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 (4653) - 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 (2539) - 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.
Ktwse (2809) - SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2015 Not very balanced. Pours dark brown. Almost black, with minimal head. Aroma is sweet with syrup, dark dried fruits, a hint of chocolate. A well matured port wine is the closest reference. Taste is very sweet, again syrup and figs, raisins. Lots of alcohol from the start and this gets worse with the aftertaste. It’s seriously too much - four sips into it and I’m not sure I want to finish the bottle... Probably best enjoyed with eg a well matured cheese.
Update: latest attempt with 16.5% version. Still very boozy but better balanced and not as extreme.
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Cranberries, chocolate, floral, vanilla, oak, maple syrup, apples, acetone.
Taste: Raisins, coffe, chocolate, port, dates, figs, plums, pear, cognac, burnt sugar, cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Dry, intense, takes your mouth for a hellish trip. Not very balanced.
Psytron (1585) - Turku, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Minimal head. Very dark brown. Sharp palate. Aroma of berries and herbs. Like wine. 0.33 bottle is too much...
Kavu (2919) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark red with a low brown head. Aroma is roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee. Flavor is mostly sweet roasted malts, with some chocolate, coffee and berries. Alcohol doesnít push through too hard. Very nice.