BelgBeerGeek (1299) - 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 don’t 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 don’t know how long I will sit on them... but is going to be a while!
thomat (2915) - Göteborg, 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 (3174) - Greater London, ENGLAND - 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 (1665) - 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 (3475) - 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 doesn’t push through too hard. Very nice.
pintbypint (3152) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml brown bottle. Deep brown colour, thin tan foam, leaves a slight swirl on the surface, a few isolated spots of lace stick around. Viscous, leaves legs on the glass. Nose has a lot of alcohol, also notes of chocolate. Flavour has chocolate/cocoa up front, intitial sweet taste. Moves into roasty notes, hints of ash, wood, bourbon. Finishes with sweet alcohol and chocolate. Full body, heavy mouthfeel. Very fine carboantion. Woody feel on the tounge. Has a residual alcohol burn that is quite noticable, but not all that unpleasant. Overall, this beer is huge. Bigger than I was expecting, and sweeter than I had anticipated. I was not prepared for it, but I still found it pleasurable to drink, although I probably will not revisit this one, at least not by myself. 330mls did not seem like an unreasonable amount to drink, but half a bottle and I’m already questioning my dedication to this one.
DutchDrebus (5275) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very black, not a lot of foam. Smells and tastes very alcoholic, which pushes back much of the taste. Too alcoholic for me.
JoeZasada (300) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark cloudy brown with a reddish tinge - lasting light brown coloured head. Powerful aroma of chocolate and nuts. Taste: Strong sweet malty taste, strong oak notes. Notes of chocolate and caramel. Very warming mouthfeel. Finishes with a strong malty sweetness, same notes as above. A bit numbing on the tongue. Very full bodied, a tad oily on the mouthfeel. This is a powerful winner! Absolutely outstanding for a barrel aged imperial stout...