Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - JAN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It sits innocuously enough in the glass: black with a faintish prickly head that sank into a gibbous moon of film on top of the beer. There is a persistent tingle of carbonation visible, which I don’t ordinarily see in other imperial stouts. This could bode well, or I may be reaching for the bottl of water and some aspirin when I wake up. Jet black colour with hints of coffee and before the glass hits my nose I pick up definite Bordeaux aromas of rich Merlot based wines. A shade closer reveals coffee and rich plum pudding. There is some spice there too: nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. The flavour is strong. The coffee grounds from the bottom of the pot, burnt toast, glace fruits, coffee leftovers and other mayhem. The mouthfeel reveals prickly carbonation that serves to exacerbate the bitterness. This is a bit of a brute and no mistake. Dries on the palate, but stays stomping with heavy boots on the finish. You know you’ve been assaulted by this beer. Whether or not you mind is another thing altogether.
Thompson (603) - - AUG 27, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by benzai... 11.4 alcohol 2016 version... Small to medium beige head leaves a small edge towards the glass... Pitch black colour.... Smell roasted malts bitter coffee dark chocolate.. Taste some nice bitterness dark chocolate, coffee from smell is missing though...
varanid99 (1000) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with barely any tan head. Coffee, cocoa, roasty aromas. Similar flavours - dark chocolate, coffee, roasty flavour, a bit of booze, and nice latte finish. Pretty nice - had been sitting on this for a while so a good one for #1000.
Speko (210) - DENMARK - AUG 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0,33. Pours black with small beige head. Aroma of coffee, grain, chocolate, raisins, some smoke. Taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, dried fruits, alcohol is warming. Medium sweet with nice bitterness in the aftertaste. Full body and oily texture, soft carbonation.
wombat23 (607) - Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. Almost black with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee. Taste: coffee, very roasty, chocolate notes. Very good.
darbeer75 (437) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: very rich with lots of malt and coffee; Appearance: pitch black with tan head that dissipates slowly; some lacing; Taste: follows nose, plus lots of booziness; Palate: heavy body with very complex finish that includes sweetness and slightly bitter dryness; Overall: quite good; would definitely buy again.
marcus (9014) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 18, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a few tan bubbles and a huge treacle and chocolate aroma. There is a full-bodied dark molasses flavor with a little smoke amd a dry slightly bitter finish. Plenty of coffee.
bhensonb (13984) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 capped from Bine & Vine. Pours dark brown with a slight beige head. Coffee aroma. Med + body. Flavor has a lot of coffee and dark/burnt malt. Not dry, but certainly bitter. It’s like espresso. Some chocolate after a bit. Really good stuff.
thepatrickman (781) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at When Pigs Fly, Kittery, ME. There’s enough coffee aroma and flavor in this to make it taste like a boozy latte. I’ve had more than my fair share of high ABV stouts with coffee, and this still stands out. Expertly made, really tasty, and will probably keep you awake an extra couple of hours.
androman (1700) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle at home from Biernavigatie.nl. Nose is coffee liqueur, light smoke. Body is pitch black, head is medium, beige, creamy, average lasting, good lacing. Aroma is coffee, milk chocolate, light smoke, toast, dusty coffee, raisin. Medium sweet, medium to heavy bitter, hint of fruity sour. Finish is long lasting roasty medium bitter-sweet. Full body, oily texture, nearly flat carbonation. Sweetish a bit heavy dessert beer, tasty, nice one.
Lubiere (12776) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark reddish brown imperial stout with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with loads of coffee grind, musty character, light mocha coffee, nutty oil, nice and complex. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity chocolate malt with loads of coffee grind, light vanilla, dark fruits, molasses, alcohol warmth, very nice and complex. On tap at Eulogy.