hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... O-Town Pre-RBSG 07... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. Decent retention... ok, enough about the looks; let’s dig in! First off, the ethanol wafting from the wide-rimmed glass stings my eyes as I’m engulfed in an intoxicating, complex swirl of esters and phenols; malts and hops. A vinous, dark-spicy cloud surrounds me. Notes of port wine, tobacco, rawhide and smoked French oak with undertones of cocoa, horse blanket funk, dark raisins, dried plums and charcoal. The flavor make a U-Turn on the road toward complexity and instead, virtually screams chocolate, whiskey and hop bitterness. Overall – moderate lactic acidity, medium port sweetness and heavy, tannic, ashy bitterness. Full-bodied and velvety with adequate carbonation. Lengthy, astringent, almost-violently-bitter, bone-dry finish. Very, very warming! I tried, but couldn’t describe my experience in fifty words or less. Thanks so much, Boboski, for sharing this world-class beer with me. A great friend and ambassador/proponent of the brewing arts!
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old notes from DØE Valby 07. Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and liquorish. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee and liqourish. Light alcohol.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A special treat from the brewers private cellar. Thanks alot for the chance to taste this black X. The pour is realy black and almost oily with s very dark brown head. I dont recal I have seen a darker head than this. The nose is packed with laqurice, brown sugar and alcohol mixed up with a vinoes and sweet side. There is some vanilla, som oak and something that reminds me of oil from a ferrys machineroom.
The taste is enourmous - so huge that it fills up every little part of your mouth. There are some sweet chocolate, cinamon, burned malts, coffee and dried fruits. The palate is picking and sticky. In the finish therede is a balanced sweetness and bitterness with notes of cherrys.. Excelent.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - MAY 28, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at DØE Beerfestival 2007, Valby. Pours a black beer with a beige/lightbrown head. The aroma is roasted with licorice, port and prunes. The flavor is sweet and roasted with chocolate, licorice, port and dried fruits. The palate is roasted. Really nice and drinkable Imperial Stout.
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the WLV tasting. I agree with 17th that this was a wonderful and delicious treat. Perhaps I was a bit toasty by the time this one came out, but I definately found to be better than what the rest of the chi-town crew are giving it. So it goes I suppose. Deep black pour with very little in the way of head. Aromas were very unusual. Chocolate, coffee, soy sauce, some very herbacious notes, licorice. I could keep my nose over this all day. Flavors folow suite, roasty, chocolate, soy, some other elements that are hard to define... especially cause I lost my notes from that day :*( I agree that there wasnt a strong or rather identifiable brett character, though I’m not sure what it would be like in a 15% stout anyway. In any case I am very glad to have been able to try this rare treat and am very much looking forwarf to trying the barrel aged version this summer ;)
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 Shared at WLV liquors... Thank you Ted for keeping this one for so long! Out of the 30 beers we tasted this day this one stood out the most... and in a good way regardless of what these others say on here =p shame shame. Strong varnish aroma, spicy, nutty and some plums. Pours very dark brown. Sweet raisin, plum and cherry flavors, some chocolate and soy as well.
pantanap (3350) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
huge thanks to the folks at wlv who shared this rare gem. . a dark brown our almost black with no head whatsoever.... ghastly aroma of sour, spoiled vegetables and soy which i couldn’t quite stand.... flavors didn’t help out at all either. sweet, sour, chocolate, seaweed, spoiled vegetables which was difficult to keep down.....this one garnered a wide variety of reactions. some liked it and found it very unique. i thought that it was pretty different in a bad way. my facial reaction really showed it all. i’m glad i don’t have a picture of it. i’m hoping that i can attribute this to a poorly mishandled bottle.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 bottle. pours black with no head. an odd aroma, extremely vegetal, soy, and some chemical i can’t put my finger on, there seems to be some cherry notes in there as well. flavors are chocolatey, soy, and herbs. perhaps this has aged horribly. i didn’t get any brett either. alcohol was pretty well hidden for 15% but this is just a mess of a beer. in the end pantanap’s face and the instant almost depressive episode afterwards gave the best review of this beer. cheer up bud, you’ll be drinking M soon I thought.
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2008
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled by bottle at West Lake View Tasting. So I was really excited the good people at WLV decided to open this one up for this generous tasting. But I was blown away (in the opposite direction) by this one. Pours brown black with no head. This nose says this beer had bottling problems or was seriously abused by heat. Vegetables, soy sauce, and fresh hops before they are even thrown in the boil. Sweet flavors. Chocolate, roasted malts, and booze. Full chunky body. Touch of alcohol with a harsh and nearly unbearable soy sauce. What’s goin on here? No brett detected and its kinda the let down of the year. Terrible.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Copenhagen Beerfestival 2007. Pitch black colour with a white head. Aroma of sweetness, roastedness and vanilla. Also flavour of roastedness, vanilla, chocolate, sweetness and with a strong alcoholic finish. I would like to taste this beer again after cellered a couple of years.