DutchDrebus (5612) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
C: Opague black. S: Coffee, roasty, malty. T: Hoppy and roasty. P: Full body.
JorisPPattyn (9529) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick dark brown head over what is apparently motor oil. Sweet, very alcoholic nose, with quite some vanilla, and other, difficultly to place fine aromas. Speculoos liquified, spiced, peppery, speculoos herbs (cinnamon, allspice, vanilla,...) Surprising and excellent; in the finish the spices become really Tex-Mex with chilies of different kinds. Sharp, spicy, hot and yet pleasing; quite well-bodied. Mole sauce in a beerbottle. Admittedly, the contents of this bottle justifies the Florida Cigar City craze to at least some extent. Many thanks to Evan & Matt!
Benzai (14268) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black color. Small brown head. Smell coffee and roasted malts. Taste coffee, roasty, heavy and light sourness. High carbo, full body.
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2011 Bottle:
Small dark brown head on top of an oily black (!) colored beer.
Smell coffee, caccao, molasses, smoke, coal, milk chocolate.
Taste coffee, coffee beans, burnt malts & barleys, lovely bitter, dark chocolate, dark fruits and spices, tar, bitter!
Nice bitter coffee darknspicy aftertaste.
Low carbo, soft mouthfeel, full body and a nice oily texture.
Great looking beer, very well balanced and superb tasting!
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle generously shared at the RBSG grand tasting. Pours black with the darkest of tan heads; absolutely beautiful pour. Aroma is rich of liquid chocolate with notes of raspberry and red pepper. The flavor is wonderfully liquid milk chocolate with a slight touch of red pepper. Mouthfeel is incredibly silky and reminiscent of "cool" hot chocolate. This is lovely, although I got more heat and sweet spice from the Bourbon Barrel Aged version.
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 (3764) - 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 (12970) - 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.