Psytron (1533) - Turku, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell of tar. Pitch black colour, tiny brown head. Aroma of red wine, malts, burnt sugar. Sour, slightly bitter. Flat carbon.
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12/11/10 notes. Courtesy of Michael. Most impressive beer I’ve tried in awhile. Pours opaque black with a lasting tan head. Aroma maintains almond, mocha, oak, powdered dark chocolate. Mature and sexy. Flavor has dark raisin, bitter mocha, woody earthiness. A most complex and decadent BA stout.
charule (1523) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to antonfred all the way from Greece. Spewed pitch black with crazy tan head. Was a gusher because they didnt leave enough airspace in the neck when bottled. Aroma strong with woody oak smokey lil peat roast choc. Light carb thick bod. Taste of smokey peat light bitter. Pretty good. If youre a scotch guy youd love it.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a 33 cL bottle from the Struise Yeast Shop. The appearance is a thick almost sludge delicious black mess. A huge froth brown head. The aromas are full of coffee, chocolate, cocoa powder, whiskey, almost a funky scent. The entry on the tongue is full of rich dark roasted malts, dark chocolate mouse and truffles, wet coffee grinds. The whiskey really drives into the palate after a few sips and begins to dominate. It almost pulls away from the beer. A bit of a sour note in there as well. The mouth is full bodied and fairly hot. It is really thick on the tongue with a thinner finish where the alcohol burn is. Too hot right now but wow a whisky lover’s beer that has some really complex underlying flavors that I can’t wait to get to with age.
bluejacket74 (1511) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, Scotch whisky, smoke, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and some wood. It tastes like roasted malt, chocolate, Scotch whisky, dark fruit, coffee, wood, smoke, and some caramel and molasses. It’s sweeter than I was expecting it to be, not that I’m complaining. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s a bit slick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinks way too easy for being 13% ABV. I think this is a good overall brew, definitely worth trying!
RasmusOtt (1489) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2015 Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Aroma is smoke, peat, vanilla, dark sugary fruits, liquorice, light acetone and woody alcohol. Taste is bit strong and sweet. Add a bit more liquorice and roasted notes, but it’s still very very sweet and the alcohol is there.
peteinSD (1430) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick and creamy burnt expresso-hued head. Viscous appearance in the glass. Aroma is relatively smooth with decadent chocolate, smooth malt, and a light whisky influence. Taste deviates from the aroma with rich, bitter chocloate and a very strong whiskey dryness. Some dry coffee and perhaps expresso in the taste as well. Very smooth and silky in the mouth. The transition from the chocolate IRS to the dry whiskey works extremely well. Amazing beer.
MeadMe (1425) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours a deep dark flat black with a nice mocha head. Okay retention with some nice spotty lace.
S: Bold aromas. Lots of raw cocoa, fresh espresso, green hops, and light barrel.
T: Nice flavors. Sweet chocolate, very rich raw bitter chocolate, ash, oak, whiskey, and mild dark fruits.
M: On the fuller side of medium, rich, bold, good.
D: Very nice.... wonderful beer.
Muggus69 (1409) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle BB 29/12/2016
Diabolical black sump oil in my glass. Holds a pale brown espresso foam.
Intense nose; vegemite, vinous plums and cherries, darkest of espressos and chocolate, treacle, vanilla, charred oak, with an earthy smokey spice.
Seriously thick, oily stuff. Low carbonation, clings to the palate, yet dries out with a big hit of acrid roast.
Delivers a big dose of treacle sweetness upfront on the body. More intense black coffee and cocoa powder, followed up by port-like vinous fruits. Lingering oaky spice and subtle earthy smoke. Warming finish with firm bitterness.
Sinister stuff, very full on. Despite it all, probably underdelivers compared to its parent beer, Black Albert.
gEUS (1395) - Linden, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2014 This beer makes me think of paint and solvents when smelling it. I think I might be wrong and/or that it comes from the whiskey barrels. Still find it a great beer compared to other imperial stouts...