HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Tampa tasting. Poured black with an ultra fine brown head. Nose is dominated by roasted malt, also present are notes of cocoa, anise, molasses, and light smoke. Full chewy body with a sticky mouth feel. Flavor is sweet, roasted malt with notes of dark cocoa and anise and a touch of coffee and alcohol. Finishes slightly bitter.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Deep black / brown with a creamy beige head, spotty lacing. nose is very smokey with some bittersweet chocolate. Very heavy on the palate with cocoa, smoke and some coffee beans.
GT2 (9265) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2011 750mL 2008 ed at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont. Pours with insane carbonation a muddy deep brown with a very aggressive, large-bubbled, brown head that has excellent retention and leaves some frothy lace. Aroma is a knockout: rich dark chocolate, Godiva liquor, coffee beans, cigar tobacco, chocolate milkshake, spicy vanilla beans, ginger ice cream. As it warms some smoke character comes out like smoked barbecue. Taste is a slap in the face with massive dark chocolate, raw cocoa butter, freshly ground coffee. Intense bordering on hilarious. Great coating mouthfeel. My only qualm here is that the body becomes very sweet. Still the near 12% is well hidden. 5/6/2010 9/4/8/4/14=3.9
Tap at Paradiso Dupont. A muddy, sepia pour yields a reverse cascade yellow head. Small retention. Thicker rings of lace remain miraculously. Nose is pretty olive briny, saltwater, burnt hazelnut, umami flavors like nori and Kalamata olives. Eh. Taste is slap your face bitter...almost rip your head off unsweetened dark chocolate. No sugar. Just bitter cocoa powder onslaught. Roasted hazelnut. Thick laden mustiness and mild chalk warns of a little too much yeast in suspension. Still very nice, savory, and would come across as superlative for those seeking out heavier stouts. If you don’t like heavy, bitter, dark beers you will hate this, probably die, and go to hell. 7/4/8/4/15=3.8
dylan88 (223) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl Bottle Pours black, with almost no head. Aroma is very complex: coffee,barrel,and dark chocolate. Flavor is almost the same and very complex too: coffee and dark chocolate. Full body with very low carbonation. Good beer!
teorn88 (3555) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle. Pours totally dark with no head at all. Only some big bubbles spread in the glass. Aroma is huge: lots of roasted notes, coffee, licorice and dried fruits. Alocholic warm too. Taste is similar but more oriented to alcohol: very malty in the beginning, turning to a decise bitterness and ending with a soft warm sensation of alcohol. Palate is silk, full bodied. Almost no carbonation. Overall, a splendid beer, remembering me of some porters. If I’d have to find a con to this beer, it would be the absence of carbonation.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - APR 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botttle (10,2% ABV). A black beer with a large, frothy, creamy, mostly lasting light brown head. Tha aroma is heavily malty and lightly hoppy. There are notes of roasted/burnt grains, coffee, chocolate, alcohol with a hint of grapefruit. The flavour is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately sour, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, soft to lively carbonation, very long finish with medium bitterness, modetely to heavily alcoholic. This bottle version is slightly inferior to the draught version which I had at the De Molen brewery/restaurant, which was in the low 4s. Anyway an excellent beer.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Cork flew from bottle. Black with massive brown head. Aroma of milk chocolate, heavy cream, caramel, nuts and marshmallow. Flavor of tobacco, dry roasted chocolate, cream and milk. Reminds me of dogwood youngbloods impy porter. Smooth, smokey finish
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 1 Pint 9.4 fl. oz. Brewed 17/18 Feb. 2009 - Bottled 20 March 2009. Bottle number 863. Consumed 19 April 2010. Very happy to have found this bottle. Poured a thick & ominous, oily black/brown with no head at all... looked like motor oil. Aroma: bitter dark chocolate, espresso, booze, roasted & burnt malts, coca beans, cough syrup... maybe some oak. Taste: bitter dark chocolate & espresso, roasted malts, tobacco, booze... big flavors. Long bitter finish. Thick mouth feel. No carbonation... very surprised as it works without it. I have never seen so much sediment in a bottle... all at the bottom and very thick. Overall excellent: a huge Imperial Stout... bold but nuanced. I am glad I tried this... but if I am able to get another bottle, I think I would cellar it for 7-10 years and open it on a cold night.
JulienHuxley (4034) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 180ml. Dark coffee brown body with a brown ring. Aroma is mocha and honey. Also, I get some cherries and vodka-like aroma. Average.
Taste totally compensates for it. At first, there is sweet a light flavors with cocoa powder and coffee flavors. It ends with a rush of bitter flavors; a mix of wood, eucalyptus, honey and mint. Light palate and soft carbonation. This is quite different for the style.
martinaros (16) - NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Have been to the brewery. Very nice people and old-fashioned style of brewing. One of the best special beers in the Netherlands. Nice dark brown collar. High alcohol percentage but you don’t taste it. N good palate of different flavors