ianhuntley73 (21) - - JAN 21, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
250ml Bottle 2005 Vintage 9% abv. It pours pitch black, thick and oily in the glass creating a small but wonderful deep brown head. The wonderful roasted aroma, with the coffee and chocolate notes and a slight hint of vanilla, tar and wood. So complex and as it warms it becomes even better But nothing can prepare you for the taste that is about to follow. The roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, wood notes, some distant ripe fruit. So many flavors , so wonderfully balanced together. I’m very fortunate to have 4 more bottles in the cellar.
Benzai (11038) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle [huge thanks for this trade Jerohen!] @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. 2006 bottle, so 9 years old. Very curious how this held up. Opque pitch black color, average to medium sized dark brown head that lasts for quite a long time. Aroma is malts, dark chocolate, oak, roasted malts. Taste malts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak, light bitter, lightly liquorice. Smooth texture, medium body, soft carbonation.
DutchDrebus (4946) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thx for sharing this benzai! Brewed december 2006. Sick. Black colour with a small brown head. Smells roasty, chocolate, coffee, quite a bit of liquorice, wood. Tastes sweet, roasty, slightly honey, ’honingdrop’ (Dutch kind of liquorice), slightly vanilla, moccha and chocolate. It’s probably past its prime but it’s still a great brew. Full body, soft carbo.
andrepintado (2047) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - SEP 10, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
25cl thank to omhper. Thanks a lot Per! 2006 version. Color is dark. Thin brown head. Medium body, and spicy long finish. Medium sweetness. Medium to long bitterness. Aroma is fresh, chocolate, coffee, honey, grapes. Flavour is brandy, honey, wine, coffee, roasted, dried fruits, vanilla, wood, smoke.
Gurthnar (3355) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 13, 2015
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2007 bottle served at exactly 14C. Aroma lots of complex soft roasty notes, lots of chocolate, fruits, alcohol. Taste is almost flawless. Rich malty flavours, sweet, caramel, chocolate, biscuity. Very very tasty, sweet treat, excellent beer.
Cuso (6262) - 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 (2411) - 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 (4768) - 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 (9818) - 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 (1282) - Saltsjö-Boo, 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 (3493) - 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.