hopdog (9940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8.5oz bottle. Poured a black color with brown edges and a small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, coffee, smoke, vanilla, and dark fruits. Tastes of raisins, plums, and other dark fruits, vanilla creme, chocolate, and coffee. Alcohol in the finish. Sweet.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 8.5 oz. Split with Vin. Pours a dark, slightly cloudy brown with a slick, smooth surface. No head. Aroma of chocolate cupcakes, marshmallows, dark cherries, molassess, slight bourbon, cranberries, and nice fig-plum ripeness. Amazingly subtle, medium body with absolutely no trace of alcohol until about 30 seconds after each sip; then warmth and sweetness swell and rise in the chest. The sweetness of the brew is initially unsettling, but it settles in well. Excellent, wild, insanely crazy Imperial stout. Great stuff.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black, with a tiny brown head. Aroma is chocolate, molasses, coffee, caramel, alcohol, and malt. Flavor is molasses, coffee, malt, alcohol, chocolate, and fruit. Heavy body, with a sweet start and a sweet finish. More carbonation would be good.
Maris (1168) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2011 From a 250ml bottle on 5/11/2010 (shared with the King). Batch number 372, brewed 30/6/2008, best before 30/6/2015. Exhibits a range of strong aromas, including choclolate, coffee, cocoa, toffee, roasted malt and liquorice. In the mouth, it’s intensely sweet, with dark and Easter egg chocloate, coffee, cherries, berries and raisins all evident. There is definitely a touch of muscat about this as well. Despite being ridiculously sweet, it’s beautifully balanced by a clanging hop bitterness at the back end, and is very smooth drinking for 14%. As the label says, it’s a dessert in itself. I’m not sure if it’s fair to call this an imperial stout, as really defies characterisation. An insane and exceptional beer which really pushes the envelope. Rating 4.3.
Re-rate on 11/11/2011 to celebrate the birth of my beautiful little daughter Violet Ellen on 10/11/2011. Another 250ml bottle from batch 372. Pours close to black with a tiny tan head. The aroma and flavour remains as described above. An absolutely stunning and sublime dessert beer. I’m genuinely distressed about its retirement.
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours almost black with very little head. Aroma is sweet, vanilla, chocolate, toffee and rasins. Flavour again very sweet almost sugary in the beginning then comes chocolate, toffee, rasins and hops to balance out the sweetness.
thewolf (11553) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
Pours deep deep brown, bordering on black. No real head to speak of, just a rim along the glass. Aroma is heavy, lots of coffee, port, liqourice, alcohol, wood, vinious. Raisins and blackberries. Low carbonation, sticky and slightly oily palate. Flavour is very sweet at first - it’s in the name, I know. Milky chocolate, a bit of coffee, lots of port notes, fairly vinious. Nicely warming in the end. It is just a tad too sweet to be truly enjoyable.
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - OCT 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black colored with a very small light brown head. Aromas of syrup, coffee, caramel, dried fruits, vanilla and port. Sweet flavor with notes of roasted malt, sugar and licorice. Tasty..
mile (3450) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark brow – almost black. Moderate to heavy aroma, very sweet – caramel, roasted coffee and some vanilla. Medium to full body, very sugary sweet, coffee and some licorice. Finish is medium to full, sugary sweet, some alcohol. As it says on the bottle “sweet”, unfortunately nothing else.
tmrmwel (1316) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2010 Bottle. Pours a very dark brown, with a small, but thick head. Complex aroma of sweet licorice, caramelized and slightly burned malt, coffee, and some hints of blackcurrant. Full, syrupy body, with a very rich taste. An initial taste of apricot and sweet fruit, with a gliding transition to a good, sweet espresso style coffee. Some alcoholic presence, with a feeling of very rich red wine, requires a slight chill for the beer not to feel as a sweet bomb of syrup. This sweetness is balanced by a massive amount of hops, barely noticeable until giving a nice bitter finish.
hirigalzkar (2569) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2010 Bottle. This beer is balanced in all its complexity. Notes of licorice, chocolate and sweet berries forms a interesting dessert beer.