HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (375ml - green, corked & caged). Shared with blankboy and garthicus via trade with Glouglouburp. Pours like thick black motor oil with a lasting brown mottled head. I loved the aroma - totally over the top, booze, cream, turkish coffee, molasses, smoke, more booze, and yeast. The taste - well, it certainly delivered what the aroma promised, but yikes thats a burn - huge, insistent alcohol, grassy cream, burnt malt - with a dry bitter bitter bitter booze finish. Thick mouthfeel, and sadly, I have to say too thick, mostly left the impression of vodka and burnt cereal on my palate. Impressive, but way, way too big, messy and one-dimensional.
nimbleprop (4897) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled a split of this at my first imperial stout tasting. Pours a very shiny, oily black with zero head. I shook it a little right before opening and it even looked like it had almost no carbonation in the bottle too. Smells like booze, like cheap vodka mixed with kahlua and cola. WHOA! Hot in the mouth and on the tongue. Way to much heat from the alcohol which takes away from any beer flavors you could have gotten. Once you get beyond the booze you get a little burnt toast, some coffee and... booze. Hot hot heat on the end and not a lot else. Just a bit too extreme for my taste, not subtle in any way.
DSG (5829) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2012 Re-rate 7/25/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks avrashi. Black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee and alcohol. Sweet flavor with coffee, sugar, a bit of chocolate, alcohol and a bitter burnt finish. Full-bodied. Too sweet and alcoholic, but still not bad. 6/4/7/4/13=3.4
(6/29/08) Bottle sample at RBESG08 grand tasting in Plzen. Black-colored with a brown head. Aroma has burnt malt, coffee and lots of alcohol. Flavor of burnt malt, dark chocolate, coffee and loads of burning alcohol. Full-bodied. 7/5/6/4/13=3.5
zeke626 (426) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by akevitt. Pours an opaque black body with thick dark brown foam. Boozy aroma with burnt malts, burnt sugar, and coffee. Flavor is initially sweet/sugary with a hint of dark fruit and cocoa, then alcohol, and then finishing with bitter roasted coffee and smoke flavors. Thick, heavy mouthfeel. Dry aftertaste.
BeerandBlues2 (9730) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy, dark brown head, mostly lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, caramel, chocolate), average hops (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of prunes, wood, smoke, tar, and licorice. Full bodied, creamy and alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
blankboy (6081) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (375ml) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours black with a small somewhat-lasting creamy light-brown head. Aroma of alcohol along with notes of coffee, roasted malt and fruit -- but mostly alcohol. Flavour: Holy shit, is this moonshine? It starts relatively normal with some hops and espresso but then BANG!, there’s an incredibly long boozy / bitter finish that doesn’t end. This is a big boozy bitter bastard! It’s way too intense for me. Try as I might, that’s the highest I can rate this.
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black. Thin dark brown head. Aromas are rich sweet dried prunes, coffee, leather, chocolate, raisins... WOW! Alcohol is there, but not aparent. Flavor is initially big black licorice, sweet dark chocolate, figs - no, scratch that - black strap molasses with raisin tar. Then finishing back into black licorice with a touch of astringency. This beer just doesn’t finish! Roasted nuts, tobacco, leather, dark rum... should age well for 20+ years if anyone has the patience... Tasted May 21, 2008 - Bottle from John’s Market Place in Portland.
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from someone at the stoners tent at BCTC. This was incredibly alcoholic and over the top, I tried to taste it, but it was just too much. Nose is alcohol, a bit of bakers chocolate, and more fusel alcohol. Mixed this with So. Tier Creme Brulet Stout and it somehow got worse.
skortila (4537) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ Dutch Ratebeer Session. Aroma has paint/terpentine, alcohol, chocolate, vanilla. Black-brown coloured with not much head. Taste has let’s say potential. The ingredients are definately okay, but this is so over the top. No balance found, alcoholic, etc. Syrupy mouthfeel. Probably, it becomes better with time. But well, some work to get more balance in it would definately be a good idea. When that’s not the idea of this experiment --> Experiment failed... Next! :-)
garthicus (2685) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Harrys bottle, shared with HogTownHarry and Blankboy. App: Black as satans fillings (I have used that before!) with a pancake mix appearance head. Aroma: Alcohol and coffee and spiced rum/honey rum. Flavour: Burnt alcohol, plant fibres, bitter as hell, long alcoholic coffee finish. Interesting.