MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz bottle. Nearly black pour with a large head. Aroma of chocolate and richly roasted malts with a distinct sweetness. Drinks Fairly well, with some dark fruit [figs] and a some nice, biting hops bitterness, but it has a ton of alcohol and ends with an astringently alcoholic finish.
Travlr (14775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black hole black, tan head. Aroma of burnt espresso. Very balanced malt and hops, dark chocolate flavor with bitter finish. Nice complexity.
Ratman197 (10720) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to aplusbreaks for sharing poured a translucent dark brown with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of bitter chocolate, light coffee, light vanilla and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a hint of licorice with a smooth roasty finish. Way over rated in my opinion.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours onyx black with a dense medium brown head. Robust aroma. I get some chocolate, coffee and creamer, some dark berries, and a bit of smoke. The flavor is a bit different. Kind of a fruity mocha with plenty of bitterness and alcohol. Silky, milky mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. The finish is a bit bitter and hot. Still, this is a fine beer and is recommended.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2009 Rating #200!!! Bottle major thanks to Phil aka 502Flavors. Awesome pour, absolutely humongous, thick creamy coffee tan head, black body. Aroma is initially small amount of alcohol, then some nice floral hops. Also some fruity notes in there too. Flavor is exceedingly clean and simple at first. Bitter chocolate, dried dark fruits, some mocha and hops. Extremely smooth, silky and creamy on the palate. A very nice finish that is slightly bitter and a slightly noticeable touch of alcohol which doesn’t take away from the brew. This is an excellent beer for such a high ABV that masks its alcohol very well.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brewed in Belgium. Pours a very dark brown-black color with a med-creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate coffee dark malts and a hint of alcohol. Taste is of rich chocolate molasses dark fruits hops and warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is creamy and think but not to heavy. There is a nice robust texture to this imperial that goes down very smooth. You dont even realize that there is 13% alcohol in this brew.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Belgium. Thanks Chuck. Deep dark brown copper in color with a medium off white head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Roasty malty spicy aroma. Caramel dark fruity notes. Spicy caramel malty hoppy flavor. Roasty Chocolatety coffee vanilla notes. Full bodied. Finish is malty. Very drinkable. Nice.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown liquid with a diminished head of chocolate colored bubbles. Nothing extraordinary about the looks. Roasted malt and spices in the scent. Aromas of coffee, cinnamon, prunes, dates, bourbon vanilla, and dark chocolate. Nice complex aroma. Lightly oily feel. Just a little zip from the alcohol and effervescence. Once again I am confronted by licorice, a long time foe. Licorice, grass and grains all mingle about in a dark malt stew. Some chocolate and fruit rise up briefly here and there. Still I am left with a very grainy linger. and a quite warm stomach - you tell the alcohol is there when tasting, but not a fault or too much in the taste. Some acidic black malt also found in the finish. For me just another strong stout that others seems to go agog about.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Molasses pour, with an inch of a dense tan head that never fully dissipates. Aroma muted, some raisins, not a lot else. Much fuller in the flavor, big roast profile, raisins, milk chocolate, turning darker in the finish, smoky elements waft through the mouth long after the swallow. As it warms, becomes more hoppy, coniferous, chocolate develops more complexity. Thick and smooth like no other beer I had. Would rate 6 on the palate if I could.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark but not completely opaque with a thin head. Smells of dark fruit, molasses, maybe maple or hazelnut. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy but not that thick. Does linger for a while. Flavor is roasted malt and dark fruit; maybe a little spice of some sort. ABV is amazingly well hidden. Very smooth. I prefer stronger coffee and cocoa in RIS but this is definitely interesting.