sulawang (527) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Visual: Pours almost inkjet black with a hint of purple-redness in it, pretty much headless, almost no retention, some slow activity near the surface, and the last few drops from the bottle are cloudy.
Nose: Huge coffee-toffee-malts, a very clean nose (7/10-pungency)
Attack: sour/tangy thick caramel malts, drinks almost flat (not much CO2)
Mid-palate: (6/10)-sourness, malty (7/10)-sweetness, (MAIN) caramel malts, coffee
Finish: alcohol detection, continual sourness, licorice malt exhale, malty soft coffee-bitter finish.
Summary: Every sip is different with this sour-bitter brew; Depending on the bite of the food you’re eating, it heavily leans toward either the oversour or smooth malty sweet. Too much sourness and not enough texture, for me to thoroughly enjoy this.
cstuartj (905) - Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, pours pitch black, thin tan head, some lacing. nose is a mix of belgian and espresso stout. it’s an odd mix of flavors for me, not really feeling it but it is well exicuted.
andrewturba (891) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black with no head. Aroma is roasted malt, licorice, spicy Belgian yeast characteristics, chocolate and moderate fruity esters. Flavour is licorice, roasted malt, cocoa, anise, fruity esters, and spicy Belgian yeast. Pretty tasty.
Boutip (4436) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of nice liquorice notes with some light fruity notes which mix well with some light black chocolates notes. Taste is also dominated by some liquorice notes which are well-balanced by some black chocolate notes with some light roasted malt with some light fruity notes also noticeable. Body is semi-full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoyed the liquorice notes and the creamy texture of this beer.
KyotoLefty (5793) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Q-Brick. Shiny black with lace. Nose of blueberries, chocolate, a bit roasty; fruity and phenolic. Rather mild flavor (counldn’t believe it was 10%). Hides its alcohol well, but then again, doesn’t carry a 10% flavor either. Sweet and fruity, and too phenolic for me, with lots of cocoa. Not very imperial.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with fleeting tan head. Black malt, molasses, spicy caramel, licorice aromas. Light body with average carbonation. Dark chocolate, candi sugar, spicy toffee flavors with a deep roast, almost burnt malt lingering finish____good
KansaiBeerLvrs (1224) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sound’s Ursus Speleaus, 10% on tap at world beer & cafe Qbrick’s Strong Beer Event. This beer pours a pitch black with a light tan creamy head. The aroma is umami & overhelmingly licorice with light cacao powder notes. The taste is similar, this is the most licorice I’ve evr gotte in a beer. As it warms up more coffee notes come through. If you like black licorice you’ll love this beer!
TipsyMcStager (1127) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours opaque blck with a thin brown head. Aroma of coffe, choco and some spiciness. Flavour of coffee, chocolate. Full bodied, slight drying finish.
Beergeek23322 (1954) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12/15/2013. 22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Dark roasted malt aromas with licorice, chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Good bitterness, smooth, nice mouth feel and a long finish.
dfearnley (729) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to pint glass
I get mostly coffee, burnt malt, and light caramel.
Velvety black with a thin tan head
Rich chocolate with coffee, cream, some vanilla.