Tinco (513) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black liquid can´t see anything through it at all with a mocha head that disappears pretty quickly. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, raisins, berries, cherries, dark fruits, earthy,bready. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, berries, dark fruits, cherries, quite hard to describe, earthy, fruty, liqourice!, salty. An interesting brewfor sure! I am sure this tasted alot different when it was released some years ago. Great brew!
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
S: Is this a stout!? Rich dark chocolate, coffee and molasses - vanilla and woody notes.
A: Looks great: pours black with a great, creamy, single finger beige head.
T: Rich dark chocolate comes through - overall very bitter. The coffee is there in a porter-esque way - oak notes
P: Chewy with soft carbonation - yes!
O: What kind of beer is this - robust porter? imperial chocolate stout? the bottle says Black Belgian DIPA.. those crazy kids
AWISLguy (921) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cardinal in Niles. (I see now a 12/19/10 bottle date) Pours inky black with a foamy chocolate milk head. Terrific lacing. Aroma has licorice, charcoal, molasses, fruity hops and alcohol. Very imperial stout-y in look and smell. Taste has sweet chocolate, subtle citrus and heavy roasted malts. Thick and syrupy. Finishes long, thickly bittersweet with a hint of salt. Imperial stout? I see an american strong-ness to it, but holy cow - not what I was expecting from a Stone collaboration.
fletchfighters (921) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A-- Poured black and more black. No tints of red, no nada. Thought I was going to get no head and then POW! A solid one finger mocha brown head explosion. Once dissipating it left spotty lacing with compacted bubbles. No real carbonation (after the head come down) and a few small bubbles on the glass.
S-- Not as citrus based as I had hoped. More earthy tones with a good amount of a vanilla smell to this. Yep, get a biscuit smell to this ( belgian yeast) and a very sweet smell (other than vanilla) to this. More malty and kind of think this was in wood.
T-- Chocolate, coffee, lots of malt to this and very little hops. Earthy and thick. Not what I was expecting.
M-- Good carbonation for the style but the taste is not what I expected. More like a RIS with all the malt. Hop taste came towards the end and then got the pine and grapefruit feel to it. Mouthfeel is better than the taste.
D-- ABV is noticeable but it works. I think the hops have dropped off a lot in this. it works as a strong ale pretty well.
HeadyDE (363) - Delaware, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft..retired? Have seen this on tap lists in 2 spots in DE. Double black ipa-decent hop kick, loads of roasted malt, nice aroma and dark color. Chocolate undertones, no detection of the alcohol at all, enjoyable
kidmartinek (2968) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Out of the bottle pours black like oil. Has a dense,oily, deep tan head. Smells oaked and has dark (burnt) malt and alcohol aromas. Tastes the same. Is it cool to just make beers that get you drunk quickly without having to drink that much? That goes against my American credo. Obviously this wasn’t made here. The brewer’s endless rhetoric in the description just confirms this.
Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33 cl. Coal black beer with a small Baige head. Aroma of roasted malt and caramel with notes of smoke. Sweet taste of hard roasted malt with notes of smoke and hops. Moderately bitter in taste and aftertaste
madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
20th October 2009
Clear and very dark red - brown beer. A little hop on the nose. Softish palate. Dark and bitter chocolate. Repressed but spicy hops. Some fruit, but well buried. A little off the beaten track.
Arve_Christian (2472) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog dec 2010
Bottle at Dr. Jekyll
Full body & high complexity
Some coffee notes
EHSRanders (1731) - Tjele, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. almost black colour with small creamy light brown mostly lasting head. Nice aroma of coffee and chocolate. Sweet flavor. Creamy palate.