DSG (4711) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(6/29/08) Bottle sample at RBESG08 grand tasting in Plzen. Black-colored, coffee-like. Powerful aroma of burnt malt, coffee and some hard liquor-like alcohol. Sweet powerful flavor with coffee and whiskey. Full-bodied. Too overpowering.
kramer (4374) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 oz bottle, shared in an incredible act of generosity by Walt @ BCTC. Pours a heavy and super dark black body with a minimal head. So incredibly super viscous that it left heavy wine like legs when swirled. The nose is heavy roast with molasses and bourbon, very woody, and it had a little bit of an aged oxidation quality. The flavor is way too sweet and cloying at first with tons of molasses and bourbon. A lot of alcohol, but I don’t think that it’s overpowering. As I made my way thru the sample the sweetness really came more into check and I began to enjoy it more and more. It almost had some Sam Adams Triple Bock similarities to it. Mouthfeel is viscous and thick with almost zero carbonation. One of the heaviest and most cloying beers I can recall. Overall, I pretty well liked this, and the more I got accustomed to it the more I liked it. Don’t think I could have more than 4-6 ounces of something like this, but a small sample was really pretty much perfect.
TURDFERGUSON (3759) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2008 Bottle shared by Walt. Wow, I was shocked to see this here but very happy to try. Thanks Buttscratcher, I mean, Walt! Pours still black, with some brownish crimson red around the edges and no head. Nose was heavy molasses, fusel alcohol, chocolate, astringent hops. I found it difficult to hold my nose in it for too long without being overcome by the alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and alcoholic, akin to the mikeller black I tried earlier in the day. Also picked up notes of molasses, honey, and sweet milk chocolate. I actually enjoyed this more as it warmed a bit and I was able to come to grips with my initial impressions of this very big beer.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of sherry, roasted malts, vanilla, some smoke, and chocolate, with a bit of alcohol as well. The taste was a trainwreak, as was Mikkeller 黑. The sherry and vanilla came through, but were drowned by the roast, molasses, bitter dark chocolate, and huge alcohol. Though a big thanks to Walt for sharing this!
JoeinEscazú (1325) - San Jose, COSTA RICA - JUL 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
BIG thanks to Ken and DC crew for sharing this rarity. Black with nice brown head. Powerful nose of sweet whiskey, chocolate, espresso, smoke, rum, maple. Hard to pick it all out. Tastes cloyingly sweet, chocolate-malty, very warm going on hot. Bittersweet, almost burnt aftertaste. Very tasty but so sweet and hot you can’t take much of it.
3fourths (7533) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 20, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 750ml bottle #18/40. Hugely sharp alcoholized bourbon and sherry in the nose, comes across as alcoholized black cherries and plums... big, bright nose, boozy and hot raisins, chocolate, wood, and charred black cherries in the aroma, but awash in stinging alcohol, a sort of messy, wet cherry flavored liqueur. Thick and vinous texture, hugely hot and striking on the palate, the 15% alcohol is ridiculously unnecessary, it ruins what would otherwise be a manageable beer. Hugely hot and sweet, a very messy beer.
rickgordon (3831) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black colour with bubbly brown head. Oaky, vanilla aroma along with dark malts. Flavour is dark, very plummy and fiery with lots of residula sugars - it is very sweet. Sweetness and fieriness struggle, but this battle the sweetness wins. Unfortunately. Still, quite a solid beer.
TBone (11359) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled #30@RBESG Grand Tasting 2008
Thanks yespr! Pitch black color, small off-white head. Vanilla aroma with some licorice in it. Liquerish .. vanilla, whisky, some licorice, vanilla ice cream. Lots of sugar. Propably this improves after some cellaring.
Maria (9905) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle #25 of 40. This pitch black beer has a small, dens, creamy nougat colored head, and it’s thick and leaves solid curtains in the glass, just like the mouthfeel is very oily in a perfectly nice way. The aroma has notes of oak, dark roasted mal, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and only very little alcohol. The flavour is sweetish with pleasant notes of coffee, vanilla, oak (but not as much as in the aroma), preserved dark fruits like figs and plums, licorice and chocolate. It’s very complex and nice, and the flavour is very long lasting. It was the last beer of the evening, and I still felt the taste after brushing my teeth, in fact I still could feel it the next morning. My husband and I shared this with our friends, with whom we bought it, and the four of us were in awe over this beer. I think it’s the second best beer I ever had... A very worthy rating #3800.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, #18/40, courtesy of moejuck in a trade with the DC crew. Thanks, Joe! Pours a very dark chocolate-brown color; oily, solid viscosity; mostly headless. Huge aroma; dense, chewy brown sugar, nougat, and chalky milk chocolate; hugely malty: molasses, brown sugar, and lightly roasted coffee; chalky, dense milk / dark chocolate; huge nose; sherry, dried fruits, sticky sweetness. Full mouthfeel: relaxed carbonation; oily, intense dark chocolate, milk chocolate, oily sherry and dried dark fruits; incredibly dense, generous, overwhelmingly sweet and forward imperial stout; similar viscosity and overt sweetness to Dark Lord; loads of residual sugars, sweet, oozing sherry and liquid brown sugar, and intense roasted / charred malts; huge; definitely a dessert; cordial-like beer. Still, nothing like the overt warmth / abrasiveness of Mikkeller Black; much softer. Immense finish: roasted malts, nougats, roasted coffee, and dense dark chocolate; lots of oiliness; crazy beer. Definitely an experience.