craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oily black pour with minimal brown head. Aroma holds vinous notes, presumably from the champagne yeast, along with roasted barley, burnt sugars, caramel, molasses, and tons of booze, particularly in the form of whiskey and perhaps even rum. Flavor is huge with espresso and bitter dark chocolate, along with more caramel, roasted malt, and alcohol. The 17.5% ABV is clearly present, but proportionally not as aggressive on the tongue as it was on the nose; the other flavors balance it out beautifully. Both the flavor and palate hit the tongue in a parabolic sweep, starting slowly, building to a massive peak, and then subsiding slightly to a full but smooth finish. I think this beer is underrated by people who just simply don’t like high alcohol brews, but I am not one of them. This stuff is excellent.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours thick black, no head, no carbonation. Huge port nose, with some chocolate and smoke notes. Taste is great up front, with port and chocolate notes, leading into a dry and smoky finish. It’s a bit of a mess at the end, but overall its not a badly crafted beer.
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2013 Live at The Penguin.
Inks with a tar-like spiral into the Hook Norton chalice – an elfin measure intended, but failing, to caution moderation and respect.
Respect immediately earned with a manila-hued mousse of epically dirty head welling up, and refusing to disperse until the glass is empty and trailed with lace: ridiculous. Saliva at the first tentative sniff, unveiling sherry draped over Neapolitan ice cream, fried onions, charcoal and mince meat; soft peppery alcohol once the head has subsided. Nothing of the Honey Monster-sized ladle of sweetness that wrecked Black Hole; bitter orange, G+T, burnt flowers and incense over a bitter, blackened framework of bonfire-salvaged wood, leather, beef jerky, flambéed nuts, high raisiny cocoa, puffed wheat and grapefruit juice. Burnt to its heart but so delicately poised by that baseline of shampoo hop, chocolate and burnt honey sweetness I’m about to fall over. Delicious lunacy.
JanVittrup (243) - København V, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Makes a good job out of hiding the alcohol. Don’t make it a great beer though, just good craft.
Purchased at Hugos/Køge.
jonno (2461) - 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 (4627) - 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 (1241) - 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.