RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a dark brown head. Molasses and dark chocolate liqueur aroma. Dry chocolate, black coffee, light tar and leather flavor. Very complex yet subtle. Superb.
Ratman197 (11074) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle poured a translucent deep dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromasof roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee and licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, licorice and light coffee with a smooth lingering roasty bitter finish. Alcohol is not noticable at all, amazing for the ABV.
blankboy (6514) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Batch No 115, best before 07/2013. Pours black with a large lasting fluffy light-brown head. Lovely dry roasty aroma with lots of hops, coffee and chocolate. Flavour’s delicious! Roasted malt, green hops, dark chocolate, coffee and a huge dry bitter finish. Alcohol’s fairly well hidden. Full bodied. Simply put: Fantastic!
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - APR 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz bottle. Pours a deep black with a big puffy dark brown head. Densely packed with huge duration. Nose is some dark raisin, moderate coffee roast and alot of burnt caramel. Flavor is deeply caramelized sugar, bitter dark chocolate. Chocolate covered raisins and perhaps even some figs in the middle and a coffee like roasted malt with hints of chocolate and vanilla finishes out. Complex and good but lacking any sort of standout wow factor of some of the best imperial stouts. Still a terrific beer and far better than most attempts at the style.
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A black colored beer, with an almost brown, thick foamy head. The aroma of roasted malts, with coffee and chocolate. Some sweets of dark fruits. The taste of pure chocolate with coffee, roasted malts. Some sweets of prunes, with a little spices. The aftertaste is dry, with bitter and chocolate. A wonderful beer.
pepsican (1520) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black pour with a big tan head. Aroma of anise and espresso. Flavor was heavy chocolate, espresso, anise, roasted malts, and rooty vegetables. Long bitter and boozy finish.
JPDIPSO (5038) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
No. 300 - "Big Beer". Near black color with a very tall, shiny, tiny tan bubbled head. Very lasting head. Dark chocolate, mild licorice, roasted malt, dark candi, viennese coffee all come together for a very pleasant aroma. Fairly light, but smooth and rich in feel. Initial fairly sharp flavors with anise, and grapefruit zest. Dark chocolate, dark malt and coffee are there but don’t grandstand. Lightly acidic black malt i the finish and linger. Alcohol is not to be found, or perhaps there is a bit of ouzo to this one. Quite dry in the finish and linger. A touch of charred malt wanders lonely about. It doesn’t seem to hold my attention all the way to the end, but a nice stout nonetheless.
TimE (4059) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge dark fruit, dark chocolate beer with surprisingly little roasted character. Wish I had taken better notes
RangledeFreak (24) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap.black/brown colour with small dense tan-coloured head. The aroma is roasty coffee, slight chocolate. Flavour coffee and liquorice with sweet-bitter aftertaste.
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - APR 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ona tap at Ørsted.
Pours dark brown with a medium dense light brown head. Aroma is lot of coffee, chocolate and liquorice with notes of tar and malt. Flavor is liquorice, roasted malt and coffee with a soft bitter aftertaste.