17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours thin and fizzy, dark cola with a fizzy thin head. Aroma is plasticy and fruity, hot fermentation maybe, cola, some anise, light booze, some really nice Belgian yeast notes. Flavor follows, thin, well attenuated, strong fruity boozy flavors, takes a little time for the huge anise to come out, hard roasted barley, fairly hot, lots and lots of esters, this could be pretty awesome if cleaned up a bit and maybe a little more depth, really like where this was going. Thinner well attenuated body, amble carbonation, much nicer once it dies down a touch.
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with dark tan head. The nose is that of belgian yeast, roasted coffee, a bit of cocoa and a lot of alcohol. The flavors that come through are that of coffee, roasted malts, molasses, and the belgian yeast. Oh and lets not forget the alcohol as it comes through on the taste almost as much as it does on the nose. I think this beer has a lot of potential but it has to sit a bit.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of Cocoa, roasted malt, light Belgian yeast, roasted barley, and slight vanilla. Poured pitch black in color with a huge, creamy, dark brown head that slowly diminished but lasted throughout. Flavor is very roasty and chocolaty. Medium/Heavy Carbonated mouth feel with some alcohol warmth. Quite nice, it manages to not over do either the Imperial Stout nor the Belgian styles....well balanced. Another fine Brew thanx to D Kurtz.
drfabulous (5222) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 from Beertopia in Omaha. Very nice stout with a smooth roasty taste. Subtle chocolate. Still somewhat hoppy. Really tasty.
mackus2 (156) - Edison, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black. This thing is far from tiny- big notes of wood and bourbon, booze, spice, licorice, nuts, earthy roast, vanilla and bitter chocolate, and dark rotten fruit. On the first sip I was thinking this was more like an imperial stout liqueur. Monster of a beer at a reasonable price.
JoeTheYounger (1173) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Hophead22 tasting. Dark black pour, black twizzler, roasted malts, and a bit sweet in both aroma and flavor.
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The first indication that this beer would contradict its name was the massive, dark brown head. The second was the huge scent of alcohol--interestingly, more like the smell of fine tequila than the typical whisky notes experienced in big beers. The third was the thick, or as the bottle described it, "vinous" mouthfeel, which really did emulate a red wine experience, in a fantastic way. The fourth was the distinctive, but not irritating (for once) vanilla flavor that worked so well on the palate. The only thing I’d call "tiny" about this beer was the bottle, which I wish had been twice as big! Awesome stuff. So very complex, and a must to drink again.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from Peace Street Market (2009 bottle)
Aroma: The nose is powerful and full of chocolate and coffee notes with a slight Belgian twang.
Appearance: Pitch black with a large, foamy, dark tan head. Decent head retention, especially considering the ABV.
Flavor: Deep and dense yet surprisingly light on the tongue. There is lots of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee along with a touch of Belgian yeast. This is how a Belgian stout should be done.
Palate: Medium to full bodied with a good bit of spritely carbonation leading to a long and satisfying finish. There is a little warmth from the alcohol on the back end, but it is well hidden.
Overall: I must say, this one is worth the hype and dare I say it, underrated!
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Rating #136. Pitch black with a thin brown head. Light sweet aroma, slight tang. Light chocolate and alcohol, pretty nice. (1460)
nuplastikk (5255) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating 1800. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Viscous black with a rusty brown-beige head. Wow. I was a little scared by the ABV, but this drinks just as smooth as most 9% Imperial Stouts, maybe with a little more residual heat. Surprisingly mellow cocoa aroma. Rich cocoa tones bring to mind all the heavy hitters in the world of IS. There are some exotic dark fruit tones, assumably the Belgian yeast. Sort of like an amped up Ellezoise Hercule Stout, maintains that level of quality too. Checking the recent rates, my feelings are confirmed, this beer is in prime shape right now. maybe having cooled a little. Mollases covered coffee, chocolate and rich pungent dark fruit,almost touching on Caribbean Stout. Awesome.