neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Original vintage. 330 mL bottle tasted alongside the first four in the series, served in a snifter. Pours black with a small tan head that fades to a tiny remnant, leaving a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are big notes of coffee, roasted malts and molasses, along with earth and a touch of smoke. The flavour is balanced between moderately sweet and moderately bitter. Complex coffee notes intermingle with roasted malts. On the palate, it is full in body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great imperial stout; the blending has toned down the sweetness of the Black Albert and amped up the complexity. 2012-08-01
Mortlach (1454) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
15/02/2013 Brasserie 4:20 (vintage 2009). Nera, impenetrabile, schiuma leggera e poco persistente. Al naso aroma molto sgradevole, legna bruciata, diavolina, oliva, peggiora a lungo andare. In bocca è sgraziata, note di bruciato, oliva, leggera acidità, astringente nel finale, si fa fatica a finirne mezzo bicchiere. Corpo medio-pieno, carbonazione soft. Non ha retto, esperienza da dimenticare.
laiti (7742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2013
33 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Esplanadi. Rated on 07.08.2009
Aroma has salty licorice, some coffee, hints of soy sauce and alcohol. Flavour has dark chocolate, somewhat salty licorice, distant herbal notes and coffee. Strong, stinging finish with some alcohol. Rather good but still I expected more. Let’s see if aging does this any better.
33 cl bottle @ home, BBE 03/2014
Not too boozy anymore, but too much ash and also an odd earthy feeling. Feels sour, this is not that nice anymore. Harsh score estimate: 3.8.
GRM (3422) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Olive bottle, 33 l, best before March 2014, drunk with Louise and Luc, savoured August 25 2012; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of brown head; nose: charcoal, barbecue, roasted barley, light burnt barley, dusty, light bitter chocolate, cocoa, vegetal; mouth: charcoal, roasted barley, light burnt barley, dusty, light bitter chocolate, cocoa, vegetal, strong coffee, dry finale in roasted barley with presence of resinous hops, full body, not much carbonation, lightly bitter, lightly oily texture; overall: quite fine
Bouteille olive, 33 cl, meilleure avant Mars 2014, bue avec Louise et Luc, savourée le 25 août 2012; œil : noire, opaque, très petit anneau de mousse brun; nez : charbon de bois, barbecue, orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, poussière, léger chocolat amer, cacao, végétal; bouche : charbon de bois, orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, poussière, léger chocolat amer, cacao, végétal, café très fort, finale sèche en orge torréfiée avec présence de houblon résineux, corsée, peu carbonatée, légèrement amère, texture légèrement huileuse; en résumé : bien bon
kramer (5499) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a quite foreboding pitch black body with a one finger frothy dark brown head that retained as a thin covering. The nose pretty damn thick and intense with loads of roasted malt, heavy chocolate, some charred wood, noticeable alcohol, cocoa powder, and even some dark fruit notes. Not sure it’s an amazing collection of components, but it sure is intense. The flavor is equally intense and big. Lots of heavily roasted malt, moderate sweetness (which is pretty surprising, thought it would be super sweet), noticeable alcohol, and some nice coffee notes. Not as hot as I was expecting either for 13% abv. The mouthfeel is among the thickest and chewiest that I have ever encountered. It’s almost as thick as a milkshake. Nice light and soft carbonation enhances the thickness. Pretty decent, not something I’d drink with regularity, but an enjoyable experience for one time.
MotherBrother (849) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Been wanting to try this SOB for quite some time now.
Pour almost pitch black, with a huge frothy light tan head. Aroma is packed with coffee (Even after these couple of years (2010 vintage)), slight bitter chocolate, dark fruits, slight earth and leather? Vanilla, toffee, roasted malts. The taste is rather sweet upfront, with a nice dose of bitterness towards the finish. Semi-full bodied with an semi-oily texture and a semi-flat carbonation. A huge thanks to my man Jeff for tracking down this bad boy to me!!!
olio (8197) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090808.
Pours pitch black color with a small beige head. Aroma of licorice, dark roasted malts, chocolate and dark ripe fruits. Flavor of ash dry chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, licorice and mild salmiac. Very good.
Tmoney99 (12404) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex toasted dark chocolate flavor with a medium to heavy toasted sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good (not great) complex brew.
alexsdad06 (7428) - Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours black with a large foamy tan head. The foam actually started to come out as soon as I opened the cap which had me nervous. There were also large clumps of yeast that came out with the pour. The aroma had some roasted malt, dark chocolate and sweet Belgian character that was expected, but included a big sour/wild and vinous character that supported the earlier observations that this had some infection issues. The initial taste had some infection issues, but subsequent tastes and warming offered more of what I would have expected with this beer. Roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, wood with tart fruits and vinous notes. This was not as good as I expected, but tasted better than my early observations would have predicted.
Huhzubendah (3089) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!
The beer is black with a tan head that leaves a nice coat of lacing on the snifter. The aroma is quite nice, with heavy roast, coffee, espresso beans, and chocolate. The flavor is very tasty, though not quite at the level of the aroma. The finish brings some bitterness and charred malt. Overall, a very good beer. I would definitely have it again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-23-2011