armando629 (2451) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0,33 l bottle courtesy of Balazs, thanks!>
Black as hell with some lurking ruby tones, small lacing beige head alcoholic, fruity nose with a tone of plum, spicies and rum, green leaves, cherries and berries...Some wood on the tongue, easier texture than expected. Complex, superb, dangerous.
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (burnt caramel, roasted grain, molasses), with a strong note of rubbing alcohol, lesser notes of sherry, cardboard, vanilla.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, heavily to harshly alcoholic.
Ugh. Awful. Bruising alcohol and oxidation rule the nose, not enticing at all. The mouth experience is just syrupy sticky sweetness with a ton of afterburn from the raging alcohol. About as crude and clumsy as Imperial stouts get, but of course this is from a brewery that just doesnít do this style well. Glad I got this on sale but any price is still too much. Drain pour.
tiong (5102) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2013 Bottle @ Kaisla. Batch 001. Originally rated on 24.1.2010. Excellent and complex imperial stout with notes of vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel and alcohol. Well balanced despite the huge ABV. 9-4-9-4-18 = 4.4
Re-rated on 25.5.2013. 2010 vintage. Pours dark brown with a tiny head. Aroma of sweet syrup, alcohol, roasty malts, oak, wood, vanilla and ripe fruits. Taste is sweet, malty and roasty with some syrupy notes, alcohol and oaky notes. Finish is sweet, boozy and malty with hints of syrup, oak, wood, vanilla and ripe fruits. Feels a bit unbalanced, heavy malty and boozy notes dominate much more compared to a fresh bottle. Quite smooth and the alcohol is well hidden, though.
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark black with a thin head. coffee and dark chocolate. the taste starts off very smooth oak then a big kick of sweetness some fruit almost no alc. taste
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Mes gaff, yet again thanks to MesandSim. Itís black with a thin to medium tan head. Itís no surprise to find out the aroma is big and ballsy with coffee, chocolate, some alcohol but not 18 odd percent surely. Itís sweet but not overly so, some spice, caramel and burnt sugar, alcohol, blackcurrant jam. Just the right side of crazy but still undeniably crazy. Like a good woman. My god this is superb! Although I often go over board for the strong stuff. Need to drink another. Which will probably never happen unless our kid shares another with me! Are you reading mate?
jaghana (4729) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - JUL 12, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 33cl, a dark syrupy beer with brownish head that goes quickly. Nose is very intense with vinous notes, oak and licorice. Aroma is very sweet with caramel, dry grapes, some very nice oak notes as well as vinous, very much drinkable as expected, alcohol do burn a lot. Overall is almost balanced, just too sweet. Aftertaste is so long and fruity, near to muscat vine, nice.
Prokroustis (689) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JUL 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch dark black with a small off white head. Intense aroma of alcohol, whiskey, dark chocolate and smoke. Great palate that isnít punishing at all, despite its alcohol. Sweet taste of rasted malts, caramel, dried fruits and a quite alcoholic finish.
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
colour: dark brown
smell: sweet, alcohol, malts , raisins , chocolat, smells between a stout and a barley wine to me !
taste: start is sweet, kiew ( chinese spirit ) , maple sirup , rum/bourbon , malts, raisins , dades , figs , overall sweet dried fruits , brwon sugar, end is burning alcohol , tiny bit of coffee , strong sake / kiew , barley .
actually this beer is kinda good considerd to tactical nuclear pinguin , that really is a bit too strong for me ... but does this taste like a stout ? no more like a boozed up barley wine ... but you donít hear me complaining ;)
pastradul (43) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
i have had this on draft once before. and had for a second time at Stone Brewery this past weekend!
Pours a deep black, with a slight red tint to it when in the light.
Smell: of heavy malt, cranberries and alcohol
mouthfeel: like crinking candy syrup. So think and heavy. Pretty much exactly what you would expect it to feel like for an 18% Stout.
Taste: initial heavy malt that quickly turns into sweet cranberry covering the mouth followed by a strong alcohol warmth!
overall: This is an amazing beer. I have two bottle sitting in my "cellar" right now, The best before date is december 2019! I donít know how long I will sit on them... but is going to be a while!
thomat (2610) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black with no head. Malty and fruity. Malt, sweet and alcoholic. Full body with a long sweet and fruity aftertaste.