jonnyguns (1102) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor thanks to Drew for cracking it on your 40th. Sexy looking pour. Deep black oil pour with a khaki head that holds briefly. Fucking amazing lacing. Nose is chocolate mud cake sweetness, vanilla, roasted espresso and pepper. Intense nose. Taste is bitter dark chocolate backed by vanilla sweetness. Coffee tones coming through. Very intense sweetness. Sticky chocolate coating on the palate. Fucking impressive stuff.
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commonshawn (633) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at lucky 13. Small pour. Black with smooth tan head. Smells of dark fruit and alcohol. Very smooth. Alcohol and sweetness dominate and a good burn at the end. A bit waxy. Not sure it’s worth all the hype, but it’s pretty delicious.
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Moderate lingering head. Boozy sweet aroma with a touch of soy sauce. Flavor is aggressive with loads of roasted notes, massive sweetness, and resiny hops. While I can appreciate the complexity, I thought it wAs all a bit much. I like my imperial stouts more balanced and subtle. It really felt like a better version of dark lord (which I'm not a huge fan of). This could use some age to mellow out.
gad905 (199) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 vintage bottle shared at RichTheVillan’s, 27/11/13. Coming after Dark Lord this was a relief in that it was comparatively un-sweet... Big fruity raisin cherry notes, lots of sweet milk chocolate, ashy roast, coffee, and decent hop bitterness, even at this age. Not boozy really, very drinkable, nice balance.
ljthiessen (699) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2014. Dark brown opaque pour with a beige head. Aromas of dark fruits and chocolate, some raisin and cocoa. Flavour is somewhat boozy, huge chocolate flavour with dark fruits. Thick and oily texture, very full-flavoured. Wow. Incredible imperial stout.
Niko100 (2226) - Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft; Rich black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of smoky sweet malt, anise/licorice, dark fruit, & dark chocolate; Flavor of roasted/smoky sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and black licorice; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Good stuff!
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured deep dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruit and huge roast malt. Medium to full body, flavour is medium sweet berries, moderate liquorice, chocolate and coffee.
hagenwagon (11) - - NOV 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best finishing beers I've had. Just another fantastic beers from Surly.
thomashall (299) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 2012 bottle shared by Big Lou. Dark black pour with almost no head. Sweet nutty aroma. Taste follows with nice finish. This has aged very well. Awesome beer!
jstraw (1944) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Black with modest beige head, good fine lacing / Full body, light spritz, fat and inky, sweet with good balance and hopping / Flavors of prune, licorice, molasses, grass, chocolate, coffee / These big, inky things aren’t my taste, but this is a well-done example of the style.