adnielsen (10384) - 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 (9210) - 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 (2991) - 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.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Thanks to drowland for helping track this one down. Pours thick and dark with no head. Immediate hot, sticky aroma. Remarkably drinkable for sitting at 26%. I get a big roasty chocolate then drowned out by alcohol hotness. Very interesting. Glad I got to try it.
RasmusOtt (2080) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear golden with no head. Aroma is big foging stout, dark rich cocoa beany chocolate, dates, prunes, figs, bourbon, burnt caramel, dark roasted coffee, weak smoke, vanilla and soy. Taste is alcohol, bourbon, dark sweet fruits, burnt caramel, sugary sweetness, chocolate and soy. The Aroma is so good but the taste is too sweet and alcoholic for me.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At the time of this review, this is the #20 beer on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial Stout" list, served in a snifter.
Beer is oily, thick, thin dark brown head of small bubbles forms, low retention, no lacing, low carbonation. Interesting.
Aroma is sweet, coffee, strong, burning alcohol a little, intense.
To say this beer is thick is not a good descriptor, it is very interesting on the palate though, it is chewy thick on the front 2/3 of the palate and finishes rather thin. It is like the alcohol of the beer can’t cut through the front so it waits for the finish. Moderate roast and bitterness on the finish. I personally can’t drink a lot of this but it is a nice sipping beer.
Serving type: bottle
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with friends in Athens. Pitch black with virtually no head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, wood, sugar, ripe fruit and alcohool. Oily mouthfeel. Roasted malt aroma, very sweet, vanilla,chocolate. Doesn’t feel like 26% but it still is quite alcoholic.