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.
joergen (25649) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Plovmand.
Pitch black coloured with a small brown hrad.
Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, cocoa beans and dried fruits.
Sweet and roasted flavour of dried fruits, dark chocolate and cocoa beans with notes of vanilla.
madsberg (11320) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense dark brown head. aroma of cocoa, roast, cocanut, sweetness, vague coffee and then some. flavour roast, coffee, coconut, sweetness, liqourice, vanilla. full bodied. Loads of roast and cocoa and a smooth bitterness in the end. Txh Plovmand for sharing.
Pinball (11897) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pitch black, smooth dark brown head.
chocolate,toffee,vanilla, wood. in the aroma.
flavor is roastedgrains, toffee, chocolate, wood, strong cocoa flavor, tastes like an imp stout with lots of pure cocoa powder added.
Plovmand (7758) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #3400. Bottle. Pours jet black with a dense creamy longlasting brown head. Incredible lacings. Soy, hard roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, hops, vanilla and sweet caramel. The flavour is intensely roasted, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, toasted caramel, dried ripe fruit and tobacco. Extremely delicious!!! Wow! Love it.
wedgie9 (2598) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted on 1/12/11 from a 750mL bottle obtained in a trade. Pours absolutely oil black with just the thinnest brown lace head that slowly recedes to nothing at all. The nose is intense and complex with vanilla, smokey chili peppers, cinnamon, clove, coffee, tons of cocoa, prune, raisin, and of course very darkly roasted malt throughout. The flavor starts off with the chili and cinnamon spiciness with light smokiness, moving to the sweeter vanilla and dried fruit, tons of coffee and cocoa nib bitterness, with darkly roasted malts backing it all up. The body is massive and creamy with light carbonation and a super long finish that contains all of the flavors mentioned above at one point.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black pour with a nice creamy brown head. Aroma of wood, dark rich chocolate, coffee, smoke, vanilla, and spice.Intense roast, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and peppers in the flavor, along with much more. This is a great brew!
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to dchmela for this one! Pours thicker than anything I’ve ever seen. Thick dark lingering Mahogany head. Lots of chocolate in nose with some spice and alcohol. Taste is same. This one changes with every sip. More spicy than suits my tastes, but clearly an excellent brew.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - JAN 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
first batch opened on my new years beer bash. Pours pitch black with small tan head. Aroma is explosive with sweet chocolate and a earthy tone lending to coffee. Drinks with coffee and sweet chocolate upfront with that earthy note im assuming from the peppers. Vanilla is faintly noticeable on the back end and finishing again with semi sweet chocolate and day old coffee. very nice beer but I think the peppers are throwing me off on putting this in my top 5 stouts.
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Weird, somehow my rating disappeared for this:
Sampled March 2010
A vigorous pour produces a very, very dark brown colored head that is four-fingers in height and just crests the rim of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is inky, perfectly black and remains opaque and black in hue even when held up directly to the light. The aroma smells of a restrained mix of cinnamon, dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, and roasted fruit, all the while being quite huge; meaning the aroma on this is quite over the top big, but there is a lot of competing complexity without the individual components not being in balance with each other. There is a touch of a salty, maybe peat smoke like character that seems to be a combination of rich, umami laden dark malt, perhaps some chipotle like notes (which is strange that this beer smells faintly of these smoked chiles when none are included in the recipe) and some general spiciness that is more wood-like than anything from the chiles. Roast malt character plays a big role here, but this is not nearly as big and unbalanced in its roast character as one might expect for a beer of this color. The roast character seems a touch chalk-like at times, but is incredibly smooth, with ample toasted whole grain character in addition to the mellow, deep roasted grain component. Ah, there is actually a hint of peppery chile, seems almost like green chiles at times; this last might be induced somewhat by the roasted malt. The vanilla is almost the most subtle ingredient in the nose, but the chiles seem to be quit subdued too; though I think some of the fruit character comes from the chiles. As the beer warms up more the alcohol becomes more noticeable and actually increases the burnt vegetal note just a bit too much unfortunately, but also compliments a peppery note that does work. And on closer inspection, the green note is not so much the green, burnt broccoli like note that some stouts have, but rather it is a bright, green bell-pepper like note that is really not objectionable; my wife thinks it smells like fresh cut green vegetables.
Thick, viscous and creamy as it first hits my palate, but some carbonation lightens things up just a hint. Huge roast malt flavors dry the finish out just a touch with some chalky notes, charcoal bitterness and a dry, rich dark malt character. Surprisingly this is not as sweet as something this sweet seems like it should be; the roast character helps with this, as does a really rich, darkly complex malt character, some smoky grain notes, evoked flavors of peat and the sea (with an almost salty quality), dark cocoa notes, and an Ethiopian full-city roast coffee quality that is quite nice. Rich fruit notes lurk just below the dominant roast character, suggesting flavors of black-berries, a big blueberry note that almost seems shocking, roasted dried fig flavors as well as some roasted prune like notes. The chocolate character is big (well actually it is huge) here as well, one definitely finds a rich dark chocolate character, though it makes me wonder how much is from the base beer versus the added cocoa nibs. Some spicy, peppery flavors start to emerge as this really warms up.
I like that this is thick and lush without being so cloyingly sweet. Rich, berry-like, dried chile, ancho flavors start to become more noticeable as this warms up as well. I like that the chile flavor serves a sort of "hop-bitterness" like role to this beer, it is fairly subtle to this particular chile-head, but I like the hint of subtle heat it adds as well as the touch of fresh chile character that is found in the finish.
I was fully prepared to not like this (though truthfully I was fully prepared to like it too), but I definitely do. It is quite well balanced, much more than I was expecting and truthfully I would have liked a touch more ancho and pasilla character (speaking of which, does this mean that both dried pasillas (aka ancho chiles) and fresh pasillas where used here, or are this two distinct chiles in the Florida / Cuban culture?), but in the end this would have brought the so carefully crafted balance of this beer a bit too far off.