auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 2, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 660 mL 08/05 Bottle. Pour of pitch oil black, a sparse foamy head of banana coffee and cream, lacing superbly. Aroma of rich colombian roasted
coffees and a bucket full of cold grounds from a long post church coffee hour. Touches of ash, mixed with manhattans. Really
not all that enticing, more like my grandmother’s kitchen after a long morning of swilling coffee mixed with bailey’s and
smoking a pack of Virginia Slim Menthol lights. The coffee acidity is a touch harsh and lightly overbearing, at first.
Overall, the complexity is high and the mixture of chocolate dougnut frosting, sweetness from the dredges of Ghiradelli
chocolate syrup in the bottom of a coffeehouse, and a run of blackstrap molasses flow together to form a sensation that
beautifully counters the sometimes too strong coffee acid. As my cohort points out, this is a three phase beer. First,
coffee and tamarind dry acidity. Then, secondly, a run of nice sweetness in a series of complex darker forms, like molasses,
heavily roasted malts, and wicking oaked currants. Finally, after a light wash of fruit and a more coffee drippings. In the
end, a beautiful transcendance of hop behaviour. The coffee bean flavor fade away and a gentle tinge of Simcoe lands on the
tounge in a graceful drying and balancing method. I really think that the coffee acidity hides the hops acidity for a
majority of the time that the beer is in the mouth, so that hops only show themselves at the very end in a nice lemongrass
rich smack. A few notes appear. A musky white truffle like sensation is first in the profile and also part of the aroma,
which is peculiar. Also, the coffee flavor here is heavily focused on the bean and it’s oils, more so than the actual brew,
which is fantastic. Overall, scrumptous, but the acidity is a little hot. Alcohol supremely hidden.
vidbellegueule (30) - CANADA - MAY 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
incredible beer. On tap at the brew pub. Nice dark color and brown head. Creamy. Lots of cofee taste. Real good beer.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma,like sticking my nose in a pile of coffee beans,and starbuck quality one at that,easily the most intense coffee aroma I have ever experienced in a beer,full rich coffee malt taste, some sweetness some coffee bean bitterness,but this is pretty much one dimensional. Expense(its more expensive then Dark Lord) makes it a once a year purchase. Added bonus,there really is a reviving wonderful buzz with this brew. I judged at a huge homebrew competition starting at 9 in the morning,I was home by 3PM and it seemed like the rest of the day was going to be a wash out. Drank a bottle of this,wow, I’m good to go for the rest of the night. Better than any energy drink
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wow. Blck in colour with a medium brownish head. Coffee, coffee and coffee. Very creamy and nice carb. Also a hint of liquorice. Fantasitic.
Dutch70 (48) - USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Incredible beer, bottle. Pitch black, great imperial Stout with perfect coffee flavor, not too much, just perfectly balanced. Although I liked the draught at the brewpub a little better then the exported bottles, still a great beer. Brewpub version gets a higher rating though...excellent beer! It is worth the trip to Montreal though. Also, Dieu du Ciel is a great place, great atmosphere, great people and the place is packed, always....for a reason.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
So, here we go, the unattainable maiden is at my command at last! I like the label art. If this is "mortal sin", then is the woman with the snake in the picture Eve after the fall? Is that why she not naked? And how could a coffee stout be sinful? Why, they’re heaven on Earth to me!
But, I ramble...less thinking, more drinking, starting...now...
Decadent black sheathing, not a trace of light shining through....a solid crown of fluffy brown foam stands guard, like a mochaccino cap. Very nice.
Ahhh!!! Aroma reeks from the start withcocoa and espresso, riddled with earthy, bittersweet tones, redolent of richest chocolate, turning soft and creamy...very, very nice. I could smell this all day, etcetera, etcetera...
Over the lips and in the mouth, it’s beauty, indeed. Fills the entire orifice, and seeps into all the cracks and corners, spilling this dark deliciousness far and wide, reverberating long after the liquid has slipped down the throat. All those flavors in the nose resound and rebound, roasty malts and tingly hops conspire to create an exquisite sensation on the tastebuds. Though fully flavored, it’s never overbearing or unapproachable...though, clearly, enemies of stouts or coffee are urged to stay far away from the contents.
This is a sly and sophisticated thing, the 9% hiding well, the flavors resting happily, comfortably on the palate, long and wide. A beatiful beer, an excellent indulgence. And a rare one, as well.
Though, on reflection, the $16.59 I paid for this bomber could have got me a 6-pack of Bell’s Batch 7K. The price, and rarity, remains the only drawback I can think of, but I remain glad to have tasted it at last!
and, happily, this is a sipper, which means I get to enjoy it longer than other beers that slip down the gullet with more ease. I just might be set for the night.
pfr (121) - København, DENMARK - APR 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color - Dark/Brown
Head - Beige
Aroma - Fruit, Coffe
Flavor - Fruit, Bitter, Coffe
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - APR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, deep black pour--even held up to the light--still black. Small layer of dense tan head that leaves a nice hot chocolate skim and trails of lace on the glass. Coffee roast, a sweet, soft bourbon like Maker’s Mark, and dark toffee. The yeast character seems really clean--almost lager-like. Insanely chewy roast flavor. So much roast. Frech roasted coffee, on the way to carbon. I can’t think of another stout, imperial or otherwise, that approached the shear volume of roast flavor. Initially, it’s pretty bombastic and overwhelming, but it grows more pleasant as my palate adjusts. Lots of hop bitterness apparent in the finish. Under everything else that’s going on, it’s actually pretty clean. It feels more mouthfilling and substantial as the glass warms. A really different imperial stout. Not particularily nuanced or balanced, but I enjoyed the departure from the usual interpretation of the style.
Opened this first in a tasting of imperial stouts, based on it being lowest ABV. Bad ideal. This is not a beer of subtle charm, and I think best served as a show closer.
Beerdedone (2609) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle warm sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours dark with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, cirus, and fruit. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, citrus, smooth, with a bitter ending (but not to bad). In my top five of stouts i have sampled.
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Impenetrably black with a creamy thick head. The roasty/smoky aroma is incredibly strong, perhaps a bit too overpowering, the coffee used must have been a dark roast. Kind of a charcoal/burnt leaves aroma with some roasted marshmallows. Equally incredible in the taste is the roastedness, almost leaves my mouth feeling like I’ve been smoking a cigar. Bit of a buttery finish and hotness burns down the throat. Full bodied, especially after it warmed a bit.