Fin (8704) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was passed on a glass of this by Craig at Mes & Sims wedding, 18.06.11 cheers Craig! Pours black, like engine oil, really oily and sticking to the sides of the glass. Caresses the tongue like velvet, it is so smooth and drinkable I cannot quite believe that this is 26%. Loads of smooth rich chocolate in the mouth, some creamy vanilla and oakiness. Lovely beer and interesting to try alongside the Messy. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 3.9
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Handbottle from cavrowland. Motor oil pour with exactly three bubbles. Aroma is definitely alcohol, molasses, and roasted. Taste is chocolate, lots of roast, so much alcohol, licorice, and more alcohol. For all the alcohol taste and aroma, it’s incredibly smooth and fantastic.
50belair (3083) - Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to darkguardian for sharin’ this beast. Gnarly syrupy black pour. Big bourbon nose. A rambunctious stout with all kinds of bourbon that gives way to muted chocolate, dark roasted malt, and expresso flavors. I’m impressed...
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl bottle. Rated over two sessions. Initially the nose is quite hot with alot of alcohol, wood, bourbon, dark chocolate and tons of roast. Now after 6 days of being opened but stopped, it has mellowed. Perhaps without the carbonation to push the alcohol up. Dark chocolate is most prominant but there is plenty of wood and bourbon. The roastiness has subsided leaving a nose much stronger than on the night I actually opened it. The beer itself is incredibly thick, with a huge oilslick like mouthfeel. Less burnt than on the initial tasting, it is still plenty bitter. Tons of dark chocolate, very little alcohol burn now, and alot of lingering notes of bourbon. This and Sink the Bismark are the only two super strong beers I have had that retained the characterisitics of their original style. This still is an imperial stout, just like Sink was still a double IPA. Quite a remarkable feet. I’m not sure if this is a top 50 beer, but its a damn good beer.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had the 2nd iteration of this in 2009 and again finally on draft at WLV in 2011. Wow, great to see it’s progress. I love that aroma... because it smells basically identical to Black Albert. Wish I could remember my exact thoughts on this one. Alcohol very well hidden, absolutely delicious, plenty more chocolate in this. It’s wrong for this to be so drinkable... sticky sticky.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, courtesy of Cavie) Pours an opaque oily black body with a spare brown dusting of a head. Flavor of roasted malt, vinous, caramel, bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some dried dark fruits, and plenty of alcohol.
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with HUGE thanks to drowland and mlunger12! Those guys kick ass! Pours a super dark brown color that looks very thick. Light carbonation. Changes the color of the glass it’s so thick. Aroma is huge alcohol notes, dark malts, roasted notes and oak. Flavor is very chocolately, roasted malts and nuts with a sharp alcohol burn. Wow this is intense. Sweet chocolate and intense! Nice.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(sampled at Dak’s Memorial Day tasting). Pours thick and black with a tan head. This just coats the glass. Aroma has alcohol and plenty of chocolate and bourbon. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Full bodied with a sticky texture. This is a really nice beer with a nice mix of sweetness, roasty bitterness and alcohol.
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2011 (Rating #6700) Bottle… Rated over two sessions... Freshly opened, the brew pours pitch black with a small, creamy, light brown head. Fantastic retention. The bouquet offers charcoal, dark chocolate and a boatload of alcohol. Ultra full-bodied and downright chewy with stinging carbonation. The flavor is mostly charcoal with only modest sweetness. As expected, very, very boozy. No bourbon here. Finishes burnt, bitter and red hot. Darned good for a 52 proof beer. Score = 3.7. About ten days later, we revisited the very same re-sealed bottle. The carbonation had mellowed by about 65%. Also, the alcohol and rough edges were nicely smoothed-over by a thick, soothing blanket of dark chocolate, fudge and caramel. Minus the biting carbonation, this may be more viscuous than Dark Lord. The alcohol is still present, but more laid-back and certainly more enjoyable. I think the reduction in carbonation over ten days accentuated the beer’s malty nuances by lessening the painful assault of ethanol upon my cowering taste buds. No longer "under attack," my palate seems more open to all the excellent flavors and textures hidden within this "gentle giant" of a beer. I suppose an analogy could be made regarding the biting, stinging winter cold of the U.S. northeast or midwest which forces every pore in one’s epidermis to clamp up tightly in order to protect the other organs from hypothermia. After being opened for ten days, I’d give this beer a 4.1. The mean between the freshly opened bottle and the ten-day-old bottle = 3.9. I can’t say that I’d recommend opening a bottle of beer and then re-visiting it ten days later very often - maybe Samuel Adams Utopius - but this one truly seemed to benefit from a little time in the company of oxygen. Sometimes your enemies become your friends. Thanks to darkguardian for providing the opportunity to try this rarity!
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle sampled at Daknole’s Memorial Day Tasting. Pours thick BLACK. Looks like old motor oil and viscosity is about the same. Minimal brown head. Aroma is smoke, coffee, chocolate and malt. Taste is intense, with coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, roasty and quite boozy. Bitter, boozy, chocolate finish. It was indeed a treat to taste such an intriguing ale. I must say it would be difficult to drink a whole bottle, but to taste is sublime. Heavy duty stuff. Highly recommended.