Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had my first taste of this from Carlo, from the conditioning tank at the Deca brewery. It was really really nice, and I took a few notes, but ultimately decided it probably didn’t constitute a rate-able beer. I’ve been itching to try it since then, but not seen any bottles for sale! So then Fin gave me this bottle, and I am very pleased to finally be Tasting it Officially®. Thanks mate!
Very exciting start to this one—a moment after opening, a gusher of crude-oil-black bubbled out and over. (Have just seen "There Will Be Blood". Does it show?) Once in the glass, there is a nice fine layer of firm, lingering tan head. Immediately after the pour there is a bit of odd nettle and dandelion nose, but that dissipates very quickly. Dense raw chocolate aroma, cold asphalt, green grass, warm walnuts. Dense chocolate cake flavor, full of silky deep-earth cocoa and subtly sweet cream. Sweet in the way a perfect shot of espresso seem sweet even without sugar. Rolling it around on the tongue feels like melting chocolate. Finishes so nice, so clean, a fresh minty hop touch left on the teeth. As good as the aroma is, as silky delicious as the flavor is, it is the perfect palate and extraordinary finish that really makes this beer sublime.
BOLTZ7555 (2967) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle acquired via Sparky27...this one has been antagonizing me for too long, just had to have it and make it stop!!! Poured an extremely dark brown, bordering black with a mocha colored head. You can definitely smell it’s Belgian roots; roasted oats, coffee, and dark fruits. Bitter chocolate, brown sugar, and perhaps even cherry make there way to the palate. Not as viscous, syrupy, thick, or sticky as other Imperial Stouts...but very good.
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2010 Bottle (BB Apr/2013).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is lightly malty (roasted grain, chocolate, husks), with light notes of rubber, paint, fusel alcohol, vanilla.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Full body, creamy texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Tried this the first time a few years ago, shared with two other folks, and it was unpleasant. New batch with a bottle to myself and...perhaps even worse. Higher alcohol (gasoline-like), paint, car tires, and other unpleasantness alongside meek stout-like aromas. This is, quite seriously, a drain pour. Two strikes is enough for this piece of emperor’s clothing, won’t be trying again.
Rune (9324) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, black body with a tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and chocolate. Delicious blended flavour of raisin, prunes and coffee. Lingering aftertaste of gentle hops. Strong and creamy smooth in the mouth (European Beer Festival, Copenhagen 13.09.2008).
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
$11 for 12oz but a Top 50 currently. Had a long rating and it became a victim of the "not logged in" demon that seems to be popping up here lately. Very black or deep brown. Lasting coffee cream light head. Scents of blackness; sugar, coffee, licorice and chocolate. Surprising not a strong alcohol scent. Thick creamy silk body. Bitter coffee on the tip of the tongue and then a long alcohol rush down the tongue and into a building aftertaste. Complex waves of coffee and bitter chocolate. Sugary residue on the lips.
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle at home: Pours black with a large rocky dark tan head. Head fades to a nice creamy top. Great roast malt aroma with layers of chocolate ranging from sweet milk chocolate to bitter baker’s chocolate. Hops grow up through the roast. Earthy, spicy hop notes interlaced with varied autumn fruits on a freshly baked scone. Quite herbal and floral, but that sometimes gets lost under the other aromas. The best part of the story though is how well the roast and hops intermingle. Flavor is dominated by roast coffee and chocolate cake batter upfront. Then the hops rush in and sweep the feet out under the roast. Cotton candy and grassy hops swirl around before the roast lands back on its feet and chases the hops to the finish line. Some alcohol comes in towards the end. Ends on chocolate cake batter with a dusting of coffee. Slight metallic hint floating around in the finish.
pilsnerrogge (2630) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 Bottled:
Pours black with a big, creamy head. Smoke and charcoal aroma. Flavour is ash, sharcoal, licorice and coffee. Long, warming finish.
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ve had this a couple of times.
The aroma is really hefty: Loads of sweet alcohol, coffee, fruits and chocolate. The flavour is almost like cough syrup - heavy, sweet, spicy and somehow quite neat. Heaps of coffee and chocolate, some very weird esters and a nice handfull of hops finishes this baby off. I guess it could use a good year in the cellar...
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled@EBF 2008. Pitch black, low choco head. Intial aroma of chocolate and coffee followed by notes of berries, herbs and mild spices. Taste is very complex, has a sharp and intense sweetness with lots of rosted dark malts, bitter coffe, licorice and berries. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium to full body. Ends up with a strong bitter-acidic accent.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at J Gumbos Aug 2008 Indy tasting - Aroma is sweet chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. Flavor is also chocolate and coffee with caramel and plum. Just a slight hop back. Palate is very smooth for 13%. This was a big tasting and Albert was one of the last beers poured. My sample size wasn’t very big either. So it’s probably better, but my notes say "good but not great".