BeerandBlues2 (12100) - Escondido, California, 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 (2703) - 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 (1054) - 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 (8640) - 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)
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Jet black with a tall mocha colored head. Aroma is spicy and peppery with almost a barbecue sauce-like aroma as well as smoked meat. Taste is roasted malts, peppery spices, chocolate, light coffee and hints. Body is full, chewy and spicy, but not overdone. The peppers compliment but do not overdo it. Finishes with more peppers and spices, roasted malt, chocolate, and light coffee. A nice surprise!
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewed in Italy..... Pours black in color with a super foamy tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of dark malts, licorice and dark fruits. Taste is of mild chocolate, spices, dark malts and mild hot peppers. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a lingering pepper burn in the finish. This was a very interesting concept for an Imperial Stout. Not sure if most beer drinkers would like this kind of brew, but worth a shot !!!
Lubiere (12877) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep black stout with a thick moka head, In aroma, dark fruits, plums, chocolate with light vinous notes. In mouth, a nice chocolate malt with herbal notes, bitter hops, and warming alcohol. Rich and chocolatey. Bottle at Mondiale 2009.
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 330ml from Systembolaget EXP 16 03 10 murky black small white head Scent:first dash of farmhouse roastead malts smoke. Taste heavy roasted malts dash of smoke and tar mild kick of chili in lasting roasted aftertaste. Good one more please next flight to Milan ;)
yngwie (16503) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Copenhagen Beerfestival. It serves a black body without any head, but a few bubbles are found around the rim. A bit weak on the nose, with roasted malts and back coffee. Smooth, full-bodied beer with flavors of sweetness, roasted malts, some dried fruits, coffee and a chili burn coming stronger and stronger, turning really delicious. The rest of the flavor is a bit weak. Chili dominates the finish, but the roasted malts are present too. A quite lovely chili stout. (090517)
MapleSyrup (7) - Pajo, Kentucky, USA - JUL 10, 2009 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pitch-black, almost espresso-like, a bit of licorice, good head, nice lace,the hot peppers didn’t really jump out as I had hoped, more of black pepper than anything, almost chalky at times, but the finish was warm & smooth and hung around...