sarro (134) - 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 (1581) - 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.
decaturstevo (5750) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is sour chocolate and medium coffee. Dark toasted malt with a hint of coffee, and a slight spicy/vegtable flavor. Medium full bodied with good carbonation.
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle courtesy of burg326. Aroma is fantastic; chocolate and roast are very potent, cocoa, and sweet chocolate, almost get a note of fresh baked dense chocolate cake, caramel and molasses, vanilla. Some hop bitterness, spicy note from the chilies, cinnamon, somewhat earthy.
Pours like used motor oil, completely opaque, I can’t even see through the stream as I pour into the glass, nice tan head which is thicker than I presumed such a beer could support, retention is only a minute or two before subsiding to a thin ring of foam.
Flavor starts off with a load of sweet chocolate and roast; the roast flavor is pleasant and mellow, not at all puckering or astringent. Caramel and cocoa, toffee, molasses, dark sugars and some dates, dark roasted coffee, nice vanilla presence. Cinnamon really shows up once the chocolate and roast have a second to dissipate, slight flavor from the chilies, but they show up more in the form of a nice warmth in the finish.
Very full body, thick and chewy, coats the palate and keeps the flavors lingering for quite a while. Medium carbonation.
Just a fantastic stout, amazing how so many flavors come together and work so well, very well done!
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a brown disapearing head. Aroma is roasted malt, cold coffee, soy, green pepper, chocolate and liquorish. Flavour is roasted malt, green pepper, cold coffee and chocolate.
Christian (12690) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a small light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, green peppers and chili. A vegetable and pepper note dominates the flavour, along with cloying sweet malts.
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Pours black with a thick dark head. Smells of loads of chocolate, espresso, tobacco, licorice, and leather. Cinnamon and spices catch me by surprise. Offering flavors of decadent chocolate, heavy roasted coffee, sweet licorice, and copious lactose sugars. The finish is long and bitter with a good roasted finish. The peppers come in right at the finish and provide a very welcomed warming effect. It feels more like alcohol warmth than it does a vegetal spice. Very well done. I was very surprised to have enjoyed this one so much.