cavery (35) - Palm Desert, California, USA - SEP 27, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
09 Black Tuesday shared by MikeDashG @ his 30th Birthday Party in the Stone Gravel Lounge. A long time want that I really didnít think Iíd ever get to try. Pour was completely black, extremely dark mahogany cream bubbles hug the glass. Smell is a rich dark chocolate, vanilla, and some burnt cane sugars. Taste is just incredible, I almost canít describe it as itís so unique. The flavor integrates the alcohol so well to where it becomes something new for me. Iíd say itís like a really amazingly well integrated sherry chocolate mousse, thatís been whipped to perfection. The feel is just incredible, I canít believe this beer is 19.5% ABV. This was a holy grail for me, and I canít thank Mike enough for the opportunity. This was unbelievably delicious. I would never have believed that amount of alcohol to be so tamed by rich flavors. Best stout Iíve ever had, hands down.
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2012 From bottle at BT, NYC. Thanks to Victor for sharing. Absolutely gorgeous aroma, chocolate, boozy, toffee, licorice, molasses. The appearance is a deep black, with a light brown head, nice oily appearance on the glass. The flavor is like the aroma, dark chocolate, alcohol, licorice, molasses. The finish is sweet, roasty, light pine hops. Beautiful thick body. Absoltely equal to its hype.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin creamy head and a nice halo around the top. Thanks Paul! Really appreciated this! Rich tobacco, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, bourbon, booze, toffee, and yes, booze and bourbon!! I really love the aroma of this beer. Then nose is absolutely incredible with really intense chocolate and strong bourbony qualities to it. Smells marvelous! Rich heavey vanilla with loads of chocolate, caramel, tobacco, licorice, toffee, and a rather rich and sweet finish. Pretty amazing stuff!
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010, black waxed, 750ml bottle labeled 18.2%abv, purchased directly from the bruery during the online public release. well this is #998 on the way to 1000. opens with an impressive hiss and pours into my bruery tulip a deep, cocoa brown with a smooth, creamy, khaki head that has great retention and leaves drippy, oily sheets of lace. although it is pleasing to the eye, itís a bit lighter and thinner than expected. aroma is absolutely fantastic with huge notes of charred oak, vanilla beans, cake batter, and toffee backed by boozy bourbon, cocoa, anise, and smoked malts with subtle hints of sherry-dipped raisins, figs, toasted coconut, and black pepper. flavor is an unbelievably delicious, yet unbelievably absurd display of decadence with huge notes of sweet vanilla, black forest cake coconut icing, glaceed black cherries, prunes, and brandied figs up front backed by rich toffee, mocha espresso, and charred wood with notes of smooth, earthy, woody bourbon, molasses, dry earth, and spiced port wine on the back end. almost a year of aging seems to have served this very well as the subtle nuances are in no way overpowered by the lovely, boozy notes of bourbon. palate is unbelievably rich, smooth, and decadently sweet with perfect carbonation and somehow manages to pull a Houdini with the 18.2% abv. overall, this beer is an absolute obnoxious display of american decadence but iíll be damned if it isnít also a world class imperial stout.
jtclockwork (10313) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 2010 Bottle thanks to Secret Santa last year. Thanks Santa! Oily Black. Tan head which quickly dissipates with an evil hiss. Nose/taste of bourbon, oak, vanilla, bbq pit charcoal, prunes and burnt caramel. Sticky sweet mouth feel. Mild alcohol in finish. Medium to full body. This is a love it or hate it beer. No doubt.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
OLD GABF rating. super chocolate boozy burning, hot-spiced, but sweet and like bourbon chocolate balls that you eat at Christmas time....Finishes long tongue tickling. So rich, with dark fruits and vanilla also. BOOM
fletchfighters (1205) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Nicks6217
Great nose but really thin body. ABV hidden very well and the 10 is supposed to be "hot"?
Bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, molasses and more than can be said.
Age it and share with a group. Best way to get through this monster.
markwise (4606) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Degarth who was the first person who shared this with me. Pours a deep thick obsidian stout color with a consistency like molasses and a tan head. Nose is roast, dark fruit, coffee, dextrose, burnt sugar, and just smells like thick viscous oblivion. Flavor is similar to the nose and literally makes me feel the alcohol coursing through my system. This one is hefty and thick; feeling every bit of 20% and boozy as hell to boot. Enjoy with a group.
cruchr123 (29) - St.Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 vintage bottle poured into a snifter. Sharred with many people.
A- Pours pitch black color, slight tan head that dissipates to nothing, no lacing; no apparent carbonation as well, from the appearance I can tell this is going to be a big beer.
S- Huge bourbon flavors, vanilla, alcohol is present, caramel, slight coffee presence, some dark fruits, raisins, plums.
T- Now this is a big beer, I was not turned off at all by how high the abv is, I can definitely tell the alcohol is there but I liked the warming effect it had, Iím really impressed with this massive brew, nice sweet malts, oak, vanilla, slight chocolate taste, coffee, big bourbon flavors are there, dark fruits, raisins, plums, I can see what everyone is saying about the 2009 vintage, ageing this beer would do wonders, still really impressed.
M- Big mouth feel, coats the palate, slight carbonation, sticky.
O- Very grateful to dougofthefuture for bringing this beer to the dinner tonight, Iíve been wanting to try any vintage I could get a hold of and now I finally have. Big Big beer that I hope to get a hold of again.
JorisPPattyn (8246) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black-brown beer with no head visible. Alcohol, fruit and brandy cake, with alcohol-laden dried and fresh fruit. Sweet-fruity character, cherries in alcohol, boerejongens , and a íbití of cake. Fusels and alcohol galore, and an Amontillado sherry finish. Effervescent MF, despite the full, viscous body more spritzy than most Imperial Stouts would be. Very special stout, great in its balance, complexity and finish.