mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black, with a thick well retained light brown head. Smells of big roasty malts, mild dark chocolate notes, nuts, and a definite alcohol presence. The flavor was big and boldas expected. The alcohol burn was definitely there. Certainly wasnt balanced well, but i dont think they intended too. Just a monster of an imperial stout. The chocolate flavors really come out as it warms the palate as it goes down. Just a monster of a beer, but I enjoyed it, even as unbalanced as it was.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really wanted to love this beer, because I love the idea of this beer: an imperial stout with 18% alcohol. But this is the first time I agree wth critics who call a beer unbalanced -- I love a good alcohol presence, but here it just overwhlems. Still, thereís a lot to like about this: pitch black pour with a creamy, khaki head, aromas of raisins initially, followed by lots of alochol -- not boozy, which iwould be good, just straight alcohol. Flavors of raisins, figs, vinous-ness, anise, some chocolate, not as roasty as some, and lots of (you guessed it) alcohol. The mouthfeel is not as thick as many imperial stouts, which I liked. Thereís a back taste of cough syrup which becomes overpowering in the aftertaste. An interesting experiment, and one that could grow on me. But even though comparisons to DFH WW Stout are obvious and unfair, that beer does a better job of hitting the mark that this beer was aiming for.
eaglefan538 (2815) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Robert at SL. Pour is deep, dark, motor oil-thick black, surprisingly generous choco-tan colored head (donít remember the lacing). The aroma was hot dark fruits, vinous notes, chocolate and roast. Flavor followed suit, definitely big, figgy, caramel notes, somewhat similar to DFH WWS as far as I could tell - if I hadnít had to drive home, I woulda grabbed the latter of the shelf and put íem head to head. Mouthfeel is hot, sticky syrupy, yet fairly drinkable imo. A nice once a year treat. Thanks for generously sharing, Robert!
johans (36) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2008
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 This is just way over the top for me!
Strong alcoholic aroma with notes of leather, tobacco and shoe polish
Bitter, sour taste. The aftertaste seems to stick to the back of the mouth pretty much indefinitely. Could still taste it this morning!
Shared a bottle with myself, which resulted in complete sensory overload! If I ever try this again, I make sure to split 3 or 4 ways. One bottle is way too much.
Not very pleasant
EHSRanders (1744) - Tjele, DENMARK - APR 30, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black colour with large creamy brown fully lasting head. Malty aroma with notes of coffee. Powerful lasting flavor. Creamy palate.
pepsican (1415) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blacker than black pour with a thin espresso head. Aroma is very strong chocolate and booze. Flavor has more chocolate, black jelly beans, cherry, alcohol, brown sugar, and molasses. Finished very strong, with huge overpowering flavors. Nothing was all that complex though, which was nice.
ABUSEDGOAT (2267) - California, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve really wanted to try this for a while now. It has some of the most inconsistent ratings. Black pour, moderate to large tan head that lasts. Impressive given the strength of the beer. Aroma is huge alcoholic chocolate, roast, somewhat fruity. Quite vinous. Thick, heavy body, quite sweet but not overly so because itís loaded with roasted bitterness, lots of alcohol as well. BIG BIG BIG. Balance is another issue, but I still enjoyed it.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a very pleasant surprise from the weekend. Iíve not been a big fan of most things Iíve had from this brewer, but this was a standout beer. Iím very happy that I enjoyed this beer. Pours a very dark black in color. Very dark malts and a very dominant roast flavor in the mouth. Believe it or not, those flavors go well in here because of the ABV. It does not taste anywhere near 17.5% at all. Full on the mouthfeel. Rich and complex beer. I will definitely pick up a bottle or two if I come across them.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with a rich looking, tight bubbled, glossy tan head. Fairly mild aromas, with husk and grain adding sweetness. Light grapefruit, mild light fruit, hints of roasted malt and coffee all seems to be hanging around, but nothing comes out and takes over the nose. It does seem to have a mild "green" scent. My first thought after sipping is... OK who handed me the creosote and tar infused coal. Certainly strong and foreboding flavors. A little more dissection is required. Very sweet start, with brown sugar, maple sap, and caramelized simple sugar. This is beyond WWS in many aspects. I started to think about a side by side, but then realized that I do have to work tomorrow and want to sleep vs. pass-out tonight. Only a few ounces in and my throat, stomach and head are all starting to warm up. Slick and lightly oily on the tongue. At this point in time this is far to young. I can see some potential. Middle has roasted and burnt malt, light grapefruit acidity, some berries and dark chocolate. Finish returns to the sweetness and sugary side. Light caramel and alcohol. Linger is long and bitter. Iím catching hops, tar, black malt, roasted malt, burnt coffee, charred wood and a few other things that are black, burnt and otherwise living up to the name bestowed upon this one. I will share one more bottle of this at some point in the next few months, otherwise any other bottles I may accumulate will need a few years.
Ratman197 (8846) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Green corked and caged bottle poured an opaque black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of ALCOHOL, pepper, shoe polish, dark chocolate, alcohol, carmel, coffee, a hint of vanilla and did I mention alcohol. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a HOT finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, ALCOHOL, carmel, pepper, roasted malt and vanilla with a smooth HOT lingering alcoholic finish.
This is the HOTTEST beeer Iíve ever drank. I still tried to rate it fairly.