thome50 (751) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a jet black color with no head. Loads of chocolate malt in the aroma and toffee. Taste is hard to get down with how thick this beer is. Viscous chocolate and more toffee/caramel from the barrel. Some pepper going on here too but doesn’t come out until the beer warms. Overall, hard to drink more than an ounce.
Sledutah (3624) - Utah, USA - FEB 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle generously shared by Doug, thanks!
Appearance: Thick black (oil) with a small dark tan head, good lacing and a black coating left on the insides of the glass
Aroma: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses and dark coffee
Taste: Thick mouth feel of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, leather and some hot alcohols
Holy shit this was awesome. Grabbed me an extra glass and just sipped this all night while drinking other beers.
douglas88 (5128) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle thanks to Dylan. Pours out the darkest stickiest brew ever. I mean this beer will stain your glass. A massive nose of dark fruit, some heat and chocolate, roast. The flavor is unique and excellent: oily, huge roast, metal, essence of dark fruit concentrated into a syrup, sugar, tobacco. Don’t get me wrong, you know it’s 26% when you swallow it, but in terms of the flavor it has little alcohol. Really sweet. Damn good as well. A gem to be savored.
ekoerper (572) - Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: deep, rich chocolate, coffee, toffee and molasses, some booze, sweetness, vanilla and wood, earthy. Pitch black pour, inky and opaque, thin tan head, little retention. Very rich flavor, lots of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, wood, molasses. Nice roasty bitterness, alcohol is well hidden for such a monster of a beer, sweet but not overly so, dark fruit. Chewy body, low carbonation, slick on the tongue. Really nice, surprisingly under control.
MikeJslc (629) - USA - JAN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, opaque, brown head, thick legs on glass. Aroma of deep malt, licorice, chocolate. Flavor of very deep malt, roast, toasty notes, licorice, dark fruit, burnt sugar, bitter chocolate, warming alcohol, bitterness in finish Very thick mouthfeel. Huge chewy roasty sipper.
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hallinghansen (1684) - Odense S, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trade from Doodler, thanks man. Black body with a medium brown head. Aroma is syrup, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, sweet, alcohol. Flavor is alcohol, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Cloying
joeneugs (2575) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Trappist Provisions. It pours very dense and black with a small, yet tight, dense tan head. The aroma is surprisingly balanced and pleasant with some light notes of bourbon and a lot of dark chocolate and roast. The flavor, however delves into craziness with dark chocolate milk shake, salty alcohol burn and an ashy, dirty cigar like finish. The body is incredibly thick and syrupy. Hard to choke down, but not in a gross way. More of a difficult transfer from point A to point B kind of way. I could feel it still making it’s way down my esophagus about an hour later. Seriously. There is virtually no bourbon flavor here, which isn’t really a bad thing either. I was worried about getting a blast of fusels and soy sauce, but those elements are surprisingly missing as well. In fact, I’m doubting whether or not this is really 26%. The flavors meld well, and hit you in waves rather than all at once. 4 or 5 ounces of this was about perfect. All in all, this was a testament to the talent of the brewers to keep this balanced and somewhat drinkable, but I can think of many other imperial stouts I’d rather drink.
ineedbeer (421) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Trappist Provisions.
Aroma is a touch muted, but what is there is quite complex. Some nice roast notes that take the form of coffee, smoked meat and a hint of teriyaki. Lots of rich, dark chocolate. Good dark fruit character with cherries and prune. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroma - no heat at all.
Pours a very dark black with a thick mocha head that recedes quickly. This beer is viscous with huge legs.
Flavor starts with lots of thick sweet chocolate and a touch of dark chocolate. The chocolate fades and the roast takes its turn with some nice coffee and meat notes - a hint of a soy sauce note. As you swallow the alcohol hits you - lots of spice and here and in the finish is where you start to get the esters. Light raisin and cherry esters. Low to moderate bitterness and low astringency.
Mouthfeel is very full bodied with low carbonation. Astringency is surprisingly low. This beer obviously has high alcohol warmth.
Overall a very nice beer. It does an amazing job of hiding the alcohol behinds layers of dark malts and dark fruit esters. I'm a bit worried about oxidation creeping in and turning this into expensive soy sauce though.
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shoulderbroken (1501) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 6, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mini glass at the Struise shop. Very dark, very thick, big golden head. Aroma is smoky, booze, whiskey, dark and roasty. Taste is sweet, not so boozy up front, liquorice, coffee bitterness. Pretty nice, but a small one is probably enough as the booze catches up.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, molasses, roast, vanilla, dark fruits, and light alcohol (nowhere near 26% though). It pours a dark brown with no transparency and virtually no head short of a few stray bubbles. A quick swirl leaves some nice legs on the side of the glass. The flavor starts with chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and some sugary sweetness. It finishes with some raisin, roasted coffee, light burnt notes, and light alcohol. It’s full bodied with minimal carbonation and an oily mouthfeel. Overall, it’s shocking this is 26% as I would not call this hot at all...nor is it as sweet as I would expect for such a big beer. Definitely a beer meant for small doses.