RussianDragon (322) - - JUL 4, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz bottle purchased from State Line. Iíve had this several times over the years, but am finally sitting down to rate this beer that has become harder to find recently.
Pours a dark black that does not allow light to pass at all. A one inch dark khaki head settles down to barely a hint of bubbles floating on the meniscus, leaving no lacing. Aroma is an intense yet balanced fresh black coffee with a slight sweet complexity from roasted malts. Notes of bakerís chocolate as well - a deliciously bitter aroma. Flavor is full and overpowering. Coffee is dominant, with notes of sweet chocolate, caramel, malt, oats. Mouthfeel is full, rich and viscous, like a simple syrup. The finish is outstanding - no change from the bold flavor. If anything is different, there is a slight hint of mild peppermint that Iím tasting - a pleasant roasty bitter chocolaty finish overall that is just superb. This is better than I remember, since Iím drinking it at room temperature. Delicious.
djd07 (3326) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy tan head that lasts. The aroma is cocoa, roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Thick mouthfeel with nice coffee roast, dark chocolate, nice bitterness and dry finish. Really enjoyed this one.
Moolesen (158) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle 50cl. Pours black with a very dark head. Extreme rich aroma of roasted malt, coffee, tar and just bery intense. If the nose was intense, then the taste basically blow up your taste buds. Amazing hiw much taste you can put in a beer. Coffee and tar is dominant and a perfect bitter finish to complete this beer. Simply fantastic if you are into extreme beers.
tdoyledesign (172) - Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a very thin head that diminishes. Aroma is fantastic! Coffee, slight booze aroma, chocolate and more coffee! That taste is out of this world. Perfectly balanced coffee flavor with yeast, vanilla, chocolate and more coffee at the finish. One of the best Iíve had!
alkolas510 (566) - SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Kolsvart tjock Ųl med litet ljusbrunt skum som snabbt fŲrsvinner. Doftar sjukt mycket kaffe och lite choklad! ! Massor med kaffe, choklad, vanilj i smaken och lite sŲt sliskig och lite chocklad och beska. Fyllig och ingen alkoholsmak trots 10.9%. Ganska lite kolsyra! Riktigt bra Ųl!!
Bahumat (89) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mikkeller Beer Geek - Brunch Weasel
Appearance: 5/5. Pours a gorgeous thick chocolate brown-black with a very dark brown foamy head that lingers. I salivated watching it pour.
Aroma: 7/10. Intensely yeasty and with a strong hoppy-pine aroma. Subtler notes of cocoa. Definite notes of alcohol. A little sour in the smell.
Taste: 9/10. A nice, surprisingly restrained coffee-cocoa-ness to it with piney but not particularly bitter hoppiness. Chocolate to start, coffee along the way, and then a strong coffee-hops bitterness at the back.
Palate: 4/5. *Incredibly* smooth across the lips and tongue, thereís no mistaking this at all for an imperial oatmeal stout right from the mouthfeel alone. Smooth and creamy across the tongue and all the way back. Only very light carbonation, with one of the gentlest astringencies Iíve come across in any oatmeal stout. The bitterness is a little too much in the finish though, and thatís the only fault in the beer, really.
Overall: 17/20. Outstanding, but the bitterness in the finish is a critical flaw. While not as sweet as I like my stouts, the mouthfeel is surely the best Iíve ever had on any beer. Everything in this beer (except that finish bitterness) is in perfect balance. Restrained, pleasant, and delivering on its promises.
akoeninger (397) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark with a thick foamy tan head. Immediate strong dark roasted coffee aroma with sweetness of dark bakers chocolate. Tastes creamy but mainly like a smooth full bodied dark coffee with dark chocolate. This is a smooth but dry beer with long roasted finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Pdubyah (345) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I though,,,, and thatís where the trouble started with me thinking. I got an immediate burst of coffee and dark cocoa chocolate in a beer with a load of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Then I got sourness and I got tongue buckling dryness. I guess all of which means that this might not be my kind of beer. Loadsa alcohol in this as you drink this and you can see it on the sides of the glass. Nice beer, just not the beer for me.
fellebag (728) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 33cl. Pours black and leaves a quite foamy very dark head. Opaque color. Aroma is berries, chocolate, cookies, roasted malt, sugar, coffee. Sweet taste, heavy body. Liquor in the after.
CraftBeerNick (837) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating # 800. Bottle at home, 15th June 14. Bitter coffee, smooth and thick palate. Sweet and bitter balanced well and a great mouth feel, enjoyable