beeranarchist (231) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a wonderful dark reddish brown head. Very odd aroma with spicy coffee, chile and vegetable notes. The flavour is quite sweet at first with a roasted and bitter finish. It is very odd but also very interesting. Iím not sure wether I like or not. I can taste the chile and vanilla, but I really the flavour has more hints of hokkaido pumpkin and medicine (cough syrup?). It is indeed very interesting, but is it good? Iím not sure.....
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Beershine
Black color; medium sized dark brown head. Light aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, cacao, light alcohol, very light vanilla. Thick and quite viscous mouthfeel; very strong chocolate flavor, lightly smokey, salty; light chili pepper too; tobacco; more liquorice in the end, with warming alcohol. Peculiar, very good, not easy, but bold.
radioscooter (41) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one has some hype to live up to.
Pours dead black with the most amazing cocoa head ever.
Smell is a bit off-putting. Nothing inviting here, bitter, dark hops and/or cacao.
Taste is COMPLEX. Getting cacao beans, and a healthy cinnamon burn which is amazing. Coffee roast coming through as well. Not getting a ton of vanilla. Did I mention Cinnamon and chile burn?
Wow, this is a wonderful taste. I love cinnamon and chocolate combined and this is the best of all worlds - Cinnamon, chocolate and BEER! But it works. This reminds me of the deScriptions of ancient Aztec hot chocolate drinks back when the cacao bean wasnít the invention of Milton Hershey.
Not much else to say. Not going to be a favorite if you donít like new things. :) I love this - though I canít see drinking it all night.
sthlm (1268) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2012 [Bottle, thanks so much for the trade!] Pours black with a very dark brown head. Aroma is spiced chocolate cake, apple crisp, vanilla, rounded fruitiness (reminds me of banana, but not quite the same). Taste has the cinnamon again, apple, chocolate, and pepper comes out as it warms. Really integrated beautifully though, as the heat is in the background and just compliments the other flavors instead of overpowering them. A little ashy in the finish, but fairly subdued. A little thinner than the Zhukov, but still very thick. Smooth, and has a long finish. Outstanding imperial stout, in fact, one of the best that Iíve ever had. Very unique, and everything worked for it. Thanks again!
I still crave this beer quite regularly, so it is getting bumped up a point. I need to trade for some of this!
Guerde (1260) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle shared by OSLO, thanks Al!!) Pours jet black with a very thin dark brown head. Aroma is very strong of both vanilla and cinnamon, and itís very unique as it smells like a spiced chocolate pudding. The pepper isnít present at all in the aroma, and itís predominantly spice and chocolate. Flavor is very similar with plenty of chocolate and cinnamon that pair very well with one another. Pepper is present here and the subtle heat builds the longer you drink, and is most present in the finish. This is really good and very unique, and every aspect of this beer is very well integrated, with no aspect dominating the other. Thanks again for sharing Al!!
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle from JDubFL. Sampled as part of a CCB tasting night at my house. Pours black with a fair amount of tan head. Nose has some chocolate and vanilla, but I could not get the peppers. Taste was similar to Marshal Zhukov, but without as much soy sauce taste as is prevalent there. I got some chocolate there, but not as much as I expected. It was decent, but the hype was a bit overblown.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Received this bottle in a trade -- thanks. Poured into a snifter. Beer is noticably thick as I pour, leaves legs on the sides of the glass. Beer is pitch black, black black. You canít see through it at the corners to through the thinnest part of the beer. Its just not happening. Forms a brown head, overall thin of smallish to medium sized bubbles and it leaves some lacing on the glass - although I think the alcohol is hindering the lacing overall.
The aroma is surprisingly spicy. I can get some alcohol, very slight, but I can definitely smell some chilis. This makes me nervous slightly but not too. The more I smell the more subtle characters of sweetness and a slight chocolatey bitterness come through. Smells good.
Beer is full bodied in the mouth. There is not a spicy / chile flavor as I was expecting in the beer after the initial aroma. There is a lot of roast in the back of the palate and nice carbonation / connectivity on the palate. There is some sweetness up front and nice chocolate based / roast based bitterness on the trailing end. No aftertaste to note and drinkability is high. I enjoyed it. It was complicated and some of the complexity is lost by the size but overall a very good stout.
Serving type: bottle
BlumpkinKing (1) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2011 does not count
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Went to the release event of this mystic beer and was asounded by the taste for an imperial stout. Extremely dark w/ a pleasant aroma of a Beligum stong ale. Great tastes of the chocolates along w/ vanillas. Imperial stouts are definitely my least favorite beers to drink, but if I had to drink one for the special occassion, this would be the one & only.
Doodler (316) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Second time having this on tap at the annual Hunu release party. 2011 version. Richly dark pour with a creamy brown head. Malty chocolate aroma with a touch of vanilla. Big and thick, makes the othere impy stouts we brought along for tastings seem thin. Yummy amounts of chocolate and spice. Wonderful chili flavors on the backend, with an ever so slight tingling that lets you know itís there. Nice carbonation. A truly great beer.
jrallen34 (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours super dark black, hardly any brown highlights in the light. The head is also a very dark brown, however, sadly it only rises about half a inch and is gone right away. Light lacing.
The aroma is on the lighter side but its vey complex, wish it was a little more robust. There is so much going on here, on the front roasted malts, almost smokey, then small notes of vanilla, and cocoa. The smoke might also be presenting as light ancho chiles.
The taste is pretty good, lots going on as well. Lots of roasted malts on the front, cocoa nibs that are incredibly sweet with a hint of the chiles, very nice and unique. The finish is super sweet. Great to have a stout that isnít dominated by coffee, thereís no coffee at all and its refreshing.
The feel is nice and coating.
Oveall, this is really good, a taste that keeps you guessing. Its really hard to get an exact point of something, keeps you guessing.