ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle from CBX. pours a beautiful onyx black with hints of ruby and a half inch, dark tan head and great lacing. aroma is outstanding with notes of dark chocolate, licorice, dark roasted malt, mild bitter coffee, black cherry, and a touch of vinous fruit and plum. flavor is fantastic with big bitter chocolate, vinous fruit, herbal hops, and big malts up front backed by flavors of roasted nuts, dried cherry, and burnt coffee with a lingering, bitter finish. palate is smooth and full bodied with solid carbonation and not a hint of the 13%. overall, a world class imperial stout.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours dark and inky, with a small tan head that quickly falls into some sheet lacing. Aroma has Vienna coffee, dark chocolate, cherries, fusel alcohol, and candi sugar. Body is medium full with subdued carbonation. Taste is complex. Nutty dark chocolate, cocoa powder, dark dried fruits, roasty malt bitterness, cherries, and some serious herbal hops. Seems to have elements of a Belgian tripel and IPA hiding underneath this big stout. An interesting experience to be sure.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black with a fairly thick golden brown, leaves nice lacing. Acidic coffee and chocolate with light cherry notes in the aroma. Texture is just amazing, creamy-thick but silky. Flavor is complex- chocolate and cherries with coffee, oats, and a strong roastiness in wonderful balance. Sweet but balanced by a wonderful chocolate acidity. Very well done, an absolute treat.
johndoughty (4981) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black and exploded out of the bottle. Smooth and mellow with chocolate and liquorice undertones. Crisp and frighteningly easy to drink.
Svesse (7848) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen, 23 May 2009) Very dark brown, almost black, with a brief brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of liquorice, dark chocolate and cocoa. Slightly vinous. Malty, roasted taste with liquorice, cocoa, espresso, tobacco and even more liquorice in a long, vinous and warming finish. Intense flavours with the liquorice taking over. Full body, oily texture. Fairly sweet. Very nice slow sipping beer. Stunning stuff.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big tan head talk about retention iy hasn,t moved the head very dark IMP.Aroma chocolate port wine roasted coffee caramel spice cinnamon.Flavour roast coffee spicyness dry, fruit cake sultanas woody note rich chocolate,at 13% alcohol it is well hidden.Once you get into this stout,to me you really enjoy it.Nice bitter,finish rich malty crisp bitter big fizz on the palate lasting.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Silky smooth with wonderful notes of cocoa, roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, complimentary alcohol comes through as well. Very well made and extremely drinkable.
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle at Chez Moeder Lambic - Pours black with a big brown head and some lacing. It initially smells of roast malt and dark chocolate. The flavor is of sweet dark chocolate and roast malt with a touch of vanilla. It’s lightly carbonated and has a big, full body. This beer is huge, complex, immensely flavorful, and overall extremely well done. Fantastic.
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Absolutely black as anything I have ever seen with a thick mocha colored head. Smells of sweet chocolate cake donuts with some earthy mushroom hints. There is also some walnut, but the sweet cocoa blows everything else away. The taste is burnt coffee with loads of dark chocolate and plums. There is also some roasted walnut in the finish. I hate to admit that I read it, but after I read car tire, that smell would not go away for me. An overwhelming experience at first, I get what they are doing with this one. Large and heavily roasted, it has the typical Imperial Stout character, but done in an over the top manner. Well made, but not extraordinary. The finish is a little harsh, with the roast and the alcohol.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pleased to have finally picked one of these up at $10/bottle. First thing you notice while pouring this black drink is the large size of voids in the foam, kind of like swiss cheese. The aroma was lighter than expected. The flavor had a lot of bitter and sour after a quick sweetness. Sour coffee grounds, a bit flat to me, kind of like pouring alcohol into your oatmeal and sprinkling on burnt malt and cocoa. Maybe a HQ drink, but doesn’t grab me.