Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
THOUGHTS: Could smell this one the second the first hiss escaped from the bottle as I began to pry the cap off. Hid alcohol very well for the high ABV. It was noticeable but not at all harsh. Very intense but rather smooth. Even better tasting as it warmed.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with a small, light brown head that was almost reddish and nearly fully diminished. The aroma had heavy roasted malts, coffee, chocolate syrup and very dark chocolate; hints of banana; raisin; prune; cherry;port; hints of smoke and wood; light alcohol; and dark fruits. The initial flavor was moderate to heavily sweet, and slightly bitter and acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately bitter and ever so slightly sour. There was chocolate syrup, dark chocolate, dark fruit, hints of bacon, alcohol, prune, raisin, roasted malt, coffee, cherry dark fruit, and burnt malt. The full body was oily and sticky on the lips with soft yet rather tingly carbonation and a slightly alcoholic finish.
JHeath99 (1027) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark opaque black with a layer of toffee colored head. Aroma of coffee, smooth chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste of milk chocolate, coffee, nice dark roasted malts.
GG (2140) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ 10 East -
Pitch black, rich creamy head that likes to stick around awhile. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, mocha-ish aroma...also a welcomed rich roasted almond/nut like effect smelled. Thick, viscous body. Flavor was a little disappointing. A little more sweetness would have made this decadent, but it leans to the dry side. Bittersweet, dry chocolate, lots of black coffee and noticeable heat from the alcohol. Very good.
ryanfolty (1871) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
October 24, 2014 - on tap Darkness Eve at Stubs. Black pour with limited head. Aroma and taste of a dark chocolate fudge bar with some dark fruit. A little bit of alcohol was in taste but well hidden. Wow this was tasty!
JefVerstraete (1482) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from De Hopduvel, Gent. Dark brown, black colour, dark brown foam. Soft carbonation. Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, also fruit (plum, cherry) and vinous notes. Very well balanced. Very good stout!
MrFecesious (1022) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Blackest of black with a thick rope of brown. Aroma of molasses, coffee bean, dark chocolate, a touch of lacto. Taste is pure dark chocolate bitter sweetness. Insanely creamy. Coats the mouth like a horny beast.
portableparty (1928) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours oily thick black brown with a reddish mocha thick frothy head that settles to a creamy film. Aroma is bittersweet with big roasted malt dark bitter chocolate and bitter coffee some marshmallow and raisins/ plum. Taste has more bitterness smoke peat flavors with dark burnt coffee roasted malt hidden plum and prune. Palate is thick oily and coating.
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of black chocolate with light coffee notes and some residuals sugars is well balanced and extremely enjoyable. Taste is an incredibly well-balanced mix between some black chocolates notes with light fudge notes also noticeable with some light roasted coffee notes that is offset by some residual sugar notes. Body is full with creamy and oily like consistency with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A very enjoyable treat.
Darkmagus82 (1742) - - SEP 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades over a slow amount of time leaving a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a coffee and caramelized sugar smell with a very strong showing of chocolate and vanilla giving an overall rather nice mocha like smell. Along with these aromas comes smells of a good deal of roasted malt and some aromas of a more crème like smell, producing a rich and tasty smelling sweet mocha espresso smell.
Taste – The taste starts out strong with sweet chocolate and coffee flavor infused with a good deal of caramel sweetness. As the flavors advance creamy tastes come to the tongue with flavors of crème and vanilla both entering the taste profile. Along with these comes even more espresso with a strong showing of some candied sugar and a bit of a more molasses and a bit more burnt sugar/caramel taste. Some very light dark fruit flavors of plum and raisin peek their way into the taste, but in comparison to the other flavors, these are super light. In the end the mix of very light booze, chocolate, sugars and coffee ends up leaving a delicious and rich coffee infused chocolate cake flavor to linger on the tongue. Oh so satisfying!!
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The super thick body is fantastic for all the very roasted and dark as well as sweet flavors of the brew and mixed with the lighter carbonation create a thick and mouthcoating feel that baths the tongue in all the glorious and rich flavors of the beer.
Overall - This is one damn fine and rich imperial stout with tons of chocolate cake and coffee like flavors which coupled with the big rich flavors of the brew make for a very nice sipping stout.
rejtable (1390) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black some frothy brown head and lots of lacing. Nose is bitter chocolate, some vanilla and molasses. Flavours are espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla. Taste is heavy/medium sweet and medium bitter. Fully creamy body with medium carbonation.
Lubiere (10187) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, molasses, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet chocolate malt with cherry notes, molasses, alcohol warmth, licorice, very nice. Merci Rejean.