Dudar (108) - Minsk, BELARUS - FEB 3, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black beer with chocolate dense head. Aroma of caramel, butterscotch, molasses, some fruit, milk chocolate, honey - amazing. Taste: lots of roasted character, coffee, chocolate, prunes, rye bread crust, bready spicy yeast, grassy hops with balanced bitter finish, dryish from roast and hops. Alcohol well hidden. Oily, creamy, thick beer, well balanced.
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour from bottle with the largest, off white head in beer drinking history. It was like a volcano. Aroma is everywhere, hay, booze, chocolate, earth and spices. Taste is booze, coffee, malt, hops, and dark chocolate. Just a massive beer worthy of a 100 rating.
chrisv10 (15524) - DENMARK - FEB 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with medium light brown head. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, bitter, licorice and hops.
trevor211 (1631) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours glossy black with a *startlingly* large head. No joke - took about 5 minutes to pour this puppy. Aroma immediately hits you with mild coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and vanilla. Nice. Flavor immediately hits you with booze. Not quite so nice. Itís a boozy one, for sure - it could use a few years of age under its belt - but the flavor is really, really nice aside from that one downside. Swirl out some of the carbonation - thereís really too much in there - and youíre left with some wonderfully balanced big stout flavors. Really nice... just... hot!
PhillyCraft (5925) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Pour is the most epic Iíve ever witnessed; the cork popped, and the bottle erupted a thick, craggy, deep tan head that actually filled an entire pint glass! Beer is pure motor-oil black with a shiny, reflective surface after the fade of the head. Aroma is massive and complex; roasted, sweet malts and pepper lead to smoky oak, char, and vanilla finishing with a deep honey, slightly boozy dark chocolate note. Full, thick, lusciously creamy body with a palate as silky and smooth as velvet. Finishes with a hearty, soothing, thorough burn through the chest. This brew is as epic as its name implies. Definitely one of the best Imperial stouts in the world. Cannot wait to taste my cellared bottle in 25 years.
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - JAN 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is rotten fruit, alcohol, sweet malt, sweet licorice,feel is quite broad, carb is mediumlow, taste is almond, alcohol, cream, some licorice, late weak bitter hops
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A very inconsistent imperial stout. This rating for a disappointing undercarbonated bottle
How: Many times. This rating for a Bottle 750ml bottle #145 of 282, bottled 27 sept 2008. Consumed when a little over 2 year of age
The look: Black body with almost no head
In long: First I must say that Iíve had this beer multiple times over the past few years. Various batches. Small bottles, big bottles. It has never been the same beer twice. A recent 750ml was very hoppy with a very green harvest-style hops character. Carbonation is hit or miss depending on the bottles. Sometimes more chocolaty, sometimes more coffee. Anyway, so tonight I decide to sit down and rate a bottle. Too bad for the beer the 750ml bottle that I picked for the rating was probably the worst bottle I ever had of this beer. Too bad for them because Iím not spending another $20 on an beer that can be a hit or miss. Taste of old coffee filter, chalk, burnt malts, green resinous hops, more chalk, tar, soy sauce, lack of carbonation, lifeless body. Black coffee bitterness. However even though the bottle I rated was very disappointing I know that this beer can be good, very good in fact. High and low ratings is a representation of a beer inconsistency. My rating is a low one. I think more recent batches have gotten a little more reliable. I may re-rate eventually. So basically this is a long useless rating that goes in all directions and say that this can be a great beer even if I give it a low rating. Maybe I have a problem with my flow of ideas but vaginas are really awesome and I think Iíll fix myself a sandwich.
probstblueribbon (3726) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Brewed on 07 Nov 2009. Bottled on 06 Dec 2009. Bottelnumber 848.
App.: Deep brown-black with a decent mocha head.
Aroma: Rich deep dark chocolate, a very spicy, peppery green note, some alcohol, molasses, a touch of licorice, quite dusty at times, some black coffee, the nose changes greatly if swirled or allowed to sit, there is some dark dried fruit trying hard to be noticed, quite complex.
Palate: Full-bodied with almost no effervescence for a very slick, syrupy, pillowy feel, also somewhat powdery.
Flav.: Black and severe, black coffee and dark chocolate notes kept down by that strong, peppery green note (I guess that must be the hops), still dusty, unsweetened black licorice, a big boy beer; dry with good bitterness that lingers along with green peppercorns, a fair bit of warming (almost stinging) alcohol, and some stern black coffee and very high % cocoa dark chocolate.
Well Iíll be damned. If this is Hell, then why is everyone trying to stay out??
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 shared at Derekís Tasting. Pours a murky blackish brown edged hue, small offwhite lacing. Aromas are rich cocoa and toffee, some coffee, rich roasty and sweet malt body. Big coffee and roast presence, sweet malts. Initial is roasty and coffee, touches of sweet caramel, toffee. Sweeter, roast, toast and biscuits. Sweeter, roasty, good balance and body. A nice beer, firm and flavorful with some big roasty notes, underlying fudge and toffee. Solid
deyholla (10216) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle I received for Christmas. Poured a near clear near black with no head whatsoever. Aroma was full of roasted malts and coffee with a bit of sweeter dark grains. Flavor was rich with roasted malts, dark grains and coffee and a hint of chocolate.