Hermod (8062) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2013
33cl bottle, BB 26 MAY 14. Pours near black with a thin, lasting beige head. Tropical sweet fruity hoppy aroma, pineapples, kiwi with some milk chocolate notes. Flavor has roasted malt, hops, chocolate and grapefruit. Strong coffee and hops in the long finish. High drink-ability, medium to full bodied. Good BIPA, nice contrast between aroma and flavor. Beese (2937) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2013
Bottle from the Chesham Brewery Shop. Poured a very dark ruby with a thin tan head. Aroma of liquorice, black cherries and black treacle. Initial flavours of molasses, dark fruit and pine hops. Palate is burnt sugar, liquorice, roast malt and orange peal. Nice imperial variant on the highly quaffable original. Geiserich (4532) - Linz, AUSTRIA - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle: Aroma of licorice, malt and hops. Black color, brownish head. Flavor is malty, light roasty, notes of dark fruits/berries, toffee, dark chocolate, pleasant hoppy with notes of cascade hops. Medium, hop bitter finish with some roasted malt notes. Camons (12680) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle @ Christers. Pours dark brown with small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, hops, citrus, grapefruit. Flavor is malts, chocolale, rich hops, citrus, pine, grapefruit. Medium body, average carbonation, bitter finish. 010813 chrisv10 (17795) - DENMARK - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle. Very dark brown with small tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hops and caramel. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, medium sweet, hops, pine, little grapefruit and quite bitter.
Rasmus40 (21343) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2013
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear very dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasted malt and rather hoppy - pine and citrus. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 010813 zvikar (6198) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks tomer. Pours brown to black with a beige head, aroma of chocolate, nuts, flavor is smoked with some sausage and malt, medium bodied brontebeach (184) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2013
Bottle. This beer pleasantly surprised me. Pours a nice viscous black with a good initial head. Aromatic nose and balanced and smooth in the mouth. Good chocolate and coffee flavours with hints of vanilla and spice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Mortlach (2355) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 11, 2013
11/07/2013 330ml bottle (thanks Theydon:Bois!) shared @ Ma che siete venuti a fà. Bruna, riflessi mogano, schiuma quasi nulla, poco persistente. Al naso sentori di malti tostati, luppolo, note erbacee, diacetile, forse leggero lattico. In bocca è sporca, malti tostati, luppolo, corpo medio-pieno, consistenza eccessiva. Non in perfette condizioni, peccato. BlackHaddock (7416) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2013
Once I’d added all my beery bits on RateBeer I was really surprised to find I had no records of drinking a beer from the county of Berkshire: today I rectify that omission, thanks to Colin for helping.
Rightly or wrongly I’m pouring my 330ml bottle (BBD 26 May 2014) into a Forbidden Fruit chalice at home on 10 Jul 2013.
It looked OK: bright sunlight always helps. Dark with a tanned collar and wisp, no head even tried to appear. A pity, because I always think a good head on top of a beer indicates good conditioning and a healthy product. In this case however the lack of head is made up for in the aroma and flavours.
Lovely aroma of rich over roasted ground coffee with chilli chocolate bits in the mix.
The taste is also over roasted coffee with deep, bitter chocolate notes throughout.
Lovely brew, only the head let it down: rich and full of flavour.