drpimento (3121) - 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 (1381) - 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 (12502) - 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 (1977) - 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 (9251) - 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 (10484) - 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 (13455) - 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
Nisse666 (6241) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample draught, at Porterveckan BAJT 2011-10-16
AP: chocolate pudding, caramel, brandy
AR: thick, dark black oily body, wee beige head
F: heavy bitterness, chocolate, coffey, chilli (?), brandy
Leighton (18517) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the East Croydon Beer Tasting, thanks to Rene. Pours dark brown with a thick, beige head. Some dark fruits and dark malts in the nose, with hints of booze. Very sweet flavor, mildly roasty, some light mocha. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warm finish, bit of dry chocolate, some dark fruits, modest alcohol. Very good.