rsauermann (38) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very alchoholy. Once it warms a bit the roasty flavors meld with the fruity ones to create a decent beer. Kinda thin for a stout due to the use of a lot of sugar
Niall73 (1964) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
17.1% version. Bottle at home while visiting Florida. Pours dark brown/black with a tan head. Aroma is pretty subtle considering... Light dark choc espresso aroma. Full body, medium carbonation. Harsh and boozy with coffee and choc... Boozy heat completely overwhelms this - there's some choc, sticky treacle and coffee too, but the boozy heat takes over... Nope.
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c1raider (42) - New York, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty, lots of caramel yet not overly sweet, oats (smooth and velvety), abv is well hidden but still noticeable, vanilla, great beer but very heavy, would buy again but not a favorite
eguffey2 (1) - - FEB 24, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
November 2014 Release Batch number #10. Purchased from Santa Fe Spirits in Littleton, Colorado. 17.1% ABV!!! Bought a 12oz bottle, pulled right from the fridge at about 40 degrees F, poured in small amounts into snifter to warm beer.
Aroma: (in order) Espresso, Burnt Coffee, Anything burnt for that matter, Chocolate, Oak (or some deep wood), Caramel, Nutty (amaretto, almond, or pistachio), Pine, really excellent nose. Very deep and dark, but easy going.
Appearance: Darkest of dark. 0% to 5% transparency, dark brown to black, medium/heavy thickness, leaves coat on glass, 2-5% carbonation that continues to remain long after pour.
Taste: Ug....if only I could explain this to you truly...definitely one of the best Imp/Doub. Stouts I have EVER tried. First thing that hits you in taste is the coffee and chocolate as should be in most Doub. Stouts. The alcohol hit you next, giving a nice wake up call to the palate, but not overly powerful. Luckily this stout is backed by a MASSIVE amount of malt which cuts through that alcohol, but I guarantee you will know its there. Then follows the burnt taste, wood, nut, followed by the pine from the hops.
Palate: VERY long lingering. I have typed many lines in between tasting (plus its so high ABV... 17.1%), and the taste of the stout is still there. The final note is super sweet, and so this sweetness is extremely powerful on the tongue to enhance the coffee and choc notes that linger. Tastes like I ate a piece of Godiva chocolate.
Overall: Such an epic beer. If you have never tried it, buy two bottles. One to save and age, the other to drink that night. I gave it 18/20. I would have liked a bit more upper notes to the beer, like more hoppiness and or some other bright spices to contrast the deepness of the beer, but this is a Doub. Stout, and definitely well crafted.
neongolden (651) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle sample @ VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Feb 18 2015) Pours black with a ring of tan head and no lace. Aroma of intense sweet dark malts, molasses, bittersweet chocolate, roast, a bit of dried fruit and anise, light oxidation, ethanol. Palate is sweet sweet dark malts, toffee, brown sugar, light chocolate, touches of coffee, dates, maybe even port? Towards the finish there is a bit of alcohol heat, slight roast and coffee. Full bodied and slightly viscous. The 17%+ ABV is hidden quite well all considered but it’s still boozy. Good flavours though, nice concentration, tasty in small portions.
VsXsV (2577) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of coffee, licorice, dried fruit, raw sugar, toffee, raisins and sweet booze. Taste is light to medium sweet and medium bitter with notes of coffee, light ash, sweet booze, licorice and chocolate. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Really nice but way too boozy.
sherm1016 (1187) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, 2010 vintage. Pours a jet black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty, anise, chocolate. Heavy on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, chocolate, roasty, coffee, anise, a little smokey, raisin, cherry, with a sweet, chocolate cherry finish. Very nice.
luttonm (2774) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Seattle for Trevor’s Birthday, thanks Matt! Darkest brown, rising deep brown head. Deep roasty coffees and dark coffee. Bitter coffee, smooth heavy body. Tart sweet and spicy. Tasty alcohol note. Great big beer.
UncleKorm (943) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 opened 2015, bottle poured a black hue w/ minimal tan head. Bold prune sweet malty aromas. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are dark fruits, some cardboard, dark chocolate and licorice. Full bodied.
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Steasy66 (1012) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty solid stout. Suprisingly drinkable for a 17%. Mostly chocolate and mild roast, hints of simple sugar and alcohol.
Luvystypotables (874) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of coffee and malt, dark brown color with a rich tan head. Full body with a very stong alcohol taste, with a strong alcohol finish. The alcohol unfortunately overpowers the taste.