bhensonb (8985) - 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.
bierkoning (8951) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought in Copenhagen. Almost black and opague. Roast, cream and coffee in the aroma. Malty sweet, creamy flavor with coffee. Roastbitter aftertaste with mocha. Alcohol is well hidden. Delicious beer.
madsberg (8790) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Botted: Pitch black coloured. Huge brown chocolatish head. Loads of sweetness, coffee, roast and coffee, coffee, coffee. Flavour is light hoppy and has these roasty coffee notes as well. Full bodied. Has some malty notes. This is very heavy stuff. And I love it. Almost like licking coffee grounds from the filter bag. Is quite bitter and very roasty in the end.
Tmoney99 (8778) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from fiver29. Poured black color with a large brown frothy head that mostly lasted with . Moderate to heavy roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Medium smooth body. Good complex combo of sweet coffee and bitter chocolate with a moderate to heavy roasted bittersweet finish that was strong and lasting. This is a standout brew.
gunnfryd (8554) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted, hop. Flavour is coffee, roasted, smoked, alcohol, hop, cacao. Full bodied beer. world class beer.
Koelschtrinker (8476) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 29, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Intensiver röstig-malziger Antrunk, bereits hier wird die Malzdominanz im Bier ersichtlich. Die Malzintensität steiget nun deutlich an, darin befindet sich eine leichte Bitterkeit und passende Hopfennoten. Kaffeeartig röstig, der Alkohol ist ersichtlich und bringt sich gut in die Kräutergewürznoten ein. Zum Ende, als der Malzhöhepunkt vorbei ist, sind leichte Zitrusnoten erkennbar. Hier ist das Bier aber weiterhin sehr aromatisch und kann, trotz leichtem Brennen im Hals überzeugen. Etwas nach Lakritz, Whiskeyandeutungen. Ein absolut gelungenes Imperial Stout! 9/12/13/14/13/14
Lubiere (8243) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
May 2005. Deep black with a thick brown head. Freshly ground coffee beans, very roasted and pungeant, with notes of spices, rosemary-like. In mouth, Rich coffee taste with intense roasted beans, sweet vanilla. Rich bodied, grainy mouthfeel, challenging.
hopscotch (8212) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 Bottle #46 Oct. 2004... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with no light penetration, even when held up to the Montreal Sunshine. Mid-sized, creamy, khaki-colored head with good retention. The aroma is of coffee beans, bitter-sweet chocolate and vanilla. The flavor is incredible. So rich, so sweet, so bitter, so warming, so complex, so BIG. At first, it is so pleasantly sweet on the tongue and then BANG!, the bitter, burnt flavors kick in. The coffee and hops take over, keeping the sweetness from being even remotely cloying. So many layers of flavor. Mega full-bodied and dry with fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, bitter-sweet finish. What a jewel of a brew! A lot of ratebeerians will be blown away by this one at the RBSG 2005 in Montreal. Thanks go out to Stefan for the bottle since the tap was dry!
Bov (8158) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 16, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - dark black colour with a modest head retention; roasted aroma of coffee and vanilla, some notes of nuts too; very tasty and full-bodied, very bitter and long coffeish and nutty roasted finish - a wonderful and complex beer
pivnizub (7989) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille (thanks to asheft!): As black as ink, smaller stable and lacy tanned head with a prounced lace; solid port-vinous nose with toasted malt, freshly ground coffee and cacao; solid bitter-sweet flavour, full bodied and soft nevertheless; lingering dryish coffeeish and toasty-malty finish, balanced by some sweet dark malt and milk chococolate. Divine stuff.....