amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Roasted malt aroma with notes of molases. Large bubble head. Ruddy brown liquid. Flavor is burnt toast and a little coffee. Very smooth but still not very pleasing. Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2005
So, I opened this and poured it and then sat down and clicked on a few links here including the one for the brewery. I absent-mindedly took a sip and set it down. A few moments later I was overwhelmed and realized that I’d just tried it. Wow, we’re off to a great start here!
Pours a dark brown color with not much head and no lacing. Eh.
Aroma is of dark fruits and complex: light on the raisins, some cherries...
Flavor grows on you. I mean, it starts out good, but then gets better. Serious cherry flavor, some oak (?), very peaty with a lot of very complex fruits floating around. I’m very impressed.
Palate is a bit more thin than I would of liked, but you know, it just fits the beer. It leaves a nice presence on the tongue. Overall, if you haven’t had this yet, you really need to try it. Excellently done. Egon (478) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2006
Pours a black beer with a nice white foam. A complex, medium bitter flavour and a long dry finish. Hard to find anything special taste, it simply tastes good. I really liked this beer! ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2009
Serving date: 2009-05-14. Served in snifter.
Dark brown with big ruby hues. A 2 cm light-beige creamy head that settles after a while. Nice lacings.
A nice and big smell of malts, brown sugar, some chocolate and some coffee. Plenty of prominent fruity aromas. Some spices. Faint hint of alcohol. A very nice smell with plenty of depth.
Plenty of malts with a dense and sweet character in the mouth. The malts has a slight caramel-like character, but even more so of candy sugar and brown sugar. Fudge and notes of chocolate. Tasty vinous fruits (cherries, blackberries). In the finish there is notes of wood, dry coffee notes, spicy alcohol and some herbs.
Rather full-bodied, soft and creamy texture. Well balanced carbonation.
A very tasty beer with rich aromas. Rather complex and well balanced. Has somewhat of a sophisticated expression.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review) kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2004
A small off white head on a dark mahogany body, some lacing present. ARoma consists largely of malt and alcohol. Flavor is intensly malty but supprisingly complex and fairly balanced. Initial sweet taste ends in a dryer finish witn noticable bitterness. I expected this to be quite cloying based on the aroma but was presently supprised to see tht this was not the case with this brew. Palate is fairly substantial and velvety. A nice beer.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
The first thing I noticed about this beer was the ugly color - it poured a deep brown that seemed to be tinted with almost a green color. The head was unattractive too - kind of a sickly brown in color. The aroma was unenjoyable also - stale, musty (but not oxidized). The flavor was even worse. There didn't seem to be any obvious infection or oxidation problem - it just tasted old, grungy and bad. Maybe I need to try this one again - if it's better, I'll update the review.
Beltramelli (470) - Campinas, BRAZIL - SEP 18, 2007
Coloração vermelho-escuro, creme bege pouco denso e consistente. Aroma de grelhado. No paladar, uma boa surpresa. Parece uma Stout (café e chocolate), mas é BEM refrescante. LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Very fruity aroma with a heavy overtone of alcohol.Fruit flavor followed by malt for taste. frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 14, 2004
Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissolving head. Quite a malty nose with notes of caramel and toffee. The flavour was malty as well with caramel notes. The alcohol, even though it was only 7.2, was quite noticeable, however if I was to drink a few of these I don’t think I’d care much. Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUN 30, 2008
Thanks to ghawener. Drank it during the Eurocup Final 2008. I really liked this, a great surprise. Pours a dark amber with nice creamy head. Medium bodied, spicy, very rum like. Complex, and the alcohol goes pretty much unnoticed. Would like to drink again.