yidi (20) - okemos, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown color with head, great lace. Dark chocolate and coffee smells. And dar chocolate and coffee tasted.
SpongeRuiner (576) - Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
This pours a very dark oily black. A foamy thick chocolate head that leaves a film layer once it settles. A big chocolate and coffee aroma. The chocolate comes out even more as it warms. The taste is a big chocolate and coffee mix. Really good stuff.
GraveAtSea (132) - Lublin, POLAND - APR 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black body, with ruby reflections. Brown, medium foam. Wonderfull, complex and lovely aroma. Roasted dark malts, dark chocolate, coffee, cherries in liqueur, grain coffee, dried fruits, dark fruits, roasted fruits, caramel, liqueur, alcohol. Just perfect! Taste is similar to aroma. Complex, multidimensional. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, liqueur, cocoa, alkohol, plums and cherries in liqueur, coffee liqueur. Long, warming finish. Full body with low carbonation. Oily, thick texture. Very very good Imperial Stout, perfect for aging.
Aaron68 (492) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle shared with guest and friend @ "Bru Bar Vulkan", Oslo.
April 18, 2014
Beer enjoyed from a tulip glass
Thick and a bit oily black beer with a thin brown head and almost free from carbonation.
Aroma is sweetness in my nose,coffee,soy sauce,dark chocolate,alcohol,malt and dark sugar.
Tastes a bit sweet with roasted coffee and sweet soy sauce feeling.
Tiny touch of the high ABV.
A good Imperial Stout, but i prefer stouts from Hoppin Frog,Lervig Konrad and NÝgne ō.
edwardbass (424) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by a fellow beer geek in the office. Very, very dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, booze and coffee and is quite intense. The taste is even more complex than the aroma - a bit of a sour note from the booze, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, malty caramel and sugar. Very yummy, and the high ABV isnít obvious. Itís got a medium body with light-ish carbonation and has a pleasantly sticky, oily mouthfeel. A world class stout, without question.
MrHangover (2147) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thnx to bytemesis. Pours a very dark, almost black beer with a regular sized, beige head on top. Aroma has massive coffee, big roast and loads of sugary notes. Really big and heavy aroma. Flavor is bittersweet, with touches of both coffee and sugar. Alcohol is detected but not disturbing. Mouthfeel is pleasant and soft, low carbonation going on and a long, sweet aftertaste. Nice complexity hidden inside this beer. Very nice example of the style and this beer is great for all the different treatments it has gotten over time. Canít wait to try them all!
Ericular (496) - Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Considered saving this for #500, but it doesnít need any more hype than it already has. Pours a dark brown, dense and opaque, with a nice tan head that is healthy and audible, fading quickly to a cola-like fizzy ring. Aroma is chocolate, leather, coffee, sweet, vinous dark fruits. Taste is chocolate and coffee up front, into a drier, bitter, cocoa middle, then into salty soy which fades in the finish into a superb roasted caramel malt and chocolaty red wine aftertaste. Palate is velvety smooth, creamy, and chewy in the end. Where is the 12%?! This goes down very easy. Strange nutmeg quality that keeps it earthy and grounded. Well done.
hockeybeerguy (917) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a one finger tan foamy head that dies within thirty seconds maintains a slightly thick lacing.
The smell had roasted coffee up front, raisin tries to come in fairly strong along with the coffee, but mainly stays just a tad behind, black licorice also tries to power its way through, but is just a tad more subdued then the other two aromas, for the most part Iím impressed how all three are coming through as powerful as they are.
The taste was a dry roasty coffee, slightly sweet through the raisins and leaves a dry roasty yet also kinda toasty sort of coffee aftertaste, dry bitter coffee finish.
On the palate, it sat at/about a medium to heavy, actually probably closer to heavy, sessionable - not really but makes a good sipper. Carbonation seems to be good for the style and for me - dry and slightly smooth, coffee-like coating the tongue and mouth.
Overall, wow, this is a pretty good American Double / Imperial Stout, for as fresh as Iím having this and not really detecting much booze and then looking at the ABV level, Iím actually fairly interested in trying this one aged if I ever see it again.
arnold931 (204) - Iowa, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. One of the best! Pours pitch black with a brown head. The nose is lots of coffee. You pick up some of the 12% in the flavor but overall it is great.
auee92 (8) - Lawrenceville, USA - APR 10, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: chocolate covered cherries, coffee, cigar
Appearance: black, one inch frothy tan foam head
Taste: medium sweetness up front, and a very bitter, lightly sour aftertaste
Palate: medium body, thin oily slick feel, lively carbonation, beautifully bitter finish
Overall: Brilliant stout. Very, very good.