Geiserich (3738) - Linz, AUSTRIA - OCT 2, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Aroma is full of molasse, coffe, alcohol, vanilla, whiskey, chocolate and sugar. Black color, frothy, brown head. Flavor is very intensive, sweet, candies, chocolate, coffee, alcohol. Also whisky and barrel notes. Roasty with notes of burnt malts and bitter hops. Complex, intensive and strong. Slams intensively.
Bov (10594) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
from Erzbierschof.ch - colour of a black hole with a dark beige foam löeft and a nice lacework; very roasted coffeish aroma with metallic notes, hazelnuts, vanilla as well as whisky and woody notes below; very thick and full-bodied, sticky and hugely bitter; very tasty; very long bitter roasted finish with notes of coffee, ashes, metal and licorice; very dry and with strong notes of warming alcohol - extreme stuff!
fiulijn (16462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting at Papsø
It pours a very thick and oily black color, with just few sparse bubbles. The aroma is not very strong, but quite interesting, with dusty chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee grains, tobacco; light cardboard too; it smells almost like an old grocery store in traditional villages. Strong body, the mouthfeel is actually less oily than expected; the flavor is sweet as usual, with very strong chocolate and some more roasted malt in the final; traces of whiskey. Correct bitterness. Well balanced, in its powerdom.
kappldav123 (5509) - GERMANY - SEP 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to yespr for that one. Bottle looks really good. Beer in the glass deep black, a bit oily. Heavy malty and roasty aroma. Starts intense malty, quite roasty, also quite alcoholic. Finish fiery, complex malty, burning aftertaste. Finish could be a bit more balanced.
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - SEP 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose is coffee, sweet malt, vanilla, coconut, feel is medium, carb is mediumlow, taste is sweet licorice, sour notes, cane sugar, alcohol, weak smoke
bedainedebiere (506) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle. Great whiskeyish notes aroma that knocks one out right away but the coming crazy-heavy-sweet stuff is already perceptible. Very heavy beer, almost with a feeling of liquid tar. Delightful notes of dark chocolate, dried berries, cherries, whisky, with some sour notes but it is so, so sweet. Even the quite intense herbal hoppiness can’t really balance this out. Well-done, amazingly attractive marketing presentation but I guess I like my barrel-aged Imperial Stout better when less intense in sweetness and, most probably, in alchool.
thirdeye11 (5817) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(375ml bottle best by 7/15/19 thanks to bu11zeye) near black with light tan soapy edge bubbles. Nose of whiskey, caramel, vanilla and ashy. Taste of whiskey, big alcohol, vanilla, very ashy, an alcohol bomb! Not nearly as good as the Islay.
rodenbach99 (3609) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille de 375ml. Bière noire avec une mousse brune peu durable. Le nez est de chocolat, whiskey, alcool. La bouche est forte, l’alcool est trop puissant. C’est fort, trop fort. L’alcool est chaud.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Something special to celebrate tonights stage of the tour. Pours jet black with billowy dark tan coloured head. Huge amounts of lacing as it falls away. On an initial pour the aromas are dominated by the alcohol. Sweet dark fruits and some roasted grain start to come through Once the alcohol dies away the aromas are very sweet. Flavours are likewise very sugary sweet initially with plenty of vanilla coming through.. At the back of the palate this sweetness gives way to agressive roasted grain bitterness and alcohol burn. Very full creamy mouthfeel. Very bog beer.
Rasmus40 (14262) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and lots of alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Dry and very bitter finish with warming alcohol. Oily. Too much alcohol for my liking. 220410