Gorbalev (2980) - Ontario, - OCT 26, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle, thank you Colin and Kendra! Finally trying it! Pitch black, very little head. Really inviting oak aroma mixed with some roast and a lot of alcohol. Silky smooth mouthfeel. First taste is quite mild - all sweet stout and oak - gives way to lots of warming alcohol and roast and finally to ear warming alcohol in very long finish. Man, this is quite easy to drink at this crazy percentage. I hate using the word smooth, but this just feels smooth - perfect really. Everything is expertly balanced. Every brewer attempting to do a oak aged version of a beer should be required to try this. So much flavour, so complex, so good. So glad I got to try it.
maxwelldeux (4030) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a near black color with a moderate light brown head on there. Nose has some heavy roasting to it as well as some dark fruits and dark chocolate. Taste is super rich and chocolatey with a lot of roasting and a slightly sweet finish. Really nice...
nihtila (1158) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
19.7.2014. Aroma of roast, sweet oaky vanilla. Taste is very intense, roast, coffee, oaky vanilla. Very good but less abv would be enough. Its also quite sweet.
tiogio (5) - ITALY - MAR 8, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gran birra, intensa e ammaliante.
Piacevole e di ottima beva nonostante l’elevato grado alcolico
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Douberd (2902) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(BrewDog Tokyo*) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 16.5%
Pitch black colour on the body, a small line of dark brown head on top, fizzy with low retention, leaving no lacing behind.
Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, great fruity notes.
Great taste, wow! Again fruity notes, vanilla, wood, alcohol, roasted malts, liquorice coal, blackberries, chocolate cake, light grass and even some hops, moderate sweet all in all but no cloying.
Medium thick body, carbonation higher than I expected but on good levels, very sticky on the palate.
Very nice and dangerous, I don’t dare finishing the bottle tonight.
CraftyBeerTour (102) - Barcelon, SPAIN - MAR 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich, ripe banana, liquorice, marzipan plus aroma. Black, viscous. Thin coffee cream-colored head. Smooth and petroly in the mouth. Warms. Juices up with rum-soaked raisins. A beaut.
alkolas510 (801) - SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kolsvart tjock med mellanstort ljusbrunt skum. Doftar och smakar mjölkchoklad och lite kaffe. Jätte söt och tror inte att den kan vara 16.5%?
MrBlueSky93 (275) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Brewdog.
Pours black with a single finger tan head. Aroma of Chocolate, cream, coffee, dark fruits, winter berries, roasted malts. Tastes much the same, with a bit of alcohol-you don’t notice too much of a burn of the throat, nice.
edgallow (2499) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, wood, vanilla, fruit and roast. Taste is sweet caramel, woody, toffee, chocolate and dried fruit.
odinstyr (573) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours Brown black with a thick chocolatey brown head. Smells of chocolate flowers wood. Taste is balanced bitter and sweet with oaky vanilla tart berry rich roast malt.
Zoret (128) - Badalona, SPAIN - FEB 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Espectacular Imperial Stout envellida amb chips de roure francès, Molt bon exemple d’una oxidació ben conduïda.