ClubGonzo (4900) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2010 Now THIS is what I call a stout. In fact, it is so stout it can take on Al-Quaida singel-handedly by swirling an inch of its caramel head around, having coffee and almost-burnt-malts volley through the air like tastebud-seeking missiles. This is as deep, strong and good as a coffee stout will ever be. Perhaps not surprisingly, considering they come up with inventive ideas like having us eat weasel shit. Who the hell came up with that idea anyhow?? It matters not, however; I will more than willingly sip through a whole public toilet’s worth of this stuff - smooth opening, then the kick of alcohol and coffee blended close to perfection. Within it’s genre, it’s absolutely astounding. I had an espresso flavor lingering in my mouth for more than 15 minutes after the last sip, and I think this is a beer every stout fan should experience before their final hour. Just go get it.
GRM (3424) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9 ounces, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on February 6 2010; eye: black, opaque, thick layer of strong coffee head that turns into a tiny ring, light lacing; nose: malt, strong coffee, roasted malt, candied fruits, caramel, dark chocolate, molasses; mouth: malt, strong coffee, roasted malt, candied fruits, light acidity, rich, caramel, dark chocolate, molasses, finale in espresso with presence of burnt malt, full body, below-average carbonation, light acridness, oily texture, lightly bitter; overall: quite good
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9 onces, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 6 février 2010; œil : noire, opaque, épaisse couche de mousse café fort qui se transforme en un petit anneau, légère dentelle; nez : malt, café fort, malt torréfié, fruits confits, caramel, chocolat noir, mélasse; bouche : malt, café fort, malt torréfié, fruits confits, légère acidité, riche, caramel, chocolat noir, mélasse, finale en espresso avec présence de malt brûlé, corsée, carbonatation sous la moyenne, légère âcreté, texture huileuse, légèrement amère; en résumé : très bon
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was spectacular. Poured a motor oil black with thick, rich aromas of coffee, molasses, chocolate malts. Awesome taste that was rich in flavors of malts, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses. Just great beer. I wish this didn’t cost $16/bottle. I’d drink it every day
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
50cl bottle from a trade with TheWolf, thanks Rene. I had this in March 2009 when I bought a bottle at the Planet Thanet BF in Margate and it was outstanding (especially after Martyn from the Butcher’s Arms got some of the carbonation out of it to open up the flavours ). So I came to this beer sober, but ecstatic after Man Utd’s 3-1 win over Arsenal and with good memories of it from a year ago plus all of the expectation having seen it in the top 50. It’s black as black can be with a thin lasting tan head. A lot of the carbonation that had been there 10 months ago has gone. That’s not to say that it doesn’t retain it’s head, it does. The aroma is pure luxury. A velvet coffee sumptiousness with rich dark bitter chocolate. In the mouth, it’s incredibly smooth and elegant. Where some of the big American impy stouts can lose their way with soy sauce or being overly roasty, this caresses the palate perfectly. The swallow is silky, smooth and abundantly beautiful. The finishing coffee kick is outrageously good. A bit like Nani’s skill for United’s first goal, you saw/tasted it and went "wow!!" yes, intense coffee, but never powdery and for something so intense, not unbalanced. Just a touch of heat on the finish tells you about the ABV level. That and the glorious feeling inside my head. But that’s from both the sublime flavours and texture of this beer as well as the excitement that both it is as good as the first time i had it and also that I have another bottle upstairs. As I was typing this, the lights kept going off in the kitchen without warning. Even the electricity was in awe of this beer. Bitter, but never too bitter on the finish. God, that is intense. But so drinkable as well. If I have a new beer as good as this again this year, I’ll be impressed.
jerohen (2083) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled from De Molen shop, Bodegraven. Opaque black, brown head. Malty nose, coffee. Very bitter flavor, coffee, some chocolate. Lasting bitter finish. I can understand that the extreme flavors and complexity might appealing to some, but personally i prefer a bit more balance.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very strong coffee bean/espresso aroma. Full bodied coffee, chocolate, espresso flavors rush in on the first sip. A very complex beer...enjoyable, but not a beer worth the $30 I payed at Max’s.
tomer (2424) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JAN 27, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At a tasting, many thanks DSG, creamy dense and bubbley beige head, opaque dark brown to black colour, aromas of black fruits, smoke, heavy roasted coffe, charred wood, smoked meat and , flavours of dark fruits, dense chocolate cake, ashes, demerera sugar and caramel. Thick, dense and very treacly, wonderfull.
zvikar (4091) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ a tasting, Thanks DSG for this Gem, pours deep black redish with a giant chocolate head, aroma of espresso, chocolate, caramel, nuts and cherries, flavor is pretty amazing, burnt malt, nutty espresso, vinous acidity, cherry liquor, great long aftertaste, full-bodied. WOW!
DSG (9318) - Tel Aviv, - JAN 26, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2015 Re-rate 4/27/15: Draught at Taphouse in Copenhagen. Black with some brown foam. Great aroma with lots of chocolate and coffee. Sweet flavor with chocolate, lots of coffee and a bit of caramel. Full-bodied. Great.
Bottle shared at a tasting. Black with a huge dark brown head. Really big coffee aroma with some bitter chocolate. A rich sweet flavor of great espresso, chocolate, pralines, nuts and a burnt dry finish. Thick chocolaty mouthfeel. A wonderful heavy Imperial Stout. 8/5/9/5/17=4.4
dEnk (4199) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2010 Thick black pour with huge foamy and creamy head which slowly dissipates and then collapses. Brownest head I have ever seen.
Waves of aroma instantly begin to hit your face: BAM - cherries - BAM - coffee - BAM - oak - BAM - liquorice - BAM - burned caramel, very intense!
Even more intense flavour, (BAM here as well) coffee, espresso, hops, chocolate, smoke, oak, earth, the only thing you can’t taste is the fact that it had been crapped out by some catwezel type thingy. Frikkin awesome!
Big thanks to VaiZ for sharing!