gyllenbock (2963) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at SBWF 2012.
Black with no head. A great aroma of roasted malt, wood, licorice, alcohol,coffee and something sweet. About the same in the complex taste. Really a great beer to sip. Very long aftertaste with a smooth mouth feel. I liked this a bit more than the Cognac Edition.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home (BOE) - 05/10/12.
Pours pitch black, dark mahogony brown edges in light, with hardly any head just a few spots on top of the glass and some edgeing.
Big boozy nose comprising burnt apples, dark malts, raisens, dates, molasses, licqourice, treacle toffee and a touch more alcohol for good measure.
Tastes of sweet caramelised toffee apples, raisen fudge, bitter chocolate, hot toffee sauce, a little earthy woodiness.
Full bodied with soft carbonation, smooth drinking, perfectly pitched, great on the palate!
Overall - this really worked for me. First sip I wasn’t convinced and whilst decent I was expecting to end up with a rating of 3.6/7, however as it warmed the flavours developed and this proved to be a great Imperial Stout!
gunnfryd (8553) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, alcohol, calvados. Flavour is coffee, vanilla, oak, calvados, alcohol. Full body. Very nice beer.
callmemickey (1355) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Pitch black body. Thin dark brown head, thin skim, next to no lacing. Nose definitely is the sum of its parts: apple brandy, tobacco, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, espresso. Flavor carries over with similar notes. Full bodied, smooth carbonation, light bitterness in the finish. Silky. Overall, this beer reminded me of a beer version of apple Sheesha--distinctive.
ontbeermaker (1832) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours a nice pitch black and a tan head, aroma is roasty with a bit of wood, the flavour is sweet, with a strange mouth feel, overall this is quite tasty, good offering
rdixon77 (233) - Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic beer...with a cool story. Love the civet coffee inclusion. Poured thick, syrupy, and black. The aroma provided plenty of coffee and a warmness from the calvados barrel aging. Tasted had a wonderful smoky feel, the subtle and interesting coffee was there, and the booze presence was perfect. You could get vanilla and chocolate. Big tastes, but nice. It was definitely a thick beer, and I think a small bottle is more than enough to drink in a setting. Real pricey, but a fun and worthwhile beer to try.
jackl (2568) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beers Of Europe (I think). The pour’s a deep obsidian black with a luxuriously creamy deep tan head that slowly fades. Attractive beer. The nose is big sweet apple, some boozy wood, vanilla and caramel Hot rum raisin and anise. Very sweet. I’m getting a sugar high just smelling this beer. The taste is deep charred coffee beans, plenty of roasted bitter chocolate. Strong peppery wood body. Big espresso. Sweet burned brown sugar and condensed milk come through on the long, lightly dry finish. Hints of green apple and umami. Mild soy sauce, but not overpowering. Full body, but not overly boozy or particularly viscous. This is actually quite drinkable. Overall, strange beer! A bit of Jekyll and Hyde. The aroma suggested a syrupy sweetness that didn’t materialize in the coffee-dominated taste. Pretty good.
Miksu (4537) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.25 l bottle. Black color. Aromas of coffee, pungent oak, vanilla, salty licorice, raisins and booze. Roasty flavor with salty licorice, oak, herbal bitter tonic and burning alcohol. Initially sweet with dryer bitter, oaky and coffeish finish. Full body. Strong pungent taste. Quite oaky and burning, but still retains some interest and drinkability.
pintbypint (1975) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
250ml brown bottle at Wunderbar. Black pour, small brown head. Aroma is fruity, apple note, thick roast, chocolate. Rich taste, big liquid chocolate, roast, ends with some alcohol and big chocolate and roast. Silky body, smooth, mild carbonation. Solid beer.
watson1977 (2287) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin mocha head. Aroma has definite tequila...still a stout beneath it but very notable tequila...not boozy though. Flavor is roasty with some coffee but dominated by tequila. Mouthfeel is medium with a roasty tequila finish.