jstraw (1651) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Black with big, foamy, chocolate shake head / Big, rich nose of chocolate, dark fruit, tobacco, coconut, and cream / Very full body, chewy, thick and rich with some alcohol burn but not bad, moderately sweet, acidic but most buried under the massive body, great hop balance with long, bitter finish / Flavors of semisweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, coconut, vanilla, oak, tobacco, licorice, cream, plum, prune, caramel, and bourbon (redundant) / I could deduct a point for heat, but to what end? Got to get more and cellar.
Marheb (1167) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bouteille ouverte en famille et plusieurs curieux se sont attroupés rapidement, j’ai eu droit à l’équivalent d’une coupe de vin. Puissance aromatique extraordinaire de cuir trempé dans le bourbon, des sucres chocolatés, torréfié viennent aussi se masser dans la partouse d’émanations. Je suis plus qu’intrigué de la laisser me peindre finalement le palais. Je prends une première gorgée en même temps que mon père, nos regards en disent long. Massif rocheux de chocolat embourbonné en entré de bouche et aussitôt le tannin du baril s’empare de la suite de façon presqu’abusive. Un équilibre mystérieux s’est emparé de ce liquide à l’onctuosité hérétique, rien ne jure et la finale fait de plus en plus de sens. Est-ce que j’ai dit que c’était aussi la plus belle stout? Désolé Zukhov mais à 19,3% et toute sa tête, tu devras partager ta couronne avec ce Black buffalo.
harrystrill (93) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 This is the most bourbon tasting imperial stout I have ever had coffee, vanilla chocolate, treacle smooth and silky did I mention bourbon ! I get the impression the buffalo trace barells were at least a third full relay if you are a bourbon lover this is the muts nuts,
ColinStronge (14) - Munlochy, SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle at the Anderson, cheers Jim! Where to start? Pours thick pitch black with little to no head but there is obviously carbonation. It smells divine! The aroma is nuts, pistachio, dark chocolate, vanilla, obviously from bourbon, well balanced into the beer without overpowering it. The body is full but without being cloying though there is a lovely sweetness that counteracts the bitterness. The carbonation is well developed in such a thick, strong beer and rare in something bottle conditioned like this. This beer is just sublime!
rockonbeerblog (9) - DENMARK - FEB 26, 2013 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing Imperial Stout. Have wanted to try it for so long. Not dissapointed in the least. Super black with a tiny tan head. Nose of intense bourbon. Tastes of fine bourbon with a mellow vanilla aftertaste. Also a lot of coffee and a bit of hop notes mixed in. Just a great beer.
burgy (356) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2012
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aromatics start with straight alcohol. Followed with burnt notes of malt. Pours jet, jet, jet, jet black with sweet tan/caramel lacing. At 19.3% this beer hides the alcohol VERY well. I taste it but it tastes like its a beer with half the ABV, very well done. I also taste roasted caramel, coffee, and burnt malt. Palate is solid with a nice viscosity. Overall, freaking fantastic!
77ships (2156) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
#1400 Rating - Split a bottle with Benzai @ 4 in the morning or so with Benzai @ the hotel during Borefts - 375 ml green bottle - pours pitch black with a reasonably looking mocha head - nose is thick, sweet mocha, licorice, complimenting booze, vanilla, bourbon, oak - thing is so smooth, rich, oily, mean, just slides down your throat, sweet mocha, very light roast, licorice, light vinous touch, prunes, quite creamy roast, oak, light spirit, vanilla, caramel, oak, sweet stuff, dark chocolate, thick coffee you can put your spoon in, warms the throat, this is warming not boozy, viscous, oily, better than other big name high alcohol beers I have had so far, this is actually a bottle to drink, not take a small tasting glass - maybe I should have murdered Rene and finished the bottle - defiantly exceeded my expectations - a lot of Mikkeller is overprice or stupid expensive - this one is expensive as well but a damn fine beer - didn’t think it would be that good especially since the regular Black is not that good - this is some fine barrel aging
DocLock (6789) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
0.5 L bottle from Capone’s. Pours oily thick crow black with 2-finger well-retained brown head. Nose is rich and creamy oaky bourbon, vanilla, charred malt. Tastes rich, with a heavy charred chocolate malt, huge hops, oaky spirity bourbon, and finishing hops. Starts and stays very hot. Now then, considering that ABV of 19.3%, the question becomes this: Does this beer have merit as a beer, or does it cross the beer/spirit boundary in such a way as to offend the beer drinker? My answer is this: It smells like a bit of a charred smacked bourbon ass, and the flavor is hot, a bot thin of mouthfeel for a beer yet perfectly fine for a bourbon. This is a beer that may make me go back to the library and change my rating ways, because I would gladly pay 20 bucks for a fifth of this as a spirit, but as a beer it is a bit rough and harsh. Still, that roughness and harshness challenge my nose and tongue and engage them is ways that aren’t commonly seen in any beer, so I proclaim that this works as either a calm spirit or a harsh beer. In the end, my analysis is this: I found this beer harsh, offensive, over the line, in your face, and at 40 proof, a bit high on the Plao scale, but as much as I may have disliked, I liked even more. Give me ballsy beers like this any day over weak spirits or non-dedicated pretenders, this one is the real deal, and either man up and give it a proper, fair score according to your own nomenclature, or just stick to rating wheat beers, you wanker.
grunx (367) - - MAY 22, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Molt intensa en tots els seus sentits. Vainilles, plàtans, torrats, cafès... Per acabar un bon àpat. Es recomana compartir. Final agradablement alcohòlic. Genial.
jesperhammer (2203) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
09-JUN-2012, bottle @home, from "Ølbutikken".
Black (!) with lasting brown head.
Fantastic bourbon nose with quite some alcohol.
Heavy bourbon taste with loads of roast. Soy, hops, coffee, very malty bitter.
Very sweet but that is balanced by the high ABV and heavy roast. WAUW.