maledictum (755) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - NOV 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby-black body with a foamy, stable beige head. Complex aroma with coffee, dark chocolate, dried fruits, dark chocolate, vanilla, liqueric perfume. Oily, dense texture and mouthfeel with flavor of dark chocolate, roasted cocoa beans and coffee, dried fruits like plum and some oak. Strong alcohol but well balanced. Dry, liqueric, roasted and long aftertaste. Delicious stout
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, from Glouglouburp. Thanks Dany! Pours a very clear, and quite shockingly pale black, very clear and light coloured for an Imperial Stout... Head is 3-fingers thick, rather foamy, pale tan in colour, and rather persistent; lacing is sticky, and rather nice. Nose is dark fruit, toast, leather, prunes, cherries, blueberry, cigar ash, and something cedary? sandalwoody? I can’t put my finger on it, but there’s just a trace of woodiness here too. God, this stuff hits your mouth like a neutron bomb. The dryness and profundity of of it are rather staggering! Big, and blossoming with tannic blueberries, tobacco, smoke, brandy, plums/prunes, again with the wood, but this time there’s a trace of vanilla and graphite. Staggeringly big, dry, stuff. Like Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout, if that beer wasn’t bloody awful. Very, very, few beers change my ideas about what a beer should be: This has rather turned Imperial Stout on its ear for me: I’ve never liked Black Albert, and I’ve never really understood why. THIS is why. THIS is profoundly why. Magnificent stout.
drpimento (3179) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Phew, what a heavy hitter! Poured with the thickest slowest pouring residual foam I’ve ever seen. The tan head was amazinly foamy, frothy, billowy, thick, sudsy that seemed almost permanent and loads of clingy lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is roast, licorice, malt, molasses, dark leather, brandy, cough syrup. Flavor’s similar with sweetness in the fore, followed by bitter and tang. Very full, lush, voluputous and excellent carbonation. Finish is like flavor and very long. Absolute world class. Would love to have one in 20 years.
Maris (1390) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 330ml bottle on 2/11/2011 (bottle number 952, brewed on 1 April 2010, bottled 4 May 2010, ABV 10.5%). Was a gusher on opening. Pours a very cloudy dark brown with a huge head. Has a lovely aroma of dark chocolate and dark fruit with a good dash of alcohol. Begins with a huge sweetness, with dark chocolate, brown sugar and dark berries most prominent. This is followed by a strong, spicy, slightly tart bitterness and some more warming alcohol. A big, impressive, in your face imperial which will really appeal to those like ’em sweet.
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the 2nd East Croydon Beer Tasting, thanks to Benzai. It pours opaque black, with a thick tan head. The nose is caramel, burnt sugar, fig, raisin, nut and smoke. The taste is caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, cherry, burnt malt, nut, fig, raisin and filter coffee, with big alcohol in the finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Nice.
tomthompson89 (1979) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
on draft at local option in Chicago. wine like nose. dark black pour with little to no head. booze is fantastic and this stout could take u out with one glass. dark sweet burnt coffee with a slight vinous port finish. big big beer to be on tap
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy red with with off white head, aroma has notes of toffee, dark fruit, some roast, caramel, some slight earth and anise notes as well. Taste is nice toffee, caramel, slight chocolate and cocoa, hints of anise, touch of earth and spice, finishing slightly sweet, dry. Not bad, but definitely not in the style, more like an English barley wine.
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ dan’s house. Brown appearance with a fluffy, tan head. Deep roasty, slight tar, slightly fruity, chocolate nose. Very sweet, raisin, chocolate, caramel, lightly fruity, roasty malty, toffee flavor.
Tmoney99 (13600) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Cease & Desist. Poured a clear dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate malt, dark fruit and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet roasted dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This beer exceeded my expectations.
SimonRoller (391) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2011 Pours pitch black with medium-big off white head. Fruity, chocolate, caramel, coffe. Bitter. Full body, oily. Good beer