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 (1752) - 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 (1438) - @ $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 (2321) - 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 (9440) - 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.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2008
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Holy shit. This is insane. Incredibly hot, acrid and acidic. Aroma of shoe polish on leather. Deep, dark, charred, acrid malt. Fusel alcohol, diesel fuel, asphalt and insanely charred coffee. Pours a surprisingly thin charcoal/brown with a dense but quickly disappearing khaki head. Flavor is loaded with bitter, acrid, charred espresso. Ashy. Marlboro. Grain alcohol soaked dark chocolate. Tarry. Chewing on hot asphalt. Acid. Burned anise. An absolute trainwreck. Bracing in its acidity. Heartburn in a bottle. Big, sticky, hot, cloying, acidic, acrid, charred body...ugh. The godawful tarry finish lasts forever. Paired perfectly with an unfiltered Lucky Strike.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 27, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
As black as black can be. Aromas are complex with the diesel fuel up front along with anise, burnt malts and fruits. This is a real alcohol monster. Flavor of orange and chocolate are also there. This stuff should be put in a time capsule for future generations to enjoy, as I doubt Iíll be around from when the it matures.
Stine (1462) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2008
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2008 Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle, thanks to Tyler. Tepid charcoal pour; topped with a thin skin of greyish brown. Dirty honey, plastic bubblegum, unripe honeydew, mango and kiwi aroma; a fully oppressive weight of metallic coffee grounds and searing motor oil and deliriously tart apple cider. Aceteldahyde and raw smoke heat. Heat. Lush, acrid, tropical, asphalt in jungle summer heat. Flavor screams raw spices, wet graham crackers, wholly unattended to light roasted coffee, tangy barbecue, pain. Pain. Aspirin and cherry cough syrups; aggregiously abrasive and completely jagged on every edge. Robitussin, even. So hot and violent and crushing and completely reckless with total malicious affront on the palate; mean in spirit, forceable, acrid earthiness. Syrupy, and wholly reminiscent of espresso steeped at highest capacity and then burnt while brewed at core of the earth temperature; bit of lemon juice and burnt peanut shells lingers with indifferent, careless acridity and ugliness in the finish. Searing pain on the internal organs here, which is a bit incomprehensible and shockingly palapable. Ulcer forming. Shit.