polomagnifico (1161) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Aroma has huge notes of espresso, chocolate and roasted malts. Sits black in the glass with a nice average sized tan head that left good lace. Flavor is sweet and roasted bitterness. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. A huge coffee/chocolate brew with a great palate and look. Too much coffee for my tastes though.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from De Struise Webshop. Pours black in color with a thick tan head that lasts and good lacing. Aroma is huge roast, chocolate, and coffee, not too balanced but really good. Flavor is also loads of espresso, dark and milk chocolate, and a little earth. Very tasty if all over the place. Smooth on the palate with medium-full body and a long finish. Very nice imperial stout overall. Not amazing, but very, very good.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best By Date March 2015; Sampled July 2010
An aggressive pour produces a fat, three-finger thick, nicely browned, crown of froth. The beer is quite black in color, showing a rich black / brown color as in the stream as I poured it. Crap, the aroma smells strongly, strongly, strongly of cold pressed, darkly roasted coffee; bitter, roasted, somewhat tart and even somehow fruity like coffee can be. If you really try and dig underneath the coffee, you can start to smell other notes; definite toasted (not burnt) browned bread crust notes as well as a deeply concentrated, essence of dark chocolate (this last is quite nice and rich, but really really have to dig at it to notice it underneath the coffee. This is almost a one note nose; if you really like coffee then this is the aroma for you. It is a bit too one dimensional for me, though I do enjoy coffee, so it is certainly enjoyable to smell.
Rich and viscous feeling, though it is not overly thick. There is a sense of sweetness up front, but this is quickly overcome by a bracing coffee roast character that is a touch tart, definitely bitter, though quite smooth; it manages to not get overly astringent, though it does linger a bit on the palate with a hint of astringency. The sweetness accentuates a touch of cherry like flavors up front, this quickly becomes burnt like an espresso though. As it warms some touches of dark, concentrated chocolate become more noticeable and the sharpness, acridness, and coffee bitterness become perhaps a touch more rounded and in balance.
Wow, this is thoroughly dominated by the coffee. The base beer only plays a supporting role, but if you really like coffee then you will enjoy this beer. It is a bit too much for me, but luckily I donít have to finish a bottle by myself. It was certainly an experience.
largadeer (17) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black in the glass with a big frothy brown head that rises to about two fingers in height. Outstanding head retention and lacing makes this a rather beautiful stout. The coffee aroma is initially overwhelming, noticeable immediately upon uncapping the bottle and especially when pouring the beer. With a little time and warming, the aroma opens up more to reveal notes of whiskey sweetness and bakerís chocolate. Thereís faint wet paper-like oxidation as well, and just a hint of alcohol. Coffee is dominant on the palate as well, but there are nuances of darkly roasted malts, licorice, whiskey and chocolate-covered espresso beans. A high level of effervescence keeps the body from feeling overwhelmingly thick, though itís a substantial beer. The finish brings out oxidation and dark fruit, along with a strong charcoal-like bitterness and faint boozy heat. Very nice stuff, intense but easy to sip on.
sebletitje (6025) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle shared with Urbain @ Struise, Black Damnation vertical w/ Cuvťe Delphine.
Pours pitch black, light mocha head.
aroma, amazingly mocha / espresso goodness Jack Daniels barrel seeps through giving a nice BB nose.
flavors, the mocha / espresso profile is wonderful, itís a beast of a beer, smooth, thick palate loaded with booze thatís not palate ravaging. Wood and barrel come out nicely, lots of good coffee roast and malts.
Complex and rich, my favorite of the serie.
thewolf (10553) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. [thank you, skortila]
Pours completely black with a firm, staying, creamy, beige head. Lovely lacings. Heavy cold coffee aroma, plums sweetness, light vinious, chocolate, coffee liquor. Heavy roasted base. Some slight oak and spicy dryness. Low carbonation, but still fairly lively. Wonderful oily and creamy. Flavour is elegantly complex. Lots of coffee, elegantly vinious, roasted malts abound. Elegant oaky tartness helps to balance the powerful flavours. Vanilla, ginger, chocolate, hops, plums. Lovely sweetness runs through all the notes. Fantastic.
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by daknole -- many thanks! Live rate. Pours a ruddy brown color with a caramel tint around the edges and a thin mocha head. The aroma is brimming with green chiles, espresso, and dark cocoa. Tastes of ASH. Damn, itís like someone put a cigarette out in some chocolate pudding and doused it out with dark fruit cough syrup. This is pretty bomb. Peanut oil and soy become apparent as this one warms.
daknole (8014) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from noize!! Aroma is fairly light with ash, toast, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor hits with a nice dose of coffee, tobacco, roasted malt and some light tart cherry-like notes. Awesome.
jtclockwork (6256) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2010 Bottle with many thanks to Rando7. This was an unexpected toss in. Trade with this guy! Dark black pour with nice tan head. Nose is a mocha bomb! Lots of coffee, mocha, chocolates and roasted barley. Taste has dominant mocha coffee flavor with roasted malts, vanilla bean and and underlying oak barrel presence.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle, best by 3/2014, with II sharpied in the cap courtesy of madmitch76. thanks, ken! pours black as hell, just like BD #1, with a darker, half-inch, mocha brown head leaving a sheet of lacing through the whole glass. aroma is absolutely fantastic with huge notes of dark chocolate, burnt espresso beans, and blackstrap molasses with hints of bourbon, vanilla macchiato, and cinnamon cake with light touches of coconut, ash, and french toast smothered in maple syrup (eerily similar to CBS!) with an edgy note of booze. flavor is spectacular with massive roasted espresso, charred oak, and bitter dark chocolate initially with subtle dried, dark fruit notes of of plum and fig at the mid-palate that transition to notes of port wine, cigar smoke, sweet french toast, and spice cake before the relentless, roasted, mocha coffee finish. palate if full bodied, sweet, and decadent with carbonation on the higher side for an impy stout this big but wonderfully easy to drink with not trace of the 12%. overall, one of the best imperial stouts iíve had the pleasure of tasting. itís truly a belgian version of CBS!