crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black pour, small tan head. Aroma is deep and almost fruity, mostly roasted malt but with a belgian touch. Flavor is pretty sweet and sugary with lots of mild coffee upfront and a caramel sweetness that’s pretty big in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick with a lot of carbonation and a cloying sweet finish. Some smoke comes out afterwards to cut through the sweetness. Hop bitterness is there but does not affect the flavor at all, but the sweetness is a little too much. Overall a pretty good beer.
SaintMatty (6852) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 330ml Bottle - Black in colour, with a foamy tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt and coffee in the aroma with a hint of dried fruit. Rich and mildly fruity taste, with plain chocolate, dried fruit, coffee and some slightly soapy and hoppy hints.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 Bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY: Nearly black with a dense khaki colored head. Aromas of licorice, roasted barley and tobacco. Lots of dark fruit flavors (cherries and plum). Dark roast coffee and notes of bitter dark chocolate, and a tartness that becomes a bit overbearing by the end of the glass. I liked alot of the initial flavors of this beer, but the dry roastiness and tartness became a bit much for my tastes.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Got out of the shower and poured this one after a Stone IRS. Pours black with a thick peach-tan head. Initial aroma is smoky and slightly sour- lots of floral hops. As it warms, the roasty coffee notes start to show up. Taste starts hoppy and morphs into bitter coffee. Interesting citrus kick- more orange than grapefruit. Some chocolate too. Very nice. The bottle says to enjoy it while listening to La Brabançonne, so I found it on youtube and did just that- regular and dixieland version. I recommend the dixieland.
trevor211 (1631) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bottleworks. Pours black (surprise, surprise) with a pillowy, burnt-caramel colored head. The aroma lets you know right away that this is a powerfully hopped stout. Smooth floral hops accent the usual lineup - cacao, roasty coffee and molasses. A creamy note makes this smell a bit like a good mocha. Ooh - this is really nice. Thick and creamy, with some coffee and enough bitter hops to keep it crisp, even through the intensity of the dark, roasty flavors. The weight of this one counters the traditionally aggressive Belgian carbonation very well, and it ends up very smooth, but still somewhat lively. Great balance - bitter up front with an increasing sweetness on the back end - roasted coffee moves into molasses and dark chocolate. Unbelievably drinkable for 13% - you’d never guess it was that high. Really, really nice - can’t imagine what the Double Black is like!
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
supremely deep chocolaty, bourbon, alcohol notes. pours dark with a nice tan cream head. taste enhances dark sugars and cherry cordial, lightly bittered
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 (23363) - 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.