Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge, huge thanks to Eric for opening a bottle of this at Dark Lord Day 2011. Served in a mini snifter.
Pour yields a black-bodied brew with a surprisingly large mocha-colored head that persists for a bit of time. Not too long, but what can you expect from a 26% eis-stout? The aroma is intoxicating--strong notes of coffee, roasted malt, molasses, a bit of tar, smoke, and a hint of booze. Some light vanilla and a bit of darker smoked fruits in the background. Really nice and complex.
The flavor backs off just a bit from where the nose was, as the alcohol is quite a bit more prevalent here than it was in the nose. Still, there is great complexity with roasted and sweet dark malts plus vanilla, chocolate, coffee, smoke, and, of course, the alcohol. The midpalate is fairly nice and smooth, though the finish allows the alcohol to come through. Still, not many complaints given the ABV and how young this is. A really fantastic beer; thanks again, Eric.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-05-2011
pantanap (3351) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at west lakeview for a meet and great with the one and only urbain. didn’t think this would have lasted for so long. anyhow, i digress... pours a silky yet viscous deep dark brownish black pour with reddish hues towards the edges and topped with a thin to medium light beige head. legs gently dance along the sides of the glass.. aroma is assertive and enveloping with dark sugary esthers, chocolate, dark fruit, and a light roast. as expected, a fair amount of heat detected in the nose... flavors followed suit to a tee with confectionary dark sugars, chocolate, a fair bit of roast, and dark fruits. all of which mingle together freely and in a harmonious way. big thick, semi-sticky body throughout. alcohol runs a little rampant but nicely held in check given its strength. really enjoyed this as i returned to this on 4-5 occasions throughout the event albeit in small portions. really lovely and desert-like. a smoother more developed and refined black tuesday and i am indeed a supporter of both. thanks urbain for such an awesome surprise.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Eric for this top 50 tick... pours a dark viscous black with a dark tan head, surprising amount of head and retention... the nose is super deep and complex with dark fruits and molasses some smoke on the back, shockingly light alcohol, hides the 26% amazingly... the taste is equally impressive as the alcohol is hidden perfectly, I would have thought this was around 12%-15%, very chewy, brownies with dark fruits and raisins... really good and worth tracking down
Scopey (6659) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap (served from a decanter) at Het Oude Schooltje, thanks to Carlo. It pours deepest, darkest black, with the largest, heaviest-looking tan head I’ve ever seen. The head seems to keep falling into itself under it’s own weight, but never thins. The nose is charcoal, varnish, paint stripper, sesame seed, soy sauce, caramel, toffee, coffee, vanilla and lots of dark fruit. The taste is sesame seed, wood, soy sauce, brown sugar, plum, dark cherry, fig, liquorice, wood, tobacco, dark chocolate, some coconut, vanilla, and burnt sugar. It is rich, complex and the alcohol is somehow well-hidden. An imperial of stout of epic proportions.
tderoeck (4490) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011
5/04/2011 on tap @ Struise Oud Schooltje (2011-134) Thanx to Urbain!
Completely pitch black beer, beige to brown creamy head, very stable and adhesive. Aroma: caramel, fruity, berries, mocha, chocolate, wood, dusty and some yeasty notes. MF: light carbon, full body, extremely thick and texture like heavy whipped cream. The beer is almost chewable without being cloying, amazing. Taste: mocha, dark chocolate, cream, vanilla, wood tones, charcoal, very earthy touch to it. Aftertaste: sweet caramel, hops, spices, ginger, alcohol pricking in the back of the throat but also on the gums. This is some serious stuff. Why not 20/20? Because there’s 7 more to come! ;-)
grunx (367) - - APR 1, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Només comparable amb la Black de Mikkeller. Sense paraules. La cervesa ho diu tot.
mumares (98) - BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at ACBF. Astonishing, a 26% beer that still has a nice head is quite an achievement. Pours black as night with a nice tan head. Aroma is coffee, vanilla,dark bitter chocolate and roasted malts. Very smooth and even carbonated, with only a slight hint of alcohol. Great experience!
kappldav123 (4807) - GERMANY - MAR 15, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at the ACBF 2011. Deep black in the glass, a bit oily, nice creamy head. Heavy malty aroma. Starts fiery-malty, extreme earthy-malty, notes of chocolate and strong coffee. Warming finish, a bit scratchy-woody, not as alcoholic as exspected. Very impressing!
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 Smokey aroma, like the end of a cigarette with chocolate. Straight up black in color with tan-brown head. Very smooth with strong smokey, chocolate and coffee tones. An intense beer and deceptive considering the ABV!
Notes: On tap at the Alvinne CBF ’11, at the Schoolhouse and Borefts BF
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 11, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at ACBF. Second beer of the day - ouch. What. A. Beer. Darker than the bowels of hell itself. Massive dense bubbly dark brown head. Nose is green, lots of burnt charcoal, some paprika notes. Strong espresso. Mouth is smoky, burnt, thick, charcoal, saltiness, along with lots of roasted malts. Not a hint that this is such a strong beer. Excellent, lovely beer.