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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
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Review by tavernjef on 09/30/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2010
Black lustered body with one gorgeous cap of super smooth, fluffy, and tall light tanned foam. The huge froth stays present for length before finally fading to keep an impressive quarter inch of smoothed over foam the entire session. The lacing is patchy with globby strings.

Aroma is boldly dark and borderline tarry with a deep molasses draw mixing with a slimming dark fruityness. Notes of a sharp soured yeastyness, black licorice, anise, and chocolate dust make for nice extras. The chocolate picks up more as it sits.

Taste is quite nice; full and lively with dark yet fruity flavors and roasted tidbits of tang thrown into the finish. Figgy, plummy, and whispings of currants, dark orange, prunes, and carob all make nice little spicings and nuances across the palate. Alot of complexity in the flavor department with this one. Keeps a solid malty dark candied tang the whole way through, middle adds a partial stop in yeasty sourness adding to, and leading into the finishing areas with a tad bit of roastyness with a bittering coffee and chocolate backdrop that's just noticeable enough. Nice!

Feel is fairly full upfront and into the middle, only teetering slightly and fading softly into the finish with a delicate texture and body. Well carbonated and active. A fun ride and treat.

Drinkability is only hampered a bit for me from the yeasty sourness that plays out a bit to much in the middle areas for a full quaffing experience. Other then that this is a very soild beer and a nice treat to wrap yourself up in at the end of a long day.

Served In: Goblet

Review by Oxymoron on 09/16/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 8 15 4 7 2009
Foreigners can be so tricky. Pours a midnight shade of black with a light brown hue throughout. A slight viscous appearance when swirled. A darker tan color head with ample head. Decent retention and lacing through the tasting.

The nose is a bit of a mixed bag. The malt is represented with a chocolate toffee note but there is a weird coffee note that has a noticeable stale quality to it. Some nice malty notes blend well with it but still distinct. Almost cardboardy but not really. Some noticeable esters with nutty and rose peddles. A light yeasty aroma and a almond like note in the end.

The taste is similar. The malt is toned down a bit versus the nose. But chocolate and roast come out with a slight astringent bite at the end. A good malt backing but there is that off note again that has more of a metallic/blood like taste. Is a bit of a distraction from a pretty tasty beer. The yeast backs off versus the nose, would like a less. But some plums and figs. Rose peddles again.

The body is moderate and a little milky leaving it lacking a bit. Just a touch though. Overall some really nice malt note but a big deterrent in the metallic/oxidation notes in the nose and taste.

Served In: Bottle

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