gEUS (1242) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle sampled at home - taken from notes 22/03/2011. Pours pitch black with no head. Aroma is the typical Black aroma: petrol/oil & polishing wax, together with roasty and toffee aromas, but then much more mellow due to the cognac. This version is not as edgy as the whisky edition, and adds some oaky and subtle vanilla flavours to it all. Nice.
Holmen1 (2715) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff 2.pinsedag: de tre månedene på cognacfat har tydeligvis gjort sitt. Her er stor og myk sødme med jordbær, solbæ og vanilje. Kanskje litt salt (!) i ettersmaken. Storboblet skum. Freden senket seg og smilene bredte seg over salige nerdeansikter. Denne kan stille i konkurransen "Verdens lengste ettersmak".
abemorsten (2883) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared 375 ml bottle at Cardinal. Black with a light brown rim. Boozy roasted malts with a hint of fusel and green apples. Pungent sweet, dark fruits, roasted cellar notes with liquorice. Full body and smooth with a fantastic long and rich finish.
berlinoise2go (623) - NORWAY - MAR 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (375ml). Pitch black colour. Inch-thick dark beige head, good retention, settles as a thick bubbly ring with some sticky lacing. Oily, sugar syrupy swirl. Intensely sweet aroma with roasted malt, molasses, cognac, coffee (’French coffee’?), dark chocolate, licorice. Full body, soft carbonation, oily/syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet cognac-malty taste, balanced by a solid woody bitterness and a mild acidity. Finishes on a drier note with a hint of cardboard. Long bitter-sweet boozy aftertaste.
markwise (4524) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to jdubfl for the share on this one. Cheers, Justin! Pours a dark stout brown with a tan head. Nose is roasted malts, some peaty earthiness, some cognac, and some sweetness along with a quality that seemed like barrel char. Flavor follows with roasted malts, some chocolate, some espresso, and some cognac with bits of booziness, earthiness, and peatiness. No inkling that this one is 17.5% ABV. Outstanding stout, very enjoyable.
TaktikMTL (5941) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille verte de 375 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Très forte odeur d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col brun mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’alcool avec une pointe de caramel et de chocolat. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement sirupeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #4436)
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head: dark espresso, small
Smell: sweet, lots of vanilla essence, booze
Taste: start is very sweet with notes of gluhwein and tanines of red wine barrels, lots of fruits as well such as cherrys and raspberrys, then comes a wonderfull slight roasty flavour along with a bit of coffee and reduced port wine, texture is on the oily side, and the end is not boozey ( what i actually expected ) a bit flat, and lots of candy sirup, this would work great for desert or as a sweet stout actually !
andrewturba (1036) - 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 (1311) - 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 (2669) - 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.