tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle: pour is like crude. Pitch black and oil. Dark brown head. Amazing aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, raisin, and hints of hazelnuts. Sweet milk chocolate and burnt caramel flavors up front transitioning to mocha, dark chocolate and coffee. Hints of sweet smokey vanilla. Thick, smooth creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Lectvay (188) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 On tap at Bittercreek Alehouse. Have already consumed Ivan the Terrible, Even More Jesus, and Lil’ B. Like dessert in a glass. Hope I’m still able to be objective.
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with thick head. Aromas is vanilla, coffee. Taste is heavy on the vanilla, the coffee fades to a background note. Nicely balanced sweetness (marzipan?) in a heavy stout. Can’t wait to try the BA version.
gam (3641) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich tan head dark pour mild carbonation aromas rich chocolate dark fruit mocha coffee cocoa milo vanilla chocolate as well the flavours biscuit taste very malty dryness crisp nutty almond peanut superb touches a bitter of medium noted mocha coffee dark fruit chocolate the finish wonderful tastes rich biscuit tastes the coffee and dark fruit and malt sweet and bitter finish cracking imperial
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a dense black color with a small brown head that soon recedes to a fine film. The aroma is medium in strength with mocha, dark chocolates and blackened grains. The taste is a big blast of dark bitter chocolate, chocolate liqueur, mocha, vanilla, light anise, biscuit and bitter walnuts. The palate is thick and viscous with soft carbonation. Finishes long and bitter-sweet. Overall: First rate RIS-- I loved it.
yngwie (15566) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 22oz. A black beer topped by a small, dense, tan head. The aroma is really pleasant and complex, with vanilla, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some licorice and dried fruits. A hint of something liqouer like too. Sweet flavor with all the goodness from the aroma, mocha and roasted malts pulling most of the load. It’s full-bodied and faintly warming, with a very soft carbonation. Really lasting finish with a lot of heavy caramel sauce. Not an easy drinkable beer, but damn it’s tasteful and pleasant. Especially the aroma is fine. 131214
Meilby (9728) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 650ml @ Geokkjer
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, licorice, bread and cacao. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, chocolate, cacao and malty finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Geokkjer (6679) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with a tiny brown head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, coffee, biscuits, malt and coco. Flavor is sweet chocolateand malt with some caramel, biscuits, warming alcohol and coffee. Medium to full body, soft carbonation.
charule (1621) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Binnys Southloop. Poured black with thin rim of dark tan. Aroma of vanilla and coffee with dark choc. Very light carb with med heavy body. Slight bittersweet taste. Well done.
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour. Solid dark tan head. Fantastic nose. Chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, coffee hints, and roasted malt. Taste is just as terrific. A little doughy. Thick chocolate bitterness, more vanilla, smoked dark fruit. Chewy and thick. Totally whips.