trevor211 (1623) - 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 (23012) - 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 (3664) - 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 (2834) - 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.