crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 21, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On-tap at the Struise Old School. Do I refer to how this beast doesn’t seem like the high abv it is or as a fantastic stout? It doesn’t drink like a 26% beer. It is carbonated with a lasting head. The booz doesn’t beat you over the head. The bourbon is in there but not overpowering. Everything just comes together nicely.
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Steve. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of Belgian sugar, chocolate, oak, vanilla, black espresso and rich dark chocolate. Some alcohol in back of palate but very smooth for the ABV. Medium body.
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with tan head and lace. Black coffee and tar. Super espresso, abv, and bitter with texture. An almost chewy beer.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. First reviewed 9/20/2011. "Served on tap in a tasting glass at Zwanze Day.
This beer is black as black and thick as molasses. It barely moves as I try to swirl it around the glass. Only a 26% stout can hold like this. A few tiny brown bubbles form as I pour it into the glass, but there is no hope for any retention.
The aroma is blended together very well. Dark chocolate is full and intense, chocolate and roasted malts provide a firm backbone, and bourbon is there in support. One of the few times I have had a bourbon barrel aged beer where the bourbon had more of a supporting role in the aroma.
Double Black is thick and complex, and the flavors are blended very well. Molasses, some raisins, lots of dark Belgian chocolate, full roasted malts border on burnt, a bit of anise, some vanilla, and finally, bourbon. The finish is smooth with some espresso bitterness. There is such a lack of discreet progression in this beer; one flavor just rolls into the next with great ease.
Incredibly thick body, with tightly wound flavors and carbonation. Alcohol pricks the tongue but is barely present in a soft burn in the throat. Sticky and syrupy, of course, there was no way this could not be intense on that front.
I am normally wary of super high ABV beers since they strike me as more of a gimmick than a true beer experience. Somehow, this breaks the mold and is surprisingly drinkable. By that, I mean, it drinks like a beer with half its ABV, which would still be pretty high. But I could easily enjoy sipping a glass of this over a few hours and never tiring of it.
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with friends, courtesy of forgetfu (I believe). Thanks Bill! Black appearance with a dark brown head. Slightly roasty, lightly nutty, licorice, light vanilla aroma without a note of booze! Thick, dark chocolatey/cocoa nib, charred black licorice, somewhat woody flavor with almost no hint of booze. Holy fuck, this baby is smooth.
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour at Bill’s tasting, pour was oily thick black with a nice thin dark brown head, glad it was carbonated had heard problems. Aroma brought nice notes of chocolate, molasses, big dark fruits, vanilla, toffee, drying coffee and toffee notes, somehow no booze comes through. Taste is a nice big balanced dark fruit with chocolate, coffee, hints of caramel and roast, nice big molasses in there, ever so slight warmth, but really way too easy to drink.
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to Beerlando for pouring this. Thick super black pour with little head. Big roasted grain, dark fruit aroma with hints of Belgian yeast. Creamy, chocolate, roasted grain taste with notes of Belgian yeast in the taste. Lots of booziness, yet amazing drinkable.
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 75cl. Pours a very thick engine oil black with only a rim of tan head. Smells of wood, dark malts, chocolate, roast, and some bourbon echoes. Tastes of charcoal, but extremely smooth, chocolate, espresso, and absolutely amazing how covered the alcohol is. Some spicy notes, which appears to just be from the charcoal. Lots of bourbon flavors, but in a creamy form. Creamy smooth texture. Soft carbonation. Very full body. Finishes dry with some bitterness. Amazing.
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Alcohol. Sweet. Thick. Leggy. Sticks to ribs. Smells of molasses and alcohol. Yum!
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Ink black mess of syrup with a small ring of bubbles that rise in the glass.
S - Molasses, coffee, dark fruits, oak, and a surprisingly small amount of alcohol.
T - Chocolate covered raisins and every other sugary sweet you could possibly imagine. A nice bourbon-y oak alcohol heat finishes out.
M/D - Thick and oily with just enough carbonation. This is a massive beer that I was unsure of before I opened it, but it’s the real deal. I’ve had 13-15%abv barleywine and stouts that were noticeably hotter than this monster.