heavy (2120) - Split, CROATIA - JUN 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nov. ’13. A 0.33 l bottle from Vrutak store, Zagreb. It poured almost completely black, clear (I think) body with small to medium sized brown head. Aroma revealed licorice, a bit of dark chocolate and some alcohol. Flavor was interestingly not alcoholic, which at 10% is simply amazing. It was only lightly sweet, with some bitterness from roasted malt, not hops. Chocolate, licorice, coffee, cappuccino, some wood, a complex brew but with subtle components below the dominating chocolate. Of course, full bodied and creamy on palate. In the finish much less complexity survived, licorice with a bit of dark chocolate, similar to the initial concept of nose. Very good beer, wow, two jackpots in a row - I didn’t even heard of this gem before. This one needs to be enjoyed really slowly to get all the flavors well.
Matarrayos (4) - SPAIN - JUN 1, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage (winter 12/13) 35,5cl bottle. Color is very dark brown, almost black, it keeps a nice brown foam that sticks to the glass walls but disappears after a few sips. You can smell the alcohol, alongside with sweet notes of chocolate, a little caramel and coffee. Taste is pretty licorice, roasted and sweet with a soft but long-lasting cocoa-coffee bitterness aftertaste. Medium body with very low carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. I really enjoyed it.
martin00sr (511) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown, small brown head. Aroma is bursting with coffee, chocolate and licorice. Flavour has coffee and dark roasted malt with a well balanced bitterness. Long, bitter finish. Good one.
Garlic_of_Doom (444) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 12/13 vintage.
Dark brown/reddish/black with a brown head.
Aroma is roasted with dark chocolate and coffee.
Taste has roasted malt, stale coffee, dry chocolate, soy, liqourice, alcohol, tart notes.
Full body, soft carbonation, dry.
Dry after taste.
oliodnb (260) - ITALY - MAY 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy light brown head. Strong smell of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, chestnut, plums. Lots of roasted flavors, licorice, coffee, chocolate. Light carbonation, full bodied, not overly thick mouthfeel. Excellent.
santabeer (67) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is better than sex, seriously! Aroma is fantastic! Looks like melted chocolate. The taste is thick and pleasing. Oh, oh, oh, more more. :)
IPAgutten79 (476) - Skui, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2014 Haandfestivalen 2014. Svart i utseendet, medium espressofarget skum. Aromaen består av sjokolade, kaffe, lakris, røstet malt og noe alkohol. Mildt bitter i ettersmaken. Medium/tykk konsistens. God!
Shain (36) - ISRAEL - MAY 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours beautiful dark black with dense brownish head. Aroma is of caramel, chocolate, some floral, malts and roasted notes. Mouth feel is mostly watery with very gentle carbonation. Taste is sweetish with strong caramel, alcohol and chocolate liqueur, some malts, liquorice and roasted notes. Taste is mostly sweet, slightly sticky with medium bitterness to balance (probably a tad to sweet). Ends mostly bitter with a slight sourness and roasted flavor. After taste is sticky sweetness and hops, and is long lasting.
Cybion (55) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2014 Bottle, 355 ml. Pours VERY dark ruby, bordering on black, with about half a finger of tan head. Somewhat nondescript aroma, though some roasted malts and chocolate notes are certainly present. Little bit metallic, here’s hoping this won’t be in the taste. Taste of roasted malts, with small hints of coffee and bigger hints of chocolate. Quite sharp on the tounge; possibly a note of citrus which is aplified by the just a little too vibrant carbonation, which I don’t think suits this style well. Virtually no alcohol is detectable though, which is a plus, as is the comfortably bitter finish. Good stuff, but there’s better imperial stouts out there.
Darkmagus82 (547) - - MAY 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA rated on 1-24-12 -
Poured from bottle into tulip shaped glass. This particular bottle was brewed for the 2011-12 season.
Appearance - A beautiful deep black brew, forming a brown foam head upon pouring. While not more then a finger high, it persists; fading only slowly over time.
Smell - A roasted coffee comes big and bold up front. The cocoa then really comes in with some show. A deep-dark chocolate flavor with the slightest hint of vanilla mixed in. At the end there is a presence of some dried darker fruits and the smallest detectable bit of cherry, but these are soon lost in a nice alcohol flavor which warms you through.
Mouthfeel - A nice creamy brew that seems to coat and cling the tongue, allowing the flavors to permeate your taste buds. The wonderful body is only accentuated by a great level of carbonation which subtly tickles the tongue as the creamy brew clings to it.
Overall - A wonderful brew with a great look taste and feel. A holiday beer to sit back and sip. Warms you through and through.