teddybeer (2849) - Madrid, SPAIN - 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 (2898) - 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.
The_Osprey (3841) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #2000. 2012 vintage, black wax, bottle no 1089. Black, small foamy beige head endures and leaves full lacing. Aroma is soft malt, some musty booze. Body is medium, soft carbonation, a little foamy. Taste is chocolatey, sweet tangy dried fruits, brandy, some sweet coffee, dry finish. Very good.
slimspady (217) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark & black. Smokey malts and alcohol. Bourbon whisky comes in at the end. Warms down the throat. Feels like a big beer. 2014 advent beer exchange. From Bryan.
StilleStorm (1149) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
DWF; Bottle 33cl. The number of this beast: 350. Pours black with a small, creamy, lacing, lasting tan head. Nose is intense, roasted malt, lots of wood and brandy, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark ripe fruit and leather. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a sweet lasting, heavy warming, chocolate, coffee finish. Body is full, texture is creamy, carbonation is flat. Thanks for this beast brought all the way from De Molen.
k92488 (346) - NORWAY - DEC 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DWF 0.33 flaske. rett fra de molen skattekammer. The number of the beast:350. Svart med brunt skum. Sinsykt mye aroma, cognac og tree. Malt og sjokolade, kaffe og alkohol. Overraskende mild smak,Malt kaffe sjokolade, cognac. Veldig god. God og mild ettersmak.
BlackHaddock (5091) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Little bottle number 1315: been saving this for a special occasion and today is the day (16th Nov 2014). This will be my 4,000th rating, do not usually have a ’saved’ beer for rating milestones, but I have broken the norm and done so this time. Coffee liqueur aroma and initial taste, it then gets a little more complicated. The very dark brew with a thin collar and mini-wisp sat in my Westmalle chalice daring me to smell and taste it: so I did. Rich and deep body to this complex and interesting brew, dark fruits, booze, chocolate, mocha, coffee, vanilla, woody, red wine and port can be added to the flavours and nose. A truly great beer.
jercraigs (8810) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014-10-13. Black body with a modest tan head that fades. Aroma is moderately alcoholic, good amount of whiskey like character over dark malt. Flavour is similar, wood and whiskey like alcohol up front (apparently its cognac) rich sweet dark malt base is pleasant but simplistic at times, the cognac covers up a lot of the more subtle fruit and chocolate nuances. Cocoa notes grow as you go, once the palate has acclimatized a bit. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Rich, and pleasant for the most part but I find that the cognac and wood notes detract rather than enhance for me. Bottle #800 bottled Dec 2012 via trade with Duffman.
Clownoisseur (374) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - OCT 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from bytemesis, thanks Mike! Pours pitch black, minimal mocha colored head that fades to a ring. Very viscous. Aromas are amazing. Sweet cognac over chocolate, dark fruits, wet oak and toast. Taste is just as bold and balanced! Loads of chocolate/dark fruits. Creamy mouthfeel is full but not chewy. Flavors come in waves with an ever so present cognac sweetness, but with the bitter chocolate and tobacco notes. Fantastic beer!
dandeman (691) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Merci à Ian pour la bouteille. Effluves de cognac très puissantes au premier nez; les arômes de café, de chocolat et de cerises noires y sont également présentes, mais toujours en retrait de l’alcool. Un léger boisé s’y dégage également. Un nez puissant et corsé.
Le visuel est noir, opaque, avec une petite mousse brune assez dense qui fuit rapidement. Parfaitement dans le style.
L’attaque est tout en sucre avec du caramel (toffee), de la mélasse et du chocolat. Douceur et chaleur sont ici les qualificatifs principaux. La finale est tout en amertume de torréfaction. Son équilibre est parfait et sa texture visqueuse comme de l’huile. Ses sucres sont complexes avec des notes de chocolat au lait, de vanille, de bonbon et de mélasse. Le tout enrobé dans des effluves de cognac. Un vrai délice. Une grande impériale stout.