TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Dunt’s Tasting (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich deep blackish hue, dark and ominous with nice gentle brownish glow on the edges. Frothy brown head dies down quickly, laces small. Aromas are cocoa, fudge, firm dry and toast elements, some firm hops, dry and bitter with gentle nibs, roasty malts and caramel. Initial is firm and thicker bodied, rich cocoia and caramel, touches of nib, firm roast and dryness. Middle is fudgey, some firm dryness and roast, big nib character. A rich dryness and roast. Some nice flavors show some rich nib and dryness, roast and cocoa. Finish is really damn good, roasty and nib driven, coffee. Elements are rich and potent, but still work well together. Fantastic stuff. Rich, big, flavorful and still quite approachable. Not just a sweet sticky messy, integrating a range of flavors, assertive power and good play between that rich cocoa nib, espresso and roasty elements. Really nice stuff.
Pinball (11897) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, 2013 version. very, very dark, very smooth brown head. Aroma of hard roasted malts, sugar, dried dark fruits,licorice. quite complex aroma. Flavor is very sweet, roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, warming feeling due to the high alc. , quite smooth, slighlty weird bitterness, the high alc. seems to play in here in a not-so-elegant way. aftertaste s alc and roasted malts.
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Scopey’s 5000th rate. Thanks to basically all of us for chipping in but mainly cheers to Paul for being on the look out and ordering this monster. A very murky, dark brown pour with no head. Nose is huge and sweet raisins, heavy sultana/prune, a big oaky vanilla presence, liquorice, spice and milk chocolate. Quite sweet and juicy (dark fruits). Big spice reminding me of bourbon barreled RIS’s, stewed prunes and raisins - very juicy, brown sugar, vanilla, quite woody and ashy and a nice dose of currants. Drinks very well for the ABV but is a touch thin and sweet. Has a pleasing kick of booze on the finish. Probably too sweet but drinks decently. Kind of reminds me halfway between a big ass stout and a barley wine. A lot of dark fruit focus. I wouldn’t be putting this in the top 50 beers on ratebeer but it should age quite gracefully. Solid stuff
Theydon_Bois (16472) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell music, thanks to Ken, Josh, Paul and myself but most of all Paul cos it was his day and he ordered it - 15/02/14.
Light black with moderate tan edgeing.
Nose is dark dark chocolate, light booze, chocolate biscuits, molasses, chocolate maltesers, earthy hop backnotes, burnt sugars.
Taste comprises dark chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, burnt toffee, light smoke, brown sugars, dark toffee fudge, lick’o’booze.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet closure but not OTT, lightly warming close.
Solid big ABV impy, alcohol pretty well integrated for the ABV, but not top 50 for me.
Scopey (12007) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Mikkeller beer shop. It pours opaque black with a small bubbly tan head. The nose is rich roast, tangy dark fruits, milk chocolate, black currant jam, umami and salted caramel. The taste is sweet, oily, chocolate, treacle, toast, fudge, toffee, brown sugar, candy, cherry brandy, alcohol, chocolate gateaux with a sweet, oily finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Big, rich and oily. A bit sweet and cloying for my liking, but a flavoursome beer anyhow.
MrTipple (3180) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: intense hops, some chocolate and citrus fruits. Appearance: black, small brown creamy head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: roasted flavours, sweet, ripe dark fruits. Overall: massive Imperial Stout, very complex aromas and flavours. Bottle at the Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell, London.
RasmusOtt (2177) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a semi pitch black with almost no head. Aroma is big fat and sticky and has a characteristic smell of raw sugar canes, medicine, raw cocoa powder, soy, raisins, dates, chocolate, sweet liquorice, earthy coffee, motor oil and actually a nice balance overall. Taste of sweet liquorice, dark chocolate, brown sugar, dark sweet fruits, candied apple, medicine, soy and molasses. Very sweet beer - big fat sticky monster!
MotherBrother (891) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is pretty darn black, with a "thick" reddish hue, and virtually no head.
Aroma brings quite a lot of cocoa powder, along with boozy raisins, dried dark fruits, some "green" hoppy notes, slight roasted coffee, ever so slightly roasted malts, sugar canes, molasses, toffee, sweet licorice, soy-like notes, burnt sugar. This is almost like if a "Mikkeller black" mated with a lbv port.
The taste is pretty darn sweet, with faint bitter notes. Pretty darn slick, slick and full bodied, with a flat carbonation. (that suits this brew marvelously)
Thanks again to my boys, aka. Niels and Rasmus. Aka Niller and Ralle. Aka. Monoking and Mr. O double T for sharing this..
Vestergaard (1588) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours oily, sticky, transparent black. Looks like coke without bubbles. Almost no head. The aroma is very sweet and boozy. Like cough syrup. I feel frightened! Taste has this brown sugar thing. Not just sweet, but the taste of (burned) sugar. Lots of raw cocoa, soy, coffee, raisins, cognac, slight sweet licorice. Very massive, sticky and tasty.
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is huge roast, liquorice, vanilla, molasses, sugar, plums, tar etc. Flavour is whick sweet liquorice vanilla molasses tar roast madness.