SpongeRuiner (945) - Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a trade. Pours a black black pour. A dark oily head. Really nice looking. A thick dark chocolate aroma with a spicy back end. Very creamy upfront and all the way down. Very thick chocolate coating all over. A peppery spice punch in the back of the throat. Really good.
rodenbach99 (3614) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Une bouteille du 8 mars 2014. Un liquide noire, rien de surprenant. Un nez de cacao, de poudre de chili et de piment fort. Le cacao me rappelle celui acheté à Oaxaca chez des Zapotèques qui, faute de savoir comment l’utiliser, avait rancis dans mes bagages. En bouche le liquide a un beau corps, il n’est pas frêle. Les saveurs se déclinent entre le chili en poudre, le cacao amère. C’est piquant, mais nul besoin d’être un descendant des Mayas pour l’apprécier.
Tribe1l (4) - - MAR 24, 2015 does not count
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Probably one of the most overrated beers on the planet. You will not understand the fuss.
kaser (4183) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Jet black in color. Small ring of off white head. Bubbles. Thick. 22oz bottle from trade. Vanilla and pepper aroma. Cinnamon and vanilla dominate the taste. Chocolate and creamy taste. Can’t say enough. Reminds me of Abraxas.
Christpuncher (2093) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
this is the best of the best for imperial stouts. very similar to abraxas but slightly better with the hints of vanilla. slight burn in the throat from the chillis this is better than dark lord hands down. this is the easily the best imperial stout i have ever had. smells like vanilla. pours black in color with a tan head.
bigda83 (513) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
FINALLY got to try this (2014 vintage)! Pours a very dark black/brown with a slight haziness to it and very small tan head. Aromas of malts come out, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, and hints of bread and peppers. Taste was heavy cloying sweetness, and a bit of the peppers hit the tongue to give you just enough kick. I’m thinking had I gotten this fresh that would have been more dominant and less sweet. Full body, oily feel, average carbonation, and a nice sweet/light spice finish. This was definitely good and what I have been expecting all the time I was seeking it. I recommend this one.
Martinus (3892) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 20, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black, big mocha head. Aroma of coffee, mocha, vanilla, cacao, alcohol, black chocolate, caramel, a bit of cocoa. Bitter cacao flavour, coffee, bitter black chocolate, sweet caramel, toffee, light vanilla, molasses. Hint of chili. Thick body. Sweet finish, brown sugar, warming alcohol, coffee, spices, lingering sweet. 2011 has some more complexity and depth than 2013, a little age works well for this beer.
(from bottle @ ZBF 2014. 2011 and 2013 bottle side-by-side. Huge thanks to JulienHuxley for sharing!)
GlasgowTAD (658) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAR 8, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2015 Pours a deep brown. Aroma is cinnamonm, vanillla and some chilli. Taste is vanilla, caramel, toffee which leads to a warming chilli spicy finish. Full bodied with a thick mouthfeel.
bursprak (1409) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle ’14, tasted side by side with Dark Lord and Darkness. Pitch black pour with a small tan. Nose has vanilla, spices, cinnamon and some chocolate. Taste has light roast, some soy sauce, vanilla fudge, toasty nuts and dark dried fruits. My favourite of the three.
popway (107) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black pour with a finger head of brown
Aromatic chili dark cocoa gourmet chocolate bar
Poured in a snifter. The palate is thick and flavors
of chocolate orange with a mild kick. Intriguing, unique.
Goin this bottle solo is a bit much.