PissSinker (22) - Perth, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet fuck. Good shit. Fucking good shit. This cunt makes me proud to be an Australian.
ShaneJ (307) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from (I don’t remember). A 2012, maybe even 2011 purchase that I’ve had tucked away. Jet black, oily looking, massive frothy brown head which was unexpected, as was the high level of carbonation. Lots of bitter coffee and licorice/aniseed, dark, sweet chocolate, solid bitterness, both roast malt and hops. An excellent beer only let down by the carbonation issues.
Rob_D_UK (443) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black colour with a light brown head. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of chocolate and bitter. Full bodied.
Niksko (197) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from King and Godfrey. Pours a dark black/brown with loads of foamy dark brown head. Aroma is coffee, cough medicine, port, plums and some light tropical fruit. Taste is more cough medicine, plum, brandy, with some coffee on the finish and a mild bitterness. Mouth feel is very viscous and sticky. As it heats up, the aroma is slightly more floral and the alcohol burns off a little and the coffee finish intensifies and becomes more smoky. Overall it definitely needs to warm up to become more drinkable. Really enjoyable and complex.
daniele (4465) - ITALY - APR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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jonnyguns (638) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from mane liquor. Jet black oily pour with a nice tanned chocolate head. Nose loaded with intense roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Fair bit of booze in there as well. Taste has is massive on the espresso and dark choc! Licorice tones combining with a huge hop bitterness! More booze in the taste. Massive beer. A bit too harsh for me. This would age very well.
Palme (2669) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
0.33l bottle shared with The Tasting Crew. This is a near black one with a nice brown chocolate top. It smells of green banana, wet cardboard, a bit "wild" I guess you can say and slightly coffee-like also. A bit, hmm, let’s say strange and not to impressive. Definitely not what I was expecting from a beer of this caliber.The flavor is a bit acidic, quite different from a dark wild thing. It’s definitely over carbonated. Foaming sensation in the throat with some coffee, soft chocolate and something slightly herbal. 26.12.2012
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with HUGE amounts of brown head; too much head really. Rich chocolate ice cream aroma. Body is very light for the weight of bitter rum’n’raisin that follows. I guess you could call the body "silky" but the amount of head and lightness of the body means that despite the darkness of the flavours and colours it doesn’t *feel* like a stout, let alone an imperial one. It’s good, but not quite there. But, mmm, in the meantime the very rich chocolatey, creamy aftertaste is very drinkable. A winner on everything but palate.
ClubGonzo (3198) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from trade with fletchfighters, shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew on Christmas Tasting 2012. Pours a pitch black body with a huge bubbly light khaki head. Aroma is black berries, ashes, coffee, hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate, medicinal bitter herbal tones, hints of licorice, wood and ashes. A bit strange, and it also seems over-carbonated and fizzy. Not among the best, hope it’s a bad bottle although it didn’t seem to be actually infected.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Poured very deep brown with a short, well-retained dark tan head. The aroma picked up a nice blend of toasted chocolate and coffee notes, with fresh earthy spice and rye accents.. warm and welcoming. The flavor found a very heavy base of mocha and lesser licorice, with lively, fresh pine resin and floral bitterness around.. quite hoppy on the finish over more warm chocolate and coffee.. some alcohol warmed the belly, but not 10% worth. Heavy-bodied with great balance between rich malts and fresh, complimentary hoppage.. smooth feel across the middle.. really good stuff!