TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml btl @ Galbraith’s, batch 18. Deep mahogany pour with a brief, short tan head leaving light, geographic lace. Nose of dark fruit, chocolate and ethanol - hinting at the serious drink you’re about to imbibe. Heavy body and moderate, fine carbonation. Chocolate, prunes, licorice, cherries and a mild woodiness that adds umami to the body. Some alcohol burn betrays the high ABV. Finish is sweet, tart, bitter and even more woody, yielding a lovely smootness. Reminds me of the Nogne Imperial Stout - outstanding!
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[8387-20160529] Bottle, 2011. Dark roasted plum dates and toasted burnt woody grains aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Richly roasted burnt woody toffee and caramel and Tootsie Roll flavour with a long-lasting roasted aftertaste. Full body is rich and complex and very smooth. Lovely, lovely stout. (9/4-/9/5/17) 4.4
(@ Goldings, Wellington, NZ)
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2016-05-29. Black body, small tan head. 3+ Aroma has big dark malt character, sort of tangy fruity barrel character. Flavour is big, lightly tangy, barrel notes, lingering bourbon like character (but there isn’t any bourbon in it...) I assume it’s how my brain interprets the alcohol and the jaggery sugar and dark malt, light roasty malt. 7+ Average plus bodied palate, moderate carbonation. Alcohol is present but remarkably restrained considering the abv. I suspect I would have either liked this a bit more or a lot less when it was younger. 7/3-4/7/3/16-17 Vintage 2011 bottle at Goldings, Wellington, NZ.
DeliriumT (491) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 4, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like an oil slick... Thick, dark, delicious. Aroma of toffee, mocha, plums, rum, sherry and dates. Flavour is predominantly sweet and sour up front, cloyingly sweet in the middle and bitter at the back. Such a depth and complexity of flavours that keep coming and coming
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Koelschtrinker (17283) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 22, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Der malzige Beginn überzeugt mit klarem hintergründigem Kaffeearoma. Etwas bitter, spritzig, gleichzeitig holzig und hopfig. Cremig, süffig, mittellanger, fast nebensächlicher Nachhall. Schwer zu trennende Aromen. 9/11/12/12/10/11
Dodgrblu (731) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
16.9 ounce bottle, aged 5 years, barrel aroma, coffee bitterness, thin, disappearing head.
beer-yum (1334) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Prominent licorice aroma in a jet black pour. Complex taste with hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and licorice/aniseed all made subtle by the barrel aging. An excellent brew that lives up to its reputation.
MacBoost (1744) - Penfield, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle chugged in under a minute. Oaky, thick, roasty, barreled. Deep. Chewy. Nice.
Karstenborg (786) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black colour with a big lon lasting off-white head. Aroma is coffee, caramel and licorice. Taste is malt, licorice and toffee.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Jet black pour with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malta, coffee, cocoa, oak, and molasses. Flavor is similar. Nice balance of roasted, bitter notes and complimenting sweetness. Abv is hidden very well. Very respectable.
slowrunner77 (10088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Re-done as Batch 31. Drinks smaller than the abv implies - defibitely not a sugar bomb, which is nice. Ample roast right from the get go, and plenty of bitterness, some from the hops, some from the cofee. At first it’s a little rough around the edges. The combo of hops and the fresh beans (which seemed a bit young) make it a bit of a green beer...but it calms down nicely and the better parts of the coffee come out eventually. Not elite, but solid."