tom10101 (2781) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Zythos Beer Festival. Deep black with a medium fully lasting beige head and little lacing. Aroma is stunning! So rich and complex with tons of chocolate, caramel, smoke, roasted malt, bourbon, red fruits, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is sweet, but not nearly as much as some of the big RIS from USA. Again, this is so rich and there’s a ton of chocolate, caramel, well-integrated bourbon, smoke, fruity notes, vanilla and a heart warming finish. Full (!) body. Moderate/medium carbonation (very impressive for a 26% abv beer). Super thick mouthfeel. Wow! One of the best - if not the best - Imperial Stout I had yet, Amazingly rich and complex. The alcohol is never burning, just pleasantly warming. It’s not even nearly as boozy as Black Tuesday and some other high abv beer. It’s even "drinkable" considering the high abv. Great balance. I’m blown away by this one.
charule (1101) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch 1 thanks to Beerman6686. Poured oily jet black with no head slight chunks. Aroma of pungent vanilla fruity bourbon wood that stings a bit. No carb thick bod. Complex dark choc wood roast taste. Killer.
artmcd8 (1612) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 1 bottle shared thanks to beerman6686. Thanks, Dan! Pours a deep deep brown black like used motor oil sludge. Some protein chunks. Thick and syrupy. There was a reverse cascading head that appeared quickly and held like jello. Aroma of nutty chocolate. Boozy but not the volatile boozy smell of some high alcohol beers. Taste is much like the smell. Nutty chocolate taste thickly coats the mouth. As the beer warms there is a significant alcohol burn. A few ounces of this beer is all you need.
Beerman6686 (4348) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one poured a jet black color with a suprisingly normal sized dark tan head. Aroma was big smoke, soy, dark chocolate, dark fruits and booze. Flavor was similar, big soy and smoke, very sweet, but not tooth hurting, definite alcohol burn but actually hidden pretty well given its strengnth, got hotter and a bit chunky towards the end of the bottle.
ST247 (380) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @Het Oude Schooltje. Pours black with light brown foam. Aroma is alcohol and a bit sweet. Taste alcoholic, bit chocolate. Full body and rather sticky.
TEJA (1294) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Stockholm beer and whisky 2013. Sweet chocolate aroma. Lastig brown head. Stronger and bigger version of Black albert.
SVD (575) - NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample glass at ZBF 2014: black beer, dark brown head, roasted coffee aroma, taste is bittersweet, roaster coffee, syrup like texture. Nice !
EdKing (1872) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle care of Mes at Tom’s birthday. Opaque black, off white head, oily. Nose is damp cellar, rich black chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, prune, raisin, ripe fruit, roasted malt. Taste is deep deep chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit, prune, black sugar, intense and oily mouthfeel.
ElManana (248) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAR 14, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The darkest brown head I have ever seen. You can actually feel it going straight to your head as yo drink it. Huge bourbon, cooking chocolate, coffee roast. Super full bodied, as yo wold expect. Probably doesn’t as give as much as you would hope, but still a mutha of a beer. Rich, decadent though not as filthy rich as the original damnation.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the March 2014 Pittsburgh Ratebeer gathering. +++ Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a large foamy incredibly dark brown head that lingered forever and left good lacing. The aroma was sweet and malty with notes of sugar, anise and chocolate. The flavor was chocolate, malty, anise and port wine. It really sticks to your mouth and refuses to leave. Amazingly long finish. Booziness is present but hell the beer is 26% so it was reasonably controlled all things considered. Thick, full and creamy body. Some chunks towards the end. Really interesting.