Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle shared with Armando629. Csakajosor.hu
Poured black as hell, as the name would suggests. Brown, heavy, lacing foam that already suggests what’s coming ahead. Unbelievably complex aroma, with most dominant being coffee, chocolate, irish whisky, ash, earth, molasses, roasted malts, and hops. Dense, syrupy, oily body that is seriously heavy in the glass. Hoppy bitterness and roasted, burnt aftertaste that stays, mellows out with a bit of vanilla aftertaste. Alcohol is present, and it should be. Imperial stout at its best, a masterpiece!
juiceisloose (1056) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml botttle, courtesy Solan. Pours a very dark brown almost black in color that barely lets in light through. A small, dark tan colored foam tops the body. The aroma shows plenty of rich, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, anise, and a good amount of roasted malts. The oak imparts some vanilla and a touch of boozy bourbon. The flavor starts out with lots of dark chocolate, toasted caramel, and vanilla. The oaky bourbon is subtle and smooths out all of the roasted malts. Full bodied, smooth, and subtle carbonation leads to a roasted chocolate finish. Great flavors and a really nice RIS.
DocLock (8426) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from PUB’N upper echelon. Pours onyx w lt br head and spare lace for a beer this big. Nose is roasty dark malt, choc, cherry, molasses, walnut. Tastes rich, with roasty dark chocoffy malt, molasses, port, blackberry. Gets more porty and blackberryish late as it warms, amd becomes a bit of a cabernet/stout hybrid, but never forgets its imperial stout roots. Well done.
armando629 (2442) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 1, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2010 0,75 l bottle, csakajosor.hu.
Oh my god....This beer kicks ass. Poured like rock-oil with a sirupy density and a black, untransparent appearance, a brown, foamy and creamy, stable head. Powerful aroma with all of the character of the style. Earthy, wooden and roasted grainy perfume with coffe and dark chocolate, leather and molasses, dried fruits like plum and raisins. The flavor is unbelievable complex. Hard body with a sirupy, oily texture. Taste of deep roasted grains, cocoa and dark choclate, molasses and coffee again with some spicy vanilla and espresso in the background. Wooden, burnt wooden cask, tannins rules the palate, deep roasted aftertaste that takes long and long and long. Wonderful stout! Thanks DeMolen!
Brewed on 18/02/2010, bottled on 08/04/2010 - bottle nr 150 of 360.
thirdeye11 (5746) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(33cl bottle #115/1056 brewed 4-14-09 bottled 5-21-09 thanks to ericandersnavy) deep brown with deep brown head. Nose of raisin, vinous, fudge, grapes, fusel alcohol. Taste of alcohol, fudge, sweet coffee, fusels, espresso with a medium creamy finish. This beer was quite alcoholic and didn’t hide it well.
tomer (2091) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAY 29, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33L bottle, oily pouring, no carbonation, very very dark brown to black colour, flavours of cocoa, light roasted coffee, honeycomb, mushrooms hint of nuts and a lingering smokiness, dominant flavours of roasted coffee, charcoal, date honey and dark chocolate, bitter coffee aftertaste, not to big bodied, very good.
Nuffield (3772) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Major head, slightly larger bubbles than I expected. Very dark brown with red hues at the edge. Sparkling aroma, even at the cold temps at which this was served. First sensation seems sour but with a big rauch note in the midpalate. Late sour-smokey finish, lingering on a warming roasted note, very mellow. A little limp in the mouthfeel department. Very good but not mind-blowing good. (on tap at Nederlands Biercafe ‘t Arendsnest, Amsterdam)
BMan1113VR (7898) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 21 May 2009, bottle number 115/1056 with a calculated (OG/FG) of 11.4% thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours with a small tan head over a deep brown body. Aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, graham cracker, blue cheese and sawdust. Taste is currant, chocolate, and coffee. Light bubbles.
Proeferius (106) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle @ home 33 cl. black with a brown head which dissapears after 5 min. Beautiful aroma of smoke, coffee and chocolate. Low carbonation and a bit sticky in the mouth. Very good !
drpimento (2425) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fabulous. Extreme beer. I think meant to be almost still, which it is. No head, only a few bubbles. Color is an opaque brown tinged black. Aroma us ultra rich and chocolate malt roast coffee. Flavor is like aroma just a hint of bitterness at the end. Body is excellent despite being almost flat. All my friends sitting here trying it say "Goddamn good beer!" Only hints of alcohol in the end which is lengthy. Absolutely fabulous. Label says ageable up to 25 year. Wonder what an older version tastes like.