Frauditor (160) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
tasting at the bluebird. wow in a bottle. pours dark black with little head. very smooth tastes of caramel and malts. sweet chocolate comes through.
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with akevitt. Pours an opaque, black body with creamy brown head. Aroma of sweet malts, molasses, coffee, and licorice with a hint of smoke/tar. Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma with a nice, bitter tar finish. The palate isn’t quite as thick and heavy as other imperial stouts, but is solid with a smooth mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol very well - I didn’t get any burn in the aroma or flavor as I was drinking this one.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - MAR 30, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an inky black with a small tan head. Aroma is huge and complex - chocolate, coffee, plums, raisins, wood, cherries, and cola. Makes my nose tingle, but I don’t detect any alcohol. Taste is all of the above and more, but it is so smooth - absolutely no trace of 13% ABV, and little to no hoppy and/or roasted malt bitterness. Thick, creamy mouthfeel that is downright luxurious, possibly the best I’ve ever had from a bottled beer - it really feels more like draft beer. Finish is roasty but with a Belgian-inspired malt note. Also has a sweet soda flavor too. Has an abrupt finish - not that I’m complaining. Incredible beer with great complexity; every sip reveals something new. Very enjoyable, and dangerously drinkable too. Outstanding.
anders37 (22523) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2008. Pours a black color with a longlasting creamy tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty licorice and chocolate flavor with some hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate finish with a slighlty hoppy bitter aftertaste.
Wim (3551) - Weelde, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2012 dark brown black coloured body with a sparkling off white head a roasted grainy spicy malty aroma a grainy spicy malty sweet little fruity taste with a sweet grainy bitter finish
Yves (2816) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black coloured beer with small off-white head. Malty herby and spicy aroma. Sweet palate slightly sparkling. Finish is sweet bitter dry with some malts. Not a typical stout but a good mix of flavors. Good one.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle thanks to Mrchopin. Pours near black with thin light tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and some booze. Flavor is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, dark fruit and some very light booze. Well carbonated for a RIS. Definitly a different take compared to the flat overly boozy RIS we have stateside. Not my favorite RIS but enjoyable.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAR 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taste 3/9 bottle. Looks: Deepest black with a thick long lasting foam. Aroma: Must, sweat, coffee, alcohol, raisin, prune and chocolate. Taste: Very unique subtle mix of the aroma. Quite drinkable. A beer that begs reflection and attention to what your are drinking.
Parket (581) - Bruges, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle, I drunk this beer with friends: from the first gulp I feld it in my legs. Very complex beer,sugar, very dark, almost black, sticky, roasted malt, bitter, coffee, unforgetable experience! Everyone should drink this once a lifetime.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Very dark clear with small white head. Lots of roast and chocolate in aroma. Big coffee flavor with some dark sugar and fruit notes. Dry bitter finish.