illidurit (1948) - Sonora, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rating #1000! Cool little 375 mL bottle graciously shared by hophead84 (Shane) at Woodshop 5.0. On a day where many sample-size pours showed just how non-black imperial stouts could be, this inky beast obliterated all forms of light. Tan head of fine bubbles, nice height and retention. Aroma erupts with milk and dark chocolate, caramel, beautifully integrated fruits including berries and grapes, and a sweet, complex alcohol note. Crushing roasty flavor with darkest chocolate, molasses, charred oak, and a very welcome jammy red fruit character in the finish. Bitterness comes twofold -- from the hops and the roast -- and pairs with a minor astringency to really brutalize the tongue, in a good way. Oily and thick with a chewy consistency and a perfect carbonation level. This just dominates. A fantastic beer for a momentous milestone.
Palme (2667) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
0.375l bottle from 2009 @ Mikkeller Bar. The last beer this time unfortunately.. Anyhow, the pour on this one is a black as I’ve ever seen. Besides Mikkeller’s Geroge and Struise - Double black, this is the deepest blackest beer I’ve ever seen, and it has a tiny chocolate head that’s almost not worth mentioning since it fades extremely quickly. The aroma is also deep deep dark, roasted, has a nice perfect sweetness, lots of barrel and vanilla tones, dark rich berries, burned toast and some extreme dark chocolate. Amazing.. Fantastic rich and chewy texture in this one as well, just the way I like it. Rich, thick and so satisfying. Daaark and roasted flavors, molasses up to your knees, tons of Belgian dark chocolate, a chili-like burning twitch in the finish that just makes everything even more interesting. Warming with a vanilla-oaky-coconut-dark fruity aftertaste that’s just lasting forever! So good this one, I would have no problems drinking this all day long. Sip sip - I’m in love! 08.01.2012
Loineshawn (3003) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle shared by bbb63- thanks mike. pours pretty much black with a small brownish tan head. oily legs. aroma of dark chocolate, black licorice, big molasses, figs, plum, and grape notes. wow. really nice roasty and bitter high cocoa dark chocolate flavor. this was awesome. Damn near perfect imperial stout. Roasty, bitter dark chocolate, figs, just great. Nice sticky mouthfeel. best beer of the decade to date! THANKS MIKE!
Die_Kapusta (190) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Blood red pour with a brownish head. Aroma of wet wood amd red wine. Very complex. Starts sweet but ends quite dry. Tons of interesting flavours. Absolutely delicious!
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black with a tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, smoke, strong bordeaux, oak, nuts, and alcohol. Taste of roasted malts, smoke, burnt wood, dark chocolate, winey notes, and some alcohol in the finish. Thanks Shaun and Alex!
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
woodshop 5.0 375 bottle. i love bordeaux in general, great beer and bordeaux intigration. more earth and soil, great balance and acidity, complex with, well bordeaux flavors. not sure how else to put it. very enjoyable, and reading it’s 12% alc, its very difficult to taste any alc. Would love to own this and cellar it as it would be nice to try again in several years. my favorite of the series they did of this beer I guess with different oak treatments.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Madsberg. Pours a beautiful viscous black chocolate with a big creamy tan head that left some nice sheeted lacing. Big nose of chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, coffee, toffee and light booze. Brew was long and lingering on the palate with oak and chocolate.....some vanilla.
TURDFERGUSON (3736) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2011 Tasty. Big oak, vanilla, bourbon, Bordeaux, tannins, cocoa. Again very dry. Flavor is a little sharper than the nose, but still very woody and dry overall. Great balance and a very well crafted ale.
Was lucky enough to have this awesome beer twice. Thanks Shaun. Even better this time with a bigger pour. Yum.
Countbeer (3647) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
No.1 / 2009: Thanks SFHOdense for getting me this one!
Medium vast brown head on top of a pitch black beer. The pour looks delicious, the filled glass looks even better and the smell that hits the nose is already incredible!
The looks and smell of this beer are so promissing!
Smell full soft smooth mix of vanilla, soft wood, light hint of roasted malts, soft oakyness, but mostly the vanilla that soft and gently hits the nose. Delicious.
Hmmm... Like to smell this all night long, so deep and intense!
Taste is a soft smooth light boozy (but so good balanced) mix of vanilla, roasted malts, burned malts, burned wood, medium to full bitter, coffee, espresso, pure chocolate.
Aftertaste is maybe the roughest of all, though still not in any way (too) rough. Some deep roasted malts and bitterness in the aftertaste with a hint of oaky vanilla tints.
Low carbo, soft ilky mouthfeel, full body and an oily texture.
This is supper soft, thick, uber tasty and just in any way delicious!
Note: drinking this partly with a cheesecake on the side, another delicious treat!
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via Alex (thanks!). Poured a deep and dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, vinous, chocolate, woodiness, and caramel. Tastes of roast, vinous, chocolate, vanilla, woody, caramel, and had a bitter coffee finish.