Drake (9433) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours pitch black with a large dark brown head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, fudge, sweet malts, toasted malts, faint tobacco and hops. The taste is toasted malts, anise, berries, coffee, chocolate, nuts, booze, soy and bitter hops. Full bodied. Very intense. Nice beer.
omhper (20325) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2011
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Near black, no head. Syrupy alcoholaroma. Super-mega sweet with black hole style body. Compact with syrupy sugar, resin and burning saccharine compressed to a singularity. Inky and very aggressive. Yikes, this is certainly not for me.
thirdeye11 (5671) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle thanks to Cavie) jet black pour, viscous in appearance, coats the glass well with a ring of deep tan bubbles. Nose of big fudge presence, alcohol, raisins, graham cracker, quite rich. Taste of HUGE alcohol, raisin, hairspray, more alcohol, fudge. The body of this beer is as thick and viscous as any I’ve tried (only other comparable I can think of was 2008 Dark Lord) and has a huge linger that reminds me it’s 26% ABV.
VsXsV (2573) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from 33 cl bottle at SBWF 2011. Black, clear liquid with very small or no tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, raw sugar, syrup, dark fruit, booze, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is extremely sweet, medium to high bitterness, alcohol and some notes from the wood aging. The sweetness is too much, feels like drinking syrup after a while. Very thick body with sticky mouthfeel and burning alcohol. I’m kind of ambivalent towards this beer. The first two tastes were very enjoyable but I got sick of it very fast because of the high sweetness and viscosity. Two centilitres (about an fl oz) was absolutely enough. No drinkability whatsoever.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by GT2: pours an oily obsidian with a well-lacing froth of rich dark head. Has a sweet intense dark caramel and chocolate nose with some plums and alcoholic warmth. Starts with a sticky rich chewy dark maltiness and lots of dark fruity complexity and sugars before a warming lightly roasted and sweet dark chocolate finish. A unique and complex brew, but too much to drink more than a few ounces.
GT2 (8930) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL. Pour is very heavy black ink. Huge, deep red head. Massive retention. Looks like a miniature version of something awesome. Big ass retention, massively dark SRM. Big red head. Wow. Nose up front is strawberries, white sugar, milk chocolate, intense red apple. Taste is silky up front moving to some massive onslaught of bitterness. Big heat and chili pepper. Whoa whoa whoa. Massive melted dark chocolate character. Pretty hilarious. Feels like drinking melted black chocolate. Great heavy melted dark chocolate mousse palate. In taste, chalky and ashy finish but enjoyable. Spicy wood, spicy bourbon, dark raspberry truffle. Hilarious, very intense, not my favorite RIS but much better than what I was expecting at nearly 30% abv. My lord, if you drank this entire bottle by yourself you would die. And go to hell.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 Nose is fairly decent, some chocolate, lots of roast. Doesn’t really warn you to the skull-fuck you’re about to receive. Taste is very sweet, very bitter, grossly hot and fusel, finishes with concentrated ashtray juice. Finish is unmercively long and astringent with more ashtray. I need to brush my teeth. Texture is actually nice and velvety. Not even the honey badger would drink this and he doesn’t give a shit.
BeerandBlues2 (10359) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by GT2. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy brown head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy roast and chocolate malt, prunes, licorice, oak, light alcohol, and light hops. Flavor is heavy chocolate and coffee malt, medium roast malt, prunes and licorice, alcohol notes, medium malt bitterness, sweet with a dry finish. Full body, high warmth, medium carbonation.
Leighton (12601) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2012 Draft at ACBF 2011. Pours black with a huge, beige head. Sharp chocolate aroma, lots of peat and moss growing in the nostrils. Chalky. Wild (as in crazy) flavor. Tons of booze, sure, though well integrated with the roasty malts and baking cocoa. Full bodied with tons of carbonation. Burning finish, sweet and sticky, lots of peat and dark chocolate, some modest coffee grounds. Excellent beer. (4.3)
Bottle shared by Paul Scopey at the Beer Geek Wedding. Stellar beer. (4.3)
Bottle shared by Mes. It’s a very strong beer but not at all cloying. Some modest alcohol sting. Lots of brownies. Excellent. (4.3)
finol (2286) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at SBWF 2011.
Pours oily black.
Typical fruity struise aroma with everything extra, syrup, rye bread, licorice, heavy malt. Very Penguine like. Good but the regular Cuvée Delphine is more enjoyable.