nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via trade thanks to PALMEJ1 on BA. Another bottle shared by alfrantzell on BA, since these things are damn small and we wanted to have enough to go around.
Pours black with a medium-sized, well-retained tan head. Looks excellent.
Aroma is mildly vinous and tart, surprisingly. Also roast and wood.
Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, red wine, oak, and brett. Probably not infected, but definitely tart. Just a little bit of bourbon.
Medium body with mild acidity (but smooth otherwise) with fairly high carbonation. A little boozy.
Pretty good, but fell a bit short of expectations, sort of like Black Damnation. Struise’s -bal aging program seems a bit inconsistent, although they do have some real winners.
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 26, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
from crackedkettle.com - dark black coloured and with a firm and persistent dark beige foam; very complex and robust aroma showing notes of nutmeg, coffee, tar and licorice; roasted; thick and full-bodied, quite salty and with some bitterness; fizzy; very long aftertaste of coffee, licorice and salt with some appparent alcohol - a fantastic beer which clearly reminds me of the Courage Imperial Stout
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25cl bottle sent to me by shawnm213, thanks againd Shawn. Rating #124. Very dark brown pour with a dark tan head, almost black, but not quite on the color. Sweet spicy aroma, a little cinnamon maybe and a bit of alcohol. Bitter roast right on the front of the tongue and very effervescent as well, felt like bubbles were crawling all over my mouth, a little to dry and bitter for my taste, glad to have tried it though. (1132)
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by hophead22 thanks Tim. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is sweet and rich. Taste is sweet, bitter and just decent. Glad I got to try this but I its no great shakes.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at puzzl’s place: Thanks Andy! Pours an opaque black with a dense khaki head that retains well. Huge aroma- vinous, fruity with a red wine tartness, buttery oak and underlying dark chocolate. Complex and enticing. Fluffy body. Rich malt depth in the flavor with the dense black malts meshing harmoniously with a firm vinous presence. Soft vanilla from the oak and a late roasted black malt note on the back. A fantastic and cohesive giant.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Puzzl for sharing the bottle. Pours a deep dark brown- near black body with a nice foamy lasting off-beige head. Aroma is big red wine, oak, tannins, lots of barrel- but plenty of big malts to back it up- moderately sweet, toffee, molasses, burnt malts, roast, and nutty chocolate. Flavor is sweet and estery fruity- almost grape-soda like and big league chew bubblegum-0 big fruity shiraz wine-like, with some banana and other esters, good barrel flavor, oak, red wine, toast, chocolate, gets a bit vinous as it warms, more chocolate, deep roasted malts, fruity plums and raisin. Mineral and tannic- light astringent but mostly pretty smooth in the finish. Nice!
zdk (1788) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared by puzzl: a big beer in a little bottle: strong arouma, dark black with tan head. arouma of licorice and leather, soy sauce. Roasted smoked chocolate malts, prune and saltly. Very nice and mellow, no alcohol in the taste.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2010 Bottle from Mes Beautiful black pour, dark brown, poofy cap. Mild lactic tartness, full, rich aroma, beets, cola. Very complex, and surprisingly mellow. Flavor is bigger but not outrageous, very well aged, everything has calmed and blended quite a bit. This has the kind of palate of a Roch 10 or Westy 12, in that it has a huge ABV yet is very fluffy and mild. Complexity is top notch. This reminds me a lot of Kaggen, which I’d say is quite the compliment. This is wonderful. Thanks Mes.
JK (4156) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unusual aroma with sour berries and shoe polish. Tall, thick, and long-lasting head on top of a black bear. Some alcohol is present in the flavor. Lots of roasted malt, some yeast, and a dry, barnyard finish. Thanks to Dalzale for sharing.
Guerde (1111) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle, generously shared by DalzAle, thanks Greg!) Pours black with a dark tan head that sticks around. Aroma is certainly unusual in that it does not possess the usual chocolate, vanilla, and oak that is predominant in most BA stouts. Instead of these normal flavors there is plenty of sour cherrry skin, light funk, roasted malt, barnyard, and maybe a bit of oak as well. Smells more like a sour ale than a BA impy, and it bears a striking resemblance to the Keralensis. The taste possesses chocolate, roasted malt, light smoke, and is subtly tart, with some dark roasted coffee and berry skin as well. Barrel aging does not make its presence known. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is somewhat lively. Is this beer good? Yes, it certainly is, but the same flavors can be achieved by merely blending any sour with a run of the mill imperial stout.