AlchemikalGab (34) - Borgomanero (Novara), - DEC 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle @ home. Better to sip this alone, I tried it along with some pistacchio chocolate, but the very best of it came after a few sips without it. Pour a black liquid, with shades of brown, head is small but persistent Nose is raw but very interesting, I get ground coffee, tobacco, cocoa, I’d say a little leather and a warm sweet liquorice and dark fruits note after a while. Very harsh and bitter at first sip, it gives its best in the end, with some really slight alcoholic sweetness and a hint of acidity that makes it drinkable. Long pleasant aftertaste. If I was to describe this beer in a word it would be rustic, I had more "elegant" imperial stouts, more chocolatey, but this is one of my favourites.
Dorqui (1768) - Brescia, ITALY - APR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at "Italia Beer Festival 2013" - Milano.
Black color, fine and creamy nut head of long resistance. Much arid nose with decided rumors of coffèe and alcohol. Much roast mouth impression, notes of malt and roast wood, little caramel but predominant coffèe and bitte cacao smells. Very smooth body, long bitterness and dried final.
lembeek (119) - ITALY - MAR 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Colore ebano. Schiuma nocciola, non molto persistente. Intenso aroma di caffè, malti tostati, cioccolato e un sentore di vaniglia. Nel palato rotonda. Caffè amaro e malti tostati prevalgono e mascherano perfettamente la gradazione alcolica.
mkel07 (2340) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. Thick and oily looking in the glass with a slight tan head. Black as black can be with a very strong coffee aroma that is very full on. A big hit of coffee greets you from the first sip and then you get a smack from the alcohol, double whammy, in a good way. Even the smallest sips hits all parts of the mouth and stays on the palate.
sebletitje (5418) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Moeder Lambic Fontainas.
Brune foncée, col épais beige laissant un léger filament huileux au verre.
Arôme est malté chocolaté bien prenant, le tout sur un bouquet léger de cacao suivi de notes houblonnées laissant un côté citronné prenant.
Palais présente de suite la force de l’alcool qui passe pour plus que 8.5%. Le profil est orienté malt chocolaté avec une pointe d’amertume et houblon qui restent présent tout au long de la dégustation. Sur la fin je commence à noter un côté réglisse qui est toujours accompagné de ce citronné houblonné et tend à couvrir et à enlever du bon côté des malt et surtout de ce chocolat. Cela sert à laisser en bouche une amertume qui devient trop présente. Reste solide.
Stew41 (1572) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Promised a bit more than it delivered. Powerful and intense nose of chocolate and coffee bodes well but as is often the case the flavours don’t follow through the palate as you think it might. Milk chocolate sweetness is nice but the coffee falls away sharply. Finish is a bit underwhelming really with some simple sweet notes.
Davros (1484) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a large, lasting head.
Loads of coffee on the nose along with a fair bit of roasted malt, oatmeal and soft spicy hops.
Flavours are pretty much just roasted malt and bitter coffee along with a fair bit of sharp booze.
Loads too much carbonation.
Nice, but not enough roast and too much booze.
DeliriumT (327) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with little to no head. Aroma is harsh bitter coffee. Flavour is dominated by the coffee which tastes a little too artificial (not convinced it actually is artificial, just tastes a bit like it)
Svesse (5197) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Brussels, 18 Oct 2012) Black colour with creamy, beige head. Roasted, malty nose with freshly ground coffee, cacao, dark chocolate and dark fruit. Roasted, malty taste with notes of black coffee, cacao, dark chocolate, dark fruit and a fairly sweet finish with a generous coffee bitterness and a certain alcohol bite. Almost full body, slightly sweetish. Very nice with a generous coffee character.
Piero1987 (374) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with brown foam, intense coffee aroma. I feel also chocolate and liquorice. Taste is drinkable for an imperial stout and 9% is masked very well. Smooth with roasted aroma at taste, good balancing.