Derek881 (1006) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally tried this beer poured from a large bottle purchased in San Diego into a small beer-tasting glass. The beer had a thick, syrupy, viscous black body with an average-sized, creamy, dark tan had with tons of cling, great lacing and good retention. The beer had a strong coffee hops aroma with roasty chocolate and caramel malt notes, along with a lighter earthy and grainy hops blend with touches of molasses. Its taste had a rich malty coffee effect with a light sweetness, and a mostly-bitter after-effect with a presence of alcohol and touches of roasted chocolate and caramel. The body had a syrupy texture and was very thick with a filling mouthfeel, low carbonation, and was quite intense and dense with a heavy body. Great beer, shared over Colonia Nights.
tfredvik (1108) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another overrated US hype? Let me tear it to pieces... It pours a viscous-looking, black body with a long-lived, medium brown head, ok lacing. The aroma is strong and simply amazing: it has the perfect balance between dark roasted malt with accompanying coffee notes and sweeter and more gentle notes of sweet caramel and chocolate. Also bark and ash in the back. Very strong flavour of coffee that dries up the finish. Dark roasted notes and chocolate, vanilla in the back and hints of leather. The alcohol is very well integrated. The taste is a bit less sweet than most imperial stouts, the long-lasting finish is heavy bitter. Full body, oily to dry texture, soft carbonation. This is definitely on my top 3 ever!
[75 cl bottle shared at home with Svensenga Smak & Behag, enjoyed 15 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
jbarty91 (9) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is probably the best beer I’ve ever had. A: is, chocolate, coffee , toffee. Ap.: pitch black with small tan head. T: chocolate, coffee, malt, toffee. P: sticky and just stays with, chocolate, roasty goodness. O: I would say this is the single best beer I’ve ever had.
joes (89) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (old rating). Black beer, brown head. No idea whether it’s hazy or clear. Heavy aroma of black coffee, with hint of sweet/sour soy-sauce and some (dutch) ’vetkrijt’. Initially sweet and bitter are in balance, but the bitterness increases quickly and ends in a roasty aftertaste with coffee, licorice and that soysauce-like umami taste. And alcohol, of course.
dlbeer (775) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Smells of dark malts, coffee and slight chocolate. Tastes of chocolate with a coffee and alcohol finish. Very well balanced stout.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Maris (983) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a 750ml bottle on 25/8/2014. Pours close to black with a medium tan head. Has a strong, quite sharp aroma of caramel, coffee, dark fruit and a touch of booze. While pleasant, the nose doesn’t scream necessarily scream ’world beater’. Thankfully, the flavour does. This is a sweet luscious beast where chocolate, both milk and dark, ultimately hold sway. But there is so much more going on in the background, with the coffee very noticeable, along with caramel, vanilla, a hint of toffee, and dates, raisins and plums. While a real sweet, dessert like experience overall, the bitterness is also present in spades, with both roasty and hoppy notes in the mix. The palate is sensational - creamy, velvety and lovely with soft carbonation. Ridiculously easy to drink for 12%, this is just a magnificent drop. Behind only Peche Mortel in terms of impys for mine, and only just. You know you’ve had something really special when you pay $35 for a bottle of beer and feel like it’s terrific value.
Zekada (114) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a friend. Deep vanilla and coffee aroma, smells very good. Pours black with a medium brown head. Taste has coffee, vanilla and chocolates together wit some roasted malts. The palate is deep and oily. Overall a really nice beer which definitely lives up to the hype.
SupperHopped (9) - - AUG 23, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Legit good amazing holy cow this is good. So great as it warms up. Drink this at about 50 degrees F.
alkolas510 (606) - SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
kolsvart med mellanstort ljusbrunt skum. Doftar kaffe och choklad! Väldigt rund och massor med kaffe och choklad! ! Lite alkohol. Från 2011 och riktigt bra!
ibrubeer (92) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Champagne bottle. Wonderful aroma of coffee & malt. Hey black color with a tan head that fades quickly. Flavor is lots of coffee, malt, & roast. Very full bodied. Wonderful beer!
Nocturne (775) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Black or very dark brown with a foamy light brown head. Aroma seems pretty shy when awoken from slumber, but some coffee notes start to come forth, with dark malts and caramel behind. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, distinct but by no means overpowering coffee accent, and a minor hint of fruit. High marks for integrating the coffee so seamlessly. Superbly poised mouthfeel, thick but not cloying, and extremely drinkable for the strength. Great stuff.