77ships (3036) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#2100 Rating celebrated by a beer from the Swiss Fantôme.
Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a big café au lait head, very creamy & slowly collapsing.
Nose is slightly tart, very creamy cacao, milk chocolate & chocolate milk, red fruit, café au lait.
Taste is tart, red fruit, not over tartness but mellow, highly enjoyable, sweet creamy milk chocolate, chocolate milk, small red current touch, souring bacteria, small hint, inkling red grape, although I know that it sound dreadful but sour milk in a good way (if such a description can exist) certainly comes to mind, less over in the tart department etc. than the brett but more balanced, easier, intensely drinkable & highly enjoyable.
Very creamy & very easy to drink.
I am certain that the low scores on here are justified with a lot of BFM stuff being infected, I blame bad separation between their sours & non-sours but who knows? I don’t believe that this beer is supposed to be sour etc. All I can say that this aged keg was exceptional and had just the perfect balance of this going.
(2010 Vintage / 25 cl. draft @ Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas)
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 12, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma is maybe slightly peppery. Looks nice. This has a definite twangy bite to it that lifts you’re tongue .flavor has some sour cherry as well. Certainly doesn’t seem 10%. Very good.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head at 51 degrees into a chalice. Smells of warming alcohol, some dark fruit, some spicey undertones, caramel, cognac; wonderful nose. Tastes of roasted malt, underlying bitterness, some syrup, dark fruity undertones, nice toffee bite on the finish. Excellent winter beer.
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
draught at the Solothurner Biertage 2007 - very dark brown, almost black coloured; firm and stable beige foam; roasted, almost smokey with notes of tea, vanilla, pepper and chocolate; oily and full-bodied; rather low carbonation; a late and solid bitterness; aftertaste of vanilla and licorice with a warming alcohol touch - very complex and deeply pleasant
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. This was complex and great. I think this is underrated. The only thing that brings it down for me is the price. 7 dollars for a swing top 11 ozer. Dark as an eclipse. Very complex. Noticed a slight sour feel, and definitely a little heat from the pepper. An imperial stout that I savored. Smoky and fruity. This a beer with layers.
Deu (514) - Nantes, FRANCE - AUG 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled in Nantes at "le sur mesure" – Pours dark brown with a thick beige head. Tastes of vanilla, liquorice, smoke, coffee... Bitter finish. Very good, very complex and so tasty that it should be the last of the night. Y
Erzengel (833) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating from 2009. Batch 2008
Imperial Stout mit Bourbon-Vanille und Sarawak-Pfeffer. Tiefdunkel in der Farbe, malziger Geruch mit dunklen, vergorenen Früchten.
Der Antrunk ist voll und schwer, dunkles Obst, Trockenpflaumen. Dazu zum Hauptteil erstaunlich frisch-fruchtig. Nicht scharf! Sehr angenehm schwer. Kirschen, reif und dunkelrot, eingelegte Himbeeren, Toffee. Tolle Aromentiefe.
Der Nachgeschmack ist sehr lang anhaltend, mild-vollmundig, dunkel, reife Früchte, ganz leicht - aber angenehm - herb. Dabei immer noch frisch!
--> ein sehr leckeres tolles Bier. Rund, tiefgehend ohne störende Faktoren. Sehr zu empfehlen!!!
--> 12,14,12,15,12,15 - 13,95
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 brown glass swing-top without a notch on the label. Grabbed this at Publick House Provisions in Brookline, MA on my trip back from the EBF. Couldn’t wait to get home and open it!
Appearance: Pours a fairly dark black (brown hues) with one finger of cream colored head. Leaves a little spotting as it fades.
Nose: Smells like a bourbon barrel aged stout. Vanilla is prime, a little smoke, sweet black molasses, heavily malted cereal grain, and maybe a suggestion of pepper way out.
Palate: Creamy at first, going crisp and medium bodied. The tea creeps in and starts sweeping things on the tongue with a crisp astringency. Flavors of dried vanilla bean, tea with cream, an a whisper of something like lemon zest.
Notes: I wish this beer were cheaper and in a six pack, I’d drink the hell out of it! Worth the money, and I’ll probably grab another the next time I see it. My only complaint really is the body is a *little* light. Other than that, perfect!
crossovert (5640) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz brown swing-top bottle. Brewed with cane sugar, Sarawak pepper, Russian tea, and Bourbon vanilla.
It pours a dense ink black with an amazing looking dual tone caramel/tan head. There is a line going through it that separates the two different colors. It is thick and foamy with a bit of froth. It recedes decently quickly leaving just a little lacing but a nice froth atop the beer.
This beer doesn’t say it is barrel aged but it kind of smells like it. It is probably form the nice bit of vanilla you get. The tea and the pepper bring a nice spice to the mix. This is above a nice chocolatey stout base.
The flavor is interesting. It is a bit too tangy than what I normally liek for the style and perhaps a bit sweet but it has a nice flavor. The sweetness levels as you go. There is a nice dose of coffee and smoke, rich sweet chocolate, spiciness some dark fruit, and residual cane sugar. The alcohol isn’t completely hidden, but not a burden. The tea plays a role in the after taste with a nice dryness. This one has some amazing and interesting flavors.
It is a bit thin for an imperial stout, but the mouthfeel is still pretty decent it has a unique dryness in the finish perhaps form the tannic tea.
It is kind of a wonky beer, it looks and smells amazing, and tastes pretty good too but it is a bit on the odd side for mouthfeel.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-02-2010 23:17:46
poisoneddwarf (1480) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.15 oz swingtop bottle, vintage 2010, best before March, 2015. Close to 3 years old, I think. Pours nearly opaque black with red edges and a huge tan head with great retention and decorative lacework. Aroma is really exotic--I get soy sauce, pepper, caramel, dusty basements, citrus (orange peel), oak, brown sugar. Taste is.....nothing like an imperial stout. This is weird! Tastes like a black saison more than anything. It’s lightly sweet and savory with a dry bretty, earthy feel; has a lightly sour finish. I taste tea, honey, pepper. Doesn’t taste "10.276%" ABV (yes, they used 3 digits after the decimal on the label); alcohol is barely noticeable. Carbonation is on the soft side, body medium, mouthfeel a little silky. I really enjoyed this. I don’t understand the low scores on here; too weird and experimental for most, I guess--especially imperial stout purists who went into this thinking they were getting an imperial stout, which this is pretty far from in its traditional definition.