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.
Palme (3237) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.355l bottle 2012 model from my Secret Santa, bytemensis. Huge thanks! Looks really good in the glass this one. A really jet oily black pour on this one and it has a nice thick lacing deep dark espresso brown head. Itís super toasty and roasted on the nose. A lot of espresso and cocoa powder with both sweet superb dark chocolate and some wood tones. I ALSO get traces of honey here. Lovely lovely. So much intense flavor! It not an understatement to say that itís dark, really sweet and roasted in the taste this. As good a burned or even charred with lots of nice dark things that works well together. Strong cocoa powder and cocoa nibs, I get charred wood, sweet sticky vanilla, dried dark fruits and a super strong also burn that combines all the roasty elements. After the swallow you are left with the same flavor you get from eating good quality dark Belgian chocolate. A superb tasty mighty and powerful one. A true sipper, definitely not something you chug down! Huge thanks for the bottle! 20.04.2014
MrDick (346) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I found a Batch 2 (Nov 2006) in my parentís garage along with a few other nicely aged beers. This stout held up nicely. Head is a little flat but not too bad. Big, roast heavy aroma. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, a little pepper, coffee, and molasses. Licorice finish. Still a lot of alcohol burn - it hasnít mellowed at all.
dalekliz (860) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottle, 7 years aged. Pours an inky black with a tan head. Woody aroma, of oak, malt, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar. Huge taste, bitter and sweet, of dark chocolate, malt, brown sugar, oak, coffee, lots of booze. Lingering rich brown sugar and oak. Wonderful even this old.
Garlic_of_Doom (443) - SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2007 vintage.
Pours black with a small tan head, resting down to a ring.
Aroma is sweet with lots of cherries, liqueur filled dark chocolate, some booze.
Taste has loads of liqueur filled dark chocolate, cherries, raisin, salty notes, some bitter hops and some warming alcohol at the end.
Full body, soft carbonation, thick and velvety mouth feel.
Warming after taste.
Massive Imperial Stout, glad to have had this one. Like drinking liquid cherry liqueur chocolate truffles.
Maverick34 (2178) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Jet black pour with tan head. Dark fruit and chocolate nose. Serious dark chocolate bitter Burning booze. pretty good.
gendv138 (1043) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rate #666! 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. November 2012 bottle. Pours black with almost two fingers of tan head. Decent lacing. Aromas of milk chocolate, spices including cinnamon, dark fruit, raisins. Tastes of dark fruit, raisins, milk and dark chocolate, caramel, light roast. Full body with a dry finish. Rich and boozy.
ryecatcher (740) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2013 Vintage). Drinking this a bit early, but WTF... here we go: Pours a sinister and impenetrable soot black, massive espresso colored head with outstanding retention and decent lacing. Nose is dark roastiness, malt, cocoa, hint of butterscotch, licorice, coffee beans. Mouth is sticky and almost syrupy sweet, chocolate, brown sugar, licorice, malt, coffee, butterscotch, a bit of soot on the back end, warmth from the ridiculous ABV. Probably would taste better with age, but not bad as it is now though. After OT in Game 7 here in Chicago, itís gonna be Rangers vs. Kings in Final. LGR!!
trujahwarrior (506) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage On tap 6 oz pour, pours a pitch black color with a thin tan head Thad leaves decent lacing. Smells of dark malts, dark fruit, tobacco, black licorice and chocolate. Tastes of the same things in the smell. Mouthfeel is heavy and creamy with good carbonation. Wow what a beast. It was a nice way to kick off Stout fest and Seattle beer week.
TXBadger (1256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice black color. Anise, dark fruit and cocoa on the nose; all follow onto thr palate. Finishes with some roasted malt and a hint of cherry.
Bebum (280) - - APR 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque, thick lacing.
Extremely full body, very alcoholic as one would expect from a 15.4% beer, silky mouthfeel, lingering palate.
Moderate roast bitterness, sweet.
Chocolate, raisins, uva de cavalo, sweet and flavorful finish. .
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