ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated 4/1/13. My bottle was from the Nov. 2012 vintage, and was 16.2%. Poured into a tulip.
A: Pours a very dark ruby color. Itís not the thickest looking pour Iíve seen, especially taking its gravity into consideration. The head it an amazing 4 finger mocha shade with retention belying its strength. Thereís even some lacing left on the glass, as well.
S: My first impression of the aroma is how insanely chocolaty it is. Given a chance to open up, it develops a breadier tone, with plummy sweetness being a constant throughout. Iím really impressed how well concealed the alcohol is, too.
T: Initially, chocolate drapes over the palate heavily, before it gives way to notes of yeast and dark fruits. Where it falters is in the finish - itís almost obnoxiously alcoholic (certainly nothing like the nose indicated). It certainly feels like itís every bit of the advertised 16.2%, unlike some massive stouts that do a decent job of hiding the gravity. Actually, itís the lack of impressive depth thatís the real killer here...still, gotta love the chocolate character.
M: It doesnít feature the thick sweetness I half-expected given its 16.2%. Naturally, this helps bring the boozy nature to the forefront. Still, the drinkability is quite reasonable considering everything thatís occurring within the flavor profile.
O: Right now, itís pretty damn harsh and unrefined. But, it has a lot of potential to improve. Given a few years of age, this one could become extremely impressive.
stoutnick (328) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Blind Tiger Ale House, NYC. Black, medium tan foam. Aroma is not particularly interesting - just plenty of dark malt and booze, but pleasant nonetheless. Taste is syrupy - so much stout sludge (completely understandable given 15.4%). Very low carbonation. Slides down, but not overly complex. One note on the flavours - dark malt. As warms mild fruitiness and smokiness comes out as well. Nice mild bitterness on finish. Overall, like this one more than any other extremely alcoholic stout (the over 13 percent division).
Bierkrug (2087) - Garmisch-Partenkirchen (In USA), Bavaria, GERMANY - MAR 12, 2014
1.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
330 ml bottle from the beer store in Pompano Beach Fl. Poured dark, deep brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of some roast malt and a lively hop pine nose. Tastes like cough syrup run through a heavily used bong and then had Pinesol added for flavor. Completely un-enjoyable
_angst_ (2279) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi. Batch 2, 2006 vintage. Pours pitch black with a rather small fizzy dark brown head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is intense, slightly sweet, fruity and oxidized with roasted malts, raisins in rum, bitter chocolate, leather, alcohol, prunes, dates, salty liquorice candy, dark roast coffee, moist soil, red wine, soy sauce and hints of cardboard and hay. Taste is sweet, bitter, tiny sour, malty, fruity and heavily oxidized with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, cardboard, the dust youíll find places you havenít cleaned for ages, prunes, raisins, cheap red wine, moist soil, leather, old stale soy sauce, burnt caramel, charred wood, dark roast coffee, sour cherries, alcohol, sherry and hints of goji berries. Mouthfeel is fat, oily, boozy, round, tiny fruity tart and full bodied. Finish is bitter, tiny sour, malty and fruity with roasted malts, cheap red wine, hay, moist soil, leather, bitter chocolate, raisins, prunes, dark roast coffee, alcohol, sour cherries, burnt caramel and hints of sour cherries. 50% of the sips is awesomely oxidized sherry imperial stout goodness. The other 50% of the sips are an oxidized carboard, leather cheap red wine mess. An exiting experience thanks to the rotting skills of Mr Blursi. Thank you man!
beersighted (43) - - MAR 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Omg! This imperial stout tasted like anise and black licorice. Great body to this pitch black imperial stout.
Sikash (229) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the taphouse pours a nice dark color with a fizzy tan head that lasts a good while. Aroma is nice and sweet malty with roasted coffee notes but not overpowering like the Tweak. You can get some of the boozy aroma on this and is not unoticable. There may be choclate but hard to determine. Flavor is sweet and roasty however you can tell the alcohol in it. This could do well with some aging. You can get the coffee but hard to pick out any chocolate. You definitley get a heavy malt. Mouthfeel is silky and boozy carbonation is average. Overall a solid beer but I think would be amazing with some age.
JoeTheYounger (1122) - Claremont, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 9 Bottle from Bevmo. Aroma is chocolate and booze. Taste is like a boozy chocolate brownie with hints of cherries, coffee, tons of roast and super dark fruits. Great stout especially after dinner.
coachd (13) - Missouri, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Couldnít wait to try this one. With 100 pt. rating and a cost of $8 per bottle ($3 more than BCS) it had a lot to live up to. Appearance is midnight black, thick looking on the pour with a ton of brown foam that sticks to the glass as it goes down. It has an aroma of bourbon/rum, coffee, some coconut, light tobacco, some alcohol. Excellent texture. Silky, low carbonation, long lingering finish. Truly remarkable mouthfeel, 5+. The taste was a little simple at first, but everything suggested in the aroma opens up with the aftertaste. I like to taste the alcohol in my imperial stouts, and this one does not lack in that category. The overall taste is like pouring a healthy shot of really good whiskey into some good, expensive coffee. Not sure if itís worth $8 for a 12-oz. bottle, but very good.
koleminer20 (348) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle shared at a tasting on February 17. Batch 07. The pour is a viscous, thick black, almost like a used motor oil. There is a dark tan head, with a gorgeous lace thatís left as you move through the beer. The nose is huge bourbon. There is also some strong vanilla presence, along with some licorice and malt. The flavor is a little more toned down, with some of the focus deterring to the licorice, vanilla and malt. The mouth feel is thick, oily, and the aftertaste moves through to a stinging bourbon finish. Very solid. I canít wait to see how it is after a little more age on it.
Brouwerij (849) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Avery, Batch 9. Pours dark brown with thin light brown head, minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted, chocolate, caramel, very sweet, fruity, plum. Flavor is sweet, fruity, with a big roasted, chocolate, sweet finish. Good masking of alcohol, very rich. Soft carbonation, medium-full body, and smooth texture.
olr1984 (858) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 12oz bottle pours a dark black with a tan head. Big chocolate and bitter malt taste. As it warms the alcohol taste drops off.