Acknud (1078) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black - the way an Impy should be. Heavy, oily in the mouth. I was disappointed in the poor aggressiveness of the aroma. Taste of chocolate, coffee, roasted hickory. Retains its lacing well.
radagast83 (4417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 22oz bottle with friends - poured a dark near-pitch black color with a small tan head. Aroma was bitter chocolates, coffee, touch of hop character. Flavor was, a bit disappointing - a bit burnt chocolate, bitter coffee, mellow notes all around. I think from what I’ve had of the non-blended beers, this one is not greater than the sum of its parts. Interesting experiment though.
dchmela (2603) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Craig for the taste. Deep black pour with a small head. Malty sweet, roasted grain and chocolate aroma. Chocolate is huge in the taste with lots of roasted grain to balance it. Damn good.
Ibrew2or3 (6768) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of Craig. It pours deep dark mahogany with tan head. The aroma offers up some toffee and butterscotch followed by dark roasted malts and black strap molasses. The taste has highly roasted malts and spicy black strap molasses and then slightly lesser amounts of chocolate brownie. Darn this tastes amazing as the richness is well blended and harmonious. Thanks for bringing this Craig!
sherm1016 (1111) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, purchased at FFF XV. Pours a jet black color with a big tan head and some lacing. Aroma is roasty, coffee, smokey, chocolate. A little heavy on the palate with lively, creamy carbonation. Flavor is bittersweet, lots of coffee, some chocolate, just a small hint of vanilla, with a bitter, coffee finish. Pretty tasty, but I think the underlying beers are better on their own.
Ontbeertaster (2306) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to a trade with stoutfest. Pours a nice thick body, thinner then I was expecting. The flavour was quite nice. You could tell it was a blend, not that you could pick out the individual beers but it had a lot of taste going all around. It was quite sweet and it was just a solid beer.
tderoeck (4382) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
18/II/2012 1Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle from De Hopduvel @ De Hopduvel - BB: n/a (2012-136) Thanks to BoBoChamp for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, no head. Aroma: dairy, fresh cheese, caramel, raisins, touch of vanilla, mocha. MF: no carbon, full body, thick oily texture. Taste: bit sweet and caramelly in the start, mocha, bitter hops, dried fruits, some liquorish, little sour. Aftertaste: bitter hops, mocha and coffee, sweet caramel and syrup.
BoBoChamp (5355) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
65cl, no mention of ABV, as Baller Stout, new exclusive collab. brew Anno 2011, thx to Secret Santa!, very complex Stout, roasted/sweet and slightly fruity/bitter, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, good head, top class!, yet very expensive!, WOW!
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body with s tan head. Smooth body. Hops are in the finish. Way better than I expected
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012 Taster at RateBeer awards dinner. Jesus, after 12 beers at the dinner, how the hell do I rate this? That, and it’s a blend? Anyway, caramel, molasses, chocolate, coffee, kitchen sink aroma and flavors for an amazingly balanced beer. Amazing.
Yup, this beer was much more enjoyable on it’s own. Stood up to my terrible cold on the night of the original dinner. Just an amazing mix of the component beers...Dark Lord’s sweetness muted, Darkness’s soap-palate eliminated, some dark fruit from the Black Albert, and Beer Geek Brunch is just flat out good.