JohnnyJ (4913) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via one of the people that sent me a bottle, thanks. Dark black pour, small but thick dark tan head. Chocolate, lightly roasty, lots of sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, mild chili pepper, and a bit chalky. A nice imperial stout. Overrated? yes. I had the Sinners 2010 after this and enjoyed it quite a bit more.
gnoff (8746) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2012 First rating
1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle on Jan 31, 2011, thanks to sebletitje!
11.5% most likely 2009 bottle
Dark brown color, to black; dark brown head. Dry, alcohol, some sort of pepper Swedish potatoe chips scent. Salty, licorice, grainy, malty, coffee taste. Coffee aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Bottle shared @ Timo’s/tkrjukoff’s CCB Day tasting on July 7, 2012.
Black color, very very dark brown head. Roasted, alcohol, sweet, fresh, chocolate scent. Dark chocolate, cocoa, salty, sweet, grainy taste. Salty and chocolate, mixed with choli, aftertaste. Very smooth nice full mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
GMCC2181 (1554) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by jayson at SL... Thick black oily pour... nice tan head. Good aroma of some bittering chocolate and vanilla. Taste is bitter chocolate, with honey??? I swear I taste honey... little vanilla. Pretty good. Nice smooth oily body. Overall Nice impy stout
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle shared by Sean. Rating #343. Inky jet black pour, thick and viscous with an unreal dark brown head. Sweet spicy chocolate aroma, dark fruits, really quite enjoyable. Spicy and a little bitter, dark chocolate and roast that sticks to the tongue for awhile, pretty good shit. (1476)
Anker (723) - Hillerřd, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at plovmand tasting.
Pours pitch black with a dens creamy firm black head.
Aroma is very nice, sweet and roasted, with notes of caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, liquorice and coconut.
Aroma is soy, roasted malt, caramel, bitter coffee, tobacco and dark chocolate with a hint of alcohol.
JoeTheYounger (1166) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Hophead22 tasting. Very dark pour with dark brown head. Aroma was peppers, brown sugar, cinnamon. Taste was chocolate, black pepper, mild chilies. Good brew.
Theis (14468) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Plovmand’s - Thanks. Pitch black - big brown head. Chocolate, cocoa, sweetness, cocoa-powder, dusty, licorice, coconut notes, smokey notes, nice hoppy, high sweetness. Lovely fullbodied.
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a snifter. Thanks to jyounger30 for a chance to try this one. Can’t wait to see if the beer lives up to the hype.
4.0 A: Pours a syruppy black color. Two fingers of creamy dark brown head with about average retention and some spotty lacing.
5.0 S: Wonderful nose. Right up there with the best of them. Complex with all the aromas collaborating. Sweet milk chocolate is by far the most prominent aroma. Blackstrap molasses, lots of toffee, some coffee, dark crystal malts. Plenty of roasted barley and toastiness to balance, but the sweetness still dominates. Vanilla is subtle and in the background. I may be detecting the cinnamon, but I’m not sure. Can’t tell there’s a chile in there though.
4.5 T: Sweet chocolate is most prominent again. Black coffee and roasted barley team up to give this an equally forceful roastiness and bitterness. Vanilla bean is subtle again, but definitely there. I definitely picking up the chiles now and they add a vegetal character, but I’m glad there aren’t stronger. The only problem I have with this beer is that the alcohol isn’t well hidden.
5.0 M: Heavy body with a silky creaminess to it. Good moderate carbonation. Thick, smooth, and silky is the way I like my Imperial Stouts and this meets all my requirements.
4.5 D: Very tasty beer with a wonderful nose and great mouthfeel. This is definitely the real deal. Time for another ISO.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-28-2010 01:48:02
hallinghansen (2392) - Odense S, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2011 Rating # 500. Bottle @ Plovmand, thanks. Very black body with a dark medium brown head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, alcohol, port and vanilla. Flavor is bitter coffe, caramel, cocoa, roasted malt, alcohol and dried fruit. Very well balanced. Soft carbonation. Nice lacings.
Re- rate. Bottle @ Odense tasting. Black body with a medium dark brown head. Aroma is cocoa, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and peppar notes. Flavor is Cocoa, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, alcohol and dried fruit. Score is excactly the same as first rating.
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at stout tasting. Yum, this was my 3rd favorite of the night. Black, slightly thin pour. Sweet flavor of dried fruits and vanilla, roasted chocolate and coffee beans. Very complex.