Shag (2655) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A black apperance with a nice tan head. The aroma contains a bit of alcohol along with some chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and licorice. Some smoke up in the nose. The flavor is quite sweet and warming. It contains some chocolate, coffee, raisins, licorice, and molasses. My only complaint is the alcohol is very apparent. The finish is somewhat bitter. Overall a nice dessert beer!
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 Bottle shared by miketd at lb4lb’s tasting. Poured an opaque black color with a thin beige head that receded to a ring. Aroma of chocolate, some roast, and some dark fruit and alcohol. Flavor consists of dry, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt with light coffee hints, a light undertone o dark fruit and a sharp, bitter finish that didn’t fit the beer very well. Full, but chalky and dry mouthfeel that was offset by a bitter finish. Decent, the finish just didn’t work for me.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A big, very big fruity sticky Imperial Stout. Very good.
How: Bottle (500ml?), shared by tertons with sunevdj and I. Age of bottle unknown but this was almost one year after the beer release (only one batch?). Thanks a lot Nelson!
The look: Bladk body with a long-lasting medium tan head.
In long: Last beer of night, minimal notes. Very sticky body, alcohol apparent, very fruity (all kinds of dark fruits), distant chocolate, medium-high sweetness level. More assertive hops for a better balance and we’d have something here. Still very good. I’m surprised by the very high ratings on this one. I’m not saying the beer didn’t meet my expectations, nor am I saying that it surpassed my expectations, actually I had no idea this beer even existed until it was poured into my glass.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an oily opaque with a frothy, well-lacing light brown head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and chocolate with some alcohol and dark fruity complexity. Body starts fairly full and sweet with some earthy smoky dark malty notes and some raisins before a drier, warming, roasty finish. Even though its retired, this could still use a lot of again to damp some of the alcohol notes.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is molasses, caramel, roast, chocolate, brown sugar, and some alcohol. Flavor is malty, caramel, molasses, coffee, roast, chocolate, and a slightly alcoholic finish.
zathrus13 (1733) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, with a rather large, brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Flavor is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and some hops. Nice, but not quite in the upper tier of impy stouts.
SvendNielsen (11) - DENMARK - MAY 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dejlig dejlig øl. Flot skum og farve. Elsker simpelhen denne smag og duft, meget frugt! Tak for en god øl.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 A tall, impressive chocolate head resting on a sinful black opaque body. Smells like my favorite beverage ; roast, bitter chocolate, inviting malty sweetness, floral, fruity and citric hops.Taste is roasted malty with coffe and chocolate, and has a broad variety of fruity tones. Some gentle but distinct bittering hops is there to balance. Fat body. A fantastic beer, thanks Yngwie.
akevitt (97) - Valhalla, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Yesper, JK, hellomynameis. The beer was opaque black with brownish head. It poured like motor oil. Mild hops, burnt malt, coffee, chocolate, and alcohol were present in the aroma and flavor.
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 5 bottle shared with Justin...4/12 in c-bad. Thanks a lot to the UGH----SMASH for sending this my way many months ago. This beer is just SICK!!!
This stout really blew me away, expectations surpassed by a longshot. At least a year on it as this was just retired. Just a picture perfect appearance, almost a joke how appetizing this looked - really should get a 6 - fat, fat, fat, sticky, coating the sides of the glass. Looked like a darker step child of a westy. Nose was a bucket full of mesmerizing milk chocolate, vanilla, & assorted nuts. Flavor showed bittersweet dark chocolate, a dash of oatmeal, and a HUGE and lengthy roasted character. The mouthfeel on this beer was silly big - as full bodied as you can possibly imagine...really unbelievable - this matches the big bodied appearance. Finish is longggg, bitter, dry, roasty, and flat out amazing. This beer manages to stay huge without becoming too much. One of the more enjoyable beers in recent memory - while it stays pretty straightforward in the big picture, what it does it does very very well ... damn!