Tmoney99 (9601) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured clear dark brown color with medium tan frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate, vanilla wood and cognac aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet chocolate flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where exceeded with another very good stout.
b3shine (3510) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle to oversized snifter (shared by me with the group; thanks burg326). Looks good; a viscous and opaque dark cola with thin mocha lacing. Smells good too; sweet and malty with a nice cognac presence. Tastes like it smells with a nice, smooth mouthfeel. Great stuff.
48FanInCali (614) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. This thing is really all over the map but all in all it isnít that bad. Very thick viscous pour with nothing left to show for it. Chocolate all over the place along with some coffee and booze. There are some good pieces to this but it just doesnít come together very well.
Travlr (9833) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of kraddel, thanks! Almost completely black, small brown head. Aroma of bourbon, taste is similar beer characteristics are definitely in the background here.
kraddel (1913) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours vicious black , very thick , no foam
Smell is boozy and sweet
Very thick , sweet , not much taste ..
BoBoChamp (4687) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 75cl, no mention of ABV, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly alcoholic/fruity, yet not too heavy, very balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, top class!, yet very expensive!
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle and on tap at brewvival í13. rating from the bottle. pours like all the classic CCB imperial stouts with a rich, dense, glorious texture that sits deep black in the glass capped by a thin, dark beige head that leaves tight rings of lace. aroma is simply great with heavy notes of dark, bakerís chocolate, french toast, mocha coffee, and dark fruit notes of figs, raisins, and dates with notes of warm cognac, toffee, wood, and topsoil as it warms. flavor is where this one really becomes a stunner with deep, rich, roasted malts, espresso, black forest cake, and burnt maple bars up front backed by a shot of smooth cognac, dark fruits, hints of vanilla, and wet wood. palate is rich, silky smooth, and suprisingly easy to drink much like all the great CCB imperial stouts and maintains a great balance of sweet, roast, and subtle elements. overall, another winner from tampa.
EpicALE (5) - Florida, USA - APR 17, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Phenomenal stout. Easily in my top 5 of stouts. Wonderful smell, smooth taste without losing the boldness of a stout.
ekoerper (572) - Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: chocolate fudge, roast malts, cocoa, caramel, some sweetness, a hint of spirits.
Appearance: jet black and opaque, thin mocha head with decent retention for the style.
Taste: like liquid chocolate cake - lots of fudge and caramel, some roast malts and coffee, quite sweet without being overwhelming. There is some complexity added by the cognac barrel - itís folded in well with the other flavors but a bit subtle.
Palate: very full body, low-medium carbonation, viscous with a fairly sweet finish.
Overall: a very nice, complex brew.
Bacterial (839) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2013 Thick dark black pour with just a touch of brown head. Nice sweet nose. Sweet coffee, toffee, carmel and vanilla - slight heat in the finish. Really well done - on the sweet side for sure!
Drinking it again 8/4/13 - the cognac heat plays so well with the other features of this beer.