marcus (6318) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and a chocolate aroma with a hint of something strange, maybe sweaty sox. There is a delicious chocolate flavor with coffee and vanilla. The mouthfeel is somewhat carbonated and there is a dry bitter chocolate finish. Very complex.
BoBoChamp (5355) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 33cl, at 10%Vol, Dutch brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex Stout, balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet expensive, top class!
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with plenty of small floaters in the liquid. A small dark beige head settles rather fast and leaves basically no lacings.
Huge roasted aromas - very powerful. It actually turns to burnt every now and then. Roasted malts, heavy roasted coffee, charred wood, spices, chocolate, faint licorice, perhaps some fruity notes. There is also noticeable hints of rather fresh hops. Light alcohol. Very powerful smell, but not very balanced due to the massive roasted character.
The taste has some wonderful coffee flavors - espresso, heavy roasted and almost burnt coffee, tannins. Big sweet malty backbone with a distinct roasted character. Rich notes of dark chocolate. Some licorice and dark fruits, but they donít really manage to balance the deep roasted flavors. Very faint notes of hops. The finish is powerful with a coffee-like roasted bitterness, some alcohol, spices and lingering notes of general roasted flavors.
The body is full, but kind of light compared to some other examples of the style. Quite a lot of carbonation as well making the beer seems rather lively. Towards the end, it gets a little smoother.
I really liked this one.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle #63, September 2008 bottling, shared by badnewsbeers. Deep opaque brown-black body, thick, puffy tan head that becomes dense and persistent. Complex nose with sweet bread dough, rich chocolate, tobacco, hints of licorice, and subtle charred notes. Yum. Complex, rich body with sweet chocolate and licorice notes that lead to toast, sweet bread dough, and tobacco. Vinous. The finish yields a nice bitter, ashy smokiness. My only criticism is that the sweetness gets a tad cloying after a few ounces. Still, this is an excellent beer.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle thanks to Solan. Pours opaque black. Very rich and creamy. Lots of booze, alcohol, dark chocolate and coffee in the nose. The flavor is sharp but delicious. This is a great stout.
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks be to Solan. Hot alcohol nose. Nice flavor with a charred finish. Very rich. Nice stout.
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011 Deep coffee black/ liquorice colour, no head at all.
Aroma is has loads of hops, sweet caramel, coffee with cherries and branded cranberry aroma. Strong bitter coffee/espresso flavour with a hint of cherries and lightly salted liquorice.
Very long after taste, changing from hops to coffee to liquorice to herbs, very deep.
Would have been a higher rating with some form of carbonation.
EDIT: All bottles since had better carbonation. +.2
eaglefan538 (2850) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 006 from SL, woo hoo! Bottle somewhere in Sept of 08 I think the bottle said. The pour was dark brown-black, somewhat thin looking for the style, as was the mouthfeel: a bit flat and thinner? The aroma was great, though, cocoa-milk chocolate, some chalkiness. The flavor was cocoa, milk chocolate, chalk, finishing with a nice spicey hops bite, some faint grass, roast. Really came together well. Mouthfeel again was a bit flat. I recall the price being a bit steap on this, but it was quite nice. Very nice!
JanEric (978) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black coloured, no head, almost no carbonation. Aroma has lots of espresso, cacao, caramel, roasted malts. Taste is very bitter, with dark chocolate, coffee and caramel. Also not only bitter but also a bit sweet. Itís like a ruby port combined with dark rum. Very syrupy. Alcohol very well hidden. A complex beer, not my favourite sort of beer but this is very good drinkable.
notalush (4765) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Only at Christmastime can I justify spending this much on a bottle of beer - first of all, who the hell puts wax on the top of a corked and caged bottle? - my hands will be stained red for days! - and all of the work to get the cork out doesnít produce any satisfying "pop" at all - great, flat beer - yup, pours perfectly still, viscous, dark brown - the aroma is pretty nice, though - a lot of date, plum, fig, espresso, dark chocolate, vinous character, light bitterness - slick in the mouth, lightly oily, kind of thin-bodied for the strength - fairly bitter flavor, black malt, dark roast coffee - somewhat oxidized - some tobacco - dates, raisins, black cherry - late chocolate sweetness, a touch of vanilla - a bit boozy at the end - strong, coffee-ish bitterness lingers for a while - tastes like a flat, oxidized version of what could be an awesome imperial stout - still, even with that, itís still pretty dang good.