alkolord (358) - - MAY 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Schwarz im Glas, dunkelbrauner Schaum, schokoladig würzig in der Nase, cremiges mundgefühl, schokoladig im Abgang, leicht scharf im nachgang, nicht so gut wie erwartet
SlackerMads (2736) - DENMARK - MAY 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg. Black with a medium sized dark brown head with good lace and regeneration. Soft, chocolate, cinnamon, licorice, warming alcohol, cocoa, molasses. Sweet and warming.
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Probably the best spiced imperial stout out there, this is simply loaded with complexity. Thick and oily, dark as night body, bursting with chocolate, burnt mocha and black fruit up front, showing complex elements of cinnamon and pepper spice underneath, adding notes of tobacco and leather. Endless finish.
GIJOE (1077) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - APR 29, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2016 Pours black as motor oil with a thin, creamy, dark-brown head that stays permanently. Sparse, oily lacing. Earthy nose with umami, nougat, charred malt, and chocolate. Notes of cinnamon and vanilla. Hints of tobacco and leather. Taste is dark chocolate bitterness and boozy warmth. Full bodied bliss! Among the best stouts I’ve tasted.
mike5326 (1538) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2016
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle at room temperature. Dark brown color, medium tan head. Sweet pepper syrup malt aroma. Full body with a creamy malt and licorice flavor and a full finish.
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Nische (1761) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2014 Bottle shared by wickedestman, many thanks! Pours black with brown head. Massive chocolate and cinnamon aroma with wood, roast, vanilla, dry cocoa and earth. Heavy taste of deep chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, cinnamon and vanilla. Lingering chocolate and coffee finish. Wow, this is just liquid magic. So many layers of intense flavor. Truly one of the most complex and best beers I’ve had.
ACHops (1270) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2016 2014 and 2016 bottle pours @ Cigar City. Pours thick inky viscous brown with thin oily dark mocha head. Aroma is toasted hazelnuts, dark chocolate, port, figs, leather, oily oak (much more notable in the 2014 version). Taste is similar, with the added dimension in chile heat that lingers on the finish (particularly the fresh 2016 iteration). Simply incredible depth of flavor, easily amongst the top barrel-aged imperial stouts in the world, grateful for the opportunity to try it. Truly, this is among the best of the best.
dinkle50 (1278) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black, oil like pour with a thin espresso head. Looks great. Aroma is full of sweet chocolate, a little cinnamon, hot peppers and some dried fruit. Smells great. Full mouth. Taste is full of chocolate, cinnamon & vanilla. Slightly spicy from the peppers. This reminds me of Chi Chi’s fried ice cream, if you ever got to try that. Not too sweet, perfectly balanced. Alcohol hidden well. No lace. Good stuff.
libertine (374) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with big brown head. Aroma of cinnamon, peppers, wet tobacco, coffee,smoke, chocolate and vanilla. Slightly sweet flavor. Chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, earth and a very light heat from the peppers. Alcohol is hidden. Medium/full bodied with an oily texture. Sticky on the lips. The spice from the peppers come through more in the finish. Glad I made it to the festival.
snoworsummer (4382) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2016 draft at the brewery. Pours very dark brown with a bubbly but brown bead. Tastes like sweet chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, smooth booze, and some tobacco and ash. Medium body and low/carbonation. Smells like chocolate, cinnamon, peppers, vanilla, smooth booze, tobacco, and ash.