buzzoven (376) - - JAN 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this one in the fridge for awhile and felt i had to psyche myself up a bit before i could finally crack it open. Once i did pop the bastard little cork, i carefully tilted the mystical bottle and poured myself a sipping glass of black wonder. Witnessed a ruby dark black that shifted to pitch midnight tone once fully poured. No head rested on top, just a glass of "what the hell am i about to drink?" Shifted my nose towards the rim and was treated to a very complex array of smells...cherries, port, brandy, raisin, tar, cigar, pavement, grease, fig and plum. Taste was amazing...dropping (not just hints) but full blown novels containing roasted cold chestnuts, almonds, various forms of candied fruit, fig cake, whiskey pies, grandaddy’s rum, copper (like the taste of a penny). Flavour was very complex, somewhat overwhelming, highly alcoholic, and strangely, not hard to drink and enjoy. The finish is a real kicker, settling back in the inner valleys of the downtown part of the tongue and, like tiny scorpions, just sitting there for a while and lashing their tails...what a beautiful sting. By the end of this bottle I felt like I was living inside of a Melvins record.
kaser (2637) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Thick as oil. Poured from 12.7oz bottle at Lakehouse. Pitch black with off white head. Sweet almond and chocalate aroma. Dry and malty. Dirt. Raisins cocoa almonds and simply chalky dry. It is way drinkable for the high ABV. I could pound about 6 of these before peeing my pants face down asleep
dambor (34) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a beautiful mocha head, leaving a fantastic lacing while it disappears (and while one drinks). Aroma: chocolate, caramel, one can feel the alcoholic aroma. Taste: Wow! A burst of chocolate, dark malts, raisins, alcohol (pleasant), sweetness (probably from the sugar they’ve used). It is really thick - you almost need a fork. Palate: warming (although the 16% ABV is very well hidden!), it leaves a bitter aftertaste on the tongue, which stays for a long time. The latter feature is actually something that disturbes me here. Not sure it is a characteristic of my bottle of the beer as a whole. But even with this "disadvantage" - one of the best beers I have ever had.
tectactoe (1724) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Welp, it’s black. Looks oily, too. Brilliant sheen across the top that reflects lots of light. No "head", just some deep tan bubbles that layer themselves across the top. Aroma is full of deep roastiness, heavy booze, bitter dark chocolate, prunes, soy sauce, & a strong residual sweetness resembling charred brown sugar.. if that makes sense? Mild anise. Taste is... Wow. Almost too much. Heavy. As. Fuck. So much booze, so much sweetness. Notes of alcohol, Kikkoman’s finest, super-sweet chocolate, cloying brown sugar, light smoke & charred, roasty malt, & the faintest touch of milkiness on the back of the tongue. Thick, semi-viscous body that coats your palate like a primer. Such a big beer. It’s not bad, per se, but it’s just so damn unnecessary. It’s lacks the longevity of other "extreme" beers like Utopias, so there’s never really a time to drink this. I’ve had other 17%+ beers that were much smoother & easier to drink. This is a bomb.
Derbeth (307) - Kraków, POLAND - AUG 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Thick brown head with very good lacing. Aroma is complex and changes as the beer warms up. Starts with fruit and alcohol, then an extremely strong coffee aroma feels the mouth, there is also a bit of ash. What is impressive is that the beer is not cloying and does not feel sweet and alcohol is not disturbing. The coffee taste is too strong for me.
Alengrin (1296) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spectacularly strong imperial stout with Chinese name (transcribed as ’hēi’) apparently just meaning ’black’. Light beige foam, quickly decreasing under influence of the heavy alcohol, colour black with wine-red hue, only visible under bright light. Extremely overpowering and intoxicating aroma of coffee liqueur, port wine, sherry, Belgian chocolates, camphor, candied dates and figues, goosberries, Kirsch... Equally extreme palate, very intense, very thick and oily, creamy, candied fruits, candi syrup, very heavy and viscous mouthfeel, profoundly malty with roasted bitterness like coffee beans, thick chocolate and unsurprisingly, a lot of brandy- and gin-like, warming, astringent but in this case not even disturbing alcohol, supported as it is by the utterly rich maltiness. Wow, what a profound and amazing brew... Not cheap, but worth every penny.
adster (208) - HUNGARY - AUG 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vérbeli imperial stout-illata van, földes, erősen pörkölt kávés jellegzetességeket csillant meg egy leheletnyi édességgel megfűszerezve, melyek a meglepően tartós habpaplan alól kandikálnak ki. Érezhető még egy kevés gyógynövényes aroma is, valamint egy vékony alkoholos fátyol, összességében egy tömény masszivitás az, amit az illata produkál. Íze olyannyira továbbviszi ezt a robusztus karaktert, hogy minden egyes korty gránátként robban szét a szánkban. Incselkedő édességgel nyit, kellemes és sima, visszafogottan szénsavas test körvonalazódik, melyek aztán átadják helyüket egy gyógynövényes élű, sáros és karcos jellegnek, amit egy már-már epésen keserű végíz ural, mely ellentmondást nem tűrően, ordítva közeledik, hogy aztán elmosson minden, addig érezhető jellemvonást. Az alkohol természetesen ott trónol minden egyes szegletében az italnak, de nem olyan mértékben, mint az várható lenne egy ilyen alkoholszázalékú sör esetén. Izgalmas, jól összerakott alkotás, de nyilvánvalóan nem egy mindennapi fogyasztásra javasolt főzet ez.
Thryloholic (2) - Kozani, GREECE - AUG 16, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great taste and aroma. I can still feel its taste in my mouth . One of the most exraordinary beers...
martin00sr (602) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap, Taphouse. Black, tiny, offwhite head. Coffee and licorice aroma. Huge mouthfeel, more coffee and licorice, warming booze, intense bitterness. Quite intense.
maley1 (780) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap. OMG! Black pour with dark beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel, sweet fruits, vanilla and leather. Taste was incredibly complex, more and more flavours coming through as this warmed closer to room temperature. Without a doubt the most complex beer I have ever had . I tasted everything through the temperature scale, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, espresso, leather, caramel, vanilla, licorice, toffee, molasses, cherries, dark red ripe fruits, lychee, raisin, figs, absolutely decadent. Full bodied, slightly lower carbonation, creamy silky smooth on the palate, perfectly balanced. Long finish that lasts for minutes, starting sweet chocolate fudge turning into a bitter hoppiness. just begging you to take another sip. As near perfect beer as I have tasted, brilliant!!
Holmen2 (844) - NORWAY - AUG 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black.Small, but persisten pale brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, strong coffee and bitter dark chocolate. Superb tast exploding in the mouth and similarly fantastically long aftertaste, with a high degree of roasted malts and bitterness well in balance.