nearbeer (3729) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to lithy for this 330 ml. Batch #3, bb 16/02/20. Deep black with a lasting film of cream and a touch of lace. Nose of oat, cookie dough, figs, vanilla, oak and light whiskey. Flavor is at first the same, then the figs, whiskey, oak and vanilla nearly overpower me. Medium-heavy body is smooth, and well-dried and warmed by the alcohol. Some saltiness in the aftertaste. Not a big fan of 15% abv-plus beers, but this one ainít as alcoholic as most.
theSlipperyPen (238) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There is head, about a fingerís worth - which is surprising at this alcohol level - but like all really big beers, the bottle needs to stand open for a while so that it can breathe before given up that foam and fizzle. The colour is cola brown with ruby or cherry highlights; not the squid ink Iíd expected. The aroma shares more in common with a port or a spirit than a beer, being quite openly boozy and very sweet. There are fruits on the nose; honeyed dates and preserved figs, but nothing fresh. There is another port aroma here, a corked tannin woodiness reminiscent of nut husks. As for the nose, itís interesting indeed, but not really typical of a stout. In the mouth itís alcohol all the way. The heat sears the tongue then burns down your chest on its way to light a belly explosion. The cranberries and jasmine are only to be found as traces, hidden behind an overbearingly malty body. I keep glimpsing something special here, only to have the alcohol shut me out again and again. But maybe that this beerís maxim: itís an extreme experience, albeit an expensive and dangerous one. The finish opens up the malt and the fruits and develops that corked character. But ultimately itís just booze and sugar. So, a stout? Iím not sure. It shares more with beers like Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus. But then again trying to define a beer that pushes at the boundaries of what can be considered a beer is probably just an exercise in concession. Buy one. See what you think. As for my tastes, itís a step too far.
tommann (2718) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Pours pitch black with no head. Aroma is massive, chocolate, alcohol, wood and berries. Chocolate and berries. Loads of smoke. Berries and smoke on the finish. Alcohol burn on the aftertaste.
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Platinum Liquor in Nth Strathfield. Wow! Quite extreme. Very thick, quite heavy. Strong alcohol burn, as iíd expected with it being 18%. probably wouldnt get it again, but well worth experiencing.
sfhodense (4791) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, heavy alcohol, fruity notes, chocolate and coffee. Flavour is roasted malt, sweet, heavy burning alcohol, chocolate, coffee and liquorish.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles at Chancey Smithís- Deep opaque black pour with a dark mocha cap that is mountainous. Intense nose of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla, and alcohol. Sweet with dark chocolate and warming alcohol with lasting bitterness. Long, sweet and boozey finish with dark chocolate and dark rum like finish. Oily, full bodied, a beast!
BeerSkull (1307) - SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2012 Sweet fragrance with aroma of roasted malt, brown sugar and figs. The taste is incredibly soft with a nice sweetness, it is reminiscent of a sweet wine such as Port wine. The taste has hints of chocolate, raisins, roasted malt and oak. An wonderful thing is that the alcohol of 18.2% by no means is noticeable in the taste, besides as a nice warming substance. An amazing beer! Highly recommended!
Camons (5961) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@Voldby Brewdog tasting. Black, no head, but leaves nice lacings on side of glas. Aroma is sweet sugar, plums and chocolate. Taste is very sweet, sweet fruit, plums, raisins,alcohol. Full body, warming alcohol , low carbonation.
LordDrachen (116) - reggio emilia, ITALY - OCT 23, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Of course, extreme. Aroma is mostly brine, port, liquor. Traces of liquorice and sherry-type fruity. The taste is sweet, very intense; sweet liqueur, licorice, final peat. Persistent. Rather full body. Definitely successful the balance with alcohol, but absolutely sickening. Even difficult to drink an half of the bottle. I love Brewdog but in this case they didnít a good work. "Too much" in any aspects.
50belair (2240) - Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Darkguardian. Dark brown in color with big booze and pete aromas. This is a chewy stout that you have to let warm up. As it comes to temperature the big boozy burn starts to dissipates and reveals wonderful chocolate and caramel flavors. Great beer, that has to warm up to be truly appreciated......