bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. The aroma is down right abuse on the nasal cavities with jet exhaust, DEET mosquito repellent, burnt roasted Cuban coffee…made me think of the Cuban coffee shops in Little Havana with no air filtration systems… An equally abrasive, toxic, extreme bitter coffee and roasted malt flavor and a lingering bitter finish that does not go away.... Should come with a warning label about possible side effects to your senses… Way over the top for me, but am sure it came out as designed by the brewers.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Courtesy of cmr1517...pitch black pour with a minimal tan head. I’m a bit in awe over the pure overkill of this brew...straight alcohol soaked chocolate bars. This stuff could spontaneously combust at any moment it’s so damn hot. This definitely needs to sit down for about 10 years.
thingstr (5) - Hedehusene, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2008 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tyk nærmest olieagtig konsistens. Lidt svagt skum. Umiddelbart er smagen ikke så overvældene som man kunne forvente af en øl på 17%, det er eftersmagen til gengæld!
Nu forstår jeg pludselig folk der kommer citronvand i deres porter!
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - MAY 25, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle from Systembolaget shared with a friend. Wonderful chocolate/sweet candy smell. Taste is huge and feels almost brutal of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, fudge, liquorice, port, honey, brown sugar, some roasted malt and alcohol with a slightly hop bitterness at the end (but most of all I think the beer is sweet, probably due to both malt and alcohol). I expected to feel the alcohol even more though, it feels pretty well balanced and brings a warming feel. In a couple of years this beer will improve even more, I think. I’m lucky we’ve got one left for cellaring.
BossHossBikes (148) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours like motor oil-viscous, opaque, black. The lasting head is tan and creates nice lacing, there just isn’t much there. The aroma is very smoky, very roasty. A lot of wood notes complemented with tart dark fruit notes and some lighter coffee and molasses qualities. As the brew hits the tongue, lots of sweet, molasses and brown sugar notes cover the palate. The alcohol becomes apparent and builds up, quickly causing a warming sensation in the esophagus. As the brew passes, this is where the beer excells. Tons of hops explodes. Smoked wood and coffee becomes apparent behind the hops. Hops just continue to escalate creating a very bitter finish. The brew is so viscous and malty that even with the massive hops flavour, it’s still rather smooth. The alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms the chest. This beer is big, really big.
NachlamSie (2616) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split with BossHossBikes.. . .thanks, man!!!!
Pours black. Seriously, black, not much head. The aroma is powerful and reminds me of liquor. Lots of burn and wood in the nose along with coffee and a bit of molasses. The carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is semi-thick. Alcohol burns throughout but the other flavors are just as strong. The finish is nicely sweet with hints of creamy coffee and smoke, that’s the tamest thing on this one. The initial palate is rife with powerful alcohol notes, but it all seems like a fine sipping whisky just with more molasses and coffee. This is a beast of a beer, but I don’t think I could enjoy more than one of these at a time. No grace or subtly or attempt to hide the alcohol on this one. Still, for a sipper it is very nice.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from cloud skipper. A little sweet and very hot with oak, smoke, oatmeal, and bitter chocolate undertones. Nice, but a little too much.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Miami Beach Spring Beer Fling ’08 ... Black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Fantastic retention. The nose proffers Flemish notes followed closely by cocoa, blackstrap molasses, smoke, tire rubber, charcoal, tobacco and, of course, alcohol. Full-bodied with an acerbic mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Sweet, but very burnt and bitter as well. Berries of some kind. Sweet, charred, dark berry finish goes on and on. Thanks to mgumby10 for the sample!
jason (1674) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I had this beer sitting in my cellar for the past 2 months and it got me thinking "will this beer be any better in 3-8 years?". Only one way to find out and that is to open it now and see if I could somehow predict if it will cellar well, meaning will it be better with some age on it?
Poured a deep thick, oil like black liquid and formed a thin head leabing some foam resyting around the sides of the glass. Looks great.
Aroma - a combination of coal, soy sauce, hops, and chocolate. I debated giving this a 7 or an 8 but felt that the 8 best represented my overall feel of the aroma. In short - I liked it.
Flavor hits right away with a soy sauce similarity fading into a very hoppy, and robust stout. Slightly dry with some roasted coffee being present. Alcohol is present but not as over the top as I wouold expect from a 17% beer. Much smoother than I thought it would be, especially from all the roller coaster reviews I have read comparing it to a fresh World Wide Stout. Will this age and mellow out well? I think so. I may have to pick up another bottle to find out...
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2008
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
(375ml bottle, cork stamped with 12/12/17) Small but persistent brown head atop a jet black body. Nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, dark chocolate, coffee/roast, plum, some alcohol, light smoke, soy. Taste is sweet, brown sugar, coffee, alcohol, vinous, chocolate, some smoke/peat, pine/grapefruit, soy. Both alcohol burn and warming in the finish. Full body, but even it cannot contain the overpowering alcohol. More power to anyone who can enjoy an entire body of this.