beardfear (87) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black pour, unsurprisingly. Wet oak, cherry, bourbon, chocolate, liquorice, alcohol, nail polish and quite a bit of port wine. Oily body. Didn’t like Brewdog’s Tokyo much at all (found it to be syrupy, sticky, high alcohol for its own sake) so I was surprised to enjoy this one quite a bit.
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - NOV 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2012 (Expensive!!!) bottle at North Bar, Leeds. Quite pricey, but served brilliantly by the staff there, and with the box to keep, I suppose you pay a bit for the ’experience’. Pours a deep, syrupy black, no head. Aroma is coffeeish, chocolatey, dark fruits/raisins, booze. Taste is sweet and complex, with dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, liquorice and a touch of soy sauce all vying for attention. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel - lovely. More refined and ’mature’ than Tokyo*, but somehow slightly less ’tasty’ for me. Regardless, it’s still fantastic.
hirigalzkar (2461) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Notes of milk chocolate, soy, calvados and some kind of red berries (a certain tartness...). Heavy, but also kind of sweet.
finol (2349) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bishops Linnegatan.
Pours black with a small tan head.
Aroma of swedish ginger bread.
Sweet taste of licorice, chocolate and booze rum and calvados.
Ktwse (2560) - SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
More than anything, this reminds me of Kahlua. :-) I have to say this is better than the stouts it’s based on (apart from possibly Black Hole). An overall very rich and complex imperial stout that’s dominated by intense, sweet coffee. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruits (figs, dates, corinthians), burnt brown sugar. Taste is very much the same. It’s very hard to pick out the hops in this one, it starts off sweet and then just goes up from there. Very intense! The alcohol is present but not nearly as much as in Tokyo, and I think the sweetness is much more balanced than in Dark Horizon (which I found overly sweet). Body is very creamy and rich, with very low - almost nonexistent - carbonation. It pours dark brown, almost black, with a reddish hue. No head. Looks beautiful.
Meilby (8674) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 330ml @ yngwie
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, molasses, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar and licorice. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a long very sweet, warming, chocolate and coffee finish. Body is full, texture is sticky, carbonation is flat.
Beersiveknown (3661) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 5, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours viscous and dark brown with an instantaneous cola coloured head that soon disappears. Slightly acetic rich chocolate and alcoholic nose. Initial burst of milk chocolate and shortbread. Very sweet and rich in flavour. Hint of alcohol and long finish.
Have tried black and loved it, wasn’t so keen on Tokyo* butneed to get hold of Horizon!
yngwie (14775) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, kindly shared by Meilby. A black one, completely headless. Soy sauce, heavily roasted malts, some coffee and dried fruits, molasses and a touch of alcohol in the aroma. Not much considering the ABV. Brown sugar and some dried fruits too. Very sweet on the palate, full-bodied and slightly warming, with soy sauce, licorice, molasses, roasted malts, hoppy bitterness and coffee. Rather warming in the finish. Sweet, warming finish with coffee, brown sugar and licorice. To me it seems the Mikkeller Black reciepe has dominated, it’s a nice beer, but I think it would be better in even smaller bottles, and I guess it’s a good idea to cellar it for some time. 111030
ClubGonzo (4523) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Yngwie’s, courtesy of Yngwie. Thanks a lot for this! :-) Pours an oily, jet black body with a tiny caramel head. Surprisingly vague aroma, with coffee, licorice and hints of leather. Some alcohol, but VERY little. Amazing. Taste is intense sweet sugary tones, licorice, roasted malts, coffee and hints of leather, black berries and ashes. Alcohol shows only in a warming body feel as the aftertaste sets in, but all in all this is surprisingly balanced except for the slightly over-the-top sugary dark malt sweetness. A nice "extreme" beer, all in all.
ComradeK (1060) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Pours a thick, opaque black, with a small dark tan verging on brown head, which dissipates almost instantly, and does not leave any lace. The aroma, as would be expected in a 17.2% ABV beer, is quite strongly boozy. Dark chocolate mixes with rum, port and fruitcake to create a sweet, alcoholic and above all extremely tempting aroma. The hops are subdued, with some mild bitter herbal notes, and are rapidly succeeded by strong cocoa, before a wave of sweet, dark and boozy flavours come in. Chief amongst these is rum, although there is also some Irish coffee and sweetened dark chocolate. Port and candied fruit appear in a smooth, lingering finish. This is properly excellent beer, a real thick, potent imperial stout. I have only previously tasted one of the component beers, BrewDog Tokyo (the 18.2% version used here), and this, its progeny, is at the same zenith of brewing.