blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 Bottle from Ölbutikken, at home. Helsingborg, December 2011.
Heavy aroma of chocolate, warming alcohol, barrel notes and some cognac. It’s thick, bold and so Mikkeller like. The taste is smooth with some light carbonation. The alcohol is quite rough but I find it quite nice. Heavy with chocolate, raisins, liquor and some coffee. It’s quite sweet but the high alcohol helps in hiding it. Long aftertaste with cognac and dark chocolate. Nice
gramity (1518) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Solid black with a large tan head. Aroma was of cognac (surprise!), chocolate, and roasted malts. The taste was a solid imperial stout with a large dose of cognac characteristics. Sweet with some caramel, wood, and alcohol. The finish is sweet with plenty of alcohol.
reebtogi (4489) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle pours jet black in color with a surprising amount of light brown head which left some thin lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malts and some alcohol and wood. Taste is huge malty sweetness with some roasty bitterness and woodiness and a hint of hops and alcohol as well. This is a massive imperial stout with big bold flavour and is not for everyone, but for the adventurous beer geeks, this is a treasure.
DuffMan (7228) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Oily black with a dark brown finely bubbled head that retains as a thin froth. Aroma is very sweet, malty, somewhat peaty, and lightly smokey. On the deep inhale, boozy. Heavy body, enormously sweet, with cognac firmly centered around caramel and blackened malts. Flavor elements are popping all over: wood, vanilla, birch syrup, walnut oil, figs, bitter chocolate, cognac cognac cognac!! As sweet as this is (and holy shit it is sweet), it is equally bitter in a pithy fruit-pit kind of way. The biggest surprise for me was how this beer’s massive ABV stay under the radar. Nearly 18%? No way! Sure it’s boozy, but I would challenge anyone to guess this beer above 9 or 10% in a blind tasting. I’ve had plenty of Avery beers that are half this strength and come across as hot and harsh. Not for everyone certainly, but very elegantly made and a special treat. A barrel aged beer that elevates the concept-- and I don’t even especially like cognac.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml from IPB.
Appearance : Pitch black with medium brown foamy and creamy head. Nice lacing.
Aroma : Roasted malt with light smoke. Light ashes. Nice liquor-y notes.
Taste : Nice sweet liquor-y notes. Roasted malt with ashes. Finish is quite alcoholic and very liquor-y. Nice ashes with hops.
Overall : Very powerful stuff. Lots of ashes and sweet liquor-y notes. Slow sipper that is rather heavy. Nice ash and smoke flavors but borderline harsh. A bit easier than the Islay Edition. Nice richness but it’s a bit too much.
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, @ Plovmand... thx :) it pours pitch black with very creamy light brown head.... the aroma is caramel, cognac, brown sugar, dark fruits... the falvor is soooo nice love this! the flavor is caramel, cognac!, sugar, dark fruits...... one of the best beer I have had until to day ! ...... thx Plovmand! ......:)
Plovmand (6701) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a steady creamy thick brown head. Huge roasted aroma with notes of tar, engine oil, hops, coffee, liquorice and some chocolate. The alcohol is right underneath. The flavour is very intense. Notes of charcoal, peat, loads of intense dark fruit, sweet fruity hops, chocolate, light coffee and a warming alcoholic finish. Thick an creamy finish.
skortila (4665) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ ACBF 2011. The aroma is quite powerfull and alcoholic, has grapes, cognac, roast, sugar. Black coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is sweet with grapes, fruits, dark roast, apples. Very strong and intense, yet quite smooth. Impressive.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks Jason! Rating #2900. The beer pours to a pitch black body with a creamy beige head. This beer will give you diabetes. The aroma is super sugary rich and chocolatey cognac. The flavor is really sweet and charred tar and creosote. Chocolate with cognac and sweet brown sugar. The finish is quite harsh with that dry roasted black patent. The flavor is super complex, but not necessarily good. The palate is sticky sweet and boozy. Wilford Brimley should have never made this beer.
madvike (3010) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared by Ughsmash...thanks Jason - Pours black with a thin dark brown head. Lots of molasses and brown sugar on the nose--sweet as hell, enough to send me into a diabetic coma. The taste...dayyyyyyyyum. Sweet sweet sweet sweet...sugar sugar sugar. Holy crap. The cognac punches you in the face, but it’s nothing sharp. But wow...this is like eating a handful of alcoholic brown sugar. Holy crap. Actually a bit watery in the mouth, and the 17.5 is not hidden very much. Not good.