Sammy (10565) - 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 (4198) - 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 wouldnít 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 (6134) - 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 canít quite put my finger on it, but there is something in the flavor that doesnít 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) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - 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.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Big bottle shared with friends, I needed the help for sure with this bad boy. Iím not sure how to compare this beer with anything else that Iíve tried before. Itís just simply incredible for the size and ABV. Itís got everything. The pour is like jet engine oil. It stains the glass black instantly and has super long legs. The flavor isnít just booze, though it is still quite boozy. The ABV is obviously super high but still itís easy to sip on.
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Dayton draft meeting. Super thick. Aroma is super rich chocolate and roast. This does not taste like 26% alcohol at all. Very good tasting beer
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2011 750ml bottle. Lot # A/CD1/2010. Best by April 2016. I first opened this up with the Redlight crew after sampling Utopias. At the time, I thought it was pretty darn harsh...and since we didnít finish the bottle, I vacuum sealed the last 8 oz. or so to see if it would change after a day or two. What I found was pretty surprising....
The much anticipated pour yields a dense, extremely dark mahogany body (surprisingly not pitch black). Unexpectedly, a creamy, dark brown, chocolate milkshake head rises out of the inky depths. Even after 2 days under vacuum seal, the head stayed strong. A few swirls of the glass leaves a thick, ultra-viscous, motor oil sheen on the glass. The liquid is slow and lumbering.
The nose on the freshly opened bottle was honestly pretty gross. There was a smoky beef jerky quality so it that threw me off big time. Alcohol was potent and harsh, and burnt roast trumped any underlying depth. The 2-day old version, however, showed alot more character. The roast mellowed out a bit, as did most of the smoky-salty tones, allowing for some sweet caramel, burnt marshmallow, bourbon, and stewed fig to emerge. The alcohol is still strong and somewhat obtrusive, but considerably less so. Anise is sharp, adding a licorice component. Oak and vanilla round things out.
Like the nose, the initial flavor I gleaned from the freshly opened bottle was harsh and meaty. It bordered on ashy at times, laden with char. Yet once again, after being open for 2 days, it mellowed out a bit to reveal caramel, nougat, bittersweet black chocolate, and woody bourbon notes. Sugars overcame most of the char, though roast lingered on well after the finish.
The palate is, predictably, quite dense and chewy. How could it not be with this much residual sugar? What is a surprise is the fine, velvety carbonation that dances across the tongue (I expected near-flatness, and this was actually quite lively). The booze component is quite hot and astringent, burning the throat a bit on the way down. Sugars coat the tongue and teeth after the swallow.
Overall, Iíd classify this as a "must try once" type of brew. It is certainly an experience, though not necessarily one that Iíd go for again, and definitely not something Iíd pay anywhere near the asking price for. I also canít figure why theyíd go with 750ml bottles for such a monster. 250ml would be perfect (and even then Iíd probably split it 3 ways). If youíre placing any weight on this review...Iíd say try the "open and let it sit" method, as it definitely improved a great deal.
Drake (11469) - 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.