maneliquor (3482) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Mane Liquor. Pours a deep black with a very small, whispy head. Some subtle tan lacing. Aroma is pretty much alcohol with a touch of oak and roasted malts. Much more comes out in the taste. Loads of coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Oak, liquorice and molasses play a small role in there as well. Fantastically smooth for 18%. Unbelievable beer
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2011 (12 ounce bottle - snifter glass) Apperance has a black opaque color, tan head. Boozey aroma, but not a unpleasant boozeiness. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Also has notes of black licorice, vanilla, dark chocolate (with a heavy cacoa content), wood (mostly oak, alot of oak), dark fruits, molasses, leather and scotch. Finish is reminiscent of scotch, a little dry and rather warm. Oily texture and flat carbonation. Very complex beer, I am going to buy a couple of these and throw them in my cellar.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a very deep dark black with only a hint of brown in it, with a finger of off-white head. The head fades fairly quickly to a ring around the glass leaving behind some lacing.
S - Very boozy, lots of alcohol in the nose. There is also some roasted toffee/caramel malts with just a touch of oak. Booze takes over a bit.
T - Starts off with tons of heavy roasted malt and a lot of sweetness. The sweetness seems to come from a mix of dark fruit and almost a syrupy brown sugar. The sweetness really hits the palate hard. Also some booze kinda there from the start. Through the middle there is a lot of oak flavor and dark fruit that comes through. Also a bit more booze. The finish is a mix of some booze warmness, some of the sweetness, some oak, and come chocolate flavors that linger with the booze being the strongest lingering flavor.
M - Very full bodied with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly smooth and creamy. Though there is a lot of bite from the alcohol and from the sweetness. Not an amazing mouthfeel but better than expected from such a heavy abv beer.
D - Semi-drinkable. Huge flavors and very bold and pretty boozy. However, for 18.2% abv it is not as heavy as expected. The oak also is a very nice touch in the flavor profile and does a good job blending the booze flavor.
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Alcool, cherry liquor, plums. Toffee, butter.
Taste: Sweet, alcohol dominates but is under control.
Aftertaste is alcoholy and warm. Nice.
Overall: A nice winter warmer at small amounts, but lacks complexity and does nothing to justify the high alcohol content. But drinkable.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black colored, little beige head. Port vinous aroma with rich sweetness, thin alcohol with raisins, cardboard and thin licorice here as well. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is sweet as well with same port wine dominating, raisins and medium alcohol come up as well. Too alcoholic and sugar-sweet.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
30110318 12oz bottle. Cola brown with small khaki head. Aroma is rummy, cakey, some marzipan, slight roast, a bit one dimensional. Heavy and sweet on the palate. Crazy boozy. Meh, so so.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark brown with a decent medium brown head. Nose is potent but surprisingly non-abrasive, with lots of creamy-roastiness, a little chocolate, and plenty of booziness. Flavor is extremely alcohol-dominated (what do you expect?...it’s 18.2%) with a chocolate rich malt. The hops are virtually undistinguishable, especially considering the supposed 90 IBU rating. This definately leans toward a hyper-imperial cream stout. Drinkability is modest though...the booze is just so potent. Finish is sticky and the alcohol lingers. It’s decent enough but would be much better down around 12%, where alcohol is manageable and more subtle flavors have a chance.
glennmastrange (2566) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy dark bread, molasses and strong coffee for the malt, light to moderate perfume for the hops, light dough and broth for the yeast, with background notes of licorice, berry, wood and a whiskey like alcohol note. Head is small, fizzy light tan, with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is hazy dark brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet an lightly acidic, then the extra long finish is lightly sweet and moderately to heavily acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, syrupy which is somewhat diminished by the harshly alcoholic finish, and has a lively carbonation. The alcohol burn in the finish is a little overwhelming, but the aromas and flavors are deep and complex making this a great slow-sipping Imperial Stout.
wekker84 (2110) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle a black colored beer with a tiny white beige head aroma roasted malts laurel spicy and hops flavor roasted malts laurel coffee dry fruits caramel hops and alcohol
77ships (6918) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 bottle@home: looks very dark, black but if you hold it up to the light, you can see that it is more of a very dark brown rather than pure black, wouldn’t call it clear but it is not hazy either, minor head that didn’t last all that much but leaves some lacing behind, smells very heavily of alcohol, I didn’t get much else, maybe some roasted malt, oak & dark fruits underneath but I mostly got booze from this one, I found a couple of small oak chip pieces at the bottom of my glass, taste-wise I didn’t pick up any of the cranberries or jasmine that was supposed to be in here, made me think a bit more of a porter than a stout, sweet, there is malt, oak, dark fruits, syrup & a hint of liquor cherries underneath, some liquorice & spice, I drank this one very slowly and the alcohol bite turned out to be very reasonable, the alcohol is actually rather restrained if you take small sips, surprisingly enough this was medium bodies, I expected it to be much thicker really, there was some carbonation in there, enough for me, I don’t need much, it wasn’t amazing but it was good and much better than the other beers by them that I have tried so far /// 25 cl. Draft @ Delirium Tap House – the new batch is no longer simply different, it is a new beer to the point that people couldn’t believe that this wasn’t a new beer, both batches appear to have slightly different labels as well – this one was simply put it a fruit beer while the previous one was a stout, a huge difference as far as I am concerned – older bottle version, I got no fruit, this one was just a cranberry fruit beer – A: very dark brown red with a mocha head – S & T: liqueur cherries & cranberry liqueur, some slightly roasted dark malt buried upfront, touch bitter upfront & hint sourness & booze in the finish – this basically taste s like someone poured quite a lot of cranberry liqueur in Tokyo* (I loved it) - body serious but still lot lighter than you would expect – 4.1 for bottle / 4.3 for draft