bmanning (142) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 vintage. Pours jet black with absolutely no head. This beer has a funky flemish sour aroma. You would never believe this is a stout from the aroma alone. The aroma is more like a wine than a beer, with the sour grapes and only a touch of licorice malty aroma. With its dark color, you would think this was balsamic vinegar. The flavor is incredibly complex. There is an initial sourness that is also just a bit sweet, with a bitter finish. I swear it tastes like a cross between an imperial stout and a flemish sour. Gotta give it props for the unusual taste. The texture, however, is terrible - very oily with hardly any carbonation. Overall, this is a strange beer - great, intense and complex flavor, but everthing else about it sucks.
DrSilverworm (2733) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz bottle, 2003 vintage. Shared by Jay. Very dark black color. Pretty much no head or lace, just some bubbles. Dark fruit, light roast in the nose. Light dark chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Big-bodied, but pretty much flat. Lightly chewy. Lightly sour, kind of sweet, little bitterness. Odd taste for an imperial stout, but it’s not bad. Kind of tasty. Some nuttiness, spice in the flavor. Despite being flat and lightly sour, this is some pretty complex, interesting stuff. Would be curious to try a fresher example.
ajnepple (484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
9.3 oz bottle from Wilbur’s, vintage 2009. Black with brown head that settles to a thin lace. The aroma is interestingly tart/sour with roasted malts, wood and spices. Pretty full body with a smooth creamy feel. The flavor starts out with roasted malts and chocolate, then light sourness in the middle with a lingering bittersweet finish. Unique and complex.
Minderbinder (824) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 9.30z.  Thx alot L.
Pours black with low brown head. Pop-like carbonation at first, dwindeling out. Aroma is of sourness, malt (partly roasted), fruits, cherries, wine. Taste is of sligth sourness, malt (partly roasted), spices, caramel, fruits, cherries, bitterness, very wine reminiscent, sweet, warming alcohol, wood. Palate: Full bodied. Sticky-but-not-too-much texture. Impressive carb for 5 y/o IS. Overall: Incredibly complex. Good carb for style, and not out of place as it fits with the rest. The fruits are astonishing. Makes think of a flander’s red fruits. Massively underrated.
Beer3000 (3727) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
275 ml bottle sampled in 2008. Black body with a really small beige head. Aroma of dark, roasted malt, dry fruit, soy, cellar notes and warming alcohol. Flavor is sweet, dark malt, slightly burnt, balanced bitterness, dry fruit, liquorice, dark chocolate, coffee, slightly acidic berries and warming alcohol. Full body and strong aftertaste. A really complex beer.
mR_fr0g (444) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Really rich Madeira cake aroma with caramel figs. A little booze but subdued. Really dark caramel black colour dark tan head. Legs, viscous. Flavour is deep and rich soft caramel, smooth coffee notes, figs and cake. Some alcohol heat, but generally hides it well. This really is very good. Palete is perfectly carbed semi sweet
dreadnord (1000) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours thick like oil, black with a thin tan head. The nose is heavy anisette, some rosemary, chocolate, light vanilla. The taste is medium sweet and bitter. Great balance. The texture is creamy and smooth, the body is a bit thin but after ten years I would expect so, the finish is long.
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shrubber85 (5977) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chocolate, molasses, and mild nutmeg aroma. Dark brown with minimal head. Very sweet chocolate malt and moderately bitter herbal hops flavor. Mild ashy finish.
Patrickctenchi (1700) - columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: 1999 label
Pours used-oil black, no head.
Aroma is dark, blackberry jam, bubble gum.
Taste is sweet-sour...wine like and slightly acidic....blackberry and licorice.
More vinegary/bitter as it warms.
Interesting...whether it’s the beer itself or the age, I don’t know....fairly complex taste....I like it.
mikedR (363) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting; can appreciate but not my favorite. Tasting notes are roasty and malty as expected -- with sufficient mouthfeel -- but the sourness is present in at least as abundant quantities. Almost bitter in aftertaste. Quite complex, and different than American imperials to which I'm more accustomed.
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phikus01 (85) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Roasty chocolate milk with a shot of espresso. Unfortunately a bottle the size of one is kind of pricey.