robinvboyer (4116) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle au cheval blanc, during mondiale week.
Jet black pour, no head. Aroma of intense burnt malts, espresso, dark soy, and a touch of bitter licorice. Intense mouthfeel, thick and viscous, coats my palate. Warming from the alcohol is very present, quite bitter finish, with a solid sweet coffee mixed with bitter cocoa finish.
Reynolds314 (3302) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
It was decent but I think there may have been something wrong with the bottle. I loved heaven and hell but this had a strange off putting spicy/medicinal taste that became stronger as it warmed. The backbone of the beer was quite tasty with notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, sweetness, but i couldnt get past that odd flavor that I have a hard time even describing.
Ernesto987 (5567) - Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2012 Stronger flavors than heaven and hell in an odd direction. Ended up getting third in a beer tasting. A bit to much of a sharp attack that does not flow well.
RexTalionis (3489) - FINLAND - JUL 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 75 cl at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Poured pitch black in colour with thin tan head. Mostly coffee in aroma. Flavour more subtle with some smooth elements, but still coffee being the dominant taste. Some hops are there but they stay more in the background in favour of the delicous coffee taste. Aftertaste coffee and liqourice mostly with some faint hoppy notes as well.
Hermod (6332) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle @ Pikkulintu. 11,9%. # 216. Bottled 22.08.2008. Poured black color with a beige head. Aroma contains coffee, lots of nuts and oaky notes along with some roasted malt. Flavor is coffee, nuts, oak, hops and caramel. Finish is long with espresso kicking in after a while. Just incredible, one of the best beer I have ever tried so far. Very smooth and round, nearly no alcohol detected, slightly warming finish.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to barzigkin. Poured black with a tan head. Aroma was fudge, coffee, nutty, and chocolate syrup. Flavor was fudge, cream, coffee, and slight alcohol. Body was medium with high carbonation.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle from WLV. Pours dark murky oily brown with small dark brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, burnt malts, coffee, some caramel and booze in there as well. Flavors of bitter burnt malts, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and finishes with some alcohol warmth. Finishes really dry and bitter. Picking up some more dark fruit and black licorice flavors as I progress through my snifter. Loved it at first but fell off towards the end of the glass.
kappldav123 (5859) - GERMANY - JUL 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle looks really good. Beer in the glass deep black, heavy malty aroma, roasty and dry. Starts very strong, smokey, coffee notes, chocolate. Finish a bit milder in the first moment, then more and more burning malty with earty-strong malty notes, notes of dried fruits. Intense finish. Great beer!
greenclansman (906) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - JUN 30, 2011
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
How can someone rate this beer? Besides the words amazing and perfect, there is nothing else that can be said. Drunk it from a 33ml bottle (the 75ml one, was kept for aging.
The chocolate aromas and taste were amazing, while the after taste brings some coffee-ishness up.
I loved it. Next time, i will drink it while eating a piece of chocolate cake.
Benzai (13678) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2016 Re-rate September 20th 2014 to replace an old amateur rating. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized decently lasting dark brown head. Aroma is malts, dark and roasted malts, dark chocolate, mocha, coffee, a slight hint of liquorice. Taste malts, dark and roasted malts, dark chocolate, strong roast, coffee, again lightly liquorice, roasty bitter. Oily texture, full body, medium carbonation. Absolutely delicious! -- I’m upgrading this beer once more. It is my go to stout and it never diappoints. Rich, oily, full bodied, full of flavor. Simply amazing every time. Up from 8-5-8-5-17 (4.3) to 4.5.