andrewturba (731) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 Pours a Black opaque colour with nice big light brown head leaving a nice lace up the majority of the glass. Aromas of oak, chocolate, cognac, roasted malt, licorice, vanilla, brown sugar. Flavours are rich and consists of a nice sweetness across the board, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, licorice, alcohol is present but for a 17.5abv I would have never guessed.
Reimer96 (840) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a frothy dark brown head that leaves a lot of stick lace. Aroma is cognac and wood up front with some alcohol and smoke on the end. Taste is a sweet vanilla caramel up front that transitions into a very smooth warming that has lightly bitter and smooth oaky chocolate malts on the finish. Amazing barrel aged imperial.
pintbypint (2272) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml green bottle. Black pour, viscous. Fat light brown head, quite creamy and thick. Good lace rings in the glass. Nose has big fudge and chocolate, also has some thick alcohol. Taste has big fudge and chocolate, very rich, some smooth hot booziness. Finish has a bit of an alcohol bite, but nicely rounded (this is over 2 years old at this point). Overall super rich and smooth, not getting much wood anywhere but the cognac/booziness blends into the super big impy stout very well. Huge bodied, thick, mouth coating, creamy, the carbonation is slight. Insanely drinkable for a 17%+ beer. Aged well, sweet, rich, but very smooth.
daje (1693) - NORWAY - OCT 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by esp0r at our #1000 rate session. Pitch black body, no surprise there, with a small vanishing tanned head. Aroma is sweet with alcohol, malty, cognac, bubble gum, soy sauce. Taste of roasted malt, cognac, vanilla, mocca, slightly woody taste too. Thick body and of course a low carbonation. Sweet hoppy and roasty aftertaste. Another good Black version, though I have to admit I’m possibly not man enough for some of these heavy ones.
mcberko (4809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375mL bottle, pours jet black with a surprisingly huge medium brown head. Nose is full of cognac liqueur, lots of sweet caramel malts and little alcohol - very rich. Flavour is intensely sweet, with loads of the cognac barrels coming through, making this even more complex than the base beer. Lots of roasted characteristics come through alongside the intense liqueur. The alcohol is very obvious, but in no way detracts from the complexity or enjoyability. Incredibly thick, full-bodied, almost sickly sweet palate, made all the more sweet by the cognac barrels. On the one hand, a big sweet boozy barrel bomb, but on the other hand, a well-crafted, delightful treat. Excellent.
esp0r (1600) - NORWAY - OCT 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the daje & esp0r hits #1000 rates sessions
pours pitch black with a nice tanned head that falls down to laces quite fast. Smells of booze, more spesificly cognac, not much else really. Taste is heavy heavy heavy sweet, roasted malts, sweet cognac, some oak. Moderate bitter, quite eathy. Alot of similarities with a port; abouth the same texture, same alcohol strength and the impossibility to drink much of it. This beer is an interesting beer experiment, but i like to drink a bottle alone or with 1 other person. With this one a 375mm bottle easily is shared by 4 or 5 without anybody shouts for more
Simonsen (412) - NORWAY - SEP 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drukket på hytta til dag med ølenttusiaster.en mørk øl med mye skum, mye alkoholsmak 17.5% , minner om desserrtvin/portvin pga mye sødme, ellers smak av mørk malt, karamell, plomme,
brokensail (9128) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours black in color in color with a tan head. Alcohol, green apple, and some vanilla. Grape, wood, and super heavy on the chat and ash. Big maple syrup and a touch of chocolate on the finish. The flavor opens up with cloying sugar and maple syrup which quickly transitions to green apple, ash, and alcohol. The finish is a flourish of roast, alcohol, solvent, oak, and cognac. This is truly painful to drink.
Foffern (976) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Has a black colour with a compact light brown head. Aromas of coffee, leather, wood, dark bitter chocolate, cognac, roast, alcohol and some smoke. Powerful taste with coffee, barbecue, bonfire, grilled meat, dried fruit and a nice roasted touch. Rich and soft moutfeel, and a medium bitterness. A really fantastic sweet and roasted touch on this beer.
sulawang (496) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours jet black with a nice thick creamy foamy head, thick viscosity. Wow, nose is very aromatic with caramel, soy sauce, cognac. Vanilla caramel sweetness (10/10) hits first, transitioning into soy sauce, charred oak, roasted coffee, bitter licorice. Finish is ultra-long and bitter (7/10). High complexity, high depth, good transitions, excellent carry, good drinkability.