teorn88 (3585) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog rating. 26cl bottle from Grand Cru, Rimini. It pours a deep brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet, boozy and roasty, with notes of cocoa powder, cedar wood, toffee and vanilla. Taste is quite intense on the sweet boozy notes of cognac, with also dark chocolate, roasted malts, wood and citrus. Quite full bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, tasy, a bit boozy
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[6492-20140708] Bottle. Woody roasted grains aroma. Black brown body with a quick bubbly head. Smooth roasted wood flavour. Full body is quite smooth. Delicious. (8/3/8/4/16) 3.9
(Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, w/ him, BenH, jercraigs, Stuu666, others)
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Cam_Dynamite (94) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with minimal head but leaves some nice tan lacing. This is almost the best smelling beer I've had. Dark fruits and warm syrupy booze. Taste is complex - chocolate, tobacco, fruits, ash, vanilla and pretty subtle booze for mine. I fucking love it
chimpgibbon (424) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Kris Wines. Black velvet. No head. Chocolate aroma. Boozy dark fruits and a BA bite, subtle though. Rich milk chocolate. Somewhat dry on the end. Luxuriousness liquified.
Homer321 (2633) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle to snifter. pour is a thick, dead flat black. Nose is slightly fruity but mostly chocolate. light cherry. Taste is initially very sweet and viscous. some light pepper that I think is the alcohol. light apple as it warms. ok, but not great.
Saeglopur (962) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - NOV 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250 ml bottle from Mikkeller Webshop.
Pitch black body, with a tiny, dark brown, creamy head, that disappears quickly.
Full, complex aroma of cognac, barrel, coffee, melting dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, booze.
Taste isn’t less amazing, with dark chocolate, roasty dry coffee, nuts, sweet dark fruits, smoke, cognac, wood.
Thick, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation and it finishes dry, roasty, alcoholic and with long-lasting, smooth barrel notes.
Really delicious! Complex, heavy and filling, so that this small quarter liter bottle is just enough. Overall an amazing, challenging beer, but there are even some better Imperial Stouts by Mikkeller in my opinion.
kbudd19 (857) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thick black pour, boozy lacing, with a small layer of milk chocolate head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is oak, vanilla, rum soaked raisins, and coffee roast. Taste is rich dark chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, light sweetness, sticky coffee roast finish. Very decadent, better than the calvados but not by much.
Klimaet (621) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a thin dark head. Lots of roasted coffee notes, some smoke and tobacco, cocoa, some nutty notes, dark chocolate, dark fruits, lots of sweet cognac notes. Taste is freaking fantastic. Lots of espresso notes, dark fruits, just a perfect slight smoke, dark chocolate, some slighty salty licorice notes, slight vanilla and sweet cognac notes. Palate is just beyond smooth. Damn.
djd07 (5897) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 Bottle thanks to Matt. Pours a dark brown with tan head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong wood, cognac, roast. Thin mouthfeel with nice booze, dark chocolate, wood, sweetness from cognac. Very impressive.
GlasgowTAD (480) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black as you expect the night to be. Aroma of dark chocolate and burnt molasses. Taste of figs, dark chocolate, caramel and cognac. Cognac is noticeable in the aftertaste/follow-up. Its a pairing that goes well.