JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour brown tons of floaties ridiculous tan head and outrageous lacing. Aroma chocolate, coffee, slight dark fruit, very roasty, caramel, espresso, booziness, cherries. Taste boozy, chocolate, espresso, roast, coffee, strange bitterness, dark fruit. MF full slight creamy body mild carb. Overall really tasty stuff the strange bitterness is a bit much.
maneliquor (3482) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Love it ! A one of a kind. A very heavy, sipping beer. Well worth the price tag. Massive intensity and huge flavours. Packs a punch like no other
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black color, almost no head. Not all that pretty. Aroma is delicious with lots of subtle roast, vanilla, sweet liquorice, spices, very little alcohol, and some nice hops near the end. A great deal of coffee and a peculiar sweetness to it as well. Taste has tons of coffee, chocolate and roast as well as a bit of oak-ish characteristics. It isn’t boozy but there it packs a punch. The sweetness dominates but there is a nice balance in the bitterness towards the end. Delightfully excellent.
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Remarkably smooth but for its bitterness and noticeably high gravity. Also, not as sweet as I would have imagined it, but smoke, coffee, dark chocolate, and tobacco flavors predominating. A bit heavy-handed, a good sipper, but not sure I’d repeat this one.
Scopey (11762) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From Cracked Kettle, bottle 350 of 869, brewed on 06/09/10 and bottled on 21/10/10. It pours darkest brown, near black with a thin foamy tan head and fine carbonation. The nose is wood, liquorice, coffee, booze, vanilla, leather and sesame seed. The taste is caramel, wood, charcoal, salted liquorice, toffee, cherry, dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla and sesame seed. It has layers and layers of complexity and a sticky mouth-feel. The balance is impressive and the finish is long and bitter. A top quality Imperial Stout from a top quality brewery.
chibuck (3507) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I drank this from the bottle into my Orval glass.
This bottle was brewed August 2008, bottle number 56 of 282.
Thos beer is a huge gusher. The cork almost jumps off and oozes head. As your pour you get at least four fingers of super fluffy medium tan head. The retention and lacing are excellent.
The aroma is strong and supremely unique. It is very sweet giving off a unique flavor of sweet chocolate milk of ice cream. Its really awesome and I keep coming back for more. You also get a whiff of toffee and cocoa.
The taste is pretty malty as well. You get lots of cocoa, a little of the sweet milk left over, with a bitter chocolate finish. A lot is going on here. Its nice but a little something is missing that I can’t put my finger on.
The feel is really nice. Tons of carbonation on the tongue and a slight warm bitter finish.
Drinkability is decent.
Overall, I really liked this. It was super unique for a RIS, something I would recommend
Tmoney99 (13157) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a dark reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. This is standout beer.
gunnfryd (13904) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is licorice, chocolate, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, licorice, sugar, smoked, chocolate, alcohol. Full body. Intense beer.
MoritzF (9187) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle, 75cl, #25) Black as tar coloured hue with a short and tanned foamy layer. Strong aroma of coffee/mocha with notes of chocolate and burnt wood, accompanied by notes of caramel, leather, liquorice, vanilla and a touch of alcohol. Sweet and rounded roasty bitter flavour, full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Hearty roasty malty taste with distinctive notes of coffee, rounded up with a cornucopia of flavours; moderately sweet and lingering roasty bitter finish. 05.I.11
mumares (98) - BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a creamy small head that is quickly gone. Sweet aroma of dark sticky fruits with some roasted notes as well. Taste is sweet in the beginning but then the roasted (coffee) and hoppy flavours take over. Very creamy, just the right amount of carbonation but maybe a bit too harsh (alcohol burn) for me in the finish. Luckily it mellows out and the beer gets better and better throughout the session.