Svesse (6885) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam) Black colour with lasting, creamy, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of strong sweet black coffee, dark chocolate, treacle, cacao and hints of oak wood. Malty, roasted, fruity taste with strong black coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, cacao, treacle, hints of cognac and a generous coffee/cacao bitterness in the finish. Full body, smooth and velvety mouthfeel. A certain sweetness coming through. A bit sweeter than the original H&V. Lots of taste, and all in exceptional balance. Excellent beer!
rouhlas (965) - GREECE - MAY 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rate No. 666. 330ml bottle at home, v2012. Dark brown almost black color with beige brown head. Aroma is malty, light roasted, chocolate, light dark fruits,wood, cognac alcoholic. Sweet and light bitter taste, chocolate, cognac, fruits, wood. Almost full, silky creamy body with soft carbonation.
djd07 (5889) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Nick. Pours a dark brown with smal beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is cognac, wood, and vanilla. Slick mouthfeel, dark chocolate, wood, vanilla, nice booze. Very nice.
GlasgowTAD (478) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tick number 200, got this in a trade with BenH - thanks to you I can have this epic beer at a rating milestone! Pours deep black with a minimal tan colour head which soon fizzes away. Aroma is sweet molasses then my nostrils were stung by the Cognac which was then followed by rich dark chocolate and coffee hints. Taste is initially spicy cognac which is then followed by sweet candi sugar and some creme brulee. Full bodied with a slick mouthfeel.
Borup (7624) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, coffee, cognac, oak, chocolate and dark fruit.
knickskicks (879) - - JAN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012. Thinnish dark brown pour. Nose is smokey meats, char, smooth cognac as it warms. Taste is super smooth cognac, dark fruits, light oxidation, sherry. Soft smooth mouthfeel, very low carb.
lostboyscout (3) - - JAN 6, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I have drank easily a dozen of these now and I never cease to be blown away each and every time.
Smell is a mix of molasses / brown sugar, a bit of roast, and a fruity booze note that alludes to a robust spirit side of things.
Taste is a beautiful blend of a smooth, chocolatey roast, dark & red fruit along with vanilla sweetness, and the body is medium thickness and silky.
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[6844-20141013] Bottle. Charred wooden burlap aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy light brown head. Soy sauce and burnt wooden toast flavour has a tar-like oil finish. Full body is especially slick. Interesting. (7/3/7/3-/14) 3.4
teddybeer (2709) - Paris, FRANCE - DEC 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colour with minimal and quickly dissipatig beige head. Aroma has notes of toastd malts, licorice, burnt wood, light caramel and chocolate. Flavor is toasty, some roasted hints as well, coconut and some vanilla traces, ripe black fruits, some plumbs and raisins with coffee beans. Slightly bittery final, some sweet notes, coffee and chocolate notes with a smooth mouthfeel.
Homer321 (2625) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to kbudd! Took some coaxing but I was able to get a medium head, all very large bubble with a 12 inch pour into the glass. Some chunkiness came out as well. Pitch black with a light brown head. Aroma is deep, dark fudge with sweet boozy icing; light vanilla, Booze soaked brownies. Reminds me a lot of BA speedway, but with less roast. Mouthfeel is thick, with an immediate chocolate and almost inkiness taste. Not sure how to describe it, but I’m guessing it’s the grapes from the cognac. interesting. Velvety and decadent as it warms. Alcohol starts to show as you sip and is only a light warming in the ears. Pretty damn good beer, but I don’t get the cognac influence as much as I would thought. I think maybe this would be just as well served in another spirit. The cognac doesn’t necessarily compliment any imperial stout flavors on its own. Very good beer, nonetheless.