RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is insanity. It is far and away the most viscous beer I have ever had. It is like drinking syrup; tasty, diabetes inducing syrup. Makes Dark Lord drink like Michelob Ultra by comparison. Like a cocktail of Hershey’s, bourbon, espresso, and Madeira. Virtually no burn from the 26%: extremely dangerous.
mar (5098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
big thanks to cavie for sharing this one. poured black with a deep brown head that was almost red. nose is alcohol, coffee, syrup, chocolate, and roasted malts. huge on the palate, crazy thickness, flavor is alcohol, rich malts, and syrup. delicious
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from BelgBeerGeek. Thanks Vincent!! Aroma of dark dried fruits, bourbon, caramel, espesso, cherries, molasses and wonderful port tones. Very dark brown that sits black in the glass. No head and no lace. Flavor is very sweet and lightly bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily sicky soft. Alcohol is very well hidden. Overall a very well brewed super impy stout. Loved the aged barely wine like port tones and sticky sweetness. Loved it.
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky dark brown colour with a small head.
Great beer, brilliant flavour and aroma.
Sammy (10337) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oily black pour with no head. Reddish brwn highlights. Bitter that gets worse as you drink it. It becomes not such a great bitterness. OK smell. Unbalanced. Thanks Liam.
boFNjackson (4195) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
25cl Bottle shared at a small RB/BA tasting (thanks to hannont for sharing)... Poured black as night with no head. Little to no carbonation if any. Dark, burnt, toasty sugars with strong fortified fruits qualities. Surprisingly drinkable and balanced and not over bearing on the alcohol heat. I wouldn’t be surprised if the actually abv was lower that 26%. Mild roast and ash with a hint of smokey phenols, and dark, dark chocolate.
Mora2000 (6132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Cavie for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours an inky black color with a dark brown head. The aroma is very strong with a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes. There is also a lot of oak and some bourbon notes in the aroma. Alcohol is also a big player in the smell of the beer, as can be expected from a beer this strong.
The flavor is similar. The two most prominent flavors are heavily roasted malt and chocolate. I also get some strong bourbon notes and some oak. The alcohol is also very present. I also can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is something in the flavor that doesn’t quite sit right with me.
The mouthfeel is about as thick as I have ever come across in a beer and the carbonation is low.
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - OCT 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by daknole -- thank you, sir! An ounce of this was plenty, and damn near unnecessary. Really. This beer is just too much. I LOVE ashy imperial stouts, but this is over the top. Pours a lumpy obsidian color with a thick brown head that leaves a surprising amount of lacing. Permeates the aroma and flavor of black licorice, ash, coffee roast, bitter cocoa, and booze. Overwhelming. Seems like something BrewDog would do to press the envelope. More of a novelty than a treat.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from a big bottle, kindly shared by Club Gonzo. Thanks mate! Pours as black as the original sin. A thin ruddy-brown layer of bubbles on top. Big and bold aroma of roasted dark malts, black chocolate, marzipan, extracted plum marmelade and alcohol-soaked dark fruits. Most of the same is featured in the flavors. Roasted coffee-ish and chocolatey dark/black malts in the lead. Underlying tones of dark dried fruits, marzipan, and a vinous port-like sensation. Full body, Thick, and syrupy texture. Big alcohol warmth throughout. What a monster! Exciting and challenging. Impossible to dislike.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with smallish dark tan coloured head. Super oily. It installed stains the glass. Aromas of coffee, roast grain, and dark malt. Surprising whilst it is there the alcohol in no way dominates. Flavours are much the same. Roasted grain and espresso coffee. Alcohol is more prominant. Super creamy super full mouthfeel. Struggle to drink more than half a glass but amazing all the same.