Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUN 14, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Had from bottle from Hi Time Wines. Pours thick black with no head on pour, but a slight tan head materializes after all is poured and linkgers throughout. Aroma is strong alcohol, coffee, cream, and sugar. Almost like an alcoholic coffee in the morning. Taste just hits you with alcohol. At 17.5%, it’s to be expected somewhat, but when the good Imperial Stouts like Dark Lord, Speedway and Black Tuesday can mask their alcohol, it just really stands out that this one can’t. Flavors are mostly chocolate, coffee, more alcohol, licorice, and sugar sweetness. Aftertaste has lingering alcohol and sugar - not the best flavor to keep around. Each sip just hits you again with more alcohol and sugar. Not a fan of this heavy, oily, sweet, concoction.
Ibrew2or3 (8155) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
About 2 year old caged and corked 375mL. It pours inky void-ish black with loose dark tan head. The aroma is full and seems nearly abusive and uncaring for the health of my olfactory senses. I get boats loads of pureed prunes, figs and raisins as well as noxious chocolate rum cake, black licorice and dark roasty malts that move toward burnt malts at the end of the hot draw. The taste is slick and syrupy oily squishy mouth feel ensconced in smooth booze. I get bold to robust notes of sweet concentrated prune, plum and fig juice as well as a mild note of soy. By midway it picks up chocolate followed by growing dark roasted to burnt malts. Intense aroma, intense flavor.
Rune (11120) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml dark green bottle, bb. 12.12.2017, bought at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen a few years ago and enjoyed back home watching Uruguay vs France on TV. It took some time to open the cork and wire cradle bottle. Oily pour revealing dark bubbles atop of a shinning, pitch black body. Rich aroma of dark malts, anise and alcohol. Powerful flavour character that starts with roasted dark chocolate malts followed by dark fruits and dark berries and ending with a heavy, long-lived aftertaste of alcohol including a bitter touch. Hints of wood and liquorice in the background. Satisfying slow sipper. Perhaps a little over the top, especially when it comes to the strong finish (Tromsø, 11.06.2010).
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7oz, corked & caged bottle, via secret santa trade. pours an oily, jet black with a thin ring of dark brown bubbles leaving a sheet of oily lace on the glass. aroma is great with huge notes of charcoal, dark malts, chocolate, and peaty/scotchy booze backed by fruity, port wine notes, licorice, and toffee candy. flavor is is extremely intense but very delicious with a big hit of booze, port wine, ouzo, and black malts up front that transitions to big roasted malts, chocolate, and sweet, sugary, dark fruits. palate is full bodied, lightly carbonated, and very hot in the throat in the belly. overall, a deliciously extreme brew.
TrueRates (13) - USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2010 Synthetic cork has is printed 12/17. Quite the pain in releasing the cork from the bottle, but once done, very little hiss came through. Poured dead flat jet black that has gorgeous lacing. Aroma is ash, burnt charcoal, espresso, couverture chocolate. The taste is superb! Heavy roast black coffee, aged Madeira like with great acidity, thin body that just has so much depth in flavor, and lastly a melange of booze soaked harvest fruit. Finish is long lasting and just glorious. I’d imagine this beer aged in Islay barrels would be total top-notch. Some iodine, earth, and peat would just put this one in the winner’s circle. Yum, yum, yum!!!
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
OMFG – that’s “oh my fucking god” this beer is HUGE!!! It rocks in at 17.5% ABV and is rich, syrupy and intense. Notes of licorice, leather and hints of port-like-sweet-fruit and alcohol notes. Not for the faint hearted. E
phaleslu (9376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle from Stein’s Market and Deli in New Orleans. Picked this up along with the Mikkeller 1000 IBU and Nogne O Dark Horizon 2nd Edition while an Abita tasting was going on during American Craft Beer Week- what an environment for a beer lover. Anyway, this one pours a super dark opaque brown, basically black, with an almost-nonexistent tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, yeast, whiskey, dark fruit, smoked meat, and pepper. Flavor of alcohol, dark roasted malts, coffee, yeast, dark fruits, toasted brown sugar, pepper and other spices, molasses, wood, soy, and burnt tobacco. Quite a warming alcohol burn. Full-bodied, with low carbonation, and a rich, warming, boozy mouthfeel. Felt this one in the chest a minute later. Probably would be better sitting a year or two, but I still enjoyed the hell out of it, and so did some of my buddies, who aren’t as into craft beer and had never had anything like it.
Countbeer (6180) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2010 Bottle:
No foamy head just some beige bubbles, that disappears and leaves just a black beer.
Smell a lot of dark and black ingredients: coffee, liquorice, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits and some alcohol.
The taste is very complex: lot of alcohol, spices, liquorice, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and sugars. The alcohol is somewhat too much present but evolves into a more (too) sweet imperial stout (think coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and lots of sugars). Also taste some hops and turns into a more sweet than bitter (dark) aftertaste.
You take your time drinking this one, very strong, special and sweet taste and one of its own for sure!
RasmusOtt (2311) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2012 Pours pitch black with a brown head. Nice and sweet aromas. Lots of coffee, burnt sugar, salmiak, a bit smoke, roasted malts and dark dried fruits. Really big aroma. Taste is coffee, dark burnt caramel, chocolate, vanilla, cane sugar, brown sugar burnt sugar and ends of with some alcohol. Very nice reunion with this beer.
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - MAY 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375ml bottle at home: Pours inky black with a slight chestnut edge. No hiss when uncorking the bottle. Thin dark dark tan film of a head with a vigorous pour. Big dark chocolate and roasted barley aroma. Some ash inder the roast choc and coffee. Touch of sweet alcohol rounds it out. Not nearly the alcohol note you’d expect from a 17.5% beer! Full bodied and slick mouthfeel. There’s the alcohol! For the first second you get a sweet caramel and chocolate hit before the alcohol and herbal bitterness bowl you over. Brown sugar weaves in and out the alcohol offering some protection from the hot alcohol, but it finally gives up the fight leaving you with "green" alcohol. Once the alcohol works out you do get a nice chocolate syrup with a shot of espresso. Overall the aroma is nice but the beer starts very rough in the mouth although it does pick up nicely towards the end.