Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extreme dark brown body with an ok cap which is long lasting. Sweet bakers chocolate with cinnamon, vanilla, mild alcohol and mild elements of smoke make up the yummy aroma. Brew is intense without being rough which is always a good thing. Burnt sugar and lots of it in the flavor, mild smoke, hints of coffee, with a sweet earthy after taste. After a while a pepper flavor becomes very evident. Great beer nice and smooth full of flavor and remains highly drinkable.
Metalchopz (2832) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased at Marché Omni and comes in a scotch tube, 2010 edition. Pours a real dark brown (almost black) with hardly any ruby highlights. Its head is huge, creamy, everlasting, and moca coloured. Aromas has lots of molasses, roasted and caramel malts, with hints of chocolate, coffee, licorice and spices. Oily mouthfeel with no burns from the high alcohol. Much of the aromas are found in the taste, but this is where the vanilla shows up (from the bourbon aged-wood). Quite a nice treat from McAuslan... always pleasant to see another one from this great brewer.
VertBaconStrips (2249) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a small thick light brown head and a bit of lacing. Awesome aroma! Big vanilla, chocolate, sweet, smooth roasted malts, hint of licorice, touch of alcohol, very good. Smooth and stiff and the same time. Mild coffee taste, pepper, some hop bite, chocolate, big roast, Xmas candy. There’s a dude on the UFC thing we are watching whose nickname is "The Mexecutioner". Licorice, faint heat. Goes back very smooth. Me likey.
DocLock (8956) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 Casketed bottle from Le Roi du secrete de punani. Pours oily jet black with very minimal tan head. Nose is roasty dark patent malt, prunes, oak, cacao, molasses. Tastes black patent malty, with a big figgy, slight brown sugar, hops, overall dry, with backup hops, oaky notes, vanilla, and a lot of complexity. Evolves to get more cacao notes late, and at times comes off like a dry cacaoey london porter style beer, but is very unique whatever you might wish to call it, punk.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours viscous black, thick dark tan head, nice and persistent. Lacing is above average as well. Nose is roasty, fishy, spicy, and rather smoky. Some real soy sauce notes here too... Flavours are intensely roasty, lots of smoke and soy here too. Fruit and bourbon let their presence be known as the beer warms, very generous and complex. A pleasant way to spend the evening. Also, Val Kilmer makes a surprisingly convincing Doc Holliday. I wonder why he doesn’t get work any more?
DeanF (2047) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - JAN 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2011 Comes in a scotch-box cardboard thing, but the bottle itself is the same as any other you’d get. A shame, really, but then perhaps it has something to do with Quebec’s weird bottle deposit laws that would banish such things to endless frustration for consumers? I am not one to speculate; though I just did. But anyways, this pours jet black with a dark chocolate mousse head, the likes of which I don’t think I’ve seen before. Aroma is chocolate syrup, coffee, dirty motor oil. The flavour is deep and rich with chocolate and barley, burnt oak, coffee flavours, all that stouty goodness, and then a nice dry finish to boot. But after awhile it gets too bitter and too thick; it needs a little more balance, a little more drinkability. Right now it’s very good but just too difficult to down.
drougkolya (276) - Otterburn Park, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bière stout impériale de 9.1% d’alcool, houblonnée à merveille, crémeuse, mousseuse...collet brun cocolat..saveur de café torréfié...BRAVO!!!
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a beautiful thick brown pour. Aroma holds definite barrel notes, with vanilla, smoke character, peat, caramel, butterscotch, toffee, and molasses. Also touches of both creamy milk and bitter baker’s chocolate. Flavor holds much more roasty bitterness, though the caramel and molasses sweetness becomes more prevalent closer to the finish. Also some definite notes of whiskey and brandy, with a touch of hotness near the end of the sip. Palate is fairly thick and has decent carbonation. Certainly not world class, but a really solid beer.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Massive black pour with a vivacious tan head. The aroma is huge bourbon vanilla, peat, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, and creamy chocolate. The flavor is loaded with roasty cocoa nib, bakers chocolate, burnt malts, and slight booze notes. Thick creamy palate with low carbonation and a dry roasty finish.
nimbleprop (6651) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours an oily, opaque black with a thin, tan head. Nose is malty, nutty, woody, lightly boozy. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, grapey, coffee, light bread. Some nice, mellow barrel in the flavor. Full bodied, sweet finish.