cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2013 bottle at chris -o ... deep black ... no head ... spicy peppery roast malt nose ... big soft roast ... coffee and toffee ... some vanilla ... little coconut ... good solid roast ... only a little chilli ... best so far today ... br br ... deep black ... thin tan head ... big heavy roast malt ... little capsicum nose ...
Bottle at chrisO 2012 ... deepblack ... thin tan head ...deep meaty chocolate malt ... big chocolate ... soft toffee ... dark roast ... choclstr ... nice chilli spice 4.2
Bottle at home ... thanks to Ben ... Deep black ... thin tan lacing ... deep rich malts ... soft mellow but huge coconut ... light chilli ...light lime nose... sweet dark roast malts ... chewy malts ... light cocount... light chilli ... 4.3 again ... lovely
saxo (14044) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ CBC 2012 version. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice and hops. Nice and dry.
Dedollewaitor (13913) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75cl Bottle. Thanks to Hallinghansen. Pours black with a creamy brown head on top. Roast, charcoal, black pepper, soy and dark fruit. Chewy, creamy and smooth. Truly nice!
harrisoni (13711) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chris’ Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia tasting. I’ve had this twice now, so thanks to both Puzzl and Ken for allowing me the chance to drink this. Oily coconut. Very decent, but lacks a lot of character. Decent, hides alcohol well. Smooth creamy dark choc and I did have quite a bit of this so I must have liked it, but still doesn’t hit the heights, plus I scored it 3.5 the first time and 3.6 this time so pretty consistant.
MiP (13598) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Handbottled. Sweet vanilla aroma. Black colour. Small dark brown head, reddish almost like copper. The flavour has some cinnamon, sweetness. Subtle warming feel, at first it seems like alcohol, but it is probably the peppers. The flavour is very sweet with a distinct roast barley note, but it is balanced OK by the alcohol and chilli. Perhaps a bit too many flavours added, but at least they are quite subtle. Very late coffee aftertaste.
Theis (13393) - 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.
Oakes (12552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 Revised rating, bottle
Thanks to Diego for this one! Extra black and inky. Very dark head. You aren’t going to see through this. The aroma is crazy - milk chocolate, ancho and alcohol. Big and brash. On the palate, this is a rich imperial stout, very thick, with a great ancho and chocolate accent. Fun stuff.
Original rating, draught at the brewery. Extra black body with a rich dark brown head. Complex aroma - chocolate, tobacco, light ancho and dark fruit. Tastes like beer candy - ancho, lots of dark fruit, rich coffee, intense dark sugars, creamy black malts, cherries. There are so many layers to this it’s scary. A full value champion. 8-5-9-5-18 = 4.5
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@CBC2013. Vintage 2013.
Opaque black color, small firm brown head. Tobacco, sweet cigar aroma, light black peppery notes. Full-bodied. Cocoa, pepper, cigar-tobacco, perhaps hints of vanilla. Very complex and enjoyable
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chilies, vanilla, and chocolate. Flavor of licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, earth, anise, cinnamon, caramel, and chilies.
Travlr (11835) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from the brewery tap. Black, second darkest brown head I have ever seen. Aroma of grapes and chili peppers. Taste is thick, chewy chocolate and cocoa nibs, bacobits and ribs. Interesting and complex, lots of flavors going on.