Cuso (7812) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 13, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle kindly donated by omhper, huge thanks, man. Vintage 2007Almost black color with no head. Roasted malt, coffee, honey, whiskey in aroma. Taste, coffee, roasted malt, honey, dark chocolate, whiskey. Alcohol is present, but not in disturbing way. Very tasty beer.
MisoW (3220) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Cuso, many thanks. Pours brown color, no beige head. Aroma of blueberries, vanilla, honey, coffee, chocolate. Taste is sweet, dark berries, chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, sherry, honey. Very nice sweet coffe finish with dark fruits.
kraddel (6360) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at the Ultimate Imperial Stout Tasting. Thnx for the awesome day, folks! This bottle was shared by gEUS. 2009 edition. Pours black, small grey head. Smell is bit sweet, some booze. Taste is oak, roasted malts. sharp bourbon like notes. Very dark, good mouthfeel and carbo. Bit boozy though. Very nice, but worth the hype ???? Its worth seeking out though - if one takes the price and rarity into no concideration.
Dogbrick (11605) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle. Pours a flat brownish-black color with a thin beige head that recedes quickly to a thin outer ring. Small sticky patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, oak and dark chocolate. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, oak and underlying dark fruit. The finish is roasted malt and leaves a lingering vinous oak aftertaste. Good beer that holds up well all around.
Nische (1912) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2015 2007 version. Jet black with almost no head. Beautiful aroma of raisins, molasses, brown sugar and vinous notes. Wonderful taste of the same notes with some mild coffee, some roasted and sweet malt together with smooth chocolaty lingering finish. Absolutely thrilled to finally get a sample of this one, and I wasn’t disappointed.
MrHangover (3999) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ New Years Tasting. 2008 & 2009 vintages tasted side by side. Both poured a pitch black beer with a small tanned head on top. Aroma of both are epic, but there are differences. Aroma of 08 has more of the base beer shining trough, molasses, honey and overall very malty, while 09 has more iodine, medicinal and stronger characters shining trough. Flavors match both aromas perfectly, one being soft and gentle while the other one is powerful and strong. Both are boozy and sweet and very well balanced and rounded off. Surely getting the legendary status of this beer here. Great stuff, world class, even after all these years.
Countbeer (6221) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From old notes I recently found: Draught @BBF’10: yay, I knew I had tasted it...
Black beer with a medium sized brown head.
Smell malt roast, mocha, oak, vanilla, light whiskey tone, some chocolate, and cream.
Taste chocolate, coffee, vanilla, mocha, smooth roast, wood, bitters, some raisin, hint of soy and some sweets like brown sugars and caramel.
Aftertaste is bitter with wood, roast, mocha and chocolate.
Soft creamy silky mouthfeel.
Sarlacc83 (1952) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, spank me - didn’t ever expect to see this one, and then...one day. Thanks so much Todd!
A: Dark black color with a thin cappuccino head.
N: Oxide, cocoa, espresso, soy sauce, molasses, oak, marshmallow, and char.
T: Very sweet, minorly bittered just enough to stop it from climbing off the cloying cliff.
M: Thick, oily body. No alcohol.
O: This is quite nice. The balance here is remarkable, and as such, this is much better than most IRSs I have had. I kind of wish I had tried this next to something like Courage. Seems like there’d be a correlation, but I can’t confirm.
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 version, kindly shared by Menno at the Zombier Collaboration Day at Struise. Pours deep dark brown with a small beige head. Subtle coffee and chocolate aromas, and some toffee fudge. Medium body with nice roasty hints, a tad watery but a very looong finish of the smoothest possible mocca coffee. A treat, yet a tad overrated, the 2006 version at least.
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - SEP 22, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2015 250 ml bottle, 2007 vintage, at home. Pitch black with beige head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, whiskey, wood, dried dark fruits. Taste is like the aroma, sweet, roasted malty, chocolate, vanilla, oak and whiskey again, light fruity. Full body, silky with soft carbonation. Long bitter (some coffee) and dark chocolate finish. When I first tried this beer, a 2008 vintage bottle in 2011, it was the best beer I ever tried and I think that bottle is still the best beer I ever had so far. The aroma was perfect, I didn’t want to drink it, I could smell it the whole night! The taste of that silky beer was perfect too! My score is affected from that bottle. If I was putting a score for the v2007 bottle I had in 2014 then it would be 8-4-8-4-17=4.1