rouhlas (479) - GREECE - FEB 11, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle at home, 13% ABV. Thanks Spiros!! Black color with nice creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malty, light coffee, chocolate, nuts-hazelnuts, dark fruits, peat, leather. Taste is sweet and bitter, roasted malty again, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, dark fruity and nutty, light peated. Full body almost creamy with soft carbonation and long bittersweet nutty coffee and dark chocolate aftertaste.
Beerman6686 (4834) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This poured a darker brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of green pepper and dark fruit. Flavor similar, with some booze and caramel. Another way overrated European Impy.
artmcd8 (1902) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. More dark fruit aroma and taste than the typical roasty stout. Not so much my style here.
Blind taste test:
1. Founders imperial stout
2. Evil Twin Christmas Eve at a NY Hotel room
3. Shorts Publican Porter
4. Hitchhiker Rucksack Porter
5. Church Brew stout
6. Struise Black Damnation
Sizzler80 (488) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ebony pour with a decent biscuit head. Huge aromas of malts, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, smoked wood chip. Boozy, rich and hoppy. Tremendous.
MarcoDL (2503) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 Bottle, one of the 5 year olds they sold at Borefts this year. Beer came gushing out, shame some was lost. Probably infected. Delicious smell of roasted malt and cacao, but a bit sour as well. Taste was a bit of a lettdown, it didn’t age very well. Body somewhat thin, with a sour/sweet (infected) taste of malt and chocolate, the bitters got lost. I like the current BD series better.
Gerardgathier (485) - - NOV 1, 2014
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
5 years old. Gusher?! Aroma had a sour cherrys and yeah no good anymore. Taste is sour strong alcohol. Too bad
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
eduardovl (991) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass, Best by date March 2014.
A: Pours a dark brown almost black color forming a big sized think, creamy and thin bubbled beige head: Solid. Medium to low retention and lots of spotty lacings left in the glass. Lingering and molasses
S: Wow! Strong roasted malts combined with coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, candy sugar and dark fruits. Strong notes of wood. A bit metallic. Light oxidization notes
T: Slightly sweet upfront followed by roasted flavors. Coffee, dark chocolate, caramel malts, toffee, candy sugar, licorice and vanilla. Excellent notes of oak. Metallic notes and some oxidization. Excellent bitterness in the end. Perfect taste
M: Heavy, creamy and molasses. Low carbonation and a just perfect bittersweet aftertaste
O: Great drinkability despite the high ABV. A perfect Imperial Stout. Thanks to Dennoman!
[ BA Review @ 7/25/2013 ]
Alengrin (2730) - BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Collaboration between two of the most innovative micro breweries in the Low Countries and the starting point of a whole series of interesting black beers. Thick and mousse-like, dark beige head, colour uniformly and totally black, not allowing any light to shine through. Very complex and powerful aroma of coffee, cacao, dates, iron, cinnamon, peat, tobacco, dried plums, liquorice, ashes. Very thick, creamy and oily mouthfeel, almost ’chewable’, sweetish and profoundly malty, some iron, complex spicy notes of pepper, cinnamon and liquorice, in the end a more coffee-like toasted bitterness with aromatic hops and warm, lightly tingling, gin-like alcohol, very long and very complex. This is what happens if two already very profound beers are combined to perfection.
666ale (73) - Edimburg, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive pitch black imperal stout. I think they used saaz here. Strong earthy spicy vegetables character near the coffee and dark chocolate. Fantastic!
MaartenRF10 (1639) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Hel en Verdoemenis tasting
Big gusher. Fortunately the brown colour of the foam is very beautiful, so it was quite a sight. We did manage to get a decent amount of beer in our glasses. A black beer with a brown head. Aroma is slightly sour, but that disappears completely in the taste. Taste is a bit alcoholic with coffee and chocolate and some woody dryness.