beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black with a tan/brown head. Scent is booze, wet wood, soy and roasted malt. Taste is booze, dark fruit, tart and lightly sweet.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with some amber in the corners and a quick beige head. The aroma is chocolate, Robitussin, and prunes with some slight smoke, ash, vanilla, whisky, and gin. The flavor is better than I expected given the ridiculous alcohol content. Dark chocolate and prune come first, with a little bit of roastiness (though not much). Then comes a weird fruity gin note, some vanilla, and a building warmth. That warmth builds to a burn in the finish after just a few sips. Then comes cola and a distinct charred oak barrel note. The oak lingers forever in the aftertaste, as does the alcohol burn, making it feel kinda like I chugged some cheap bourbon. Not bad for an absurdity-based beer, I guess. But I would trade about 10% worth of the alcohol for some stronger roasted character and malty richness.
drjay44 (3034) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml. bottle. Batch 007. BBD 1/15/21. Pours a thin mocha head over a reddish bllack (SRM 35) body....nose is dried fruits including cherry, raisin, fig, with lighter coffee, chocolate, beef, soy, Bovril.....taste is heavily sweet, with multiple fruits including cherry, raisin, fig, with light coffee, chocolate, finishing with a lingering sweetness....mouth feel thick and sticky, alcohol heat obvious, carbonation low. This is heavily sweet, almost vinous in character, with many tones reminiscent of port. The sweetness is overly dominant and hides some of the depth of flavors that should be there. This particular bottle falls more in the camp of a Dark Belgian Strong than an Imperial Stout. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is jet black, and oily as one would expect. Nose is of everything stout, right up to a little booze from all of the different dark malt flavors. Taste is very much the same with some defined bourbon notes, as well as coffee and chocolate.
AlbertC (276) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is dark, burbon, roasted and soya. Taste is burnt boozy, roasted malts and long aftertaste of warming booze.
liinis (1728) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super rich aroma. Pitch black colour and brown head. Complex taste that overwhelms your taste buds. Excellent. The only bad thing is that it is difficult to take more than 2 dl. I shared 2,5 dl glass from a tap in Kaisla and I was satisfied.
Oak chips and cranberry
Benzai (10971) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Bottle said: Batch 4, aged on French toasted Oak chips. Dark brown color with a barely visible red glow coming through. Smell alcohol, roasted coffee, wood. Firm heavy taste at first, mostly roastyness and alcohol hitting me, but a soft warming finish of vanilla, warming alcohol and wood. Nice.
mR_fr0g (6036) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark chocolate brown with a short lived tan head. Intense aromas of oak honey and treacle and a hint of boozy alcohol. Flavours are in your face toffe burnt caramel and oak. The palete on this beer is amazing. REally smooth and slick evaporates of the tongue effortlessly. Nice one to sip while watching a movie. Take your time with this one.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle courtesy of blutt59, sampled 5/11/10). Clear brown/ruby color. Large tan head. Moderate malt and dark fruit aroma, with light oak. Sweet malty oak flavor, with light fruit character. Long duration. Moderate alcohol finish, as expected. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 28, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Before I write this review, I’d just like to mention that the lovely lady at the supermarket who sold me this couldn’t be bothered to find out the actual price of the bottle when the barcode wouldn’t scan. She charged me NZ$2, actual price turned out to be $28. Win for Jim.
Black with port, rosy notes and a caramel coloured head. I stuck my nose over the glass and picked up Christmas cake, mature fortified wine, fresh spices, cinnamon and caramel. Prickly and then a full-on blast of spice and thick syrup, molasses which settles into a lustrous tasty cakiness. It is full, rich and generous. Although the bitterness is listed as being fairly high, it isn’t tear your head off strong. The finish is long lasting and when you burp it brings back a pleasant flush of allspice, cloves, port and other flavours too numerous to mention. I doubt whether I have given too many 10s for flavour (aroma certainly), but this is thoroughly deserving. This is an epic beer. It shows what beer can be and for that, I love it.