Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The high alcohol content is incredibly well handled, I can't wait to try the 23. Wonderfully roasty with a great hop presence. Nothing is small about this beer.
jc1762 (55) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 2014 bottle into a teku glass showing it to be very light bodied, opaque black with a finger of latte brown foam.
The nose shows a lot of dark roasted malts and coffee bean. A certain brightness in the aroma reminiscent of oak or wood.
The palate is full bodied and somewhat oily with an aggressive carbonation. The alcohol is quickly apparent and very strong. The alcohol burn lasts the entire time on the palate. Unfortunately it dominates most of the tactile sensation making it hard to concentrate on the other dark flavors of the beer. These flavors are mostly roasted malts and some espresso flavors.
I’d say give it at least 3-5 years to age - the alcohol is too strong and makes the beer too spicy to drink at this point.
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 oz into a chalice on 01.12.15.
A: Toffee, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and caramel. All flavors merge together.
A: 1/4 finger light tan fluff that recedes quickly. Midnight black body with no red in the glass.
T: Cherry, chocolate, and caramel dominate. A slight roastiness and slight bitter dark chocolate (both on the back end) are subtle.
P: It’s thin for a stout. There are a lot of bubbles in the middle and back end.
O: The alcohol heat is not hidden very well, even for 15 to 20%. It has a cherry cola quality, including the mouthfeel. Overall, I don’t know what the fuss is about this one. There are many better stouts out there.
Joel (111) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled in 2011, this was bottled on November of 2009, so it’s had a couple years to mature. It pours black with a very thin tan head that disappears instantly. Aromas of alcohol, wood, dark fruits, and coffee. Tastes sweet with molasses, brown sugar, liquor, wood, and raisin. Surprisingly drinkable for such a strong beer. It has qualities similar to a glass of port or an aged fine liquor-- only on a roasty backdrop of malt. This is a special beer—potent, complex, and delicious. An enjoyable dessert beer that should be savored on a special occasion.
AdamT (199) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake Va compliments of Zizzybalubba. Yellow stamp on bottle says ?/25/14. Midnight black hue, zero visibility with light khaki creamy head. Good lacing. Strong booze, licorice, dark malt, dark fruit, red berry aromas. Booze and malt taste from start to finish. Creamy mouthfeel, burns when going down. It gives you a good buzz, but is a little harsh going down.
yourilevesque (62) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one yesterday night as a warmer after spending the day outside in the snow storm. It was my 4th experience with this beer and it was a total different thing than what I was used to. Bottle has no date stamp on it and a yellow/green-ish cap. 2009 bottle I think. This beer had a surprising brwon colour and was only on the alcohol side, in an opposite way than the complexe coffee, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses flavours I previously had with the other bottles I bought in the same 4-pack. Was this one a bad bottle? I still must this beer a good rating because it is a great one. The bottle I had yesterday is not a good reference point but still, one bad bottle out of 4 is a high ratio and this is the reason I give this beer an overall appreciation of 16/20.
Gurthnar (2253) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle by Cuso, thanks! 2005 bottle, aged for 9+ years, incredible! Aroma rich malty, warming, coffee, chocolate, raisins. Pitch colour. Taste can be described same as aroma. Quite warming. Very good and better yet when considering age.
MisoW (1892) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 3, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by Cuso, many thanks. Pours dark brown color, beige head. Aroma of cherries, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, some green apples. Taste is sweet, medium bitter, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, warming alcohol, plums, cherries. Nice warming sweet taste of cherries and alcohol.
kkleu357 (388) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet hoppy smell. Has hints of that typical dogfish head aroma. Medium thick body. Black in color. Fairly light tasting. Can tell it’s high in alcohol. Some roasted taste. Sweet and very smooth.
Beardaxe (281) - - DEC 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bottle into snifter. Jet black with moderate head that quickly dissipated. Huge boozy aromas on the nose. Smells sweet with dark fruits. Flavor is similar. This thing is massive in the fruity sweetness. Honestly, it's a bit much. I understand it's that intense to provide cover for the alcohol (which is still quite present and deep, though never obnoxious), but I think it's a bit overwhelming. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, with a hop burn but not much bitterness.
This just doesn't feel like a finished product to me. I would love to age this for a few years and revisit.
JorgeLee (1294) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, picked up somewhere in the US, can’t remember where. Jet black, big brown head which disappeared fairly smartish. Looks nice. Big, boozy, quite sweet and malty. Unfortunately the booze rather overpowers everything else and it just tastes a bit one dimensional. Burns. All in, ok.