axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2008 Poured solid black with a frothy brown head. Aroma is a lot of coffee with dark chocolate and hazelnut. Flavor was dark chocolate, strong coffee, smoked and toasted malts. I kind of expected this to be as thick and cakey as the D.L. but it was very smooth. I’m very interested in seeing how this ages.
On tap at Dieu du Ciel.
You haven’t had this beer until you’ve had it on tap. A world of difference! All of the flavors were still there but just better balanced and very smooth with some serious banana bread notes. My trip to Montreal was ALL about this beer.
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
[Tap at the brewpub] A pitch black beer with a small brown head. The aroma contains strong notes of primarily coffee and vanilla - reminds me of a good ice coffee. The flavor has strong notes of roasted malt, coffee, and again vanilla. Wow.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled Nov 2004) Very large light brown head from a way to vigorous pour. Quite unattractive head of all different sized bubbles from very small to very large. Big and frothy. Decent carbonation for an imperial stout. Lots of coffee in the aroma with dark malts, roasted grains and a bit of bitter chocolate. Maybe a little of french vanilla also. Color is essentially black. Lively in the mouth and remains free flowing. Not as thick as I would have expected. Plenty of coffee, smoke and a little bit of sweetness. Bitterness of dark chocolate in the background. Pretty complex. Finish is roasty with a lingering aftertaste of bitter coffee. I am NOT a coffee fan but this one is pretty smooth and mellow yet very powerful. Alcohol is hidden very well. A very good imperial stout. I can understand why people go bonkers over this one.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Poured black with a tan head. Head resembles a capuccino. Aroma of vanilla coffee bean, roasted chocolate, wine, caramel and courant. The coffee flavor is really incredible. Palate is so thick with a soothing alcohol bite. If this weren’t so pricey I would drink this instead of coffee. Awesome beer.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is a deep rich roasted coffee. The appearance is a deep black with a long lasting tan head. Mortel’s flavor is a rich and robust roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is full and deeply satisfying.
notalush (4450) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2007 Tap and Spuyten Duyvil - as one that loves his coffee as much as his beer, and one that has tried quite a few coffee stouts, I must say that I really haven’t seen any beer that has "married coffee and beer so naturally and seamlessly" - the mouthfeel is oil and rich, but not overly thick and heavy - jet black with minimal head - aroma of, yup, coffee, with hints of sweet cream and roasted malt - soft carbonation accentuates the creaminess of the flavor - coffee, cream and a hint of chocolate - I’ve never tasted such common flavors put to such good use, or taste quite so complex - a great beer all around.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2006 Had the bottled version last year...Lots of ,duh ,coffee. Quite carbonated. Bitter, ash tray finish that bothered me a bit . Had on tap last night at Spuyten Duyvil. Very little carbonation. Beautiful Pour. Black with nice brown head. Lots of coffee, and only a touch of the unpleasant ash tray/ cigarette flavor. Had again in the bottle, this time was blown away, awesomely flavorful.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is nearly a perfect beer, as though you couldn’t tell just from my rating alone. Had this one tonight at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn. GREAT!!! Perfect coffee aroma, and even the flavor is just like drinking a sweet and creamy cup of Joe. The alcohol is well-masked and I wouldn’t even gues it was 9.5% except that this brew is so heavy! Don’t drink after dinner, you’d never finish the 12 oz. Thick, creamy, rich, sweet and delightful. Must love coffee.
Ughsmash (6911) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 11/04. Beautiful black pour with a nice 1/2" well-retained creamy caramel head. Intricate lacing as this went down. I loved the power of the fresh coffee in the nose. Vanilla, and espresso were also prominent in the roasty aroma. Creamy, clean, and very smooth on the palate... almost too smooth. Medium-bodied. Flavor was a wonderful coffee-fest (and they used the good grind). I was feeling juiced after about a third of this. Vanilla and caramel were also present, but to a lesser extent. I found a little oak and alcohol warmth alongside the coffee on the finish. This was not the most complex brew on the market, but it was extremely well-crafted, and a true pleasure to drink... if you like coffee.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/04 bomber from slob. The first thing to get you with this brew is the immensity of the coffee in the nose. It really smells like the coffee grounds left over once the coffee is brewed. Kind of like coffee and dirt. There’s also a little bit of chocolate and vanilla in the nose, and it’s a bit sour. Very very very roasty mouthfeel. This puts Starbucks to shame. Coffee, coffee and more coffee in the flavor. I guess there’s also dark baker’s chocolate, vanilla, some caramel, and a lot of nuttiness. I don’t really think that imperial stout is the best classification for this, it really lacks the complexity. Thank you slob, for sending this one my way!