tiong (2796) - Espoo, - OCT 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ SBWF’12
Pours pitch black with no head. Aroma of roasty malts, hints of oak, wood, vanilla and mild notes of Cognac. Taste is sweetish and smooth with notes of wood, oak and cognac. Finish is slick and smooth with some dark cognacy notes. Nice, quite well balanced and complex.
berntholer (574) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
small beige head disappears quickly. coffee coloured. aroma roasted malts, boozy. taste like aroma and very bitter finish, roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate. thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation. bottle 25 cl
stefannilssons (1187) - SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Det här kraftigt, det här smakfullt, det här är svart, det här är riktigt bra med toner av choklad, syra och kaffe.
Fin (6674) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this back at Hotel Adina Apartments, Mitte, Berlin, Germany, Friday 15th November 2013 Black as the Ace of Spades with a tan head, thick oily consistency though doesn’t stick to the glass like many of this style. The barrel ageing immediately apparent on the nose, but pleasant not overpowering. In the mouth this is a big impressive Imperial Stout but it isn’t heavy, cloying, sickly or sweet indeed it is actually a really intriguing beer. Goes well with a Blacks almond chocolate btw. Roasty, rich and with a little sweet liquorice some bitterness lingering and the barrel ageing leaving its thumbprint. A little boozy spirit does show as you get further into this, mhhh.. its a complex beer but I like it. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8
probstblueribbon (2632) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0.25 L bottle (how cute!), served cold (initially) in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep brown black with a modest deep mocha head.
Aroma: Boozy, somewhat woody molasses and licorice with some vanilla undertones, peppery, stern spiciness, berry-like fruitiness, very sweet, deep, big, rich.
Palate: Medium-full body, velvety/thick effervescence with a few prickly bubbles.
Flav.: Very rich and deep molasses and licorice, some barrel/wood and vanilla, fairly boozy, dark dried fruits steeped in dark rum, a little peppery, briny, massive; sweet with big bitterness and a very long, mouth-coating, boozy, licorice, briny, inky finish.
So big. So good. Thankfully the bottle small, because I could drink this until I was blind.
MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My Bottom Line :
Cognac vapors roam through vanilla, roastiness, molasses and raisins, building a rich and intriguing Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A veil of foam dwindles to a ring atop the pure darkness.
-The aroma is led by the cognac barrel. I would have preferred more malt presence there as well (which the flavor profile had).
-The mouthfeel is decadent and the flavor profile delicious. Gorgeous brew, yessir!
-Malts are clearly defined, complexity is reached with the added cognac alcohol warmth and the flavor cohesion is impressive.
-I am hallucinating a touch of peat smoked malt in there. Fun stuff. ;)
bytemesis (2176) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to Ben for this rarity! Pours opaque black with a large dark brown head, creamy with nice lacing. So far, so good! Aroma is very roasty, coffee, cigarettes, just a touch of cognac/brandy. Flavor is the same, medium sweet and medium bitter with a bitter finish. Cognac notes very muted, too muted really. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. Not what I was hoping for.
Cool_Bond (920) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
Strong alcohol odor. The taste is heavy and tastes even more alcohol. I really loved the usual Imperial Stout, but this has only made the beer worse. Thick flavor too. Long aftertaste that is not good unfortunately. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.
Cuso (3392) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Pivoteka Beergeek, Prague. Almost black color with minimal beige head. Flat, no carbonation. Aroma of dark chocolate, plums, ash, oak, cognac. rasted taste with espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, salted licorice, raisins, ash, caramel, dry hoppy bitterness, oak, notes of cognac. Alcohol is evident, but in pleasant warming way. Very delicious beer for bleak autumn days.
TaktikMTL (5402) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 250 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat et de céréale grillée. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de céréale grillée avec une pointe da vanille. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’alcool en arrière goût. (Rating #5085)
Gerbeer (1249) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
250 ml bottle. Pours black with no head. Aromas of rich woody malts, brown sugar, and liquorice. Flavours are similar but even richer. Smooth cognac adding complexity and balance. Hot - more than one would expect for the ABV. But incredible,