ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a blend of Amager Bryghus’ Hr. Frederiksen and Mikkeller’s Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, called "Væsal Brunch Weasel" at ChurchKey. The keg in particular was 30% nitrogenated, as well. 4 oz. served into a tasting snifter. From notes.
A: Pours a damned near pitch black color. The head is a gorgeous one finger tan shade with fantastic texturing, fantastic duration, and fantastic lacing. I can only imagine what a full serving would look like - even in this dinky serving, it’s one of the prettiest imperial stouts I’ve ever witnessed.
S: There actually isn’t too much on the nose. I note roasted barley, subtle coffee, and cocoa powder in particular. This kind of aroma doesn’t seem to justify an 8 score, but the way it meshes together just boggles the mind. It’s like some warped, insane version of a dry stout brewed by angry Vikings ready to plunder America.
T: It opens with some light cocoa powder (as opposed to sweet, fudgy chocolate), transitioning into a coffee midtaste and a soft roasted finish. Where this succeeds isn’t the complexity - it’s in the top-caliber balance between the handful of flavors featured here. As a pure coffee stout, I wouldn’t put in with, say, FBS: this is a different beast entirely, where the coffee quality is a subtle note packed into a big-ass dry stout.
M: This one is beautifully dry on the back end. Think Guinness sans any watery notes, and about 2.5 times stronger without really telling the palate that. This and, incidentally enough, the taster of Black Albert I had earlier in the day, are just about the only imperial stouts I could ever call ’refreshing’.
O: Holy fuck. This is something I could drink all damn day for the rest of my life. What it lacks slightly in complexity it MORE than makes up for in ease of drinkability. Seriously, this is an amazing blend...if only it weren’t so damn pricey. If only...
yiannnos (846) - , CYPRUS - AUG 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colour. Coffee, molases, dark fruit. Thick bodied, sweet, bitter finish.
high_on_hops (610) - Burlingame, California, USA - AUG 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Mikkeller SF. Pours a solid black with a foamy brown head. It has a rich aroma of coffee and baking chocolate. The flavor is malty chocolate up front quickly leading to a strong, bitter coffee finish.
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TheEpeeist (3317) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz bottle, Keith Shore label. Dark brown with a spongy tan head. Nose is molasses, coffee with cream and woody oats. Silky medium body with a tang and a tickle. Taste is oatmeal and coffee, hints of black grapes and brown sugar. Finishes with inky dark roast.
Shark_Pants (162) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a small beige head. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Nice and rich. Taste is also really rich, lots of chocolate, quality espresso with cream. Really strong on the coffee. Quite sweet initially but transitions quite starkly to strong bitterness in the finish. Nice slick and creamy full bodied mouthfeel. Great imperial stout.
Kimmelman (5) - - JUL 19, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Never had this before. Pretty great stout from Valley Beverage in Sherman Oaks.
Marheb (1997) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mélasse, charbon, tabac, petits fruits, beignes au chocolat dans un corps moyen riche avec une bonne finale torréfiée. Très facile à boire malgré la richesse des saveurs.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1843) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Regular vs. Double Coffee Edition: The Double Coffee was limited to 200 bottles and I picked it up at Mikkeller & Friends last year. The regular was picked up by Brian at Asahiya. Drunk at a mini-tasting in Kobe. Served in a snifter. Very dark brown, thin beige head that dissipates fast. Umami, soft cocoa powder, some booziness, maybe vanilla? Medium verging on full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Boozy, roast coffee, chocolate, savoury, a bit of fruitiness. More coffee and chocolate than I recall from the normal beer geek brunch weasel. DOUBLE WEASEL (double coffee) More coffee in the nose, very soft, umami, less booziness in the nose. Full soft round mouthfeel, more carbonation both bottles are roughly the same age but the wax has helped retain the CO2. The taste is savoury, chocolate, bitter rich coffee - tastier in my opinion. The double would be 4.2 or so. Both are excellent, but I think the normal beer geek weasel wowed me more.
CanIHave4Beers (3209) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an inky black with a decently large head and nice lacing on the glass.
Aroma is ashy and espresso like with some plum & woodiness.
The flavor is very roasty & bitter which balances out it’s sweetness very well. The primary flavors are pretty munch espresso & dark chocolate. There are some light dark fruit notes, a touch of earthy woodiness & a little blackberry. Generally it’s pretty damn roasty and stout though, and that’s just fine. The alcohol is big, but works nicely in a "warming" fashion here as opposed to being forward and boozy.
A nice beer.
hackobock (1282) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a dense brown a bit fizzy head. Aroma is dominated by coffee, some dark roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, a light bitter metallic note.Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter roasted coffee. Smooth medium body and soft carbonation.
budznsudz (554) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUN 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is fucking delicious. I will not describe it, the taste speaks for itself!