Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vintage 2009 bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Deep opaque brown body, medium clumping brown head. Nose of roasted coffee, burnt sugars, oak, and licorice. The body features potent tannic oak, astringent and aspirin-like, in addition to vinous notes, coffee, molasses, brown sugar, and even bubblegum. The tart astringency is a drawback. Silky and warming, like chocolate milk with oak.
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy or Armando629, Köszike! 0,33 l bottle, vintage 2009.
Poured black, with a beige lacing foam. Dark fruits, caramel, licorice, cocoa, woodcask, tobacco, herbs jump out in the complex aroma. Sweet taste in the dense, highly carbonated body. Long lasting bitter taste, plenty of alcohol. Unique and excellent.
Prokroustis (689) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - JUN 25, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2012 Pitch dark black body with a dark brown head. Amazing aroma of coffee, alcohol, wood, honey, burned toast. Palate is great, full, smooth and not very syrupy. Flavour is incredible, coffee, chocolate and vanilla dominate. A truly amazing beer. (9/5/10/5/19)
Black body, dark brown head. Extraordinary warming aroma with coffee, honey, caramel, wood, burned toast, plum, vanilla. Smooth, full body. Incredible flavour with wood, dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla, coffee. Truly amazing.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
excellent beer. dark, black, thick...medium sized brown colored head. aroma of massive oak, fig, raisin, and mild chocolate. very sweet. flavor still gives off much more of an oakiness than the bourbon i was expecting from the four rose aging. burnt sugar, toast, and peanut shell in the finish. dense, creamy and lively
LoFi (1627) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 2009 bottle, had 2011. Pitch black thick liquid with a large, creamy brown head. Aroma: vanilla, bourbon, toffee, licorice, chocolate. Taste: chocolate, toffee, bourbon, coffee, roasted, cacao, medium bitter. Full-bodied, medium carbonation, soft bubbles. Very well balanced and tasty.
2011 bottle, had Dec 2012 or Jan 2013.
Aroma: roasted, bourbon.
Taste: bourbon, roasted, licorice, cocoa, coffee. After a while red berries, light sourish.
Sigmund (5343) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 12, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml bottle, a gift from OleR. Wow - I really owe that man a few beers now! Vintage 2009. ABV is 13%. Pitch black colour, huge chocolate brown head. Lovely complex aroma of roasted malts, leather, oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark chocolate. Rich mouthfeel. The flavour is roasty with notes of strong coffee and dark bitter chocolate, but also notes of oak and bourbon, hints of liquorice. A distinct hoppy and roasty bitterness in the finish. Impressive stuff!
armando629 (2420) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0,33 l bottle, vintage 2009 as a gift.
Poured deeeeeeeep black, like the bottom of the ocean. Small , creamy brown head with red island on the surface. It smells like an extract of a plum field with cocoa and dark chocolate, alcohol and licorice, molasses, peat, plum and raisins. Supercomplex flavor profile, wide selection of experiments. Cocoa, belgian yeast with fruitiness of plum and raisins, deep roasted tastes, molasses and licorice, leather, tobacco, dark chocolate. Alcohol warms me up and numbling my palate. Organised chaos of tastes...
fugitive (1424) - Athens, GREECE - MAY 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Color almost black with medium brown head. Aroma roasted, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, chocolate. Taste sweet, chocolate, coffee, vanillam, bourbon.
cheap (4278) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2011
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 Had this at the RB Pgh tasting at lithy’s place 5/21/11. Big thanks to Justin for providing this beer; beer which I am not qualified to rate. Big black stout poured from a 12 oz bottle. Thick tan head. that does not fade. Volatile imp stout aroma that tells me this stuff is gonna be way on style. And it is - big fat imp stout impressions of charcoal and old burned charred & wet campfire wood with a big alky background. It rototills across my tongue turning the soil as it travels to the back of my throat, wew. It says 13% here but I would have guessed more like 10%; so I guess it kinda hides some of the alky? Nice lacing on the glass. Flat brutal mouthcoating oily bitter finish. If you like imp stout, forget about my humanistic rating. ON STYLE, TREMENDOUSLY. Thanks justin for allowing this lager loven beer tsting novice a chance to taste this gem. Yes, thetruthh can set you free, free to taste a finely made on style imp stout.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown-basically black. Thick dark tan foam. Aroma is hot alcohol, some whiskey, very faint roast. Taste is a bit nicer, roasty, some bourbon.