Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7oz bottle, best before 12/12/2017. Pours a pitch black body with a thin, dark brown head that really doesn’t qualify as a head, but leaves a lot of surface swirls and lacing on the glass. Very nice. Wow...intense aroma. First whiff is straight booze, but after the initial punch in the face, it smells quite nice. Abundance of extremely dark coffee. Lots of dark, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts. Big and sweet caramels, licorice, piney hops, oranges, and dark fruits. Just an onslaught of aromas....and flavor! Initially a sweet booze clears the senses. Very sweet malts and lots of fruit at first. Big licorice and cane sugar sweetness with bold dark fruits and orangey citrus. Did I mention it was sweet? After the initial blitz of flavor, the sweetness grows even more! But to really mess with the palate, the darkest and blackest burnt coffee taste comes in during the middle. Its moderate to light and seems to be in the background of all the flavors, but the insanely dark coffee flavor is hard to ignore. Lots of dark, bittersweet chocolate accompanies the sweet maltiness and coffee. I can’t forget to mention the decisive hop bitterness balancing everything out. All of these flavors then combine into one elephantine finish. Its a log-jam and it seems like the flavors just continue to grow. After slowly drying, the flavors start to mellow and the aftertaste is mostly that insanely dark coffee with a nice amount of bitterness and a candy, malty, fruity booze flavor. The palate is medium to full, silky, and flat. Overall, I love over the top stouts like this. I can easily see why people hate these type of beers, but I think they’re remarkable. The booze is clearly evident, but never becomes too hot to handle. IMO, this is incredibly well balanced for such a complex creation. Woh...
ChainGangGuy (4530) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a black, intimidating, perfectly still body, but, man, check out those legs!
Smell: Scent of blackstrap molasses, prunes, and espresso reinforced by cutting whiffs of fusel alcohol.
Taste: Sharp roasted malt taste with concentrated molasses, espresso, and an altogether jarring, wincing sweetness. Heavy pour of dark fruit liqueur. Caustic bitterness in the middle. A few drops of soy sauce. Plenty of hot reckless alcohol from beginning to end, particularly on the sweet, roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Sans carbonation.
Drinkability: This one is crude and unrefined, just as it was when I first had it nearly a year ago. I would certainly rather have a WWS, but that’s just me. Let’s set a tentative revisit date of, oh, let’s say 2018. Though, I’m starting to wonder if this one will actually improve.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Beer is opaque, very dark brown/black. Head is initially large, light warm brown, frothy. Diminishes almost totally but lingers on and leaves smallish speck-islands of lace on the snifter.
Aroma is a syrupy blast. Heavy note of hot alcohol and sticky malts (heavy notes of deeply roasted grain, espresso, chocolate syrup, jammy red fruits, lesser note of cookie.) Light resinous pine hop note and light miscellaneous note of wood.
The flavor is candy sweet with a long, hot moderately sweet, light-growing-to-moderately bitter finish. Slight burn on the gums and the gullet. Filmy sweet aftertaste in the mouth with a lightly resinous retronasal return.
The body is full, the texture is syrupy and the carbonation is soft/flat.
Like a smash up between a Impy Stout and a Barley Wine. Interesting enough to taste, too jarring to drink.
stouby (4064) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at DØE gnf 2009.
Black with a large light brown head. Aroma heavy malty (roasted, chocolate, orange, caramel) and hoppy (citrus). Flavor heavy sweet, then alcohol, then heavy bitter. Lots of alcohol, to much in my opinion.
daHammer (60) - Smyrna, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A. Alcohol, alcohol, alcohol ! Malt, choc., dark fruits light hops and alcohol!
App. Murky dark opaque brown. No head.
Fl. Sweet, malts fades to lhot peppery alcohol and hop bitterness Amazingly hoppy finish with warming alcohol
P. Full body, hot alcohol
O. A imp. stout flavered liquor.
Amazing that the malt and hops can stand up against the alcohol!
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Walked by this several times, on several dates, before picking one up. Very dark, very thick, very warm, and very smooth. It is like taking a very good imperial stout and then concentrating it. Smoke and coffee, chocolate and malt, brandy and sugar. Would buy again more as a novelty.
radiomgb (2502) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black in colour with a thin but lingering tan head, some light lacing. The aroma is of alcohol, cake, fruit, burnt malts, light roast and quite sweet. The flavour is very much like port, dark chocolate, burnt malts, pretty hot but fairly smooth, a bit sweet. Warming mouthfeel, large body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, warming and bitter.
I guess that I am going against the grain on this one as I found this fantastic. A chocolate port. A sipper for sure but one that I could have often.
375ml bottle obtained in a trade with TheCheeseMan, thanks Dan.
Opened on October 22, 2008.
Best before December 12, 2017.
SudsMcDuff (6835) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1st. Fu#$in HUGE!! ... pours a black as night black, great great head and lacing, especially for the big abv .. chocolate, tar, nips, vanilla, bittersweet choc aromas, same in the taste but add espresso, kamora, starbucks liqueur!! .. wow, tingles my mouth ... but easy, the abv is amazing and drinkable but everclear .. ...----a seesaw battle-----.... needs about 5-10 years to become great.. i wish i had money for a pallet ...
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 mL bottle, corked and caged, purchased from Chuck’s Liquor in Bowling Green. Poured a jet black color with a two finger brown head that quickly dissipated. The aroma was alcohol, roasted malt and a bit of coffee. The flavor was terrible. A lot of tobacco and roasted malt was present, with a huge alcohol bite, and a messy, sweet finish. There was absolutely nothing that I enjoyed about the flavor of this beer. Overall I was very disappointed.
jrmac (331) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is smoking. Pours darkest black with a thin tan head. Nose is chocolate, brandy, malt, and coffee. Taste is like a regular imperial stout, but with a warming feeling that comes from the alcohol content. Needs time, but it is killer.