Martinus (4349) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 Deep black pour, tan head. Aroma has loads of liquorice, milk chocolate, roasted malts, some caramel and molasses. Flavour malty sweet, somewhat bitter, liquorice, cocoa, roasted malts. Silky body, quite creamy, finish cocoa and bitter roasted malts. Nice.
(From 75cL bottle @ home. Thanks to atxdelivery!)
Gription79 (2781) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle
This is a solid imperial stout. There were notes of chocolate, coffee, some alcohol, had a metallic taste as well.
Damico (3107) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black with a bright amber hue and caramel head. The aroma is a sweet malts, light with a bit of soy sauce. The flavor has notes of chocolate, roasted malts and light bitterness from hops that blend together well on a smooth, lighter medium body.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at GABF. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Nose is pretty typical. Strong roast character, some molasses and dark fruit. Nothing really stands out too much. On tasting, body isn’t as big as I’d expect, the alcohol is discernible and there is just some lacking depth overall. Roast forward for sure, just not really anything that interesting.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from the Rare Beer Club. Black metal references are long past the point of over-saturation, aren’t they? But at least these guys namecheck Kreator and not some Billyberg crew like Krallice. Still, the beer is a pretty solid RIS. Big oily pour, with an almost chalky, gritty look to it. Thin cafe au lait head lasts forever, and leaves good lacing. Big boozy nose with huge roasted malts. Pretty aggressive and one-dimensional, but at least they realize that dimension well. Roasty, thick, powerful, a solid effort. Shoulda called it Suds of ND for sure though.
cfrancis (2952) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Don for this one. Pours a thick inky pitch black with a dark brown head. Reminds me of Zhukov with the pour. Aroma is rich roasted malts, dark chocolates and a hint of dark licorice. Taste is a full body, big roasted malts, like big big. Dark chocolates with a slight espresso tint. Great beer.
drfabulous (5859) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 thanks to blutt59. Big chocolate and roast flavor. Oily. Creamy brown head. Slight tart that I like from big imperial stouts. Very tasty and bold.
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and some burnt notes. The flavor is kind of reminiscent of a little more edgey and not so balanced Speeway Stout. I get roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, burnt notes, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, with a hint of alcohol. The body is full with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall a pretty Brütal beer \m/
nimbleprop (6865) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle pours a totally opaque, viscous black with a creamy beige head. Nose has a lot of cherry cordial, smells like a great bon bon, salty Islay whiskey, chocolate, a little soap, black pepper. Flavor has a lot of black pepper, molasses, like smoke, the whiskey in the flavor comes through more soapy, dark malts, lightly nutty. Flavor has some strong raisin too. Full bodied, oily, thick finish. Too much barrel.
emacgee (4549) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours ink black with two fingers of dark chestnut brown head. Nose is nice enough, slight char character and fruit skins with rich chocolate notes and acidic black grain. A tad acrid and burnt on the flavor with cherry skins and a black coffee acidity, chocolatey. Full bodied with a nice roasty finish.