FaithHealer1 (358) - - NOV 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 Bottle from Beer Ritz. Pours a pitch black, with half a finger of dark tan head. Aroma is a lot of ginger (Fentimans Ginger Beer), gingery cake, a bit of cinnamon. It gave me flashbacks to International Arms Race, and set me up for a disappointment. Taste came as a wonderful surprise. Rich sweet barleywine malt, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, a little bit of spice (from the ginger and chipotle?) and a tiny hint of raspberry. Sweet upfront, but a nice coffee bitterness and a little (but genuine) spiciness, tempered with a touch of alcohol heat balances it really nicely. Complex as hell. To answer gyllenbock’s question "Who buys this junk?" (not entirely sure what he’s looking for - this has complexity by the barrel, and is maturely made and tasty as hell), I do. And I f*cking love it.
Marheb (1743) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Des sucres féroces, sucre candi, chocolat, mélasse suivi d’une astringence à peine piquante qui dissipe la corpulence massive en entrée de bouche. Inintéressante créature de dégustation lente.
SlackerMads (1241) - DENMARK - MAR 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown to black with a small dense good lacing beige head. Minty nose, a bit like After Eight but with some dark berries as well. Full and fat with low carbonation. Again mint notes and something like wintergreen plants, almost perfumy like air freshener with chocolate and sugar. Alcohol heat. Soft and sweet wtih some bitterness and alcohol to balance it. Long spicy and light astringent finish. A bit much.
Lore (823) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep dark colour, practically no head, only some lacing, which also disappears within some minutes; aroma of biscuit, toffee, hints of chocolate, spicy notes, and dark berries; taste of biscuit, toffee, dried berries, some bitterness and spicy-peppery aftertaste; cool barley wine
Arve_Christian (2735) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Black color, some foam- high viscosity . Aromas of malt, dark choclate, dried fruits: high aroma intensity- light chili influence. Full body & high complexity . Immediate sweet, Then good bitterness. Very enjoyable
Christian (10778) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Odense catch-up from the cellar. Black with a tiny off-white head. Aroma of licorice with a strong ginger note that appears very unusual for an imperial stout. Sweet and ginger dominated flavour with licorice, dark chocolate and fresh roasted coffee. Overwhelming ginger, but quite interesting
_angst_ (2366) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours reddish black with a small blackish beige head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and spicy with biscuits, ginger ale, alcohol, raspberry jam, hay, black pepper corns, roasted malts and hints of bitter chocolate, honey and smoke. Taste is sweet and spicy with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, ginger, cardamon, black pepper corns, cloves, biscuits, caramel, hay, smoke, charred wood and hints of raspberry jam. Mouthfeel is round, cloying, sticky sweet, spicy astringent and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, tiny bitter and spicy with roasted malts, ginger snaps, raspberry jam, caramel, bitter chocolate and smoke. A terrible mix drenched in ginger. Doesn’t work out at all...
Beese (1099) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at BrewDog, Shepherd’s Bush on 7 December 2013. Poured black with a dense tan head. Powerful aroma of dark fruit, stem ginger and alcohol. Boozy dark cake flavour with prunes, liquorice and bitter roasted malt to balance. Finish was burnt toast, oak and molasses with warming alcohol. Top barley wine.
tfredvik (941) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with a small, frothy head, this looks like another under-carbonated Abstrakt. Some lacing. The aroma is very strong, sweet and has lovely malty notes of dark caramel, dark chocolate and roasted notes. In addition it’s quite fruity, and in the back I get alcohol. The flavours are strong and very complex. Lightly roasted notes, dark caramel, dark chocolate, sweet and overripe fruits, liquorice, root beer and a pleasant chill burn in the aftertaste. I now read in the commercial description that the AB:11 is brewed with chipotle peppers, but I don’t really get the smoky flavours of this pepper, just the hot sensation.This is very sweet stuff, but both the moderate bitterness and the chill tame the sweetness quite efficiently. It’s a vinous brew, with well integrated and pleasant notes of alcohol. The body is full, the texture thick an oily, and even though the carbonation is extremely soft it fits the style well. A lovely beer!
[37.5 cl bottle, #5264/9819, enjoyed 16 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
Ferris (2006) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Dates, ginger, light berry and pepper. Jet black with a thin brown head. Sweet molasses, dark berry, ginger and a bit of pepper. Roller coaster of flavor is correct, sweet and spicy with no bitterness. Even with all the crazy flavors, it is interesting vs. disjointed and although I wouldn’t drink another I did enjoy this one.
kraddel (2433) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown
Nearly unexisting brown head
Smell is harsh , dark fruits
Taste is bitter , than comes fruit and its sweetness , than the typical sweetness for the style . All behind a great spine of thickness and intensity .