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 (4110) - 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 (2522) - 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 (6950) - .....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.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12.7oz corked bottle. This has bee in my beer fridge for a while. I thought it was black glass, until i peeled away the foil and noticed it was green. The synthetic cork came out with a quiet, unimpressive pop. Pours pitch black, with a few brown bubbles. Intense aroma - alcohol, dark chocolate, molasses, and burnt caramel are the predominant flavors. Initial flavor is bakers chocolate. The first sip ended with unpleasant charcoal and ash, but this calmed down for subsequent sips. Overall, the flavor exhibits a big chocolate malt backbone, along with soy sauce, ash, rubber and mild hops. The flavor is incredibly intense, but not very enjoyable. I have another bottle; it needs to get lost in the back of my cellar for at least 10 years.
plutoodie (11) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I agree with the description - this beer is NOT for sissies: It is black as a witches cauldron, powerful in both flavour and alcohol and very oily. It is rare to find a beer like this. But be ware - difficult to drink a whole bottle alone (share it) and all beers afterwards taste like water (rinse your palets!)