Labove (426) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 14, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
meglio questa della verdi classica. mi è parsa più bilanciata, più in palla, anche più corpo.
patricks110 (1486) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
My bottle is marked at bottle # 750. Black Jack Pours out a dark brown with a thin, tan head. The head dies instantly to form a thin beige cap leaving some nice spotty lacing. Wafts of whiskey and roasted malts from afar. The nose is well roasted with sweet cocoa, vanilla and a light burnt coffee note. A hint of dark fruits and a light alcohol presence are noticed. Overall, a nice nose despite missing some of the overall robustness of an Imperial Stout. My first sip is very much underwhelming with a big roast and a overall sweetness. A lingering aftertaste of wood, smoke and the most delicious scotch I can imagine. After letting this beer warm up a bit, I got a beautiful middle with notes of chocolate, espresso, burnt wood, vanilla, hot peppers and a subtle sour fruity note. A dry moderately bitter finish with a sublime scotch aftertaste. The palate lets me down overall with a watery, thin mouthfeel and an unusual oily texture. Black Jack is a great, complex Imperial Stout, despite missing the overall robust richness and viscous mouthfeel.
VertBaconStrips (1947) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Inky black, thick dark brown head with some dissipating specks. The aroma is decent but the noticeable sour tinge annoys on occasion. Sweet chocolate berry thing, ashes and whiskey goodness, red licorice, cocoa powder, light vanilla walnut hubbaloo. Kind of forgot about that sour thing. It does pop up in the taste tho. Whiskey tastes right off the bat, thick oily feel, vanilla, berries here and there, plenty of roast, spicy zing, makes me think of juice - not because of some fruity thing but because it takes like juice - you figure it out because words cannot. Interesting beer that just doesn’t make it. I swear I noticed some chili heat / flavor early on but totally forgot about it. This brew ain’t quite right.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, out of my trusty Maudite glass. Pours clear black, 2-finger tan head, quite lovely lacing. Head is really quite thick and creamy, and floats a bottlecap quite well. Nose is tart, with berries and hints of the barrel. Some bitter chocolate and light spiciness from the hot peppers comes through as well. Flavours of tart berries, especially cranberries, fantastic ashy oak character coming through from the whiskey barrel, some tired oak notes, as well as the spiciness from the chilis. Further tasting reveals a sweet berry center, raspberry, cranberry, and blackberry together, initially, washed over by the wave of ashy scotch notes. Overall a dry, tart, and understated Imperial Stout, and quite a good one at that.
skortila (4175) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ ACBF 2011. The aroma has peat, chocolate, roast. Black coloured beer with no head. The taste is a bit sweet, moderate bitter, has medicin/peat, chocolate, hint of raisin. Bit on the thin side for the style.
Countbeer (3654) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: no.681: Islay 2002:
Medium airy light brown head on top of a black beer.
Smell whiskey, wood, liquorice, tar, clay, paint, wine-ish, yeast and light sour. Good smell.
Taste earth, oak, toasted oak, nuts, hazle nuts, roasted malts, hint of molasses, something like sweets/brown sugars, hint of coffee, medium to full bitter and some spices.
Burnt wood bitter spicy earthy herby aftertaste.
Low carbo, soft and light tingly mouthfeel, full body and a texture between watery and oily.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this one at the ACBF 2011. Black colored brew. Licorice and iodine in the aroma. Lots of iodine in the flavor too, some roasted malts and chocolate.
JStax (2336) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft. Appearance is black with a thin tan head. Aroma is black licorice with a burnt coffee note. Taste follows suit. Thick and oil-like body. If it weren’t for the taste and aroma, Id probably have liked this beer.
Koelschtrinker (9451) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deutlicher Whiskeyeinschlag, trocken, intensiv. Im Mittelteil wird das Bier intensiver, vor allem das Malz legt zu. Etwas alkoholisch, was aber zumeist passt. Spitz, zum Ende hopfig. 11/12/11/12/12/12
dEnk (3103) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ACBF. Aroma is woody bourbon, liquorice, iodine, some smoky peat and loads more.
Flavour is huge iodine, peat, liquorice, roasted malt, quite bitter with a touch of sweetness. Very nice.