budznsudz (378) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
8.5 oz. bottle. Pours like dark ink with only a slight ring around the glass. Aroma is cognac, black licorice, and sweet coffee. Taste is cognac and raisins up front that transitions into roast and coffee of outstanding quality. Thick and oily on the palate leading to a bitter chocolatey finish
sir__v (412) - Lille, FRANCE - APR 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color: deep and dark black beer with no carbonization and no brown head. Smell: licorice, malt, cognac, barrel, raisin, sugar cane. Taste: not so sweet, good equilibrium, malt and cognac, wine and raisin. Aftertaste: malt, liquor, and sweet bitterness.
Bgarnreiter (53) - Alabama, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours jet black, with small tab head, light lacing. Flavor is intense! Epic coffee, chocolate, cognac, dark fruits and just amazing stuff. Superb beer, as is obvious.
NBird (242) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#100. This pours a black viscous syrup with a few chunky blobs from a 250ml bottle. Small fast dissipating head in Orval glass. Smells..coffee, rich dark fruit, chocolate, roasty/burnt malts and some alcohol. Tastes.. Chocolate, coffee, rich dark fruits, dark roasted malts and a nice dose of the cognac barrel. Rich, smooth and delicious.
rangerred (784) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
250ml bottle into a snifter.
Pours pitch black with a few chunks that i accidentally let slip out of the bottle. No head to speak of with just a tiny hint of carbonation around the edge of the glass.
Smells absolutely amazing with an awesome marriage of coffee and dark fruits from the cognac aging along with some woody notes. A little bit smoky as well. Really inviting.
The flavor just continues this impressiveness. Sweet dark fruit and red wine right off the bat along withs some smoky wood. The cognac barrel aging really shines through here. The coffee is noticeable but it is quite subdued. I’m not sure if this is because of the strength of the other flavors or because so little was used due to the coffee being so rare. Either way it works well. Alcohol becomes noticeable towards the finish but remains restrained.
Overall, quite the amazing coffee stout and a real treat to drink. While $13 for a small bottle is a bit steep, I believe it is worth the price and something to definitely pick up should you ever come across it.
Bule (428) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8oz bottle at Avenue Pub in New Orleans. Lovely coffee flavors and intense cognac aroma and flavor.
Sevenlee (1060) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours totally black with a black head which bubbles away after a short while. Aroma is roasted malt with coffee, vanilla, chocolate, woody notes and a bit of cognac of course. Taste is medium to high sweet of chocolate, coffee leading to a lightly roasty, a little sweet and powerful finish. A slight bit of alcohol burn.really awesome!
DrSilverworm (4019) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
8.5oz bottle. Pitch black color. Good half-finger thick brown head. Impressive retention, decent lace. Good chocolate brownie nose, coffee noticeable in there, roast malts. Bigger body. Very nice silky smooth chewy texture. Very light carbonation. Light bitter taste, some sweet. Little to no bite at all. Very awesome, complex long aftertaste. There’s the big, exotic kopi coffee flavor, long and roasty and delicious. Nice amount of bitter dark chocolate, which takes a backseat to the coffee, but is there. The hearty oatmeal body. In the finish, the complex cognac barrel influence shows. Some fresh fruit, light spice. White grape, pear. Vanilla, and floral hints. $13 for a little baby bottle is harsh. But the fantastic complex long aftertaste makes this. Worth trying once, for sure.
madmitch76 (12162) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
24th June 2012
Opaque black - brown beer. Tidy tan head. Smooth dark malt nose with a little wet wood. Smooth palate, mild carbonation and semi dry. Rich dark malt and rich coffee. Malt cream and unsweet wood. Mellow cognac. Finishes semi dry with dark chocolate dominating. Great rich brew!
neuromatt (858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250 mL bottle served in a stem glass, side-by-side with the original at a tasting at Chris’ place. Pours black with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of lace. The nose has bigger chocolate notes than the original, combined with subtle cognac and oak. The coffee still comes through, but is more subtle. Earth, molasses and a slight hoppiness rounds it out. The flavour is moderately sweet with molasses, chocolate and oaky cognac notes from the nose. On the palate, it is full in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great cognac barrel aged imperial stout. It is delicious and I only wish I had another bottle! 2012-12-01