dfearnley (1257) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to tulip
Chocolate, vanilla, booze, and mace. Deep black, creamy tan head. Taste is chocolate, nibs, vanilla, caramel, and mace.
PotjeBier (1999) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from de Bierkoning @ home. 2014 edition (11.5%). Black color. Beige head with reasonable retention. Aroma’s: chocolate, sweet roasted malts, molasses, with mocha, molasses and some (red) fruits retronasal. Flavor is mocha-ish sweet, roasted, light drop. Body is medium to full. Finish of heavy roast, moderate bitter. Quite awesome - would love to try a barrel aged version of this.
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"11.5%. pours with a big fluffy head...dark brown, almost black w a little light getting in. luscious feel. hoppy bitterness, chocolate, dark roast and a hint of anise and smoke in the nose and flavor. Pretty nice brew."
tectactoe (3118) - Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Black-hole black, viscous looking with a big, creamy tan head that slowly grows into a crown. Aroma is full of heavy, dark chocolate fudge, roasted malt, hints of coffee grounds, & a touch of fusel alcohol. Moreover, though, the strongest aroma is the dense, bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is no different in that regard. Huge fudge cake flavor profile with an inherent sweetness that’s balanced nicely by an onset of moderately bitter, roasted malt & warming booze. The palate shows more complexity with notes of dark prune, burnt coffee beans, faint char, & charred brown sugar. But my mind keeps coming back to that lovely fudge cake flavor. It has a strong alcohol presence at 10.8%, but never gets too overbearing or undrinkable... It just commands patience. One of the best mouth feels on a beer that I can recall. So goddamn thick, chewy, viscous; just HUGE on the palate. Ten FIDY & Marshal Z territory. I am still convinced that this is the best beer New Holland does, or will ever brew. Don’t pass this one up. Awesome.
solidfunk (5291) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A ton of booze makes this come on way too strong. Some roast and dark chocolate, but it doesn’t hang together very well. Bittersweet finish. Tap at Black Squirrel.
GTAEgeek (1471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle shared from Joe. Pours black, with a small, tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, cinnamon, oak, sherry, and earth. Very sweet, with very minimal roasted bitterness. Heavy body, smooth, syrupy, and thick. Overall, this is a flavorful and complex stout. More here than just the standard coffee and burnt toast. Smooth and delicious.
Maltser85 (342) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a dark tan head. Aromas of chocolate and coffee, hints of dark fruit. Taste is the same. Super nuanced. Flavors come and go and come again. Full bodied. A big surprise of a beer!
Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A very strong tasting imperial stout that killed my tastebuds on the end! Starts off very smooth and tasty, but turned me away on the alcohol finish!
chucklemation (798) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a slight brown head that lasts a while. Aroma is dominated by chocolate, and there is also some malts. Flavor is sweet chocolate and a bite of alcohol. Not a terribly complex imperial stout, but it is very flavorful - what it does it does very well. Delicious.
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice imperial. Dark chocolate brown pour. Thin fizzy off-white head that dissipates quickly. Liquorice, coffee, and booze in the nose. Nice imperial taste with strong malt flavors melding with background notes of liquorice, dark cherry, and a bit of booze. Warming with a bit of an alcohol finish.