Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Thanks, Mike. Pours a nearly black brown. Very sweet boozy nose with vanilla, caramel, dried fruit, roastiness. Super sticky sweet and rich stuff. All the cloying sugars do effectively hide the alcohol. Notes of roast and dried fruits, vanilla, but mostly just a sweet toffee overload.
after4ever (6736) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. Thanks mike. Pours a clear dark brown, almost black. Bright caramel edges. Big boozy vodka nose. Coffee, chocolate, roast,soy, and prune on the nose. Sticky thick body. Vodka, soy, prune, roast, and chocolate mid palate. Long stixky prune chocolate finish.
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Birch & Barley/Churchkey. Big nose on this one. Alcohol vapor, chocolate, licorice, fusel and esters. Candied fruit. Not much for hops. Rich, ethereal, complex. Dark black with thin lacing head. Medium-heavy body, not quite chewy, with big warming and medium-light carbonation. Big sweet malty start with alcohol warming, burning vapors, vanilla, light oak, chocolate and licorice. Complex malty character with sweet finish. Sweet after just short of cloying. Rich big stout and very enjoyable.
Fungrim (60) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma has alcohol, raisin and some hidden hops. But a lot of alcohol, it smells like glue. The appearance is deep red with a small brown head. Licorice and caramel. Rather sweet and heavy. Makes you think of a really good desert wine (as Tokay). A rather nice sipper, but the glue aroma put me off though.
canicule (90) - IRELAND - AUG 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with white diminishing head. Aroma of oak, then burnt malts, then alcohol. Tastes sweet, with loads of malty flavour. Sweet, dried fruit flavours over-ride the hop bitterness, then the alcohol burn takes over at the finish. Very moreish. Lovely digestif.
craftbeerdesign (2250) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a light black with a quarter inch tan head. It settles down to a murky dark brown / light black with no head. Light red highlights. Big alcohol nose with some licorice and light spice. Medium body with light chocolate, light tart cranberries, more alcohol heat, dark fruits and some sweet grape notes. Big roasted malt presence masked by the alcohol. Wonderful layered finish with raisin, fig, chocolate, light spice and more cranberry. A unique beer that strays from your typical imperial stout, but offers a very enjoyable mix of flavors.
larsniclas (6145) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at SBWF09
Bron with a small, beige, bubbly head.
Medicine-like aroma; very vinous.
Surprisingly fresh and light in body.
Tastes kinda like soruish medicine.
rlgk (14381) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color, small brown head. Tar aroma, chocolate, vinous, dark fruits, figs and licorice. Chocolate flavor, vinous, dark fruits, figs, licorice, cocoa and grapes.
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark brown/black colored beer, with a thick beige head. The aroma is malty with sweet dark fruits, dark chocolate with some wood notes. The taste is burny, with sweet dark fruits, like raisins and prunes. A little chocolate with some notes of wood. The aftertaste is burny dark malts with bitter.
mmmbeer (1334) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz. bottle (Batch 2) served in shaker- poured a solid black color with a light ruby shade, one finger tan head formed that tried it’s best to lace. Aroma of booze, black licorice, and darkened molasses. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt is lost in a sea of alcohol which lasts from start to finish, a very light note of oak and dark baker’s chocolate on the finish. Not impressed- just a massive alcohol bomb that is horribly out of balance in my book.