DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from Daknole. Pours EXTREMELY black, like the blackest Iíve ever seen with a very dark brown head. Aroma is rich chocolate covered cherries, reminds me of Dark Lord a little in that way. Graham cracker and olive juice. The peppers must be adding the olive component. Flavor is extremely chocolatey. Thick mouthfeel with roasty, dark dark chocolate flavor. I burped and it was just chocolate roastiness. The roastiness is akin to Expedition. The chocolate and roast might actually be too much for one beer making this beer a little less smooth. Iím kind of over Imperial Stouts at this point but this is a fine and unique example.
johnnnniee (1496) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received in trade from cpetrone84, thanks for the opportunity Chris.
Pours a thick solid black color with a decent sized long lasting dark cocoa head. Smells of chocolate and roast up front with lots of anise and dark sugars supporting. Light cinnamon as well as earthy hops provide a bit of balance. Thick chocolate syrup, dark chocolate, licorice, nutmeg and cinnamon flavors come out up front. Lingering chocolate covered pitted fruits, licorice and roast coats the digestive track long after every sip. Thick body with a creamy syrupy mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This is a big thick sweet chewy stout, just the way I like them, bring on the diabetes.
dctriman (25) - USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage. Really underwhelmed. Reminds me of Dark Lord. Strange tart flavor.
nocsimian (6) - Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a bottle. Nice thick and creamy brown head that lingered longer than expected for a beer of this ABV. Smells of chocolate, caramel, coffee, and a little bit of vanilla. Sweetness dominates with cinnamon, vanilla, and caramel hitting the tongue first with a bit of roasted barley at the end. Canít tell for sure, but there might be peppers in here balancing everything. A great and complex Imperial Stout.
BeerViking (1421) - LŁneburg, Lower Saxony, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 2012 sample at CBC 2013, Saturday evening, deep dark brown with a lacing beige head, leather and tobacco aromas, syrupy texture brings roasted dark chocolate, malt extract and hints of coffee and gravy. The aftertaste is burnt with chilli coming through.
thomat (1545) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample @ CBC 2013. Dark brown with a small brown head. Malty with coffee tones. Malt, coffee and chocolate. Full body with a long bitter / spicy after taste.
AZBennett (75) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a minimal tan head that eases away into nothingness. Aromas are powerful cinnamon, clove, chocolate, coffee, toffee, nutmeg, roast, and light alcohol. Flavors are massively spiced with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg being the most forward, lots of cocoa and toffee mingle with the spice, there is a soft pepper heat that is more felt than tasted although it does come through in flavor on the aftertaste and very minimal alcohol notes that are quite pleasant. Palate is perfect in every way, thick and creamy with tongue coating supremacy. Overall this is an amazing experience though one to be savored for sure; the beer is big and complex and can easily overwhelm the senses but it is a truly exceptional drinking experience.
DSG (3927) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
[5/4/13] Bottle at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. 2011 bottle. Opaque black with a brown foam film. Aroma of dark chocolate, some espresso, liqueur and a bit of spiciness. Sweet flavor with dark chocolate, liqueur and a slightly spicy finish with a bit of burnt malt, light bitterness and a bit of alcohol. Full-bodied, silky mouthfeel. Great stuff.
mikedR (359) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vanilla stout goodness. Strong sweet aroma. Solid stout, not roasty base. Strong vanilla notes. I like it -- recommended!
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finol (1686) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 and 2011 bottles at CBC.
Pours heavy black.
Lots of chili but yet fairly balanced. The 2011 vintage is more chcolatey and drinkable.
MmmcKay (1018) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
How could a beer this good have such a shitty label. It looks cheap like somebody half assed their way through Photoshop and printed it off at home. OK, my apologizes for criticizing what is otherwise one of the best beers that Iíve ever had in my life. Iíve had a lot of Imperial Stouts in my day and this is probably the best one that hasnít seen any wood that Iíve ever had. I wouldnít want any wood here either. They manage impeccable balance of a huge roasty Imperial stout with cinnamon and ancho chile I believe. This is just delicious. Goes down too easy. Fantastic. My favorite beer of the night and we had some great ones.