TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep yet penetrable brown. Sticky ring of head forms as the grayish bubbles quickly disperse. Aroma reveals notes of figs, molasses, tobacco, caramelized custard, rum-steeped raisins and a hint of vanilla, cola and scorched cocoa. Soft, snug carbonation. Deceptively full in body. Captivatingly immense and viscous from the start, though a spirited surge of alcohol briefly offsets the gooey residuals by zinging the palate. Deep, unrelenting crisp char stings the tongue and amplifies the vinous qualities. Added layers of texture come by way of bread and caramel which gently cushion the prickly alcohol and stark burnt-cookie bite. Clean attenuation coupled with a salty bitterness, reminiscent of salmiakki, keeps the high concentration of molasses-drizzled toffee sweetness from overtiring the palate. Assorted berry and braised beef snippets impart deep-rooted pockets of juiciness and elegance to other otherwise full-on assault of alcohol and molasses. Deceptively enormous roast continuously clasps the tongue with its snappy bitterness, but takes a backseat to the clingy residuals. Finishes sweetly portlike and borderline medicinal as the insistent sweetness links up with the astringent ashy char. Whisper of espresso and bitter chocolate lingers. Really a mixed bag for me. While it does possess some elegance and refinement - particularly in the carefully placed fruity esters and fairly well-layered maltiness - the brutish char and omnipresent sweetness need to show more restraint. On top of that, this bottle is not even a year old yet is already showing signs of oxidation (cardboard, namely), and, consequently, is fairly dull and more astringent than it was a few months ago.
ilovedarkbeer (2386) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Very different! Bottle thanks to Bman1113VR’s girlfriend. Drank with both of them. Pours a thick motor oil like body with a brown creamy head. Nose is like smoked bacon (maybe wood smoke), booze, chocolate, rum cake, more wood, and brown sugar. Taste is very sweet and I would equate it to a coffee port. Mouthfeel is amazing, like silky water if that makes sense, (due to the sake yeast) it there is even a punch of cedar in the finish. Warming and pretty long finish. I have not had something this unique in a very long time.
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 22, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to my girlfriend. Drank with I love dark beer. Pours with a big viscous black body. with a thick largish light brown heead. Aroma has lots of wood, lots of alcohol, lots of chocolate, lots of nail varnish and some cinnamon, apple brandy and rum soaked figs, molasses and brown sugar. Alcohol seems to add some complexity to the aroma. Taste is sweet upfront like a dessert wine (slightly fruity), then booze, chocolatee and some harsh wood. Really sweet. So creamy. Long finish that is all wood. Should mellow out over time to take on more of the dessert wine like characteristics.
Very creative brew that I feel is quite underated.
NMC01 (70) - DENMARK - AUG 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee, roasted notes, and alcohol come through loud and clear is this violently alcoholic stout. The alcohol unfortunately is a little too powerful in the appearance and somehow disturbes the overall experience. The flavour suites me well. This is in deed a long drink.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pricey bottle, via trade, so I kinda sorta paid for it. Poured in my Reidel Snifter, black with a light brown 1 finger head that chilled out and turned into some islands. Nose is malty with a a lighter fluid coffee, nail polish remover heat. Taste is sweet, very hot very very hot with lots of rich deep malts. This is a weird super hot beer, that has joined the hype train for Mikkeller, once again for me Mikkeller is hit or miss. Sometimes amazing, sometimes okay, sometimes strange and sometimes not so exciting, this is in some of those camps.
matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle corked and caged. from my secret santa ( summer 08). best before 12/12/17. im assumng this is pretty fresh. pours black with a short lived tan head. aromas; coffee, chocolate, anise, alcohol, sweet black malts, alcohol. the flavours is similar but man this has a hot finish. i guess i should have cellared this in the hopes that the 17.5% abv would have been somewhat hidden. as is i love it but the continued sacrafice of my sobriety on the second brew of the night is somewhat discouraging. oh well i knew what i was getting into! thx santa!!
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (375ml - green, corked & caged). Shared with blankboy and garthicus via trade with Glouglouburp. Pours like thick black motor oil with a lasting brown mottled head. I loved the aroma - totally over the top, booze, cream, turkish coffee, molasses, smoke, more booze, and yeast. The taste - well, it certainly delivered what the aroma promised, but yikes thats a burn - huge, insistent alcohol, grassy cream, burnt malt - with a dry bitter bitter bitter booze finish. Thick mouthfeel, and sadly, I have to say too thick, mostly left the impression of vodka and burnt cereal on my palate. Impressive, but way, way too big, messy and one-dimensional.
nimbleprop (5477) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled a split of this at my first imperial stout tasting. Pours a very shiny, oily black with zero head. I shook it a little right before opening and it even looked like it had almost no carbonation in the bottle too. Smells like booze, like cheap vodka mixed with kahlua and cola. WHOA! Hot in the mouth and on the tongue. Way to much heat from the alcohol which takes away from any beer flavors you could have gotten. Once you get beyond the booze you get a little burnt toast, some coffee and... booze. Hot hot heat on the end and not a lot else. Just a bit too extreme for my taste, not subtle in any way.
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2012 Re-rate 7/25/12: Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks avrashi. Black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee and alcohol. Sweet flavor with coffee, sugar, a bit of chocolate, alcohol and a bitter burnt finish. Full-bodied. Too sweet and alcoholic, but still not bad. 6/4/7/4/13=3.4
(6/29/08) Bottle sample at RBESG08 grand tasting in Plzen. Black-colored with a brown head. Aroma has burnt malt, coffee and lots of alcohol. Flavor of burnt malt, dark chocolate, coffee and loads of burning alcohol. Full-bodied. 7/5/6/4/13=3.5
zeke626 (439) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by akevitt. Pours an opaque black body with thick dark brown foam. Boozy aroma with burnt malts, burnt sugar, and coffee. Flavor is initially sweet/sugary with a hint of dark fruit and cocoa, then alcohol, and then finishing with bitter roasted coffee and smoke flavors. Thick, heavy mouthfeel. Dry aftertaste.