gyllenbock (4933) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The appearance is a fine pitch black, dark brown head.
The aroma is pleasant with plenty of chocolate, coffee, raisins and a little sweetness in the background.
The beer tastes like it smells, a lot of chocolate and roasted notes. The aftertaste was a bit spicy, interesting.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Ginger Man. Aroma of gently roasted malt, molasses, toffee, cake. Flavor has all the delicate sweet notes, medium rich, with an equally soft though not subtle pepper spice coating. I hadn’t picked up on the peppers at all in the aroma, and even in the mouth, they were far less aggressive (fortunately) than I thought they’d be, really seeming to play more of a hop-substitute roll with hot spice to balance the rich malt instead of bitter hops. Interesting and tasty beer.
cgarvieuk (14960) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2010 Bottle at home ... deep black ... creamy tan head ... light roast malt ... soft thin roast ... little toffee ... some liquorice ...little spice ... actually the spice/chilli does build ... in fact i hadnt realised the hot peppers was there till i read description looking to see if i was imagining the burn ..nice but not stunning ... but the hot pepper clearly raises this beer above the mundain.
test batch ... deep black .... chocolate malt nose... not getting the spice ... good solid roast
zach8270 (3516) - Henrietta, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle - 330 ml) Dark black pour with a creamy tan head. Coated the inside of the glass. Aroma is loaded with chocolate and cocoa notes mixing with some roasted malts and some light nutty notes. Flavor begins with a very nice and smooth chocolate note that goes to a roasty and lightly bitter middle At the finish, the heat from the peppers comes through. It’s very apparent, but not overpoweringly so. Just leaves a nice little heat in the back of your throat. Amazing stout.
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap at Two Amy’s in DC.
Intriguing aroma. Can’t quite place it. Want to name it. Smells like something but I can’t quite place it.
The taste in even more intriguing. Wispy and seductive. Too complex to eat with food. It demands to be on its own.
I think it must be an herb. Reminds me of absinthe!
I finally decide that it must be juniper. What a pungent flavor, nicely buffered with a malty bitter-sweet.
Leaves me with a wonderful buzz. Not so much intoxicating as delirious.
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Redlight. Black body. Dark fruity raisiny tang in the smell. Very malty and chocolaty. Kind of light in the body.
BeerandBlues2 (9985) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with an average, frothy dark brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roasted grain, molasses, dark chocolate), light hop (herbs), heavy yeast (leather, broth) with notes of plum, fig, oak, licorice, and alcohol. Full bodied, creamy bodied, average carbonation, and a bitter-dry finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
iowaherkeye (2694) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle, no date from darkguardian--thank you. Deep brown--black in my glass--with a twofinger tan head, fair retention. Lots of chocolate in the aroma with some anise and molasses, dark fruits (prunes?), and a tinge of smoke. There is something that makes me think jalapeno in there, but not sure yet. Flavor continues with a good amount of burnt malts in the finish, faint heat rising after 1/4 of the bottle. Bitterness peaked @ a 4, some alcohol noted. Medium-full body with low carbonation. Not quite a run-of-the-mill impy, but not that rockin’, either.
NJBeerman013 (1051) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours midnight black with a cocoa colored head. Bitter espresso aroma with something vegetal. It has a medium, yet oily full mouthfeel and body. Flavor is bitter and dry at first, but as the beer warms, an herbal sweetness surfaces, leading into a spicey pepper bite. Finish is alcoholic and spicey with a lingering bite. Definitely a different kind of stout.
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[2253-20090606] Sample. Rich roasty coffee malt aroma. Dark brown black body with a quick foamy light tan head. More richly roasted coffee malt in the flavour with dry wood throughout. Full body. Very good, tasty, stouty and oomphy.
(4T @ Mondial 2009; Montreal, QC)