SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 15, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 bottle. pours black and thick like oil. small brown head. tarry, red grape, ash aroma. flavor is loaded with alcohol, tar, bittersweet, ashes, molasses, smoke, grapes, blueberry and soy sauce. i can’t get over the cigarette butt ash/soy sauce flavor. low carbonation. full body. dry.."i need water" finish. quite the experience for sure.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Black, no head, no lacing. Nose of bright alcohol, slight deet, paint thinner and lots of astringency and more astringency. Sharp, strong. Lots of alcohol and astringency. Not my favorite kind of stout.
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
EBF08. Black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is vineous, sweet, blackberry, liquorish and light alcohol. Flavour is vineous, sharp alcohol, liquorish, and chocolate.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks AgentSteve. Poured very black, smooth, alcohol, roasted malts, dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee, little molasses.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holding on to this bottle for a while, pours deep viscous black with a thin tan head with a big complex nose. Coffee, roasted malts and alcohol. The flavor is the same with the addition of sweet stone and vinous fruits. Creamy mouthfeel.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2009 Dark as tar and very opague. Lots of hops, some malt and plenty of alchol. I smell mead or at least some honey. Very aromatic and very complex. Taste is very full on. Super hop bitterness. Plenty of alcohol and some malt characters. Very complex palate. Got better as it warmed. Dead flat but very rich in the mouth. Definitely an aquired taste and given the alcohol you certainly couldn’t drink a lot of it. Very much an experience.
gyllenbock (7227) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, SBWF. As Mikkeller wrote, "Not for sissies!"
A powerful beer, beautiful with a sense of port wine, raisins and chocolate. The foam was non-existent and the beer was black.
The body was heavy. The taste was a bit fiery of all alcohol although not unpleasant. Burnt tones, chocolate, fruit, sweet, port wine, smoke, fruit, malt, yes an experience!
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, dark pour with coffee head and coffee nose. Strong forceful flavor with chocolate notes. As you drink, more chocolate flavors take over the coffee. Strong alc after taste - bitter. Very full bodied.
BigBeer45 (1402) - Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours black with no head, I see a few carbonation bubbles in the brew at the edges of the glass but no head, leaves a thin film on the sides of the glass when swirled and looks to have some legs, some bubbles appear when swirled, aroma of alcohol that sort of reminds me of a burnt Port Wine, dark roasted malt fragrances, dark chocolate, some earth worm dirt aromas? If you are a fisherman, this is the smell of the dish of worms when you get ready to set the hook, the earth worm dirt is faint but that is what I get from this brew, interesting but not really a good thing, has a faint burnt berry fragrance, alcohol tingles my nostril a bit with some sniffs, a touch of smokiness, flavor of dark roasted malt, Port Wine sweetness, some chocolate, some strong (almost burnt) raspberry and blue berry in the background, alcohol is big on the palate but not as much as I thought there would when experiencing the nose of this brew, the alcohol is sweet tasting that has hints of dark fruit and berry, also, alcohol is strong but not as pungent as the Dogfish Head WWS, some burnt malt flavors, mouth feel is around medium maybe a bit less, alcohol seems to contribute to a medium and/or watery feel and dries the palate, I bought another bottle to age for a few years.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Well it sure is black but it does have a brownish tinge to it and virtually no head to speak of, just a thin layer of brown bubbles that dissipate quickly. Aroma is very spirity with notes of raisins, sweetish coffee, a little bit of dark chocolate. Again the alcohol is quite noticable in the flavour as well as liquorice, toffee, tobacco and roasted malt. Definitely the extreme end of the spectrum of stout, not for a summer afternoon, but if you’re in the right mood a great sipper for a chilly evening.