MelvinKalksma (864) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - APR 23, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, Belgian yeast dried fruit, liquorice, chocolate and roasted malts.
Opaque black beer with a slight/medium dark brown head.
Medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, Belgian yeast, dried fruit, liquorice and chocolate; ends slightly bitter with roasted malts.
Beardbeerman (338) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Marc, thanks buddy. Pours an almost opaque black topped by a 3-finger high coarse and creamy chesnut head. Retenteion and lacing properties are both pretty good. The nose is bittersweet chocolate, burnt toast, roasted malts, serious earthy hops and alcohol. The taste is similar, but the bitterness is a bit subtle. Roasted malts are upfront with hints of dark chocolate. Not too sweet. Alcohol is present and gives it a liquorish facet, almost like a digestive spirit. Earthy hops come through very well and pair with the alcohol also very well. Full-bodied with a subtle bitter finish. I enjoyed it. Cheers!
oldrtybastrd (5000) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big black beer. Nice aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, and smoke/tobacco? Doesnít seem like 13% alcohol. Big flavor chocolate/espresso with a nice bite.
Kr1zz (387) - BELGIUM - APR 1, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle bought at Willems en Zoon Grobbendonk.
Black as hell with a medium dark beige/brown head.Full body.
Nose: coffee notes, caramel, liquor, vanilla, roasted malts...
Taste: some coffee notes, butterscotch, vanilla, plum, roasted malts, dried fruits, liquorice. Some alcoholic warmth in the end with a low bitterness.
Concealer (1147) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear dark reddish brown on the pour to a thick black. Brown head that lasts in a thin ring and laces some. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, plum, raisin, caramel, light coffee, vanilla and licorice. Flavor is the same, complex, roasty and sweet. Medium bodied, smooth with a slightly dry end.
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 26, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
So rich, and still so easy to drink. Sweet with good balance, very long taste. Perfect for me.
ajnepple (4994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz bottle, vintage 2015, purchased at the Craft Beer Cellar - Fort Collins. Deep black appearance with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, light candy sugar and a hint of dark fruits. Similar flavor, adding hints of molasses and licorice. Medium to heavy sweetness balanced by a mild to moderate bitterness. Medium to full body, slightly watery, with soft carbonation, a smooth creamy feel and a rich, lingering chocolate finish. The alcohol is hidden pretty well. This is good, but I am just slightly underwhelmed.
wombat23 (607) - Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. Pours almost black with a dark tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. Similar taste. The finish is a bit acidic and sweet and lacks bitterness; it almost has some vinous characteristics to it. Itís good but not great. Had higher hopes for a Top 100 beer.
darbeer75 (430) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma: chocolate and coffee dominate; Appearance: inky black with thin tan head that dissipates quickly; Taste: sweetness that ends with some bitterness; notes of coffee and chocolate; donít really care for the sweetness - too honey-like; Palate: very heavy body with long, sweet/bitter finish; Overall: sweet is too cloying for me; like the balance with bitterness but overall not my favorite imperial stout.
gdvs (6) - - MAR 15, 2016 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Extremely thick black beer with yellow head. Although itís heavy and tastes heavy, itís surprisingly smooth and well balanced.