khoffman43 (941) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with no head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and a little coffee. Flavor matchea the aroma well. Quite a good beer with nice mouthfeel.
KajII (710) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a murky jet black with an average (1-2 finger) cocoa brown creamy head that slowly receded, down to a puddled film and large collar with extremely excellent sheeting of lacing which engulfed the entire glass.
The aroma was bold and robust of burnt dark bread malts, a moderate dose of resin hops and a strong leathery yeast with notes of bakersí chocolate, dark roasted coffee, licorice, vanilla, ash and a powerful alcohol presence.
The taste was bold, roasty, bitter-sweet and very malty with a touch of bitter chocolate early on, becoming powerfully bitter and hoppy with a huge dose of dark roast coffee, a bit of smoke and an intense alcohol finish. The flavor stuck around what seemed like an eternity, with a bold alcohol coffee bitterness left lingering on for quite some time.
Mouthfeel was almost full in body with a dry, oily and rather creamy texture and an almost medium carbonation.
Overall this was a very strong tasting brew with a multitude of flavors all blending together, thus creating one exceptional beer. Although I thought the big alcohol presence took away slightly from the fantastic flavor this brew has to offer...
3sheets2wind (45) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lightly smoky, chocolatey aroma. Pours black with small tan head. The head is viscous, causing it to hang around. Dry with light smoke and chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeel. Love the tiny carbonation. This is a nice beer.
Imaena (1066) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 12/13/12. Bigg hoppy and sweet desert beer. Solid impy but not my favorite.
Bov (8268) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from Erzbierschof - pitch black beer under a little beige foam; deep aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla and walnuts; full-bodied and with a velvety palate, some sweetness and a low bitterness; some earthy touch before a long chocolatey and vanilla finish - the alcohol is very well-hidden; nice dessert beer
Beernoka (6) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2012 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not sure if I was expecting more or not, but this beer seemed to be off the mark for me. On tap at The Devils Advocate. (From past notes). Although I knew it was a higher abv, there was some sharpness from what I perceived as alcohol bite that I was surprised to find. The was a cloying sweetness as well that distracted from the flavor.
I liked what was being layered here flavor wise, perhaps the beer just needed to age some? Always appreciate a different approach to styles, especially in the RIS or similar group. I will have to try again, perhaps laying a bottle down for a while.
argo0 (10419) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Small tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is medium sweet, ash/smoke, some dark chocolate, light roast. Taste is moderately sweet, dark chocolate, ash, some chocolate syrup, earthy. Sticky medium-full body.
Bragesnak (4646) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Hophead, DK.
Black with beige head. Aroma of coffee, liqourice and yeast. Flavour with roastsxand some fruit.
Jvezp (64) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2012
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer, reminds me more of a milk stout than an imperial stout. I could drink this alot, in fact iíll try to. Itís a very very drinkable stout, you donít taste the 10% at all and the milky silky mouthfeel makes it that much more enjoyable. Finishes with a dark chocolate after taste, wow thank you CS!
suurjuust (618) - ESTONIA - NOV 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, almost black, small tan head. Nose is licorice, milk chocolate, coffee in the background and lots of sweet roasted bready malt. Taste has a lot of sweet roasted malt, burned sugar, dark fruit, espresso, dried fruit, roasty finish with a pleasantly mild alcohol burn. Smooth carbonation, oily, syrupy mouthfeel. Big flavours, big beer.