BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012.Pours black with a smallish tan head - some lacing. Coffee, dark chocolate, black cherry with some earthiness . Full bodied, creamy and smooth this has an excellent mouthfeel. Taste is predominantly malts with some earthy and herbal hops. A hint of licorice on the finish. This was even better after waiting 7 months. May try to find some more to try after a year or more.
stouby (4152) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Black with a brown head, no lacings. Aroma heavy malty (roasted, burnt, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, notes of hones), medium hoppy. Flavor medium sweet, heavy bitter of dark malts and hops, light spicy of honey. Almost full body, quite flat. Uhm!!
highlandlad (1448) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 Chilly up here in the mountains, so I figured I could turn on the central heating or crack open an imperial stout. I chose well. A High Altitude stout for high altitude. This brewer can’t put a foot wrong in my book. Everything they touch turns to gold. This one was an impenetrable teak with a lavish cappuccino head. Even the aroma made me feel warmer: Milo hot chocolate notes, espresso and nose-prickling white pepper. Creamy mouthfeel giving way to a phlegmy finish. Honeyed sweetness, vanilla, bitter espresso and some heat in the swallow. Effortlessly drinkable. A faultless imperial. (12 fl oz bottle from Leura Cellars. 2012 edition.)
WeissGary (286) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 7, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. I opened this bottle and as soon as the aroma hit my nose I could tell this was going to be an epic beer!... It is Epic... an unbelievable beer! Thick and fulsome black body with a very thin brown head, Lovely syrupy crispy chocolate aroma, a very full on taste... layered with a sweet syrupy chocolate cake like taste upfront which evolves into a lovely cocoa middle and finishes with a crisp burnt chocolate finish. This beer is absolutely sublime! It is without doubt one of the best I have had from Sierra Nevada and beyond... definitely gets full marks!
DuffMan (8320) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Inky viscous pour. Aroma is full roast, soy sauce, bitter chocolate and grassy hops. Dense palate, bitter roast, dark chocolate, some coffee, light anise, bitter hoppy finish. Outstanding.
kapusil (889) - HUNGARY - MAY 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
0.355l bottle, vintage 2012. Pitch black with a small brown head. Massive coffee and chocolate aroma with cream, sour cherry and citrusy hops. Taste is really intensive with loads of coffee, chocolate and cocoa with sour cherry and citrusy hops. Creamy texture and big body. Amazing beer.
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Black pour with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of roast, cocoa, some earthiness, and a little ashy. Tastes of cocoa, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, licorice and molasses. Overall alcohol well hidden.
rjkreid (191) - SCOTLAND - MAY 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent nose with a hint of fruit over the rumble of roasted malt. In you face beer with loads of cocoa, coffee and caramel in the mouth. Long finish with a pleasing and intense bitterness closing in quite astringent pepper and spice. A very up front beer, full of flavour!
Borup (8986) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Super Best, Hellerup. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hops, dark dried fruit and licorice.
lliams (196) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pretty amazing beer. probably the most full-bodied beer i’ve seen so far. The body is black as night with a dark brown head. aromas are fruity then piney, then as it opens up reveals more of the coffee honey maltiness.. taste is bitter- hoppy up front then long malts and a bit more bitterness on the back of the palate. i think the bitterness has a ’cleansing’ effect that makes the beer kind of, fall short. the flavours don’t linger..
i don’t love this beer but it is majorly impressive. i’d like to age one for a few years