jbeatty (1104) - New York, USA - APR 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 04/12/2012. Pours black, thinnest mocha head quickly burns away. Great aroma, raw cocoa nuts backed by moderately sweet chocolate and roast, smooth and elegant, chili throughout blending nicely with almost a smoky spiciness. Taste starts again with nutty cocoa, into dark chocolate , touch of vanilla and fruitiness, and big roast coffee, alcohol heat mixed with slight chili burn. Palate is full and smooth despite the booze, full of flavor. Everything bold and balanced, just the right amount of chili kick without going overboard. Brewdog nailed it here, sad to see my last bottle go.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
In bottle at home with Sev. #2000. I’ve previously had this on cask at Cloisters and in bottle but not for a while. Pours a black colour with a tan head that dies away very early. A lovely aroma of cacao nibs upfront with chocolate, roasty malt, alcohol and plum pudding. Vanilla is definitely coming through in the flavour with chocolate and cacao nibs again. Lovely slick mouth-feel with mild carbonation. A warming alcohol linger. This is a little sweeter than I remember but delicious nonetheless.
Mortlach (1050) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
30/06/2011 Birra+ (375ml bottle). Degustazione da Birra+. Nera, intensissima, aspetto liquoroso, poca schiuma color cappuccino, poco persistente. Al naso è incredibilmente intensa, dolciastra (malti tostati, cioccolato, vaniglia, caffè), speziatissima e con intense note pepate. In bocca è caffettosa e cioccolatosa, speziata e pepata. Corpo pieno, carbonazione corretta. Imperial Stout veramente sui generis, non la migliore che ho assaggiato, ma decisamente interessante.
bmeup (544) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, disappearing head. Liquorice. coffee and booze. Tastes the same at first then, boom all they all come back with added chocolate, coffee and just a hint of heat to make this a sensational IS.
blutt59 (6067) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled, thanks to crusianbeer, black pour with an aroma of whiskey and waffles, lots of sweet malt and coffee notes, brown sugar and bitter coffee finish
Finn (4514) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaske 0,375l - 983/3306. Spandert av Rune og delt under seanse hos ham 29 Jun 11. Svart. Høyt mokkafarget skum. Sterk kaffe/lakrisaroma. Smaken kaffe med stigende innslag av sjokolade. Søt, syrlig ettersmak. Alkoholen merkes så vidt.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Crusianbeer. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of dark roasted grain and dark chocolate. Flavor is much the same with a malty alcohol spice. Heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, tasty stuff!
deyholla (7302) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a trade, cannot quite remember who sent this, but thanks! Pours black with a dark chocolate brown head that dissipates nearly instantly and completely. Aroma has a good amount of chili on the nose that combines nicely with the roasted malts and coffee notes. Hint of backing chocolate. Flavor is a bit muddled with a bit of pepper, coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with the notes fighting with each other. Don’t get chilies on the tongue. Beer is extremely flat, which doesn’t really hinder it as it is a huge imperial stout.
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - OCT 28, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 22/200. Black with hardly a head to speak of, dissolves quickly. Immediately struck by the warmth of the chili. Interesting how the taste begins sweet with chocolate and slight vanilla notes and ends with the Nagas. Definitely a progression, but the sweetness and spiciness don’t clash. This type of beer backs up the Brewdog attitude; shame they don’t make more of this quality.
maneliquor (3361) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours an oily black with a small tan head which quickly dissolves into nothing. Can definitely smell the chilli in this one. Adds quite a hit of sharpness to the aroma which isn’t a bad thing. Nose is quite forward with hints of cocoa. Liquorice and coffee play around the aroma as well. Taste is chocolate and vanilla. Finishes with a sharp heat and some light chilli. The chocolate and vanilla seem to add a strong sweetness to start the brew off which is overcome by the slight heat of the chilli in the finish. Works very well and this beer was not a let down at all. Glad we have some more of these to put away