jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had been sitting on this bottle for a while and was really looking forward to cracking it open after tasting its younger brother... Pours pitch black with a dark brown head that fades slowly with good lacing, probably the darkest head i’ve seen... Nose is hoppy, but with chocolate, dark fruits, some alcohol and some roast. Very full flavored in the mouth. Piney hop bitterness is dominant with dark chocolate, deep fruits, and lingering bitter chocolate with a bit of alcohol. Smooth. This one was suprisingly hoppy, nice, but not really at all what i was expecting, and i must say i prefer Beer Geek Breakfast... Maybe he juiced it up with all the hops to mask the flavor of weasel crap...
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, with many thanks to Glouglouburp. ( Dany, really, thanks man!). Shared with Cole and hobbersr at the end of a very long brew-day. Pours black, held up to a bright light, this looks like an eclipse. Awesome head that is thick, and av very dark tan in color. Not terribly persistent, however, and no lacing to speak of. Nose is big and intense, lifted, with notes of oily coffee, roast malt, alcohol, fudge, graphite, smoke, booze really jumps at you as this gets warmer. Booziness is less prominent in the mouth, big, soft, chocolatey, notes of brandy, coffee comes in quite late, almost purely in the finish, sticky and oily. Later finish is quite soft, but whatis there is roasty and fat. Good, but I feel a little let down with all the hype.
drowland (7374) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This honestly reminds me of an awesome American stout. There is a large amount of sweet, sour, and chocolate, subtley topped off by a wonderful coffee (tee-hee).
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 7, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2010 Pours so rich and thick with a good head. The coffee is the biggest smell you get but there are hints at toasted malt and dark chocolate. The taste is huge coffee and a good dose of booze rounding out the malt and bakers chocolate. Just wish it was more readily available. SIGHHHH.
Abio (1823) - Waasland, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Very dark brown, almost like pitch black. Oily head, don’t hold long. A bit of dark gold inside the head. Fruit-roasted-chocolate, cofffee, honey. Goes inside a little to easy. Feels a bit like oil. Very smooth. Roasted coffee, dark fruits, a lots of coffee in the taste. Bitter aftertaste and some salty.
Strykzone (6025) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Hayduke! So black and so thick. A nice thick tan head. Aroma was not coffee but dark fruit and some powdery chocolate. The thick appearance translates to the feel. Velvety and substantial. There is quite a lot going on in the flavor and all of it is delightful and delicious. Dark fruit, licorice, chocolate, and, at the end, coffee. This was a surprisingly well hopped stout and those hops add a delightful offset. Finish was a flourish of dark fruit. Aftertaste went on forever. This is incredibly rich but not cloying at all. An all too rare perfect balance. What a great beer!
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to savvy1982 for the share. Pours black as night with a small dark brown head. Aroma has lots of licorice and some sweet and roasty notes. The flavor is sweet and roasty as well. Licorice, coffee, red berries, chocolate, ash, and a long earthy/liquoricey finish. The palate is rich and heavy. Nice stout.
SpringsLicker (3319) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick black pour with a tall, long lasting dark tan head.
The aroma is strong sweet coffee.
The flavor starts off where the aroma left off and adds a smooth roast malt bitterness underneath the coffee.
Very smooth and drinkable.
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 24, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Effing huge and effing amazing... dark, rich and intense. Beautiful rich dark malt notes are cut against by a troika of bitterness - roasted barley, hops and civet coffee.
tdtm82 (1519) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bought from PRE-ZBF Alvinne beer shop. A great find on my wants’ list which I need to update. I poured slowly into the big ESB glass I use. The head was massive! Awesome dark rich smooth head! As a head goes this is probably the best yet! It peters out to smooth foam with bubbles stagnant and a crisp head around the glass. Ultra cool head work. This is the bomb.
Well aroma is an instant of excessive rich dark malts; dry-roasted coffee, burnt toast, dark chocolate the good dark expensive stuff and vanilla. An awesome smell. Vaguely reminiscent of Stone’s Russian Imperial Stout which is kinda weird considering as logistics go!
Taste is silky dark chocolate; vanilla, coffee, leather and a tad woody and oaky. Wow. This is superb. I am loving this. Up there with Black Damnation 2 as coffee stouts go and I’ve had two of the finest this week. I’m feeling lucky. Drinkability is good and balance is consistent. A little bitter kick. Finish is long; hot and chocolatey. Damn good beer.