LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to Moejuck and Spector for busting their ass to acquire this beer!! THis beer was prolly the biggest disappointment of the night. The aroma had alcohol lots of flowers and floral notes and even picked up a little bit of soapyiness or perfume. The flavor was actually quite complex with a lot going on but I just really did not think it was worthy of its praises. There was some licorice and dark fruits, but the most dominant thing was sugar and alcohol...and I just couldnt get much out of it past that because they were so prominent. Overall very happy I was able to try it, but sadly I was seriously let down.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
C-Bus 7 Bottle shared by moejuck via papsoe: Pours black with a tan head. Aroma, alcohol, chocolate, lots of dark fruits, floral, some brown sugar. Flavor, licorice, chocolate, dark fruits, some spice, and a slight funk to it. Very complex flavor, medium bodied, but it felt a little on the hot side for me. Still very enjoyable.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 Oz Bottle shared by cquiroga. A funk of blue goat cheese, blueberries right from the canadian shield, and a musk of black malt. Iím loving the lacto cheese character, while it could be construed as stinky. Pours deep black with a tan rim. More roquefort in the flavor, with tannic malt, cream, blackberry reduction and some roasted astringency. Ripe, is one word to use. An astounding 16% is lost amongst the sedimentary layers of inducing one too many angles of an Imperial Stout. Hops seems lost, despite profession from the bottle that the Pacific Northwest had a big influence. Itís hard to climb over the mountain of funk that stamps this beer with itís hard to achieve uniqueness. Dark rum clambors with balsamic for a final grapple to dominate a complex flavor profile. A long awaited and pleasently surprising opportunity to taste the enigmatic beast. Keep bringing it Danes!
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 33cL Bottle. Pours a viscous, oily black color with a thin layer of creamy tan head. The aroma is intense. Lots of sweet, sugary chocolate syrup, doused with molasses and anise, and fuming with a funky wave of rochefort cheese. The lacto is very prominent and creates a bit of a pungent sensation when combined with the high alpha hops and noticeable alcohol content. Everything is going on, and its all overwhelming to the senses. Full bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. The flavors start out on the sweet side, brimming with more sugary chocolates and sweet molasses. Rounding the corner, some notes of tobacco and well-trodden leather start to dry it up a bit. At the finish, tons of funk and musty cheese are left lingering indefinitely on the palate. As a reference point, this is what I would expect mephistopheles stout to taste like if it was aged in a barrel filled with gorgonzola cheese. Thereís just so much of everything going on, sticky malts, anise spice, leather, and some really funky cheese, my senses are met with more than their match. I cower in the corner. As expected from the description, a highly unique, interesting, and thought provoking beer, but itís just too much to be one of my favorites. Thanks a ton for sharing, Chris!
JohnnyOlhus (43) - Amager (Copenhagen), DENMARK - APR 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(KEG) Very black colour with a creamy head. Roasted, fruity and sweet aroma. Nice powerful flavour of fruit, alcohol, a little chocolate and coffee. Worldclass beer!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks Papsoe: Pours a viscous completely opaque black with a small froth of nicely-lacing brown head. Aroma has some complex dark chocolate and caramel maltiness with big grapefruity hops, but has some tart dark cherries that seem out of place. Starts with a thick, sticky sweet dark caramel malty body with some tobacco, brown sugar and plum complexity. Some lactic tartness shows up toward the finish along with mild warmth and a lingering dark chocolate cherry flavor long after swallowing. Would make a great imperial stout, except for the mild tartness. Take away the lacto bacteria and this would be one of the best beers Iíve ever had.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured black with a small creamy brown head. The aroma is huge and thick. Big roasted sweet malt, chocolate, sugar, and vinous aged malt character. The flavor is also full. Vinous mildly tart flavor (read the description after about the wild bugs which is obviosuly where this comes from) Man the flavor is so huge. Roast, chocolate, sweetness, fruit but for 16% no alcohol flavor. But a ton of warmth. Full bodied. The flavor is still just as full 10 minutes after the last sip. I would like to see how the Brett changes the beer over time. But sadly it is gone.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2008 12 oz bottle shared by Fordest. Thank-you. I am not a huge fan of this style, but after this one, I think I could be. The problem with this style for me, I need to be hungry. Very fulfilling, tasted chocholate, coffee, cherries, Very Good!!!!
fordest (2073) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle huge thanks to sk8viking. Blackest pour with nice creamy head. Aromas of fruityiness and chocolate. Cherries and hits of strawberries. Flavors were intesely fruity for the style. More cherry up front with chocolate and anise on the finish. Then a nice bite on the aftertaste.. Simply wonderful.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2007 2 different bottles, both incredible. For almost fifteen years I have waited for a stout like this. Black pour with brilliant mahogany hues. A small but fervent head is totally resistant to diminishing. This looks like the inside of La Brea. A bouquet of varied anise scents lead in the aroma. Alcohol is very noticeable but somehow pleasing and cushiony. Sugar cane(Cachaca), rum raisin cake and a heaping of fresh cream. Really brutish nuances. Flavor is perfect, the first time Iíve ever encountered the true meaning of the word. Cachaca and cream at first. Molasses that shows up next is confronting. Coconut cream mingles with alcohol and very bitter chocolate. The palate is gracious but unforgiving, completely full of vibrancy and as heavy as an anvil. Finishes roasty, chocolatey and without a complaint in the world from these lips. This is emminently complex, something to ponder over, which I suspect Iíll be doing for many years to come. This is the most uncompromising and beautiful culinary delight I have ever had the pleasure of sampling. A near perfect stout. Maybe it is perfect, Iíve certainly never had better. Thank you Mikkeller.