frankenkitty (1974) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
"I really shouldn’t be cracking this open right now...." So went my thoughts around 2:30 a.m. when I needed to be wide awake at 7. And boy was I right. If ever a beer poured like ink, this would be it. Black as death, oily, and no head save for a few brownish bubbles. Deep, rich aroma of chocolate... a sweet, milk chocolate. Vanilla biscuity malts follow, and a potent alcohol whiff is hard to deny. Huge, thick, syrupy mouthfeel, quite flat. (I didn’t think I’d mind, but it gets a bit hard to drink half way down the glass.) Flavor is as rich and chocolate-syrupy as the aroma, followed by some dank, tart dark fruit and a burnt bitterness. The overall linger teeters between sugary-sweet and coffee-ground bitter, but the flavors leading there makes for a wild and pleasing ride which end at such an odd destination. And given the 12% it’s quite a trip. This beer is as enjoyable as a playful scratch from a kitten: shocking, sharp and laugh-inducing. However, after a few minutes, it becomes, "That was fun, but enough’s enough." ~~~~~~~~~~ Cellared 3 years. Received as a gift at the brewhouse Aug. 24, 2007, consumed Nov. 3, 2010.
Tide (2110) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught st Fermentoren. Black color, brown head. Bitter taste with coffee, licorice, chocolate, roasted malts, hops and dark fruits. Bitter finish with roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. Excellent imperial stout.
Zakoon (191) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours black with a frothy dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, coconut, alcohol and vanilla. Flavour is sweet and slightly bitter. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is bitter chocolate and a little boozy.
bnokk (154) - Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
APPEARANCE - super black, with creamy dark brown head.
NOSE - smells like almost nothing. Very surprised.
FLAVOR - excellent finish, the start is a bit lite considering it’s color.
NOTES - surprisingly light on the tongue considering how it presents when you pour it. Or maybe I just can’t remember how good it is.
gunnar (6205) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at "Exploding bottle tasting" at Petros place Chania. Pours almost pitch black with no head at all. Aroma is intense malty, raisins in port, vanilla and some distinct hops. Taste is the same as indicated by the aroma , lots of malty goodness, very sweet with some bittering hops for balance.Thick and creamy mouthfeel,with some chocolate delights as well, very good one.
cards04 (2162) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really awesome stout. Thanks kathouse for this beauty. Pours a thick black with minimal head. Lots going on here. Aromas of soy, coconut, dark chocolate, Graham cracker, dark fruit. Flavours are soy, chocolate syrup, sherry, booze. A bit vinous. Really fantastic.
kathouse (1219) - Nevada, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black and opaque with a thin and persistent brown head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee. Blackened toast and espresso body. Hints of cocoa. Some astringent bitterness in the end.
sturmthis (857) - Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample. Black with beige head. Rotated malt, dark fruit aroma. Dark fruit, coffee, roasted malt taste. A very big imperial stout. Very nice.
Petkus331 (329) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A coffee aroma with strong bread yeast. Appears like coffee with thin foam and lace. Taste is bitter and sweet, reminds me of the taste of Founders CBS, roasty charred marshmellow, maple syrup, some sour dough bread. Thick mouthfeel, could could be more fizzy. Overall, top notch taste, could use more aroma, but still very good
firstsip (605) - Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pitch black. No head. Mildly sweet nose. Fairly light, oily body of bourbon sweetness followed by a nice little kick of roasty coffee.
JakeG (26) - Sherwood Park, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a small light-brown head. Aromas of chocolate, nuts, roasted malt and dark fruit. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, fruit and a nice hoppy finish. Full bodied.