BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy hole! Incredible deep black with coffee head. Notes of extremelyness. Burned syrup, toffee, burned and heavy roasted malt, licorice, vanilla, plums, coffeechocs, "hot" burning alcohol, a winterwarmer for hours, close to the limit, wood, mint, orangechocs, fresh noseyeast and burning finish. Will buy one for cellaring!
Marsiblursi (2963) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours opaque black with a brown head. Extremely fat aroma of heavy roasted malt, coffee, tar, light smoke and dark chocolate. Also a lot of resiny hops. Undertones of vanilla, honey, gooseberries, parsley, green pepper, mild liquorice, menthol, and molasses. Hints of red wine with tones of dark fruits and dark berries. Full glue-ish alcohol warmth. A lot of roast and a lot of hops in the flavour with coffee, citrus and a hint bitter grapefruit. Also liquorice, tar, berries, dark fruit, prunes, raisins, salty liquorice, molasses, honey, and green pepper. Light to medium sweet and full bitter. The mouthfeel is full, oily and round. Lingering aftertaste of tar, coffee, liquorice and bitterness. Full bodied. This is not just a fat beer, it’s unbelievable massive like a black hole I would believe.
Dedollewaitor (13014) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with creamy lasting brown head. Smooth & filling, oily palate. roast coffee, chocolate, power hoppy in both aroma & taste. At the same time so pleasant & easy drinkable. Only light alcohol notes & warmth. Long end... World class....
charlotte (3813) - rødovre, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I also finally found this beer,and i had hige expectation for this beer.Black with creamy dark beige head.Aroma is of licorice and hops feels really oily with sweet finish.Really strong warming alc.
uhre (384) - DENMARK - OCT 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I finally got to try this beer, I tried it with 2 of my friends who doesn’t know much about beer, well they love beer, but don’t know what to buy, so this was part of their education :-)
It pours a brown head and the beer is completely black. The aroma is very hoppy with coffee and malt. The flavor is full of coffee and again it’s a bomb of hops, the aftertaste is sweet and malty. Palate is nice and creamy!
stouby (3429) - Holbæk, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at No 5. Guest Mikkel Bjergsøe.
Black with a large brown head. Aroma moderate malty (licorice, coffee, oatmeal), heavy hoppy. Flavor light sweet, heavy bitter, long duration. Full body, almost flat.
Enjoyit (2996) - Vadum, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black of color with a longlasting head. An aroma of liqurice, roasted malt, hint of chocolate and salt. A flavor of liqurice, coffee, roasted malt, smoke and dry finish.
sayravai (4666) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 (Bottled, 13.1%, @Pikkulintu [Thanks, Markku!]) Very dark brown with a medium, brown, lasting and slightly lacy head. Lots of roasty malt and smooth american-style hops in the aroma, some lactic feel, coffee, chocolate. Very intensely malty, strongly roasty-burned flavor with obvious, warming, but smooth alcohol. Some licorice, light ashiness, dry, salty and bitter finish. Quite full-bodied, a bit slicky palate with smooth, low carbonation. A very nice and dry, but slightly too burned imperial stout. Definitely a slow beer. I’ll wait for some years before opening the rest. [Re-sampled about 6 months later: much smoother now, less burned with more coffee and liquourish fruitiness. Delicious!]
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2010
Date: April 15, 2007
Appearance: solid black, wispy tan head, specks of lace, sweet roasted and licorice aroma with a hint of alcohol and a creamy milky dark chocolate character and a very light tartness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: very rich milk chocolate flavor balanced by a nice light roasted character, light bitterness in the finish, a bit of a powdery character, citrus hop flavor and aroma comes and goes
Date: November 17, 2007
Source: throwdown 3
Aroma: aroma is same as last batch
Flavor: picking up dark malt tartness in the flavor, otherwise very similar to last batch
Date: February 02, 2008
much boozier than before, lots of the coffee and roasted dominates
Date: May 01, 2010
Appearance: black, frothy tan head, sticky lace
Aroma: big roasted aroma, lots of citrus hops, dark chocolate
Flavor: big roasted flavor, lots of hops with a big citrus character, bitter dark chocolate, touch of espresso, long roasted bitter finish
Overall: bitter dark roast remains a dominant character with the citrus hops adding a nice contrast and touch of complexity
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: ***+ /4
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2008 RERATE: Smaller import bottle: The appreance is again stunning but sadly the aroma, taste, and mouthfeel are not near the level of the limited bottling. I found traces of butterscotch and an increased acidity in this beer replacing the vanilla and molasses yummy nature. The mouth feel is also thinner and still aggressive. Averaged out the two ratings and -1 aroma, -1 Flavor and -2 overall (this bottle is a 3.7, 1st bottle was a 4.4)
RATING #3000, Bottle #68 of 100 sent to me by my not so Secret Santa, THANKS A MILLION JACOB! Pitch black with an initial frothy tan head which settles into a ring which left okay lace and some oily legs upon my Expedition snifter. The nose detected lots of espresso like esters over charred malts and molasses twang. There is a wonderful hint of vanilla bean and honey as well along with some herbal and grassy hops vapours. My last big inhale discovered even some Black Cavendish pipe tobacco notes, too cool and oh so very inviting indeed!
The taste with a smack of tar and ash as there are a lot of heavy black malts in this baby. Then that note of molasses and vanilla come about to play and does a wonderful job of mixing the sweetness with the bitterness, sort of bridge across my palate. The finish is where the coffee characteristics are shown in full Tour de Force, bright and bitter with such a dry aftertaste.
The mouth feel is aggressive and quite warming but this does provide you some wiggle room for neither are so dominate you think you may wanna cry.
In the end a powerful Imperial Stout for sure and worthy of the praise reaped upon it. In my top 20 Imperial Stouts but still short of olde skool DL and my aged Expeditions.