argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 (draft, RBSG05) Big beige head eventually settles from the turbidity atop a red-black body. Aroma is sweet, coffee, roast, some vanilla, smoke, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, coffee, roasty, some vanilla chocolate. But really, it is all about the coffee. Coffee aftertaste that lingers and lingers (in a good way). Really smooth and creamy, full body. (8/5/8/5/17)
(660ml bottle, bottled 11/04, sampled 6/12/05) A soda fizz accompanies the pour, which yields a big brown milkshakish head atop a black body with red edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, roasty, some chocolate -- evokes a rich mocha torte. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, chocolate, some roast. FWIW, I noticed a cigarette smoke element about mid-bottle, but after a couple of sips, it went away. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, though it, accompanied by some herbal bitterness, does reveal itself somewhat in the swallow. Aftertaste is all coffee. Syrupy and smooth full body, very drinkable for a beer with this much oomph. Of course I was well aware of the warnings associated with the bottled version of this beer, but I am not disappointed -- this is a great beer in its own right, and I can only imagine how amazing the brewpub version must be. Only complaint I have (other than the cigarette quality) is not truly fair, i.e., a bit too much coffee. (8/4/8/5/16)
Rasmus40 (11523) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a small light brown head. Aroma is very sweet, roasted malt, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Oily and smooth. 050711
Leighton (11447) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle at Rattle n Hum. Wow. When my friend poured this beer, I immediately smelled the intense coffee aromas and noted the thick consistency. As he poured, it looked like tar and smelled like earth. In the glass, the beer was pitch black with a thick, fluffy beige head. The aromas smacked of expresso and mocha, along with dirt. The flavor was incredible. Rich, robust coffee with some notes of almond and hazlenut. Strong bitterness from the coffee beans but still some sweet, burnt malt presence. Finish is mildly bitter and smooth. Medium carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel. Truly a remarkable beer.
bhensonb (11276) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bottle Trek. Very black color with a tan head that left rapidly. Aromas of coffee and darkly toasted malt. More or less medium body with fizzy/creamy carbonation. The flavor is really dark toasted/burnt malt (but smooth) with something approaching espresso. With time, chocolate notes come forth. Finish is a little bit sweet, and there’s not much bitter other than the burnt malt. Overall, it’s a heck of a drink. Every taste is a fresh experience. It may be the same one over and over, but who cares.
chrisv10 (11251) - DENMARK - JAN 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Body is pitch black with a very small tan head. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.
Christian (11219) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a disappearing light brown head. Coffee (cold, day old coffee), ashes, licorice, charcoal in the nose, the coffee so dominating that I don’t sense beer. Intense flavour mixing coffee, chocolate, roast malt, and a touch of hop bitterness on a sweet background. A pleasant surprise after the aroma. But as always with flavoured and spiced beer, I prefer the flavouring subdued and the beer in the foreground.
thewolf (11193) - Kolding, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. [thank you, Boutip!]
Poured in my Belle-Vue Kriek Snifter. Absolutely pitch black with a nice, medium cappucino-beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is deeply roasted coffee and a sweetish background of chocolate. Good and very dry mouthfeel - perhaps a little thin when you think of the 9,5 %. Flavour is very much dominated by coffee, some slight coffee. Also there are tar-like notes and light fruity hoppiness. Actually a very drinkable beer - and I sure like coffee in my beers :o) Finish is a bit chewy with the chocolate coming through a bit more. But this is first of all, a coffee-lovers dream.
jcwattsrugger (11115) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11.5oz bottle @Tampa Wkly Gathering–pours a light brown head that laces and black color. Aroma is anise, ashy, some acidic. As it warms coffee too. Taste is coffee-dark malt, ashy, some acidic hops. Not my taste but nice.
brokensail (11106) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: A 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is thick and black as night. There is a small mocha colored head on top.
S: Wonderful, robust aromas of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight bit of alcohol (bourbon).
T: The coffee really comes through strongly on the palate. Also, quite a nice roasted malt and bitter chocolate flavor. The finish has a mild vanilla flavor to it.
M: The level of carbonation is moderate, and the body is very full, thick, and creamy.
D: A dangerously drinkable Imperial stout, the alcohol flavor is practically non-existant. Great coffee flavor and very smooth on the tongue.
rlgk (11051) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Haket, Göteborg. Black color, lasting creamy brown head. Cocoa aroma, coffee, salt, quite bitter, licorice notes, hoppy, metal notes, a bit earthy, and with dry chocolate. Chocolate flavor, cocoa, dry bitterness, hops, earthy, with dark fruits and coffee.