BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2015 38cl, at 17%Vol, exclusive Danish brew , from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex sweet Stout, yet too heavy, not balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, but very expensive, WOW!
dwyerpg (5536) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 17, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great super thick stout in all area. Lots of chewy flavor. Actually doesn’t seem like the alcohol is at 17.5%, more like 10 or so. An expensive beer for sure, but it made a great finish to the Christmas party!
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a couple years ago. Sort of syrupy pour, black in color with no head. No carbonation visible. Aroma is pretty strong, mostly alcohol, and astringent bitterness (from coffee / roast etc). Flavor is a little chocolately, strong alcohol, and astringent bitterness. Very dry beer overall and a little sugar could probably go a long way for the palate on this one. Finish lingers with roasted bitterness.
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - DEC 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml corked botttle. An opaque black beer with a very small, but never totally disappearing brown head. The aroma is very strong, heavily malty with notes of roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol and a just a hint of soy sauce. Overall quite pleasant nose. The flavour is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Good complexity, creamy and only lightly syrupy. Fully body, average carbonation, very long finish with high bitterness, highly alcoholic. I didn’t know what to expect before opening this beer and I was a little bit sceptic, now I think this is surely a worthy beer, not the best in this style or from this brewery, but a worthy product.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
aroma was like barrel aged soy sauce, with chocolate malty undertones. poured black with a dark brown head that stayed with the whole beer. taste was incredible! very sweet, followed by chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, soy sauce (much less than the aroma), wow. it really is crazy, but so so good. full bodied and creamy with a long lasting bitter, roasty finish.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This Mega Imperial Stout remains a noble sipper despite its heft, aligning plenty of dark chocolate and caramel malt flavors which end up in a gripping roasted malt bitterness, itself emboldened by poignant alcohol.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the darkness.
-The body is thankfully not too heavy, making the mouthfeel rather classy.
-A touch of elderberry-like fruitiness works quite well with the malt profile and the alcohol vapors.
-That intense finish is a tad too much to make me want to revisit this beer often.
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - DEC 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black colour with a thin dark brown head. Strong roasted malt aroma with notes of liquorice and chocolate. The flavour is very sweet, roasted malt, notes of alcohol, liquorice, soy sauce and dark chocolate. Roasted and dry finish. Very good, but next time I’ll save some of it for some other day. The whole 33cl bottle was a bit too much for one night.
jesperhammer (4134) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
04-DEC-2009, bottle, Ulkløbben @Michael.
It pours black (funny!) with dark brown head. I thought that the alcohol would kill the head immidiatly, but it stays.
Nose is alcoholic. The most alcoholic beer aroma I have ever tried, even in stronger beers. It is like sticking you nose in a good vodka. Wildly alcoholic, and I like it:)
Apart from that, mint, and roasted sttuff.
Very full, extremely long aftertaste.
Faurschou gives up, I get the rest of his glass. Everyone else agrees, and gives up as well.
I am now left with the remains of the two bottles. I don’t give up. Although it does mark me badly the next day, I do not give, but enjoy every sip, and they are sips. Very small moutfulls, all of them wonderfull.
Thank you, Mikkeller, and thank you Michael for buying. World class beer.
tdtm82 (1699) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fascinating aroma of soy source; mustard, coffee and caramel. Herbal spices too. Poured into a ESB glass from a bottle. WOW. Lovely dark rich texture with little head. A small head swirl around the middle which looks fantastic.
The overpowering aroma before taste entry is awesome. An excellent winter beer. Can taste figs; caramel, dark liquerish, dark chocolate, cofee and whiskey. WOW. What flavour. Leathery yeast on the palet and soy source too.
One amazing beer. It does not hide the alcohol at all. A really great intense craft beer but do not have during a session. I am having this with my duck. Good luck in hunting this down.
LearninBeer (469) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours very dark brown with no head. Bought this today to celebrate getting my membership back. The aroma is very potent with smells of bread, licorice, vanilla, prunes/figs. Has an alcohol air to it, maybe a soy sauce kinda smell. The taste is warming and sweet, some bitter kicks in. It has a coffee, smokey taste that lingers on the tongue. Very good.