bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(11.2oz bottle, BB 14/12/19, courtesy of angrypirate06) Pours a mahogany body with a small tan head. Aroma of alcohol, roasted grain, and nuts. Flavor of ALCOHOL, roasted grain, caramel, toffee, oak, and apple. Extremely hot and undrinkable. Another over hyped high alcohol mess.
HenrikSoegaard (12270) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Black colour. Bad glue-like aroma. Moderate sweet and bitter flavor. Chocolate notes but alcohol too dominating. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.
Christian (12209) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 Very dark brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma mostly of chocolate with dried fruit and licorice and loads of alcohol. Very sweet chocolate and licorice flavour, and a sugary sweetness. Warming alcohol. Too much.
FatPhil (12201) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2015 330ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki) (5:4:8:4:15=3.6)
Black and flat, head hard to achieve, as the bubbles pop immediately. Thin sharp aroma. Some nettles as it becomes less cold. Sharp carbonation, quite a tingle on the tongue, but of course that’s alcohol too. Retronasals are sweet and chocolatey, with some currants and berries too. Alcohol very well hidden considering. There’s just a little dry burn, but not the booziness one often gets. Beestings in the retronasals as time warms. Finish a little sweet and sticky, but good roast too. A touch gimicky, but perfectly drinkable.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (drink baar, tallinn)
Did have a nice tight head this time. Again, it’s a bit stinky, there’s some nail varnish remover and alcohol. Similar retronasals, some cidery, some winey sharpness. Very sweet sugary body, but a nice burtness too. Smooth sweet sticky sweet body. The best things from the taste are in the finish, and not the bad parts. Probably wouldn’t give this quite as much this time, but it’s not so much worse that I feel compelled. Maybe 1 off taste and overall, but I’d add 1 to look too.
Rerate: Tap (TCBW15) (7:4:7:4:15-=3.7-) at 16.5%
Pleasant roasty tout. Sweet. Lovely rich body. Sweet, but not too sticky. Drinkabiliy great for 16.5%. Finish sweet and roasty. Quite delicious.
imdownthepub (12176) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned at The Hotel du Vin, Birmingham. Dark brown with ruby hints, tan head. Initially very winey, with a grape like hit, then supplementary flavours like aniseed, cough medicine and liquorice poke their nose in. Candy like in the middle, then a heavy roasted finish. It plays with the senses certainly, but I wouldn’t keep going back to it.
Ratman197 (12166) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle p[oured a clear dark brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, cranberry, dark chocolate, pepper, oak, jasmine and alcohol. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of roasted m,alt, cranberry, jasmine, dark chocolate, pepper, alcohol and light oak with a smooth warming lingering fruity finish.
jtclockwork (12142) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2011 Pours jet black with quickly dissipating tan head. Nose is licorice, chocolate, cranberries and spices. Taste is same with sweet caramel, vanilla, black licorice and cranberries leading the charge. Very smooth for the abv. I drank this warm with no refrigeration. I barely detected the alcohol. I thought this was an amazing brew.
Lubiere (11951) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark stout with a super thick moka head. In aroma, bready chocolate, fruity esters, spices and that 18% alcohol. In mouth, a whallop of alcohopl attacks you, followed by sweet chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, hops, wow, its so intense and overwhelming, its unsettling. Not 100% sure if I like it...On tap at ChurchKey DC, Feb. 26 2010.
Benzai (11865) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Bottle said: Batch 4, aged on French toasted Oak chips. Dark brown color with a barely visible red glow coming through. Smell alcohol, roasted coffee, wood. Firm heavy taste at first, mostly roastyness and alcohol hitting me, but a soft warming finish of vanilla, warming alcohol and wood. Nice.
Pinball (11740) - 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 i’d guess the alc.% at 12 to 14 pct, so you could say it’s well hidden, but it’s not. It wouldn’t hurt with a lower alc.%,but i think this beer is made to provoke, not to conform.