harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Vintage 2011 - yellow wax
A: Pours dark mahogany brown. Little mocha head falls quickly leaving a simple, oily surface. Excellent clarity, actually surprisingly thin appearing with light passing through a full pour, a bit disappointing. No lacing. Surprised there was no head given the description on the bottle bragging about the head quality/quantity. Really a pathetic showing.
S: Green apples, bacon (WTF), caramel, wood, vanilla, anise, licorice. Dark molasses and sweet malts. This smells really interesting and actually keeps me intrigued as the beer warms. On second thought, just smells like sugar, apples and a hint of bacon.
T: Sweet, cloyingly so, with burnt sugar. Caramels. Sweet malts. Smallest hint of alcohol - which makes it fairly well hidden given the ABV. Toasted rye crisps with honey. Overly sweet, like it just didnít finish fermenting - not good.
M: Much thinner than anticipated or adverted on the side of the bottle. Low to no carb. Slick and coated finishing feeling. Resonating.
O: Really a shitty beer. This is the first time Iíve had DL, and thereís been discussion about it being: a) not as good as previous years; b) really much better after it has a year or two on it. I can say this for the beer, it carries a high degree of baggage, and it is difficult for me to be satisfied with a beer that carries sooo much clout and then deviates from itís own description of the beer. I likely wonít seek particularly aggressively next year; especially given the exclusive nature of the beer, and how shitty it is fresh.
Serving type: bottle
Cunningham (3912) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pitch black color with a beige layer.
Aroma: Chocolate, dried fruits and coffee.
Palate: Full body. A bit sweet, and a mild bitterness. Soft carbonation. Oily texture.
Taste: Chocolate, fruity, vanilla, coffee and whiskey.
Overall impression: Pure pleasure.
Personal stats: Bottle (White wax)from a trade with BoostIPA
Imperial Stout #100
US State #30
jensgam (139) - , DENMARK - DEC 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Backlog. Black wax. Pours black with a thick brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, with a sweet notes and some vanilla and chocolate. Flavour is roasted malt, with liquorish, coffee, chocolate. Very nice beer
teddybeer (2056) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 Orange wax. Very dark brown colour, almost black with a beige head that quickly diminishes. Aroma has notes of toasty and roasted malts, caramel, toffee and slightly coffee. Flavor is incredible sweet with notes of sweet wine, slightly wood and toasted malts, some molasses and plumbs are present, also anise and dark berries. The final is sweet, almost cloying, with a good toasted mouthfeel on palate, creamy and dense.
Cuso (3651) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, courtesy of yespr, many thanks. Vintage 2007 (silver vax). Black colored beer with minimal beige head. Roasted malt, cocoa nibs, plums, cognac/brandy. Complex taste of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, prunes, dates, caramel, molasses, vanilla, anise. Alcohol slowly appears by warming. Coffee bitter finish with sweet caramel touch. Delicious beer.
Prufrockstar (628) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black wax bottle (2008), generously shared by Bruce. So weíre all standing around the table, sharing beers and salivating over smoked ribs that havenít yet made it to the table, and he pulls this out and is like, "oh hey, anybody want this? Wonder if itís any good." I picked a hell of a night to be the driver. A few small ounces will have to do. Thick, black, viscous, no head by nice legs. Pretty light on the "old beer" flavor. Chew; rich; sexy; chocolate; awesome. Sweet, but not at all cloying. I love how the first taste enters my mouth and is all like "Iím a sweet old rich stout, no biggie," and Iím ready to tick it right there cause thatís how I roll (not really - well, kinda), but then it just sort of hangs around in there, and the flavor seems to resonate and build into something bigger. Maybe thatís just how it seems because Iím savoring the few small ounces I have (so as to ensure Iíll stay sober enough to be a responsible driver and parent and all). Anyway, pretty cool beer and an awesome, unexpected treat.
Dohny (105) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle. Dark brown. Aroma: prunes, chocolate, cocoa. Flavor: Full bodied. Warming alcohol which is well hidden.
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MisoW (672) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 13, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, courtesy of Cuso, many thanks. Pours nearly black, beige head. Aroma is plums, cognac, chocolate, dark berries. Taste is sweet, EXCELLENT, plums, dark berries, coffee, alcohol very well hidden, dark chocolate, black cherries. Just WOW, the best beer I ever had.
Karol (469) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle by Cuso, many thanks! Bottled in 2007. One word: excellent! A lot of dried plums, alcohol, I donít know how for 15% abv, is almost absent for me. Overall fantastic!
dfearnley (729) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2103 bottle to large tulip at Craft Heads, Tokyo
I was amazed to see this on their menu...I didnít get it the first night, but eagerly anticipated the return trip. Let the adventure begin. It was served way to cold, so I had to sit here 15 minutes warming it with my hands savouring the aroma wafting over. I may be biased already.
Aroma of dark candied fruits, raspberry, loads of caramel, honey, molasses, oak, chocolate, soy, and maybe a touch of cherry. Pours a deep black with a thin creamy tan head. Starts off really sweet, winch fades somewhat when the chocolate taste begins to build, and then molasses comes on and finally ending with a light bitterness. Throughout, thereís a nice oak and toasted malt flavour as well. Itís full bodied, very smooth and creamy, with an alcohol warmness.
Itís everything, I expected, my only complaint is that this May be a tad too sweet, but otherwise...a awesome.