MarcoDL (2446) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I appreciate this experiment, but this is just too much. The alcohol burns in your mouth and stomach and makes it hard to detect the other tastes.
Abijen (1543) - ís-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black beer with a nice brown head. Smells glue, roasted and rye. Tastes chocolate, coffee, roasted. Little bit alcohol. Thick body, low carbo and a sticky texture.
Bosbouw (1435) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Volle zwarte kleur met een matige gouden kraag. Ruikt koffie ,vanille, alcohol. Smaakt vol, vanille, drop en alcohol. Goede alcohol nasmaak.
jfb (4197) - Freising, GERMANY - APR 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draught, rating #3500) pours deep black in colour with a frothy deep brown head. aroma of roasted malts, hazelnuts, cherries and espresso, a touch alcoholic, with a light hint of sugar icing. flavour is heavily alcoholic and slightly perfumed, with a medium sweetness and additional notes of roasted malts, earth, hazelnuts, yeast and plum cake. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.
tom10101 (3159) - 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 thereís 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. Itís not even nearly as boozy as Black Tuesday and some other high abv beer. Itís even "drinkable" considering the high abv. Great balance. Iím blown away by this one.
SVD (683) - 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 !
FROTHINGSLOSH (5136) - 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.
charule (1331) - 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.
Beerman6686 (4782) - 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.
artmcd8 (1847) - 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.