Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Big alcohol on the nose. Also some molasas and tobacco, coffee roast. Black body with dark tan head. Thick impy stout flavos of coffee, and wet tobacco. Nothing to really peak my interest here than normal stout with abundance of alcohol.
drfabulous (4651) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The final round of a beer dinner last night. Dark, roasty, intense. One of those oil can stouts I really enjoy. Served with an espresso torte.
Dorwart (2425) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
About a 1/2 inch thick head from a vigorous pour. Infinitely small bubbles and super dense. Reduces slowly. Super strong and rich aroma. Lots of coffee, alcohol, sweet malts, little bit of basalmic vinergar without the sour notes. Some nutty aromas in there also. Color is black with hints of black around the edges and some more black when held up to a strong light. BIG flavor and alcohol presence. Lots of hotness and alcohol that slaps you in the face the moment it crosses your lips. Oily mouthfeel. Sweet malts, carbon, smoke and some chocolate. Bit of burnt wood and vanilla burried in there also. Finishes oily and hot and delicious. This brew is definately getting better as it warms. Really smoothing out. Lingering carbon and smoke. A damn fine brew and one that is slowly putting me on my ass. A nice over ther top brew.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
[Bottle] shared by OSLO. Pours very deep black with a smallish tan head. Aroma is alcohol, toffee, strangely barbecue sauce, and soy sauce. Flavor is hard to find under the alcohol, a little roasted barley, charcoal, with a smooth, looooong finish. Overall, just way too much alcohol.
trevor211 (1402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black. Solid black. Tiny mocha-brown head - and that’s if you center-pour from about eight inches up. Smells like the World Wide Stout from DFH. Sweet, dark fruits, alcohol, chocolate, molasses. Flavor brought out a huge port note for me. Smokey, chocolatey, and smooth as hell. Thick, syrupy - exactly like I wanted the palate to be. The flavor has a little more coffee than the WWS, and doesn’t linger on your tongue quite as long, but this is still utterly fantastic.
luttonm (2909) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found at Seattle’s Bottleworks. As opposed to the Girardin Geuze had earlier in the tasting, this beer’s cork barely popped. Thick pour like balsamic vinegar with a respectable mocha head that quickly left us. Unreal lacing and legs, probably as much as I’ve ever seen. Inevitably draws comparisons to the World Wide Stout, which I think I prefer just a little more than this. Huge molasses flavor, heavy like port, ladden and syrupy on the tongue with minimal carbonation feel. Dark bean roast, smokier and tarter than WWS, definitely more ’out there’. Fascinating..
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at EBF. Black, quick brown head. Burned rubbery, slightly vinous nose with liquorice and sweetness. Quite subtle. Intensive burned, strongly mentholey flavor with cocoa, espresso and little rubber. Very sweet and syrupy. Full bodied, sticky sweet palate. Just a bit over the top, but I bet this’d make a great winter warmer.
fiulijn (16186) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2011 2010-05-21, draught, mandatory sample at Mikkeller Bar, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Black ink color; creamy brownish head; nice lace. Fresh aroma, roasted malt, hops, paper, sand, wet walls; then followed by light burnt malt. Full bodied, strong caramel and rhubarb candies (Alpine herbs) flavor, very sweet, but the sweetness perception is obviously limited by the strong alcohol content; dark chocolate, roasted malts, light liquorice. The final is bold, well bitter, but with balancing sweetness, that most may find cloying; the roasted malts are present but don’t manage to appear significantly; the feeling lasts for long; somehow, there is some freshness in the end, some dynamicity, that increases the drinkability of this beer. Love it.
2010-02-19, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, 7-5-9-5-17=43
It pours a black color, with generous brownish head. In the aroma there is a blend of creamy roasted malt and coffee (appreciated), Bandaid and alcohol (not appreciated), light apples (wondering...). Luscious body, not thick nor oily, just correct; very sweet flavor, sweet malt and roasted malt and coffee; even if accompanied by this pleasant and unusual sweetness, the coffee backbone is particularly appreciated. The final is a summary of all this: very sweet malt, coffee, light rhubarb candies. Evident but not disturbing alcohol and its comforting warmth. A monster of power.
2008-10-03, bottle, bottled 2007-12-12, 1 year old, 7-4-9-5-17=42
Yes, it’s black; it seems almost flat, but pouring the beer from a height it forms a brown head; some big bubbles resist, it looks like fermenting wort. It has an aroma of wood, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol, very light cardboard. Good body strength (not viscous), with very strong sweet caramel flavor, rhubarb candies, light herbs and light roasted malt; then also some sweet liquorice appears, still hidden by the sweet caramel; no bad alcohol flavor, but a very burning feeling. Long final, balanced, with sweet caramel and some roasted malt and liquorice.
I like that it doesn’t show strong coffee character. It’s like drinking an Italian digestive (liquor; a mild version of Unicum comes to mind); a unique one, very enjoyable for me.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 Dear God! Bottle from Bello. Dear God, I say! Another great example of a beer that is just too big. This 13 oz bottle ought to be split amongst 10 people. Thick aroma of apple, plum syrup, sweet chocolate, charcoal; flavors to match. Man. What a huge, painful beer.
Parasympatikus (25) - , FINLAND - OCT 10, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a brown, sticky, roasted-looking head. Aroma is really intense: red wine, old fruits.. First touch with lips feels like drinking melted dark chocolate. Flavor reminds me of complex and full-bodied red wines, dark chocolate, coffee, dark old fermented fruits. Alcohol tastes and feels clearly but not in a bad way. Smooth, full-bodied, complex, delicious palate. This is the best stuff I’ve tasted so far.