Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark brownish red color with a thin head. Below average head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, cherries, berries, caramel, and faint floral notes. The taste is big roasted malts with nutty notes, floral notes and quite a bit of berries, including strawberry and raspberry. Pretty boozy and hot. Medium-full bodied. Interesting.
VsXsV (2675) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl from Ølbutikken in Copenhagen. Pours small to medium tan/brown head. Very dark brown to black colour. Nice lacing. Smells of coffee, dark fruits (figs, raisins etc), alcohol/solvents, chocolate, espresso, oak and some vanilla. Huge aroma. Taste starts of sweet with rummy notes and ends more bitter with chocolate and coffee. Nice but a bit overpowering and very obvious alcohol, though not unpleasant. Medium to full bodied with sticky mouthfeel. Have tasted better stouts at this abv, but it’s not bad at all.
ketchepillar (1172) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Jubilation. Opened the night before, but immediately recapped until the following night. Effect: minimal to none. Aroma: vinous, a bit chocolaty, dark fruits. A bit metallic. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Warming but nothing more. Some orange in the finish. Some blood and paint.
SanfordBrewer (1392) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black, thin tan head, very syrupy full body, high carbonation.
Aroma: perfume, lots of alcohol reminiscent of Samichlauss, heavy malt sweetness, bready yeast, and hints of silage and cranberries.
Taste: sweet roasted malt, mushroom soy sauce, lots of alcohol, vanilla oak, ashy smoke, and a slight hard salami note, with hints of cola and fruity cranberries and floral jasmine.
Very interesting, with lots of complexity. Alcohol and carbonation are too high, and trample on most of the subtle and more interesting flavors.
Beerdedone (2901) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a short tan head. Aroma of alcohol, chocolate, roasted malts, oak and licorice. Flavor was dark roasted malts, chocolate, oak, berries, coffee, licorice and a touch of molasses with a rich oily mouthfeel and had a nice warming finish.
Scopey (8458) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brewdog Bar Aberdeen. The colour is dark brown/black with a quickly dissipating tan head. The nose is of varnish, soy, toffee, caramel and molasses. The taste is initially of tangy soy sauce, liquorice and wood leading to caramel, molasses and plenty of dark fruits (cherries, plums, raisins). It has syrupy, rich mouth-feel and a sweet, warming finish.
suprchunk (2526) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured jet black into my trusty goblet. Slight head that is tan. Head fades really fast leaving a slight trace of it on top of the beer the entire drink. Thus producing a little bit of lacing as I consume this beast.
Too woody. It does not smell like a regular oak aroma. More like an oak 2x4 soaked in turpentine. The smell is really distinct and off-putting. A little bit of a molasses aroma hidden behind the previous, mixed with a little raisin nose.
Wow! Don’t let the smell fool you into thinking it will taste as bad. This beer tastes fantastic. It is just sweet enough, just bittered enough, and has balanced the flavors with the high ABV perfectly. While it is still a bit hot from the high octane, it is balanced so well that you might not notice.
Slick and hot. Very viscous even though the alcohol tries to thin it out. It is a bit hot from that same alcohol. But the creaminess dominates, followed very closely by the alcohol.
Not very drinkable!!! This thing is a bit too hot and strong to drink more than a bottle of - in a week. I wish the alcohol was a bit more muted so that it would be a little more quaff-able. But I’m glad it doesn’t since this is a bit pricey to try and drink daily.
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.
FatPhil (10253) - 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.
TBone (13700) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, small beige head. Woody, oaky aroma, some underlying berries. Very sweet, sticky, but same time smooth palate. Loads of caramel, kirschberry, some licorice. Certain Brewdog house flavor in the brew. Warming beer with lots of ageing potential.