Pinball (10736) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown, not black, small light brown head that goes away rather quickly.
boozy and malty sweet aroma, faint licorice, faint roasted stuff. the booze is a little too strong in the nose, stingy.
flavor is very strong , alc. burn, roasted stuff, faint woody like character, strong malty sweetness, faint toffee, faint fruity note, flavor resembles more a strong barley wine than an imp. stout, or rather 1/3 stout, 2/3 barley wine. If i was to guess iíd guess the alc.% at 12 to 14 pct, so you could say itís well hidden, but itís not. It wouldnít hurt with a lower alc.%,but i think this beer is made to provoke, not to conform.
thedm (4928) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew marked BBF 23/3/20 batch 03 from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind opaque black colored body with no visible carbonation and a thick foamy lacing. The strong aroma was of sake like vinous medicinal alcohol, dark malt and licorice. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly stingingly tingly at the finish with a stinging vinous alcohol aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of vinous and alcohol which burns as it goes down. A decent one that I would consider drinking again but definitely not quaffable. As a novelty beer itís great but it is just to vinous and burning to be quaffable. It gave me the beer shivers!
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle, best by 3/3/2020, from grape & gourmet. pours a very dark mahogany with hints of red around the edges with a thin, light khaki head and a sliver of lace. aroma is great with big notes of dry chocolate, char, toasted caramel, and tons of dark fruit notes including prune, fig, and hints of cherry with notes of spicy brandy, sweet oak, and pistachio shells. flavor is outstanding with big, slightly tart, brandy-dipped fruit notes of cherry, pear, and prune initially that slowly give way to massive toasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and roast coffee with a light sweetness of oak and vanilla on the back end and finishing with a sweet but spicy boozy warmth. palate is on the heavier side of medium bodied with light carbonation and certainly too easy to drink for 18.2%. overall, and deliciously aggressive brew.
Muggus69 (1147) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I canít help but draw on my experience with Mikkeller Black, the strongest beer iíve tried before this, at 17% or so abv. Black was certainly ridiculously dark and potent, and would probably cellar as long as a good Bordeaux. And as an enticing a thought it is; drinking a beer iíd let cellar until iím in my 60ís, Iíd rather something more palatable earlier on....enter Brewdog.
She pours a demonic black body with reasonably thick persistent tan foam that eventually dies down.
Aroma is rich, just yells out winter warmth in a bottle; brandy, dark chocolate mousse, sticky date pudding, buttery oak, espresso and marmalade. Booze makes its presence known in a subtle way, like a good port.
Texture is very sticky yet dries out quite quickly with oak and roasted tannin, palate is very full straightup yet not as persistent as hoped. Low carbonation is welcome.
Undoubtedly alot going on, like any good stout, with an extra dimension or two from that MAMMOTH abv; espresso, port, rich hot chocolate, burnt toast, French oak vanilla, sticky toffee, some caramelised roast vegetable characters that are oddly tasty and complimentary. Really goes to another level. Finish is suprisingly restrained for bitterness and roast astrigency; the big lingering alcohol sweetness probably helps. Warm on the way down, just like a good brandy.
Certainly a well rounded double strength Imperial stout. My biggest probably is itís really way too easy to drink. And drinking half a bottle of port-strength liquor in a short amount does have its downsides!
TheMantle (37) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the bottle. This is a tough one to rate becuase I dont have much to benchmark this off of. Smells like booze and a bit of juniper berries. The taste is very boozy with a bit of other flavors in there that are tough to make out becuase the booze kills them quickly. Overall, not a bad beer for the abv
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This invited comparisons for me to the DFH WWS, since it ends up close to the same, rarified abv. I have liked both and actually would disagree with those who think this isnít that smooth--the abv is remarkably tempered beneath the layered flavors/aromas that are allowed to pierce your palate. Rich, roasted, lilting and ambitious. Delicious beer. Bottle bought in Amsterdam.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark dark brown with a quickly receding brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, booze, some coffee and caramel notes. A bit of chocolate, but a lot of booze. Flavor is pretty hot but with some big roasted malt notes. A bit of chocolate lingering in the back. This is a big boozy beer.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz bottle from stopbarking poured into a tulip.
Pours a murky mahogany brown that doesnít quite get to full black. There is a fairly big bubbly tan head that recedes to a small cap and leaves no lacing but a bit of legs on the side.
The aroma is heavily roasted black malts, charred almost, with a big vanilla sweetness and cranberries. No doubt about the alcohol in this one as it burns the nostrils. Lots of oak and a hint of jasmine lend a light spiciness to the nose.
The taste starts with a quick hit of chocolate covered cranberries but itís quickly swept away by the oak and vanilla which has an accompanying alcohol burn. The taste doesnít seem quite as charred as the nose but more boozy and sweet. It burns a lot.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and seriously boozy. Slick with soft carbonation.
This is a big, oaky stout with a ton of contrasting flavors and a massive alcohol presence. Itís certainly low on the drinkability scale but itís an interesting beer to try once.
Sigmund (4958) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 18.2%. Pitch black colour, big brown head. Strong aroma of oak, molasses, roasted malts, sweetened strong coffee, dark dried fruits and alcohol. The flavour is sweet, malty and roasty, notes of burnt caramel and molasses, the alcohol is very noticeable. A moderate hoppy bitterness in the finish. A bit too far out on the sweet side, Iím afraid - but definitely worth sampling.
jgb9348 (4664) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, chunk brown coloured body with a muddy highlight and a very thin tan head. Aroma of strong malt, whiskey, vanilla, a light bit of caramel and tons of alcohol. Full-bodied; Chewy mouthful with a deep pungent roasty malt, chocolate and nutty flavour with a bunch of earth and spices thrown in and of course - a ton of alcohol and pitted fruit flavours. Aftertaste shows a lot of complexity, with anise and a touch of herbs coming out, along with the dryness and alcohol. Overall, a strong and perhaps way too overproduced (high in alcohol). I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 14-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 21-June-2010. Batch #2, Best Before 14-December-2019!