the direction of honey/mead. Flavor is very pleasant, with dark malt, berries, nice balanced bitterness and the same strange honey kind of warming alcohol. Fine body and long aftertaste. An interesting and pleasant beer that becomes better and better further down the bottle. Saeglopur (2292) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle. Black body, with a medium, creamy, tan head, that won’t last very long. Complex aroma of honey, nuts, dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, nuts, wood, smoke, bitter honey, dried fruits, rum. Mouthfeel is full, oily, with a medium carbonation and it finishes complex, alcoholic, bitter-roasty and dry, with honey, coffee, cocoa beans, earth, wood, smoke. What a complex beer! The honey notes are really interesting, as they aren’t sweet at all and add even more complexity. A heavy beer, that you can only enjoy slowly, but it reveals more and more dark aromas as it warms up. holdan (260) - USA - MAR 1, 2014
Dark with nice generous soft head. Aroma chocolate & roasted notes. Taste bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt. Full body, low carb, finish bittersweet. Reminds me of Brooklyn chocolate stout. DuffMan (10602) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Silky and nearly black with a dense brown head. Sweet honey and hazelnut and Maple Cookies, just a kiss of smoke, birch syrup. Rich and complex and incredibly balanced. Superb. Lonick (2537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle @home (catching up on my back-log and i’ve had the bottle for approx one year). Pours black with a tan head. Nice Co2 , not huge on the nose, understated, malty, a touch of coffee also a hint of sweetness. It come a live on the palate. Huge liquorice, big coffee, fruity (dark dried fruits) the alcohol is there but i would not say it was 10% badboy. Slight sherry kick also chocolate coming through with a nutty bitter finish. This is one hell of a beer. Just wonderful.
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - FEB 15, 2014
Absolutely gorgeous beer. Jet black like an Imperial Stout when poured into the tulip glass. Brown head, small, nice lacing. Aroma of coffee beans, chocolate, honey, anise, taste is the same. Velvet mouthfeel, finish is extraordinary. Amazing beer. kerenmk (5038) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks ArizviSG. Black with tan head. Wine, ink and gouache paint aroma, inky, bitter, slightly dry and slightly roasty in the mouth, full body, sleek, light carbonation and a little roasty finish. BeerBaboon (2119) - FINLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Pours bkack with beige head. Aroma is roasted, licorice, chocolate, bread and nuts. Flavour is medium to heavy bitter, light sweet, roasted and licorice. k92488 (492) - KVERNALAND, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2014
Mørk farge brunkt skum. Smak av malt, sjokolade, honning. Lukter malt og sjokolade. Veldig god Theydon_Bois (20452) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle, from Thornbridge Online, at the mass online Thornbridge/Oakham Tasting of 11/02/14.
Pitch black with a mahoosive dirty tan head - utter filth in fact, this subsided after a few mintutes to leave a covering and edgework, finally ending up as the shape of a scary hedgehog.
Nose is chocolate malt, spice, herbal tang, chocolate biscuits, dark fruits on the turn.
Taste comprises bitter chocolate, earthy hopped backbone, spice, herbal, light shades of that Hungarian Zwak affair a la light creosote, bitter dark fruit rinds.
Medium bodied carbonation is a little prickly but helps this 10% number drink more easily.
So I let this one warm up over an hour or so and it didn’t improve the flavours massively.
Solid for style, drinkable for 10%, but not one I’d rush back to time and again.