esp0r (1981) - - FEB 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Storo enjoyed at home
Pours jet black with a brown head. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, some vanilla. Taste is heavy sweet, roast and toast, coffee, hints of chili, just that little nice sting there. Almost heavy bitter finish, some hops. A very nice imperial stout. A thick sticky malty soup with some chili. A wonderful beer; maybe a bit heavy on the alcohol but this is a real treat! More of this please
IPAgutten79 (534) - Skui, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kølsvart med helt brunt skum. Lav/medium høyde. Aroma av mild vanilje, chili, kaffe, mørk malt og kakao. Fløyelsmyk i munnen, før den begynner å stikke deg litt med sin bitterhet samt chili. Chili?n bidrar til å gjøre dette til en spesiell opplevelse, uten å skambanke smakssansene dine helt. I tillegg til dette er det frekke mengder sjokolade/kakao og noe vanilje her. Chili og alkohol varmer godt nedover halsen. Smaken byr på så mange inntrykk at jeg ikke klarer å dechiffree stort mer enn dette. Tykk Sjokomelkkonsistens, samt oljete.
b3shine (5493) - Indiana, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs; thanks DuffMan). Looks good; a slightly translucent dull dark coffee with mocha head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells good too; dark malt, chocolate, coffee (and roast), vanilla, and spice. Tastes like it smells with a rich, balanced mouthfeel. Great beer, and drinks much easier than its abv.
mmahut (992) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Dog B. Dark body with low brown ring head. Aroma has a lot of coffee, toffee, chocolate, oak like character in the background. Kind of cocoa powder in the aroma. Taste has high caramel and alcoholic sweetness, pretty warm on the tongue, the chili is so well balanced, amazing. High on roasty bitterness as well. Dark chocolate in the long bitter after taste. Alcohol is evident. Body is full, oily, low carbonation.
tlind2 (1134) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
K, Kurvi. Deep brown color, practically no head. Strong, sweet aroma with alcohol and bitter, dark chocolate. The taste follows after the aroma with vanilla and oak. Very full body, very low carbonation. Beautiful.
AgentAle (696) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is vanilla, black licorice, coffee and rich, rich malts. Taste is licorice and coffee right off the bat; not surprisingly there is some warm liquor snap on the tip of the rich almost chewy body. The appearance is black with a thin beige head that retains fairly poorly.
jonno (2341) - JAPAN - SEP 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge beer- almost confrontational, like its poking you in the ribs for a reaction. Really liked the subtle burn on the back end with the chilies. Lots of chocolate, vanilla and roast. Didn’t quite grab me by the shorts, but points for intensity.
bytemesis (3228) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with thanks to _angst_! Pours inky black with a reluctant small dark brown head that dissipates to a ring leaving good lacing. Aroma is deep milk chocolate, coffee, mocha, vanilla, roasted malts. Flavor is similar, hint of anise as well, medium sweet, medium bitter, rich cocoa coffee vanilla, with just a hint of chili burn on the finish; way more subdued on the chili than I expected. Finish is very strong roast, heavy lingering bitterness, some anise. There is some ABV burn, but deceptively little for 15%.
McNeillR (1235) - SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stiff dark brown, light tan head. Boot in yer face dusty chilli bite. Sticky enough lifted by the spices. Holding up even more vibrantly than I recall. A real drumroll of spice on top of the dense, tanny malt. Finishes sweetly spicy. SPICE.
Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting
tfredvik (1134) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a viscous black body with a medium brown head with hints of red. The head laces the glass well and it’s long-lived. The aroma is intense and... well, so close to perfect that I’m not quite sure why I don’t go all the way and give it a 10. Anyway, it’s massively malty, roasted and sweet, with absurd amounts of dark caramel, chocolate and pure cacao. In the back there are tempting notes of dark berries and cask wood, with faint traces of something hot and spicy. On the palate it’s the same intense experience, again dark caramel and chocolate, and fairly well integrated alcohol. There is a gentle chilli burn throughout, it’s very pleasant and subtle, and not tongue numbing at all. Other background elements includes dry coffee and liquorice. The body is full and oily with a soft carbonation. A wonderful, wonderful beer. A bit too alcoholic perhaps, but truly amazing. And AB:04 is supposed to be even better?
[33 cl bottle, batch 97, enjoyed 2 years 5 months after brewing, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
kingvit (201) - - SEP 7, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: cocoa, coffee, chilli, ripe red fruit; Appearance: dark brown, minimal head; Taste: medium bitterness, strong sweetness, slight sourness; Palate: long finish, thick texture, full body, soft carbonation
Terrific porto-porter hybrid :-) Very spicy and extremely aromatic, without space for many subtelties but this is Brewdog :-)