ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. From notes.
A: Pours a pitch black color. There isnít much head, just a small tan-colored film. This has some nice alcohol legs, it must be said.
S: This is really chocolaty, with a pleasant backing of black coffee. I really love all the chocolate in the aroma - while itís simplistic, the way the two notes coalesce is really great. A simple but very effective aroma.
T: There is a ton of strong dark chocolate to open the flavor profile up. This sensation gradually builds up a coffee tone on the back end. Between the two flavors is a notable cookies íní cream flavor to balance. Tons of flavor help make this a winner, though it could be a tad more complex. Who cares, though?!
M: This isnít quite as creamy as Iíd expect a sweet-ish stout to be. Having said that, it features a good body and some nice viscosity. Poor carbonation means the sweetness sticks around for a while on the palate. Despite that, thereís no hint of the 11.5% on either the flavor or feel, and it goes down quite easily.
O: I love how chocolaty this is, and how balanced the coffee come across. Having said that, I donít know if itís quite as good as Founders Breakfast Stout. Certainly, itís an excellent coffee brew, but Iím not sure itís worth its exorbitant price. Even if this were just $10/bottle, I would consume this like water. Iíd still buy it again at $18 a bottle, though.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Black. Creamy brown head. No lacing that I can see.
Smell: Rich and delicious. Biscotti, I suppose. Coffee and chocolate laden. So much itís ridiculous. I donít get the alcohol one bit.
Taste/feel: To be honest, reminds me quite a lot of their Imperial Doughnut Break, as it has that same sort of doughiness (though not quite to the same extent), but with more and better flavor. Great creamy feel with a mild/moderate mouthfeel. Quite sweet, but also a deep roasted flavor with some bitterness on the finish. A lot of alcohol warmth here that dries the mouth right up. The alcohol canít be tasted at all, but certainly felt.
Incredibly good beer. $18 for a 22oz bottle is definitely a pretty hefty price, but itís also one hell of a hefty brew. A fantastic biscotti/dough/coffee/sweet nose that tastes almost just as good. A big beer thatís well worth trying. One of the best beers Iíve ever had, for sure. A bit on the sweeter side, but thatís to be expected from this beer, I think... but thatís just a nitpick. Buy this beer.
Westmeister (1534) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample at Classic City Beer Fest. Thick dark brown pour with mocha head. Dark cocoa and thick coffee, with some dark fruits, nutty. Thick velvet mouth. Lovely and bold.
RexTalionis (2128) - FINLAND - APR 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours black in color with a tan head. Roasted malts, chocolate, hazelnuts and vanilla in aroma. Rich and strong. Very smooth mouthfeel. Milk chocolate with roasted coffee and vanilla in taste. Really nice tasting, the drinkability is really on a high level and no sign of the abv here. More on the bitter cocoa side towards the finish.
Renobob (452) - BesanÁon, FRANCE - APR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bue ŗ la pression. Couleur noir profond. Amande et vanille au nez, quíon retrouve au palais. Puis finale sur le cafť avec une lťgŤre amertume. Le tout superbement ťquilibrť.
RasmusOtt (964) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tiny brown head. Aroma is Huge on the chocolate. Also some nice dried dark fruits, lovely vanilla notes, roasted coffee, cocoa and some chocolate fudge. Taste has some nice rich chocolate notes as well. Also some roasted coffee, vanilla, dark dried fruits, cocoa and a bit savory overall.Balance is just spot on. Never gets cloying. Really big and drinkable beer. I understand the hype of this beer.
Vestergaard (174) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - APR 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh jeez. Pours pitch black with very little, dark brown oily head. Aroma has soooo much nice, dark chocolate, a nice roast, a slight smoke and some vanilla.
The taste is very pleasing with sweet notes of dried plums, chocolate and vanilla. Along follows a nice roasted, dry coffee. If i didnít know, i would have guessed that this beer contains around 8-9% alcohol. Slight fizzy carbonation, and very full body.
chinchill (1378) - South Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Near chewy body with carbonation that struggles to keep up but is not obviously too low.
Rich flavor, even for style. A bit too sweet up until the finish.
Lots of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee.
fluffy (1328) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
not sure why this exists, as the barrel aged is far superior. on its own, this is just ok.
espenra (840) - Kurland, NORWAY - APR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
65cl bottle at Schouskjelleren. Best before 2015. No other date or batch info. Pitch black colour with no head. Aroma is laden with alcohol, oak, sherry and syrup. Flavour is sweet at first but gets really bitter after a while. Lots of alcohol, raisins, syrup, sherry, oak and cocoa. Long, lingering aftertaste. I was disappointed by this. I heard so much good about it and I feel it didnít deliver.
mikebull (11) - California, USA - APR 1, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma of cocoa, caramelized sugar and espresso. Flavors of smooth coffee and caramel cream, biscuits and hints of dark fruits. Velvety texture.