gEUS (1057) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle - pours pitch black with a medium head, very tiny bubble, with the colour of a caramel flan. Boozy aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts. Huge body with booze from beginning to end, aroma of rum soked raisins and dark chocolate.
kbutler1 (1351) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark inky black/brown color with a mocha tan head that collars around the glass. Big notes in the nose of dark fruit; dark cherry, raisin, and plum. The rum shows as well but pretty minimal. Heavy mouthfeel. Dark roast, molasses, and fruit notes all combine in this one. Decently balanced but a little dark fruit overboard for me. Overall, glad I tried it but I didn’t go back for a second pour.
Huhzubendah (2551) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
The beer appears pitch black with a thick, beige head. Another outstanding appearance from a Cigar City stout. The aroma is of rich, dense, roasted malt. The raisins really shine in the flavor. Oak and rum play secondary roles, while roasted malt takes center stage. Mostly well balanced, though roast emerges more than other aspects. Overall, another solid stout from Cigar City. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-02-2011
mcberko (6515) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, pours jet black with a light brown / tan head. Aroma is intense with sweet caramel malts, rum, and lots of boozy liqueur. Flavour is intense, full of rum, caramel malts, some slight licorice, and dark fruits (raisins). Full-bodied and complex, without any harsh notes. Boozy, but not distastefully. Very complex imperial stout.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance : Pitch black with very small head.
Aroma : Big sweet roasted caramel. Light soy sauce, light oxidation.
Taste : Ashy with sweet roasted malt. Caramel. Finish ashy with notes of spices and raisins. Nice woody smoke.
Palate : Rich, slick and thick.
Overall : Way too sticky and sweet. Almost hard to chug. Nice flavors but too sweet. Nice woody smoke, nice ashy notes as well. Interesting but too sweet, too bold and overdone... again.
larsniclas (5613) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at SBWF11
Pitch black. Small, beige head.
Very vinous with sweet, dried fruits; figs, raisin, prune.
Habanero (2624) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours opague black with a smalle tan head. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit notes. Sweet flavor of chocolate, raisins, toasted malt and caramel + rum notes. Full bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. Ends up with some bitterness and alcohol notes. An excellent imp. stout.
blklab2007 (1967) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle through trade. Pour has a black color and a ring of tan head on the glass and a still look. Aroma has huge roasted malt, raisin, barrel wood, light rum, and dark fruit. Mouth feel is heavy and coating but the carbonation is very light making this feel thicker. Flavor is big on the malt, roast, raisin, figs, light rum, mild wood, oily, some chocolate, and a lingering finish. It gets a bit thick and tars the tongue a bit, carbonation could have helped this a lot.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pitch black pour, little head, little lacing. Has an oily cola like appearance on the glass as I swirl it. This one is gonna be heavy! Nose of raisins and other associated dark pitted fruit. Light alcohol, a little sweet fig pudding as well. Heat right up front, roasty, smooth, heavy malts, with some subtle hints of Rum on the tongue. Low hop aspect overall. Lots of graham cracker on this one too. Cinnamon doesn’t really make an appearance, at least to me. Body and mouthfeel are smooth, moderate to full. A little warming on the backside, slightly astringent (green), with graham cracker, alcohol infused raisins (or dates), and a touch of Rum.   I expected this one to be more Rum like, less heat, and a bit sweeter. I think maybe if you have one of these, sit on it a while longer so that it can mellow a bit. Good as is, even if a little bruising. Thanks for the rare treat Jason!
stefannilssons (1463) - SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2012 Wow, det här kan vara något av det bästa jag någonsin druckit. Balansen är inte av denna värld och fruktigheten och maltigheten är exeptionell. Tack till Emil Nilsson och Max Gambalat som bjöd på ölen.