Merrill (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like a volcano - make sure its cold enough; I nearly killed Pat with the cork! Lost about 1/4 btl in the eruption. Brown head with lace that runs to a beer that is nearly black. Lots of floating goodies where the light shines through. Aroma rich earthy loam with chocolate and coffee. it was pleasant watching a video of the brewery while sipping what was left of this wonderful RIS. Unique flavor full of old wood and savory - cloves and tobacco perhaps with chocolate, licorice and coffee. The big three for me!
tipsytoad (85) - JERSEY - JUL 1, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Brasserie 4:20 in Rome. Wonderful colour, jet black with big beige creamy head which retains it’s lace until the end. Fabulous aroma of vanilla, coffee and marinated dark fruits. The mouthfeel is thick, coating the mouth. The flavour is massive alcohol but beautifully restrained by the mass of flavours ranging from tobacco to more vanilla. The wonderful host at Brasserie 4:20, Alex, gave me a bottle to take home which i am drinking now - pretty much the same as the draft, just superb. By far and away the best European imperial stout.
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle@Carlsens Kvarter, Odense. Pitch black with no head. Aromas of licorice, tobacco, chocolate, vanilla, malt and coffee. The flavour is sweet and syrup-like with notes of hard roasted malt, chocolate, espresso and licorice.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle gratiuosly shared by Hophead22 thanks to Swolf3...3 twist on the cage and a rogue cork almost took me out of the beer game...Pours dark black with a mocha head.. Chocolate and belgian yeast in the nose. Very sweet...Flavor was chocolate and roasted coffee..Super carbonated..Super awesome beer.. Thanks Timmy and Wolf!!
Pailhead (4595) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: The aroma has lots of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, and a hint of plum. It pours a dark brown with a moderate light brown head with decent retention. The flavor starts with lots of dark chocolate and light roasted malt. The finish as lots of black licorice and some faint roasted coffee. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yep another beauty poured at JW77’s tasting! Dark, dark brown. Lot of chocolate covered coffee beans with some tar and vanilla. Chcolate and coffe flavors meld amazingly well with some fair hops and the asphalt flavor is noticeable. Another winner.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Price not withstanding, this is one seriously phenomenal beer. Shared with my brother and both of us knew that this was the beer of the night for us. A deep choco/coffee aroma with some anise, charcoal, toffee, dark nougat, vanilla and pine. Smooth, silky texture. Flavor is a cavalcade of flavors. Bitter walnuts, huge dark chocolate, an almost Kaluha like flavor at times, coffee creamer, heavy roasted coffee beans, vanilla, tobacco, alcohol, and dried figs. Stunning.
JoeTheYounger (1136) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Belgian chocolate aroma with hints of roasted coffee. Pours a dark color with crazy ass head. Nearly killed DuffmanSW when the cork flew off. Very thick lots of carbonation. Very good one.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from Swolf3, thanks Wolf. Very carbonated, almost killed DuffManSW with the cork, heads up! Big chocolate aroma, some coffee, very nice. Coffee and chocolate flavor, very tasty, I really liked this one.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My label is much plainer--white label with black type--I think from the first batch, Bottelnumber: 185--brewed on 23 July 2008, Bottled on 22 August 2008. Thank you cgarvieuk for the bottle! Clear dark mahogany pour--nearly black in my glass--with a large three finger dark brown head. Big roast, anise, and tar up front in the aroma, some herbal and light pine notes coming behind. There is also a good amount of dark chocolate and roasted grain. Nice hoppy RIS thus far. Flavor follows through much the same with an added fruity berry component. Alcohol, vanilla, and lactose are also in there. The finish is ashy, unfortunately, but not too bad overall. Dry finish, some alcohol burn noted, bitterness @ a 4. Full body with moderate carbonation (surprising, considering the head). Pretty good beer.