jonno (2405) - JAPAN - FEB 27, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured with no head or carbonation whatsoever. Port like nose. In the mouth it is thick and heavy with port and chocolate coming to the fore. Motor oil like consistency. Maybe I’m a sucker for punishment, but i really enjoyed this. Just big and abrasive it worked really well with a cuban cigar. Would age really well I believe.
RichardGretton (4561) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pitch black beer with absolutely no head. The aroma is strong Port/Madeira like, and the flavour is very well roasted, deeply deeply bitter, spiced cinnamon and whisky spirit like. Overall the beer has its strengths and is nice in parts, but it is just too strong to make it a real joy to drink.
rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black beer with no head, just very slight brown lace; aroma of roasted barley, espresso, dark chocolate, slight berry notes, quite pleasant to sniff unless you´re nose is stuffed up by alcohol; quite full-bodied, smooth, oily texture; flavor of roasted/burnt barley, a bit herbal bitterness and alcohol - and almost contradictory most of all heavy sweetness, which is much too much, really; some salty soy sauce notes also (of course I doubt you´ve ever heard of unsalted soy sauce) with ashy aftertaste. I don´t know, this one just feels crazy for the sake of being crazy - and a bit dump, even.
KYbrewgal (45) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
whoa, quite a flavor of sweetness & bitterness. Dark brown with ruby highlights and a medium tan head. rich flavor of raisins, toffee, burnt sugar and a dry roast bitterness that lingers into the finish. One to try especially on tap.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 12.7 oz. First Edition. Split with Jefferson on my 24th birthday, Pours solid, deep black with a thin, quickly dissipating amber head. Nose is extremely complex and nuanced. Red grapes, roasted barley, figs, plum, chocolate, esspresso, nutmeg, clove, and a strong nod in the direction of pepper. Full, heavy body with an intense, bittersweet palate. Finishes with a crazy warming in the back of the throat and through to the belly. I cannot emphasize how spectacular and complex this stout tastes. Excellent.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black pour with a thin brown head. Rich aroma of chocolate, molasses, fruity esters and roasted malt. Good flavor of chocolate, molasses, fruity esters, roasted malt and strong bitterness in the end. The body is medium with a vinous texture and gentle carbonation. Very good.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2010
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle about 1.5 years aged. Pitch black body with absolutely no carbonation or head. Aroma is like pinot noir but also has some balsamic vinegar and dark chocolate. The alcohol is still noticeable in the nose though I’d hoped it would have subdued by now. It starts off with a wallop of sweetness and alcohol. The sugary sweetness is almost unnatural and the alcohol is mostly noticeable due to the burn in the mouth. A coffee roast dominates at the finish and in the aftertaste. It’s very thin on the palate and the lack of carbonation doesn’t aid this at all. I can’t envision a scenario where this would be en enjoyable choice.
Linnet (1517) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
App: Small brown head, colour black as night, some lacing.
Ar: Soy, smoke, burnt wood, alcohol, charred coffee, heavily roasted malts and brown sugar.
F: Mother......!!!! This is intense! Sweet sugar, coffe burnt so bad that it would be as licking directly at my espressomaker, fruity and crazy heavy roasted malts, then the alcohol mercilessly attacks your tastebuds! I like it!
M: Thick, oily, sticky and very smooth.
T: What a ride!!
vtafro (5902) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draft @ Blind Tiger. Black pour with brown head. Whiskey, coffee, paint thinner, and a bunch of etoh warming. Slightly better on draft then bottled.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2009 vintage.
Pitch black with a surprisingly big beige head that actually shows some retention and leaves nice lacings.
The aroma is almost cloying with lots of fumy solvent-like alcohol notes. Rich fruity notes, powdered cocoa, chocolate, burnt coffee, brown sugar and heavy roasted malts.
The flavor is just ridiculous. There’s big intense alcohol notes everywhere and it’s massively sweet in the mouth. Sugar, alcohol, molasses, alcohol, cocoa, alcohol, dark fruits, alcohol. Big roasted aromas, espresso, raisins... and alcohol. The finish is hot and warming and thankfully quite bitter with notes of salt licorice, burnt wood, brown sugar, solvent-like alcohol and death.
The massive flavors and aromas are accompanied by an equally massive body and creamy smooth texture. Thank good this one is carbonated.
Intense, but I kind of like it. If good and the Devil were to brew a beer together, the Devil would tranquilize God with this one in order to brew whatever he wants.