k0mpsa (1362) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at konttori, tampere. Temptating black color with light brown head. Aroma of licorice, salmiakki, roasty and chocolate. Smooth delicious taste of chocolate, licorice, roasty, whiskey barrels.
kbutler1 (1356) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured into the classic Darkness tulip glass. Pours a really dark brown/black with a slight tan head. Pretty carbonated. Holy barrels Batman! This thing is just loaded with the whiskey barrel aroma, so much so, that it almost wipes out all other smells. Some tobacco and leather makes its way know in the nose as well. Earthy/woody as well. Sweeter than I thought it would be to start which then transitions to a leather and bitter aftertaste. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Some coffee notes as well. The booze definitely makes itself known as it warms slightly. Dark fruit notes as well in almost a cloying way. It’s a sipper for sure and not the best really at that.
tricksta_p (1355) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Complex aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, oak, peat, dark chocolate, whiskey. Flavour is roasty, whiskey, peaty, dark fruit sweetness with a hint of tartness which pushed this brew over the edge for me. Alcohol is remarkably well hidden. Delicious.
Jblauvs (1346) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 9, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Black pour with a tan head. aroma is chocolate powder, some subdued whiskey, wood, subtle barrel notes, some light peat. Flavor is an explosion of peaty whiskey, chocolate powder. Absurdly drinkable, smooth and creamy, this shit is dangerous at 13%. Delicious.
MeadMe (1332) - 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.
markextrae (1322) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 rating goes out for the new 33cl old batch. dark black with a thick mocha coloured head. coffee, oak, vanilla, roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate notes. sweet fruity. caramel, whisky, less peated. Very balanced and complexExcellent.
BelgBeerGeek (1299) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
head: big and dark
colour dark as hell
smell: bitter , bit sweet , bit of coffee , malts , wood , whiskey/alcohol
taste: starts way more subtle and less powerfull than the black damn IV , better balance between the bitterness of the coffee and the malts and whiskey flavour ... the IV is very good but this is even better cause the coffee doesn’t comes out so hard and powerfull and i also like the whiskey touch in it very very good best of the black damn serie so far ,
well done urbain , well done !!! ;-)
charule (1295) - 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.
Muggus69 (1273) - 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 (1267) - 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...