Jayhawk73 (12) - Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a super dark brown color, with a thin cocoa head. Impossible to see through. The nose is liquor, dark fruit and alcohol, toffee. The taste is amazing. Cognac, dark fruit, alcohol in the taste. Really complex, and unbelievable this beer is 13%. It goes down so smoothly and easily. Dangerously good. Overall, a fantastic brew that I feel honored to try.
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callmemickey (2077) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Pitch black body. Thin khaki skim. Nose is roast, cognac, coffee, anise, yeast spice and chocolate. Flavor is similar as coffee, cognac, and chocolate are complemented by a little Belgian yeast notes and a slight boozy quality. Medium bodied. Lingering finish.
biggirlpanties (140) - Riverside, California, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nip bottle thanks to Travlr. Shared with GT2 and JulienHuxley. Pours pitch black with a small, reddish head. Aroma is heavy sugar, dark chocolate, very rich. A little boozy. Taste is more dark chocolate fudge, sweet and boozy, dense dessert beer. Palate is a little hot and sweet for me but the sample was quite small. Overall very good.
JulienHuxley (2416) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Big thanks to travlr! Reddish brown pour tan head. Aroma of vanilla tons of chocolate, caramel, lots of sweets. Taste is sweet, nice roast, vanilla, very nice, barrel finish. Syrupy palate but very nice, good warmth.
GT2 (7707) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
180mL thanks to Travlr. Pours clear mahogany to near black. Reddish mocha foam. Nose is lemon, soy, graham cracker, spicy umami, seaweed, smoke. Taste is a bit tart, powdery, sweeter with De Molen yeast sediment and mega sugar. Not a Ryan Artuso style beer. Little hoppy balance. Huge maple and brown sugar. A sweet dessert stout. Nice to have in a small sample. 4oz is more than plenty.
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NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Mikkeller Bar. Black appearance with a very small dark brown appearance. Quite roasty, woody, rich dark chocolate, mild coffee aroma. Fairly creamy mouth feel. Dark chocolate, a touch nutty, mild dark fruity, coffee, rich roasty flavor. Pretty tasty but not as complex as I hoped.
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked this up from Mikkeller bar and a few other places actually. dark, rich, smooth, big lacing. Lots kicking around in here but it remains an approachable beverage. the nipper bottle still takes some time to work thru but nice to savor.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft on tap at WLV De Molen Event (Chicago, IL). Pours a richly blackish opaque pour, dark and ominous, with a frothy ligt brown head, laces and froths, stays a good size with firm lacing. Richer aromas offer toffee and a rich coffee and cocoa sheen, dark cocoa and mocha grow, bakers cocoa, touches of sweet sticky toffee, roasty malts. Fairly rich, some vanilla, wet oak, and toffee. Touches of gentle spirit, rich cocoa and sweet toffee. A kick of espresso, coffee, and roasty elements with sweet toffee, caramel, and touch of vanilla grows. A kiss of oak, the cognac spirit gives a small tug. Middle is a touch sticky with a rich coffee and espresso element, touches of toast, cocoa grow on the palate with flourishes of gentle spice from the oak, vanilla, espresso, cream, and coffee. Good roast, toffee. Firm body but nothing big or overbearing. Very nice Impy with firm rich espresso flavors, not too big but some good assertive inviting flavors.
jredmond (4871) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 Bottle split with, and courtesy of Vinny. Poured after the De Molen event at Monks. Body is pitch black with thick chocolate brown head with insane lacing. Aroma is chocolate fudge, toffee, wood, light roast and some sweet vanilla-caramel notes. Mouthfeel is beautifully rich, complex, and warming. Notes of rich chocolate, nuts, caramel, cherry and other dark fruits. Incredible. Thanks for making this happen Vinny.
PhillyCraft (2762) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating #666, had to take her down after the awesome de molen event. Split with james after the De Molen event at Monks. Pours a mirror black with medium khaki head with tiny, tiny, bubbles, great thick lacing rings. Aromas of fudge, caramel, peanuts,roasty malts, booze, charred wood. Taste is sweet rich stout notes with bitter chocolate, cherries, whiskey barrels, belgian sugars, caramel corn, licorice. Graham cracker smore aftertaste. More warming then Satans butthole. Chest and stomach was buzzing after this. So layered with robust scents and flavors. Proost Menno.