DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks to FlandersNed! Cap reads 11-10... 3 yr old Black IPA, weíll see how this goes. Very dark brown, almost black color. Thin off-white, light brown head. Leaves plenty, thicker, dotty lace. Big body. Lightly sticky in the finish, light drying though. Smooth, lighter, lightly soft carbonation. Not too difficult to sip. This is surprisingly not bad, for the age, actually pretty tasty. Like a big black barleywine. Hop is pretty much just an earthy, lightly piney muddled character, but thereís a lot of good bitter taste to counter balance the malty sweetness. Very nice big heavy roast malt aroma that lasts long into the finish, some licorice, hint of dark chocolate. Solid imperial stout -like characteristics. Some bite in the finish if more than small sip is taken. Overall, better than expected, and a very interesting (and rare) experience that Iím happy to have had. Would have been interesting to try this fresh, though..
NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home via trade with deyholla, I believe. Thanks! Pours a bit murky black appearance with a dark brown head. Chewy herbal yeasty, dark chocolate, somewhat spicy, minty/piney aroma that really has the house character of the Kuhnhenn yeast. Tangy, orange zesty, fairly citrusy, Belgian chocolate, chewy yeasty, minty, light toffee flavor. Honesty, this tastes pretty strong but is super smooth for the 11% abv. Also, pretty unbelievable that this has held up so well. Iíve had this bottle for near a year and god knows how long deyholla had it before me, but itís still super tasty.
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[4940-20121116] 355mL bottle. Light orange hops has a smoky soya sauce note in the aroma. Hazy, dark brown body with a quick foamy tan head. More floral malt and smoky soya and bitter burnt citrus peel in the flavour. Medium-full body. Bit of a surprise sneak-attack tastiness. (8/3/8/3/16) 3.8
(w/ jercraigs, JoeMcPhee, Radek Kliber)
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20th February 2011
Opaque black beer, small tan head. Milky malt and a little sourness on the nose. Light palate, mild carbonation, slightly dry. Sweet and light dark malt. Aniseed, coca cola and a little chocolate. Some yeast. All joins up seamlessly in to quite a unique beer. Tasty dark treat!
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012-11-16. Dark brown body with a nice tan head. First smell of ethanol blows off, sweet fruity malt, alcohol. Flavour is similar, sweet malt, sugar, herbal character, warming alcohol. 7+ Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate. Pretty decent, but just a bit too boozy for my preference. Bottle, note on cap says 12/2011 via trade with flandersned
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 355? ml
Aroma: strong nose, brown sugars , hefty hop hints , vineus feel , some buzz with mild funk.
Look: dark brown , murky look with lighter fizzy brown hue. 3-
Taste/palate: medium boied with fulle sides. Mint, chocolate , chewy mid...some floral meadow feel. Touch of spice with alcohol heat at end. Very late caramel and salt.
JoeMcPhee (8212) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown pour with a fast-fading head. The aroma is sort of sweet and spicy. A sort of black licorice character and a touch of a minty character as well. A leathery sort of character as well. A little bit of soft character and some decent earthiness. Cocoa and some earthy bitterness. A lovely brew actually. A little bit of peppery ethanol up front but it fades quickly.
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mikem409 (1462) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at kuhnhenn. pours jet black with minimal head. stout aroma and a slight hoppy but sweet taste
JAXSON (524) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I assumed this was an imperial stout the whole time it was sitting in my basement. Nose is cocoa powder, red berries, sweet vanilla, maybe a touch mushroomy. Mouth thankfully adds a hefty bitter quality to balance all the enormous sweet flavors. Actually pretty interesting mouth, sweet chocolate ad vanilla with bright hops, but that nose just lingers. Interesting. I probably should have opened this a few months ago, but still decent.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. First reviewed 1/12/2011. Served on tap at Kuhnhenn in a tulip.
The appearance is mahogany all of the way through. A cream foam tan head stays with the beer for a minute, but fades to mostly a ring.
Coffee, dark roasted malt, lots of herbal hops and pine resin, then more grapefruit and apricot citrus create the aroma. Definitely some hop presence here.
The taste starts very sweet. Some molasses that were hidden from the aroma, and some cane sugar. Roasted malt and coffee provide the malt backbone. A bit of chocolate and then the taste suddenly changes and picks up some pine resin hoppiness, gaining steam and eventually revealing some grapefruit and apricot citrus as well. Finishes paradoxically sweet and bitter.
There is a strong full body, sticky, with medium carbonation. A combination of the hops, alcohol, and carbonation leaves my tongue tingling.
This is a little bit out there, but I enjoyed it. The sweetness will really prevent me from having more than one though.