ThisWangsChung (638) - 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.
DuffMan (5821) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with a group of friends at Grippitisí Christmas party. Hearty, viscous near black pour. Sweet chocolatey aroma, hazelnuts, coffee. Rich flavours of the same, dense, velvety. This is a massively rich treat, and as a dessert beer it succeeds beautifully. Immensely satisfying.
CamdenD (1028) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice and strong imperial stout. This one is sweet though. The mouthfeel is sticky, and not all that pleasantly so. Aroma is coffee and a bit of booze and is nice. Pours jet black as it should. The rest, well, somewhat of a let-down but still obviously drinkable.
tobias (190) - 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 (16) - 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 Lilí B. Like dessert in a glass. Hope Iím still able to be objective.
jdb288 (157) - 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. Canít wait to try the BA version.
gam (2919) - 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 (1932) - 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 (11779) - 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. Itís 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 itís tasteful and pleasant. Especially the aroma is fine. 131214
Meilby (5574) - 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 (5027) - 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.