sm89walt (1687) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, huge thanks to Andy (puzzl) for this one! Poured black. Letís face it, even with a VLT youíre seeing nothing other than black in this, other than the sparse layer of mid brown bubbles. Huge and roasty, chocolatey, some smokey notes and hints of sweet vanilla on the aroma. Quite a beast on the tongue, packed with big smokey, roasted flavours and loads of bittersweet chocolate, sprinkled with vanilla. So bloody smooth on the tongue, really something else indeed! Smooth, thick and coating with a fantastic depth and lingering dry malt bitterness. A touch of spicey heat in the back gives more animation on the palate.
planky84 (1865) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black with a thick tan head. smoky, dark chocolate aromas. Extremely smooth flavours of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, slightly peppery. Wonderful roasty, toasty long lingering mouthfeel. Smoky, dry as a bone finish with plenty of warming alcohol. Lovely stuff! Big cheers to Andy for this one!
zach8270 (3171) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(bottle - 750 ml) Thick and dark black pour with a thick and sticky tan head with incredible lacing. Coats the glass like syrup. Roasty aroma with a lot of chocolate and vanilla sweetness. Some very light spice and molasses as well. Flavor starts with a heavy and chewy roasted note followed up by a very nice and semi-sweet cocoa and vanilla flavor. The alcohol warms it up and really helps to enhance the sweetness of the cocoa and the chocolate. A little coffee comes through near the end. I didnít taste a whole lot of the peppers, but this is simply an outstanding and very solid all-around stout.
tdtm82 (668) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Andy. Excellent on the palete. Incredibly smooth. No nonsense high abv imperial stout. Nice smokey raunchbier style and subtle, chocolate aroma. Great smooth, fruity, herbal texture, soo smooth. Caramel body, chocolate, roasted malts and leather. A really solid brew. This is a big beer. Enjoy, in good measurements! Cheers Andy.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at the Cask, big thanks to Andy.
Black as night with a very good brown head. A little cheesy and funky on the nose with a slight vegetable note. Not an amazing aroma if Iím honest. Once in the mouth however, everything changes. This is excellent stuff. A big chewy US impy stout with a really unusual but absolutely glorious smoky character. Amazing fruity stuff, yeast is obvious but really good, lots of American chocolate and some really tasty herbal and spicy hints. A little swift in the finish for the style but itís not a problem, you just drink more. Love it.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by moejuck. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, spice, a bit of roast and nuts. Flavors were nice, lots of spicy notes that didnít overwhelm and gave a distinct character to the beer and the sweet/roasted notes gave a balance to those spicy characteristics. Nice mouthfeel, full bodied and had a satisfying finish, no real noticeable booze. Overall, tasty brew that did really well with the smoked chocolate ice cream we dumped into it.
suprchunk (1926) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with a very nice dark brown head. Sticks around and laces the glass beautifully. Not very aromatic given what is in it. I mostly just sense the alcohol in the nose and get a bit of hops, and a little bit of the peppers. The taste is a mixed bag; sweet with a bit of alcohol warming the back-end; a little pepper bite on the tip of my tongue and thatís it for the spice; bit of chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Every now and then there is a slight burn in the back of my throat to remind me that there is peppers in this, but ever so slight. Very viscous and coats the tongue and mouth very nicely. Silky smooth. This is up there with the best in Imperial stouts, and a couple notches above DL.
Nickls (1748) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge thanks to two peopleís efforts for me to try this brew. Thank you brewhopperjay on BA and another big thanks to my girlfriend to hauling this to me in Geneva...and of course she is splitting it with me :).
Really dense jet black oily pour and like an oil slick in a glass. Denser tan head that just leaves a patchy tan film on top. A lot of dark, nearly bitter chocolate in the aroma at first, then the peppers come in a little with more roasted coffee aromas than anything. I really love how this brew is barely sweet at all to my palate. Lots of dry, roasted qualities. Love the spice on top of the dense coffee and chocolate and very much enjoyed the bit of burn at the back of my throat from the pepper and alcohol combo. An awesome brew, and I have to say it lives up to the hype for me.
garmonbozia (422) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAY 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I would like to start off by giving a huge thanks to fata2683 for this beer. This is such a generous gift from my friend in the pan handle. Pured into a tulip. Of course it poured a thick, black with a dark tan head. taste is very complex. very dry and bitter. Peppers do come through at the end. Very thick and smooth mouthfeel. This is an awesome beer.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super thick, syrupy and black as night. The aroma jives pretty closely with the flavor - dried hot pepper, cocoa powder, coffee and spices. Definitely has a subtle kick from the peppers and a good amount of sweetness. Quite complex, ridiculous and extreme but still avoids being a chore to drink.