Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, #1727/3300, dated 1/11/10. Courtesy darkguardian. The pour yields a completely pitch black, oily, uber-dense body with a small but menacing head of dark chocolate brown foam. Dens, sugary sheeting coats the glass, staining it brown for a few seconds, yet it leaves no hard lacing behind. The nose is intense, laden with concentrated, bittersweet dark chocolate, creamy coconut, moderately blackened caramel, and earthen coffee. Fruity, fleshy chili peppers are surprisingly complex, and the capsaicin is well covered by all the malt. A hint of chipotle-like smokiness lends a nice, rounding touch. Flavors are again based in black chocolate, touching on caramel, coffee, and dark, fleshy fruit. The heat of the ghost chillies is subtle, imparting a slow, low burn more so than an outright blaze. Coconut and vanilla offer a nice twist to the chocolate base. The palate is thick, sweet, and oily up front, as is to be expected of a 15% imperial stout. What saves it though is the champagne yeast, which does a better-than-expected job of cleaning off the sugars. It’s also not as alcoholic as one would think. Bottom line, in ultra-small quantities, this stuff is interesting as hell and well pulled together. I couldn’t drink more than a few ounces, but that isn’t its purpose anyway. Bravo to BrewDog for trying something cool.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml, corked & caged bottle, #1693/3300 dated 1/11/10 as rating #997 during my imperial stout countdown to rating #1000. opens with a beautiful hiss and pours a silky, deep black with shades of red around the edges and a smooth, effervescent, dark khaki head with light retention and oily sheets of lace. aroma is fantastic with huge notes of dried chili peppers, chili oil, and dark cacao chocolate backed by dry, roasted coffee, tobacco ash, and toffee with beautifully subtle dark fruits, burnt leather, and molasses. flavor is superb as well, a bit more sweet than the aroma would let on, with rich dark chocolate, fudge brownies, and toffee backed by roasted espresso, charred wood, and dark fruits with beautifully integrated, earthy, slightly smokey peppers that pack the perfect, subtle amount of heat on the swallow. palate is full bodied, smooth, and sweet but it’s perfectly balanced by the spice of the peppers and finishes dry and roastey with a touch of cocoa. overall, an absolutely marvelous beer that takes a page from the Hunahpu book and re-writes it beautifully.
dcschiller (2201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(sampled at Dak’s 5000 tasting). Pours a syrupy dark brown color with no head. Aroma has alcohol, coffee and chili peppers. Tast is sweet chocolate with some light chili peppers, but the peppers are quite subdued. Full bodied with a sticky texture. Smooth finish. Really nice.
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
50belair you are the man! Black pour, tan head. Aroma of chili pepper and chocolate with some coffee. Flavor is sweet, boozy, chili peppers, coffee, fudge. No spice from the peppers, but you can taste the peppers. Damn!
TheCametron (1592) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tidy. Challenging beer. Big chilli taste but none of the spice. That capsaicin tang at the front of your neckhole and a warmth lingers in your chest cavity. That could also be the alcohol though. An engine oil black with a curious literally golden head which disappears. A fully worthwhile beer experiment.
BenH (2012) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
100th rate! pours oily black with brown head. Aroma of chilly, coffee and cacao. Taste is big! Chocolate and coffee with a little chilly heat. Slightly sweet. Well balanced, alcohol well hidden. Soooo rich.
jvhemert (310) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
AROMA: coffee mostly, some chocolate and roasted nuts
APPEARANCE: pitch black, brown head that disappears
TASTE: medium bitterness
PALATE: full body, oily feel, average carbonation, bitter aftertaste
OVERALL: really nice beer albeit the high ABV is not disguised that well (can it?) Like the roasted nutty aroma mixed with coffee.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Rohan. Pour is pitch black with small to medium chocolate coloured head. Aromas are dominated by roasted grain with some bitter chocolate and espresso coffee. Flavours once again show plenty of roasted grain. Some heat on the finish though I suspect more from the alcohol than chilli. Medium mouthfeel. Nice
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma fills up with chocolate and coffee, but then comes a candy like aroma from the chili. Not really the heat, but more of the actual sweetness. But here comes the funny thing with this beer, the chili heat it’s not that present in the taste either, all tho in the finish you get some heat, but is it from the chili or from the 15% alcohol. Drinks very smoth and it’s in my opinion BrewDog’s best beer to this date.
Ethereal (2410) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the White Horse, Parsons Green, 28th Oct 2010 (Brewdog Abstrakt 04 launch). Black, no head. I’m not usually a fan of beers with chili but this tastes like a perfect fusion of melted dark chocolate and chili heat. Surprisingly lovely.