LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JUN 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes. May 2010. HUGE thanks to Armin for this one! Pour is a very dark brown, with a nice mocha head that fades fairly quickly. Looks like a pretty standard IS, smells like a pretty standard....wait. Is that chili pepper? And vanilla? And bitter coffee, chocolate, oak, roasty goodness, all wrapped up into one snifter? Simply sublime smelling, with all of the aromas blending perfectly, complimenting without competing. Taste suffers somewhat, as the first sip lingers and muddies the distinctive flavors in the subsequent tastes. Finishes slightly weak compared to the way it starts.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Received this bottle from Chairmissing and I can’t thank him enough!
A: The darkest, thickest beer I’ve seen to date. Decent carbonation.
S: Coffee, chocolate and vanilla.
T: Let me start by saying I came into this beer very skeptical. I never believe the hype behind beers but this left me speechless. I let the bottle sit for about 20 minutes after taking out of the fridge, poured into a snifter. The first taste was strong chocolate and alcohol with a interesting aftertaste. As it warmed the cinnamon and chili became quite apparent. The strong chocolate hits first then some malt and to finish it off the chili hits the back of the tongue simply amzing and this is now the most complex beer I’ve ever had.
O: Can’t describe how much I love this beer. There is no way I will miss the release next year. I wouldn’t trade away the cellar to try it but if you have a friend near the brewery or someone offering you a bottle for a decent trade definitely do it.
GRM (3612) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9,4 ounces, with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on June 5 2011; eye: black, opaque, dark brown head that turns into a tiny ring; nose: roasted malt, dark chocolate, liquorice, light molasses, smoke, tobacco, slight burnt; mouth: roasted malt, dark chocolate, liquorice, molasses, smoke, light tobacco, light burnt, woody, finale in roasted malt with presence of dark chocolate, medium-full body, below-average carbonation, slightly sweet and bitter, slick texture; overall: quite good
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 5 juin 2011; œil : noire, opaque, mousse brune foncée qui se transforme en un très petit anneau; nez : malt torréfié, chocolat noir, réglisse, léger mélasse, fumée, tabac, très léger brûlé; bouche : malt torréfié, chocolat noir, réglisse, mélasse, fumée, léger tabac, léger brûlé, boisé, finale en malt torréfié avec présence de chocolat noir, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, très légèrement sucrée et amère, texture coulante; en résumé : bien bon
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Solid pitch black in color with dark brown head. Huge spicy cinnamon aroma. Light heat from the chilies on the lips, tons of cinnamon this year. rich roasted malts, molasses, syrupy and delicious.
Lubiere (12401) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A super thick and oily black imperial stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, an explosion of chocolate sauce, molasses, berries, rhubarb, tobacco, and licorice. In mouth, loads of bitter chocolate and tobacco, herbal in nature, burned coffee, bitter cocoa, soy sauce, iodine, complex and intense. 750 ml shared with GRM, Mike H and Ian G, June 5 2011.
sarro (133) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle served cold and split three ways at a small lambic themed tasting. Hunahpu pours a dark black with a small, creamy mocha head. The smell is pleasant and veggie-like with notes of celery, carrots, black pepper, and dry hot chocolate. Taste-wise I got dark, dark chocolate, spicy chili powder mid-way through, and a finish that ends like a nice boozy hot chocolate. A bit of cinnamon shows up in the background from mid-taste to finish, but it compliments the stout well. Overall, one of my favorite imperial stouts. Drink it fresh before the chili and spices fade!
brendaniel (55) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Incredibly dark in color - no light getting through this one, small head - and light lacing around the glass. Bitter chocolate aroma, slight vanilla as well. Taste is unbelievable!! Bitter chocolate, some vanilla with hints of coffee and some cinnamon in the finish - but not overly boozy. Incredibly complex and unique - thanks to my beer bud for sharing this one with me!!
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep motor-oil black color with a deeply brown head which has a nice red hue. Aroma has many interesting characteristics; Tons of vanilla, some chili, faint alcohol - well managed. Also lots of smooth chocolate, and nice, bitter coffee. Sharp but at the same time managed and subtle. Nice! Taste is extremely viscous and has loads of delightful roast, vanilla, chocolate, cocoa beans, dry chili. Extremely long duration, some booze but not too much. It has some side-notes of weird medicine-like cough syrup but it doesn’t in any way harm the taste. Also pumpkin and cannabis.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - MAY 25, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black beer with a chocolate head. The aroma is malt, coffee, cold coffee, green peppers and soya. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is dry and roasted with sweetness. Overall a really good beer.
jzzbassman (1560) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 Bottle courtesy of the Cheeseman. Pours as viscous as motor oil with a tan head with ruddy highlights. Smells like vanilla ice cream in a cocoa sauce spiked with red pepper. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, with a tinge of spiciness that hits the side of the tongue. Finishes long with a bite of the pepper with no hint as to the 11% alcohol bill. Truly amazing beer.