jolo (1003) - Uppsala, Sweden, SOUTH AFRICA - OCT 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33 cl. A clear dark brown colour with a medium high, off-white head. An aroma of malt, caramel, chocolate, smoke and alcohol. The taste is heavy sweet and medium bitter. A full body, oily texture, soft carbonation and a medium long finish.
SlovakSniper (4986) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(33 cl, batch 010) The look : Deep brown stout with a small head that disappears quickly. Traces of foam stick to the glass. The nose: Bože môj, bože môj... Plums and prunes, dark fruits, old woody notes, port wine qualities, chocolate and thundering notes of molasses. The taste: Intense dark fruitiness, raisins and plums, polish delight, port wine notes, molasses and dark chocolate. The palate: Medium to almost full body with a comfy carbonation. The texture is on the oily side. The finale: Port wine finish with a super hot kick from the alcohol.
jvhemert (377) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 9, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
AROMA: chocolate, fruits, overpowering alcohol, hints of port (cask), licorice aftertaste
APPEARANCE: dark brown/black
TASTE: lightly sour, lightly bitter, light sweetness, very dry
PALATE: medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish
OVERALL: surprisingly palatable for >18% alcohol, but not enough of the depth and smoothness of a good port to warrant the alcohol.
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - OCT 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle. Poured black, motor oil. Slight, residual head. Overpowering aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, and alcohol. Oddly enough, I liked it, despite how... chemical, for lack of better word, it was. Taste had quite some depth, masking the alcohol outside of its warmth. Rather sweet. And, here’s a protip: have this one when you’re fresh, i.e. not after having 5 other beers in the afternoon.
Enjoyit (3754) - Vadum, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of cemicals, sweets, dark fruits, spice and port. A flavor of liqurice, alcohol, spice and sweets.
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Small tan head over a black body. Massive aroma:taste of alcohol, chocolate, molasses and raisins. Full bodied. The alcohol is just so dominant that it detracts from the beer.
garza (573) - Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), VENEZUELA - SEP 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours drak brown with creamy espresso like head. Roasted barley on the nose, strong floral perfume like with booze in the aroma. Very complex flavour, heavy cloying sweetness, liquor like taste with hints of raisins, moscato wine and some burnt caramel. full body, oily feel, soft carbonation and a very long lasting sweet and liquor like after taste. Quite an experience!
dwyerpg (5542) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 21, 2011
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An intensely sweet sugar aroma. Very strong. Looks great. First sip is very sweet and very rich. The finish isn’t as heavy though, which is nice. While knowing it’s strong, this is smoother to drink than Goose Island’s behemoth stout. Too bad this is so pricy. Definitely could age for awhile too.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, 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.