MRodgers1982 (111) - USA - JUN 18, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Small bottle like a wine bottle split. Big caramel and sweet chocolate aroma. Taste very rich molasses and some chocolate. Mostly caramel and molasses. Flavor slightly sweet and complex. Finishes very malty with probes and some mellow coffee.
maximet (157) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black brew with a tiny brown ring. Slightly burn caramel, roasted hint, alcohol heat, light coffee, vanilla and bourbon. Sweet with some bitterness flash. Full body with a soft carbonation, alcohol heat, thick with a long, strong caramel finish. It is a heavy brew.
beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a black color, not much head, almost flat. Aroma is of booze, bourbon, raisin. taste is bourbon, oak, raisin, coats the mouth a bit.
JulienHuxley (5590) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to chebyshev, shared with Luk. Deep mahogany brown pour with thin straw foam. Decadent chocolate booze winey aroma, light bourbon, vanilla, figs, brown sugar, molasses and light anise notes. Taste is rich, sweet, very tasty, great intensity of flavor. Palate is full bodied and chewy with just enough carbonation to make it drinkable. Great sipper.
Mr_Pink_152 (3700) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Black colour no head. Aroma is roasted malt chocolate, and coffee deep dark fruit. Taste is medium sweet and spice. Finish is warming. Exceptional beer.
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a while back, via notes. Pours deep black with no head. Aroma is brandy, chocolate, slight coffee. Taste is very barrel forward with the vanilla, chocolate, some coffee. Raisin comes in there a little too. Nice bottle though the carb is a little bit of an issue.
Alengrin (4519) - BELGIUM - APR 26, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Apparently a blend of a barley wine and an imperial stout aged on bourbon and brandy barrels - sounds promising. Vintage bottle of a few years of age, but the bottling date is unfortunately not mentioned anywhere. Deep brownish beige head, thin and creamy, needing some forcing to develop and breaking open in instants, but retaining well around the edges; colour is a very, very dark mahogany, almost opaque jet black. The bouquet is simply heavenly: a rich and absolutely beguiling perfume of warm chocolate sauce with cognac, cocoa, espresso, whisky, lovely vanilla tannins, candied dates and raisins, orange liqueur accent, liquorice, gingerbread, black pepper, old tawny port, pipe tobacco, dusty cellar but in a ’noble’ kind of way fitting in wonderfully, banana, cloves, aniseed... Unbelievably rich and stunning taste as well, starting with a deep ’bonbon’- and subtly banana-like candied sweetness with sourish accents (candied lemon, but very subtle) as well as a finely tingling effect of both alcohol and carbonation, candi sugar sweetness but right in place (i.e. not cloying), plunging into an abysmal world of malts, very chocolatey, caramelly, nutty, with a very oily, ’fat’, thickly vinous and filling body, evolving into a big finish of roasted malt bitterishness, yet gently so and not overly coffeeish, bitter chocolate, lots of oaky woodiness and tannins, peppery hops and of course a big deal of cognac-like alcohol, warming the throat and chest and ’stinging’ a little bit, yet still not becoming too obnoxious. I can see how this holds the middle between an impy and a barley wine. This is the beer equivalent of the finest liquor, be it cognac or single malt; absolutely perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Simply divine.
Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours deep dark brown with an almost invisible light brown head. Aroma is light roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, wood, molasses, figs, raisins, bourbon and vanilla. Flavour is medium sweet with some heat. Full bodied, motor oil texture, carbonation is soft. Finish is complex and warming with a small alcohol kick.
Berard (627) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with zero head. Molasses aroma over mild carbonation. Rich and chewy mouthfeel. Boozy in all the right ways.
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J_man (924) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong dark chocolate and charred wood aroma. Nearly opaque black with almost no head. More dark chocolate in the taste with dark cherries, licorice, molasses and black jelly beans. Noticeable alcohol bite, but not nearly what I would expect at 12.5% ABV. Leaves a dry, sweet, chocolate and charred taste behind. Unlike other beers in this league (I’m looking at you, The Beast), this is incredibly drinkable for how heavy and massive this beer is.