sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2013
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 4/20
[On-tap at The Friendly Spot] I wasn’t going to pay the high price for this beer, but the person I was with did, so I tried some of his. After having tried it, I am extremely glad I didn’t order it. An odd solvent-like (similar to acetone, but slightly different) aroma is very prevalent when cold, but it faded as it warmed. Other than that, this beer is completely dominated by raisin, molasses, and alcohol. A little green pepper, chocolate, and day-old coffee were also in there. Good, thick mouthfeel with a long finish (more chocolate here). What a sweet, boozy mess. Incredible that this is rated so highly, because I found it to be a nearly undrinkable trainwreck.
DrNosha (1533) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - JUL 24, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 209. 0,33l. Dunkelbraunes blickdichtes Bier mit rotem Schimmer und Glanz, kein Schaum. Kein Wunder bei 18,2%. Weicher Duft nach Rosinen, Rum, Eiche, Malz, Kaffee. Der Alkohol kommt natürlich auch raus, ist aber nicht stechend. Sehr schöner breiter Duft. Süss im Antrunk. Hier machen sich das Malz und die Cranberries bemerkbar. Mokka, Rum, eingelegte Trockenfrüchte. Es ist noch erstaunlich trinkbar. Die Fassreifung macht es trotz dem vielen Alkohol weich und rund. Im Abgang kommt dann das Malz, dunkle Schokolade, etwas Honig und Kaffee. Ganz zum Schluss bleibt auf der Zunge ein Hauch von Tee. Ölige Konsistenz im Glas. Es zieht fast wie Olivenöl gelbe Schlieren. Dieses Bier ist ein echter Koloss. Eine Herausforderung für alle Bierliebhaber, für einen Alleine die Chinesische Mauer!!
OminouSC2 (402) - SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted as both 18,2% and 16,5% ABV. Black. Aroma is alcohol, roasted malt, chocolate, some raisins, soy. Taste is really awesome. Pretty much same as the nose, but the cranberries add a depth to it which I really enjoy. A sweet, light bitter taste. Finish lasts a long time and the cranberries are present at all time. The lower ABV in the second version helped it to become more balanced.
LazyPyro (487) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Black colour with a three finger brown/orange head. Aroma of dark fruit, plum, malt, oak, very boozy, vinous. Taste is very sweet and sugary, dark/dried fruit, bit of dark chocolate lots of boozem kind of Christmassy. Sticky, very soft carbonation, sweet sugary alcoholic finish. Hmm.. it’s actually surprisingly nice but it’s something for a one off special occasion I think.
pictoman (911) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 330mL bottle. Dark brown-ish black with tan head. Roast malt and dried fruits with some mild wood and chocolate notes, mild alcohol kick. Pretty nice, but lacks a little bit of depth. Medium body.
Patersoi (152) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Like drinking brandy! Pours oily black with a reluctant tan head. Was hoping for more aroma. Sweet on first taste but not malt sweet - is it the cranberries? Chocolate and dried fruit/christmas pudding flavours and some date. Some coffee and roast malt late in the piece and the finish finally reveals the epic alcohol content with a warm glowing sunset.
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babilon25 (8) - - MAY 31, 2016 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Per mi la millor imperial stout que he sabotejar mai, ara bé, massa cara l’ampolla
Enno101 (73) - - MAY 23, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2016 Pours jet black with tan head. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, molasses, liquorice, roast malt and a lot of booze. Taste: Sugar, chocolate, toffee, coffee and a LOT of booze. This one is heavy.
ALLOVATE (2861) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2016
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Batch 2, 18.2% ABV
At just cellar temperature and into a snifter. Black as midnight with a short-lived lather of tannish cream. Highly vinous, fortified wine and plum grappa dominated nose; boozy and spicy, medicinal slightly dank and dirty. Hints at fell, rotting and fermenting fruit. Whoa, wow, what? It is harsh on the palate; sickly sweet like unfermented wort. Astringent and puckering in the back with a hot finish. Viscous, big body is sticky, gammy and cloying. Finish is amazingly short. Fruit sugars atop tawny port notes. Lightly woody with a strong hint of rancid butter and vanilla cream. Something burnt builds but in no way does it compliment. I could hardly get this one down. Nothing worked. The hype does not fit. Harsh and ill-defined. Disappointing! (33cL, BB 21/12/21, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
mariuspoenari (1330) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Craft & Draft Amsterdam. Pitch black with an espresso head. Burnt salted caramel, brewed coffee, cocoa, sherry and a ton of sweet cherries. A bit sweet at first, it develops a nice fruity bitterness as you go.
markoijelena (2077) - Belgrade, SERBIA - MAY 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft sample 16.5% at Craft&Draft Amsterdam Netherlands. Thanks for sharing mariuspoenari.03.05.2016.Pour it dark color with medium brown head.Aroma leather,intense coffee,spirit on the back.Taste starts with roasted coffee beans,dark chocolate,vanilla,finishes with warm kick of alcohol,full body,perfect balanced,really to blow your mind.Perfect