Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - MAY 13, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from last year’s Hunahpu’s Day, an event organized by Cigar City to deliberately hype this beer, to the example of Three Floyds’ Dark Lord Day (it cannot be a coincidence, by the way, that the label states that "Hunahpu was tricked by the Dark Lords of the Underworld" - this is doubtlessly an ironic nod to Three Floyds...). Makes me very curious to find out if it is worth the hype. Opaque black colour (revealing itself to be a very dark mahogany in the end) with high degree of viscosity, under a crackling, moussy, deep brownish beige head, almost reddish brown initially, steadily receding but retaining a thin rim around the edges. Very powerful and very seductive aroma, utterly complex, refinedly sweet, roasted and subtly spiced, first almost a ’dame blanche’ of chocolate sauce made with cognac poured over home-made vanilla ice cream, coffee liqueur, marzipan, sweet dried chili peppers clearly there, burning pipe tobacco, milk chocolate bars and Belgian chocolates, vivid accent of cloves and (strongly) cinnamon rolls, kahlua, cappuccino, eucalyptus, refined bourbon-like alcohol, cashew nuts, allspice, candied dates and cherries, subtle touch of meat broth... The ’basic’ and dense malts, hops and alcohol bouquet releases ethereal, volatile and beguiling sweet spice accents whenever it feels like it. What a fascinating smell... I can sniff it for hours. I cannot wait to take a sip, and must conclude that the taste follows the aroma perfectly: the expected dense candied sweetness opens the palate and makes my mouth water, candied fruits, with an almost refreshingly minerally sourishness coming from carbonation, which may perhaps be a little bit stronger than usual for the style, but fits in perfectly here. A soft and beautiful vanilla sweetness is apparent already early on, even strongly so, but I love vanilla so this is, to say the least, a welcome surprise. Very creamy, velvety, viscous, oily mouthfeel and obviously very thick body, revealing an abyss of malts, very chocolatey, nutty and caramelly, with a strong mocha bitterness after the middle, lively and not just from roasted malts, but an actual, powdery and refined coffee beans flavour. Cinnamon comes up retronasally along with that wonderful vanilla flavour, and then the finish evolves, with a big and thick lingering malt and candy sweetness, cloying even, aided by peppery hop bitterishness and of course warming, but nonetheless very gentle, liqueur- or rhum-like alcohol; the cinnamon and coffee stick to the throat, as a mixture of sweet, bitter and umami flavours, but given the immense complexity of this beer, it is hard to tell which ingrediënt causes which aftertaste... The ancho and pasilla chili peppers, both rather mild varieties, are there, but provide just a subtle burning touch in the back of the mouth and throat, without disturbing the overall balance; I do get their earthy, smoky, sweetish, peppery flavour though, only adding further complexity. This brew is indeed hugely complex and consists of layer upon layer of flavour, absolutely divine. It takes a lot of concentration - and a large bottle - to try and grasp what is going on in this one, and this is again a reminder of what beer as a beverage is capable of. This kind of top quality beers of utmost complexity move me. Yes, this is clearly worth the hype; this is an awe-inspiring imperial stout, managing to respect all the qualities of its style and building upon them an own personality; I’m pretty sure I will recall this taste for the rest of my life. If it weren’t for the somewhat sticky, cloying effect in the back of the mouth and throat, I’d give it a perfect score, which would have made it my very best beer so far. For now: just one inch away from being perfect. But then, considering my previous experiences with this brewery, I did have high hopes for this, admittedly.
Dr_Fellini (984) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to glass. Thanks BJ! Pours a pitch black color with a thin rim of medium brown head. Aroma is quite complex, cinnamon, nutmeg, touch of chills. Very interesting. Much of the same in the flavor. Not at all what I was expecting, but honestly I’m not sure what I expected. Extremely delicious.
Zakoon (370) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught @ CBC 2015. Pours pitch black with a creamy brown head that leaves some lacing. Chocolate, cinnamon, caramel, roasted malt, cherries, coconut, coffee, dark fruits, liquorice, some spicyness. Full bodied, oily, soft carbonation. Finish is well balanced sweetness with a lot of spices.
martin00sr (1808) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @CBC15. Pitch black with light brown head. Aroma is softly spicy, cloves, light roast. Spicy licorice and coffee flavor with solid booziness lurking. Big, thick mouthfeel and lasting, sticky finish.
borre_m (814) - NORWAY - MAY 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample at cbc. pours black small brown head. aroma of rich choco, chilli. taste is balanced, coconut, choco, toffee, caramel.
hammerhead01 (68) - Louvain-la-Neuve, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap et CBC. Pitch black with almost no head. Nose is fantastic. Chocolate and lots of CInamon and vanilla. Taste is very well balanced between sweet - spicy. None of the flavours is really on top of the other, it is very harmonious. Oily mouthfeel with low carnonation. Nice spiced Imp Stout.
MrOrla (1158) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at CBC. Pours a dark brown with brown head. Aroma is cinnamon roast, coffe, sweets. Taste is Green pepper, vanilla cinnamon, chocolate, Dark Chokolade.
Humlehode (368) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with brown lace. Smells like cinnamon rolls. Cardamom, cinnamon, butter.. Finishes with dark chocolate, coffee
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CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big black beer with nice one finger head that dissipated fairly quick. All the coffee and dark malts expected in an imperial stout. Some licorice and alcohol heat on finish.
Beerconnaiseur (166) - BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with brown-ish black head. Smells like cinnamon rolls with green peppers and sugar... Candi! Lots of melassis, very balanced peppery hints beautifully intertwined with vanilla and cinnamon powder, daek chocolate, oak, bittery chocolate aftertaste accompanied by a tad fresh pepper peel. Unique, very unique non barrel aged stout.