Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured black as a black hole with a small, brown, lacing head. Roasted aroma with coal, alcohol, burnt wood, strong hops. Extreme burnt notes, hoppy as hell. Was probably boiled with coal. The name destroyer doesn’t satisfy the experience. Dense, very heavy body with medium carbonation. Oily, creamy, velvety texture. As complex as it gets. Don’t miss it! Truly outstanding.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, picked up back in Pennsylvania mid-summer. Pours a deep, dark, chocolate-brown color with minimal light coming through at the edges (about as dark as it can be); thin, creamy, fine-bubbled dark-tan head with light retention and solid lacing. Lots of darker malts, char, bitter chocolate, and licorice in the aroma: a hefty amount of heavily roasted elements here, without crossing that thin line into oppressive bitterness; nicely dry, with some basic mineral and herbal bitterness in support; well-hidden alcohol; well-handled, generous aroma overall. A whole lot of creaminess upfront: milk and dark chocolate, especially, accompanied by roasted malts and less net bitterness than the aroma suggests; some solid mineral and lightly herbal hop character, but this takes a back seat to the immense malt character; the bitterness does play a nice contributing role in the mouthfeel, giving this a great texture and liveliness overall: medium-high body, medium-low carbonation, and a zesty acidity and hop bitterness that keeps things awake; hugely dense, nicely developed; clear, crisply presented imperial stout notes; a solid rendition, with a load of nougat, caramel, and kettle sugars at the core. Nicely done. Lengthy finish of roasted malt, dry charred notes, and a light mineral bitterness lasting; nicely, softly toasty and dry.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A definite destroyer of the palate. This one is pretty big, so be warned. The aroma is big and robust, with a large amount of oatmeal, dark chocolate, and coffee aromas. The pour is super thick, almost like motor oil. Soft, brown, bubbly head with a good retention. The mouth feel is pretty heavy, but hey, man up. A very enjoyable. beer.
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2011 651mL from Tyler’s in Carrboro, NC. Pours a used motoroil ultra thick black with a thin, menacing head. Aroma is big on dark fruits, dates, figs, plums, burnt cherries along with some powerful roast and mild smoke. Taste is very bitter, lots of unsweetened chocolate, roasted malt, spicy wood. Palate is velvety, silky, soft, oily. This brewery needs a graphic designer. Easily the silliest, dumb, unimaginative labels ever....besides Flying Dog...and Weyerbacher.10/27/2010 7/4/7/5/14=3.7
Also, Travlr’s rating of this is one of the best ever on RB: "the booziness outweighs the beeriness."
651mL. Pours opaque ink with a wicked Martian red head erupting. Not much lace. Nose is excellent: full of coffee, black cherry cordial, fairly meaty and fatty. Taste is wickedly full with big dark chocolate and a spicy bite. Palate is full, oily, buttery. Very hoppy, bitter, and fully brutal. Good stuff. 5/31/2011 7/4/8/5/15=3.9
argo0 (11637) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, thanks nimbleprop. Small tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some roast. Taste is moderately sweet dark chocolate, some alcohol, roast/smoke. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
Travlr (13304) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of tarheels86, thanks! Lots of booziness start to finish, overwhelms the beeriness.
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear black with a small, fizzy brown head, small retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, roast, dark fruit), light hops (floral), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of alcohol, prune, dates, and wood. Flavor is heavy malt (chocolate, roast, dark fruit), light hops (floral), and average esters (dried fruit) with notes of alcohol, prune, dates, and wood. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation, light creaminess with a dry and biting finish.
jake65 (2728) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours an inky black with a finger of creamy brown head. Beautiful. Nose is heavy roast, coffee, chocolate, and curiously hoppy. Thick mouthful is big on the roast, bittersweet cocoa, espresso, and a decent hop presence. Top notch.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours an oily opaque black with a spotty-lacing dark tan head. Has a rich sweet dark caramel and roasty chocolate nose with some molasses and dark fruity complexity. Starts with good fullness and chewy sweet dark caramel maltiness with some rich dark chocolate complexity and light smokiness before a drier roasty slightly warming finish. A pretty complex imperial stout that should age well.
thewolf (11254) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
Pours utterly black with a firm, small, creamy, brown head. Sweet aroma, lots of oatmeal, milky lovely chocolate, a hint of coffee. Extremely elegant and lovely. Medium, rather prickly carbonation, rather light and dry palate. Flavour is very elegant, lots of oatmeal, some mild cold coffee, good chocolate notes. Very mildly vinious, but hides the ABV well. Good hoppiness adding a citric zest overall. Really lovely and elegant.