rouhlas (778) - GREECE - MAY 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2014 On tap at CBC 2014. Black with small brown head. Roasted malty aroma with chocolate, spicy notes like cinnamon, vanilla, rum. Sweet taste which is almost the same as the aroma with some coffee and coconut. Medium to full body, creamy with soft carbonation. Great!
Staffan47 (888) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
På CBC, tidigt på morgonen...
Apfelstrudel med vaniljsås i doften. Blytung imperial på tok för tidigt på dagen. Massiv och tjock.
Får återkomma till den här igen tror jag när jag ätit frukost först åtminstone.
knickskicks (857) - - MAY 11, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. black pour, reddish-purple head. Beautiful. Nose is peppers, sweetness from barrels, chocolate, everything so well integrated. Rich double chocolate cake to the taste, pepper heat, sweet rum, a touch of apple, chocolate syrup on mouthfeel, only issue is this was a really spicy bottle. When I had it on tap at Huna Day I thought the chiles were much better balanced. Still, it’s easily one of the best beers I’ve had.
chrisv10 (12204) - DENMARK - MAY 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ CBC, 14. #10000. Black with small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, wood and coconut. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, coconut, wood, little liquorice, thick, rum and sweet.
nimbleprop (5567) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz pour at Rustico Ballston. Pours a very inky black with a ring of red head. Nose has a ton of molasses, big cinnamon stick, black pepper, malt, heavy raisin, some booze, some burnt caramel, some caramel apple, dried cherry, port. Flavors are nice, super smooth and very well blended, sweet, sticky molasses, brown sugar, malt, Kahlua, some maple sap, soy, black pepper, some condensed cola, indiscriminate wood, mild sherry. The peppery heat comes through at the end. Warming and not offensive. Super smooth.
anders37 (18915) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ CBC 2014. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate aroma. Roasted malty woody thick chocolate flavor with some weak hints of rum. Has a roasted malty smooth woody chocolate finish with weak hints of rum in the aftertaste.
radagast83 (5417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well it’s come to this. I didn’t get a whole lot of this beer, but thanks to generous people, I was able to sample their beers at Rustico Ballston for a Hardywood/Cigar City event. Aroma is cinnamon, roasted malts, pepper and some light cocoa. Vanilla notes, though a lot of this base beer is masked by plenty of rum, brandy, barrel notes. Interesting beer - perhaps not as complex as the regular version - but something worth checking out. Lots of heat on the finish of this one, booze, barrel, booze. Light chili heat. Interesting.
GenDV138 (2870) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
10 ounces on draft at Rustico Ballston during the SAVOR Hardywood/Cigar City event, poured into a snifter. Jet black with tan head. Aromas of cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, brandy, rum. Tasting notes of dark chocolate, fudge, vanilla, rum, brandy, cinnamon, coconut, light chili peppers. Full body with a dry and warm slightly peppery finish. Full and light syrupy mouthfeel, low carbonation, Smooth for the ABV. Delicious.
devman171 (1184) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2014 On tap at rustico. Pours thick black with low dark tan head. Aroma is big sweet booze roast with light spice. Taste is very rich roast and chocolate with big port barrel notes and a light cinnamon and pepper finish.
RussianDragon (574) - - MAY 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Rustico Ballston. Pours a still black with a ring of bubbles at the glass. Aroma is sweet and complex: coconut sweetness, cinnamon, molasses, bourbon, and many notes of dark fruits. Flavor is massive and overpowering. Roast, spice, mole, chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Outstanding. Note: was served the first pour, and tried it next to one of the last pours. The latter was noticeably more spicy, as though the peppers had settled out of solution. Still amazing.