callmemickey (2485) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 version. Pitch black body, with a thin tan head that quickly formed and quickly receded leaving behind spotty lacing. Bold, smokey, oaky, chocolate-chocked full of goodness in the nose. Rounded out with bacon, coffee, brown sugar, port, caramel and licorice. This beer is right up there with the most complex beers I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying. Medium-full bodied, silky smooth, with a clean, lightly bitter bite in the finish. Well worth tracking down.
mikem409 (1475) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Notes. Pours black and thick minimal tan head. Strong burnt sugar aroma. Lots of sweet toffee and vanilla, nice wood tannins.
SilverfoX (196) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aromas of chocolate, christmas pudding, bread, raisin, black cola like body hazy with a thin head, flavours of christmas pudding, plums, raisins, full body, thick feel. this is the best.
Niall73 (1346) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
275ml bottle from brewery via eebria. Brewed 09/11/11, BB 09/11/21. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head (which fades to nothing fast, no lacing), very slight hint of red under light. Aroma has a lot prunes/prune juice, soy/teriyaki as well as light coffee, light liquorice, and a touch of grass. Full body, light carbonation. A big sticky beer with, unsurprisingly, a fair amount going on. There’s a grassiness in the background, while up front you have soy, beef jerky, teriyaki, treacle, wood, rum, coke, booze, dark chocolate/espresso bitterness, a little vanilla... The balance leans heavily towards the soy/teriyaki flavours. It’s a good imperial stout, enjoyable enough.
Garrold (1087) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the brewery, via Eebria. Just about black. Halo of tan head. Blackcurrant. Muscovado sugar. Black treacle. Vine fruits. Christmas pudding. Light smoke. Taste is chewy, smoky sweetness. Some dry bitterness follows. Palate is thick, tooth clinging oiliness. In lovely condition. Worthy of the hype.
danlo (1060) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
275ml bottle. Brewed 09.11.2011. Pours a very dark brown-black with a brown head that slowly dissipates to a thin layer and aroma of malt, light roasted, molasses, honey, chocolate, vanilla. Taste is sweet roasted malt, peaty, chocolate, fig, brown sugar, dark fruits, toffee, coffee, leather, woody oak, light grassy. Silky smooth and slighty oily mouthfeel, full bodied, soft carbonation, warming finish. Complex, balanced, very drinkable.
Sledutah (4277) - Utah, USA - APR 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 bottle from PaulUnwin, thanks
Pours dark brown with a medium sized dark brown head and some lacing. Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, sweet malts, woody and leather. Flavors are thick and silky chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, molasses and oak
Wow, this is great. I could sip on this all night. No alcohols at all, easy drinking but I’m trying to make it last.
Stuu666 (1442) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Light chocolate roast, sweet fruit on nose, taste is rich chocolate, vanilla, huge dark fruits, berries, sweet, light toffee.
ryanfolty (1829) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 April 11, 2014 - bottle shared by BVery. Dark brown pour with some head. Aroma was dark fruit, some chocolate and wood. Taste was consistent with aroma.
BVery (5944) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle via trade with Andrew - thanks! Super dark brown pour that looks dense. Full palate. Chocolate and oak, extremely well rounded. Rich but not cloying. Dark fruit in here. Fantastic beer.
snoworsummer (1866) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle shared by BeerandBlues2. Pours very dark brown with a thin, tan head. Tastes like thick syrup, toasted bread, sweet chocolate, and slightly astringent booze. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like booze, chocolate, syrup, and light earth and ash.