TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nov., 2004 bottling: Virtually opaque black. Big rich-tan bubbles condense into a fine layer of cream. Heavily charred aroma with tar, smoke, richly earthy java, burnt custard, and potting soil. Fairly phenolic. Pleasingly dense in body. Mostly soft and velvety carbonation, yet with a fine tingle of spritz. Opens with a poignant sting of char and a snappy but relaxed phenolic bite. Sneaky java intensity slowly develops an extremely smoky and nutty earthiness and glides down like liquid tar and burnt chocolate fudge. Bittersweet notes of unsweetened cocoa and black chocolate truffles fuse with well managed coffee- and malt-derived acidity to add more layers of depth. Rich java anchors the drier char elements and tugs the palate downward with significant force. Meaty as all get out. Tannic alcohol warms the body and lends dryness, but is otherwise a non-factor. Perceptible nuttiness and roasted grains complement the rounded inky and salmiakki overtones. Finishes with snippets of vinous acidity and ashen malt dryness, but otherwise decidedly punishing and potent with lingering espresso beans bathing in fudge and tar. This is a journey in a bottle. (9/4/8/4/17=4.2)
Draft: Dark brown. Creamy gray-tan foam. Bittersweet aroma of charcoal and coffee. Surprisingly simplistic. Somewhat dense in body, but overly gritty from the nitrogen. Initially nutty with roasted malts and softening hints of coconut milk. Mild buttery espresso flavor cuts the acidity and dryness from the heavily charred coffee character. Bittersweet chocolate center. Gobs of char flavors, ranging from burnt matchsticks to charcoal. Hint of crystallized sugar compounds the firm char. Moderately slick ink flavors. The coffee begs for some malt complexity to curtail its acridness, but it never arrives. Finishes dry and gradually more subdued in its intensity. After judging this from the bottle, where it really sparkles, I see no reason to nitrogenate this. (7/4/7/3/14=3.5)
aleigator (470) - GERMANY - JUL 31, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yields a huge, very stable light brown head, while the beers color pours a completely black color.
The amount of coffee used in this beer has to be immense, as the aromas yield an utmost profound coffee appearance, which wouldn’t need the help of any other ingredients to compose a convincing nose. The coffee though gets perfectly balanced by scorched earth and a huge amount of peated, wooden earth. Underneath, there is a well build layer of dark-chocolate, together with a whiff of coffee, coating up the aromas perfectly well.
Has a fantastic, fuller mouthfeel, due to the beers low carbonation and earth supported creaminess, perfectly showcasing the profound coffee flavor.
Tastes of soft whipped-cream, balancing warming, oaky malts, amped up by roasted wood and charred toast. As coffee enters the palate, it instantly defines the whole taste, while the beers foundation still adds up to the taste in all its facetts. Fresh toasted, crushed toffee beans offer up a pleasant, bitter roastiness, together with flowery cocoa powered bakers chocolate. Finishes with silk milk chocolate, and a supportive coffee bitterness, which creates an intense ending, while also allowing subtle flavors of oak, toffee, fudge, coal and chimney fire to remain detectable.
This beer is a real treat, exhibiting a challenging depth of flavors, together with a fantastic mouthfeel. Everything comes incredibly well together, resulting in a simply perfect coffee stout.
mzaar (2051) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska, ebest SB. Svart öl med ett rikligt moccafärgat skum. Dofter av kaffe, mycket kaffe!, rostad malt och bitter choklad. Smakinslag av kaffe, läder, bitter choklad och svagt, svagt av vanilj. Stor och fyllig kropp. Oljig munkänsla. Alkoholen känns inte av i smaken.
Turtles (505) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 25, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
341ml bottle from Systembolaget. Black with a creamy tan head. Wow! Large and intense coffee and espresso bean aroma,in the background there are some oak and sweet rosted malt. Thick, creamy mouthfeel, full body. The taste is rich in coffee and roasted coffee, espresso, creamy milk chocolate, roasted malt and slightly smoky. Long deep aftertaste of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness.
Bamsen78 (4403) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ the brewpub. Pours cloudy very dark brown with small tan head. Clear aroma of malt and caramel, with notes of roast and chocolate. Bitter, roasty flavour with sweet notes of chocolate, caramel malt and yeast. Hints of liquorice. Roasty aftertaste. Warming alcohol presence. Nice. Very nice.
Dazz3 (1675) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a big brown head. Smells coffee, roasted malt. Tastes a lot of coffee, clear bitter, roasted malt with a similar finish.
Lawger (232) - SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a very big (for the style), tan head. Loads of coffee and roasted malts on the nose. Ground pepper, bay leaf, dark chocolate and coffee grounds. The palate is medium bodied, not every thick or oily, balanced with only slight hints of sweetness and acidity, the bitterness however is authoritative and leads a fairly long finish. Very nice. Not 100 points in my book, but certainly very tasty.
HKdIPA (458) - HONG KONG - JUL 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Le Marche des Brasseurs in Hull. Last night in Ottawa summer 2015. Opaque black pour with minimal tan head (very slight carbonation). Aroma is burnt sugar, coffee, vanilla, wood. Yum. Taste is similar - big boozy bite to start. Very bitter at first, then, again, caramel, coffee, vanilla, booze. Lasting burn. Rich smooth palate. Great imperial stout.
Rich71 (80) - Rijnsburg, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ruikt naar koffie, en ik lust geen kofie ! Mooie vette schuimkraag. Dit is kwaliteit ! Zoet bitter koffie smaak. Apart. Lijkt op Yeti met koffie nuance ?
Niksko (483) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black with just a little fine tan head. Nose is vanilla, charcoal, light smoked meat, light roast coffee, a little dark fruit. Flavor is coffee, dark fruits (plum, raisin), a little burnt toast, a little smoked meat. Bitter roasted malt finish, quite dry. Heavy thick body with prickly carbonation. Dark and decadent, pretty tasty.
clancytj (1) - - JUL 15, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle stashed away. Served in a tulip glass.
Aroma: full of roasty coffee with chocolate notes.
Appearance: Dark brown, almost black. Thin, short-lived head.
Taste: phenomenal. Wonderful balance of roasty, coffee flavors with hints of chocolate, caramel, and some dark fruit. Beautifully balanced.
Palate: rolls over the tongue with a thick, oily grace
Overall: outstanding beer. Decadent, devastating mouthfeel, aroma, and flavor make this a beer worthy of its handle, "mortal sin."