ctipping (2309) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2018
750 mL bottle. Pours inky black. Smells of licorice, sharp vinous notes, alcohol, roasted malt. Tastes of fudge, port, licorice, dark fruit. Back end is a winey and a little sharp. Alcoholic and very heavy. Very good in small quantities.
SHIG (5321) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 27, 2018
Draft: Poured pitch black tan head. Aroma is sweet, vanilla and roast. Taste is sweet and rich roast. A down grade over the original in my opinion. . jandd1983 (4752) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2017
Bottle. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, alcohol and wood. The taste was similar to the aroma with more chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, wood and with medium carbonation with a nice aftertaste. Tasty. Strykzone (7889) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2017
Sampled at Vyvvy’s tasting. From Todd. Black and thick looking. A smaller ring that looks reddish. Nose is chocolate, dark malts, red wine. Very nice. Feel is plus. Flavor is soy and something kind of odd. Spices and alcohol. This is good stuff. vyvvy (6991) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2017
It pours deep brown with a dark orange head. The aroma has licorice, dates, peat, port and deep roast. It's got a medium full body with semi sharp carbonation. The taste has chocolate, port, wood, grapes and rich malt. Quite nice.
koleminer20 (4371) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2017
From notes. Pour at Zwanze Day 2017 at Jolly Pumpkin on September 23. The pour is a dark black with a dense, dark brown cap of head that fades to a ring pretty quickly. This thing looks thick and chewy, that’s for sure. Damn. The aroma is really roasty and full of a heavy bitter chocolate and the port dominates late. There is a light oak, and a dominating sweet port. The flavor is a little better. The oak starts off stronger with a nice chocolate and bitter roasted malt. The port comes back in and really lingers on the finish. There is a dark fruit and a light licorice to it, and I’m not too keen on it. The mouth feel is a lighter heavy bodied feel, viscous, with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly woody and port dominated chocolate finish. This is pretty damn good, especially among all of these sours. 8 5 7 4 16 ebone1988 (2338) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2017
Sample at Zwanze 2017, Jolly Pumpkin. Aroma is port, barrel, roasted malt, dark fruit, booze, I like it. Appearance is black, poured thick, brown head. Taste is rotated malt, licorice, port, dark fruit, woody, great. Mouthfeel is heavy body, light carbonation, woody port roasted malt aftertaste. Overall, I really like this. Unde (1246) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 13, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2017 Blackish brown colour with cinnamon coloured head on top leaving beautiful lacing as it dissolves. Aroma has brown sugar, syrup, dark chocolate, roasted malts, espresso coffee, cocoa, really sweet syrup aroma. Taste is really sweet, syrup and brown sugar dominate the flavours, then some dark chocolate comes in, roasted malts, maybe some wooden note, I'm not sure about the port wine, maybe it's there. The oiliest beer I've ever had, low carbonation. I would have liked more port wine but nevertheless this was so good that I kinda forgot about it. dmac (6646) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2017
750ml bottle shared by Joe. Poured a super viscous silky pitch black under a smaller tight foamy mocha brown head. Aroma of ash, tar, dark fruits, dark chocolate, barrel, dark berries, sherry, chocolate cake. Flavor is loads of dark fruit, fig, dark berries, tobacco, dark melted bittersweet bakers chocolate, burnt toast, barrel, soy sauce, finishes with ash and more dark chocolate. Big thick milkshake mouthfeel with softer carbination. superspak (6482) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2017
750 ml bottle into snifter; Batch #2, bottled in 2/2017. Pours thick pitch black color with a small fairly dense very dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, black cherry, date, port wine, vanilla, toasted oak, and dark bread; with light notes of smoke, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and wine barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, black cherry, date, port wine, vanilla, toasted oak, and dark bread; with light notes of smoke, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness. Very mild roast bitterness and wine/oak spiciness on the finish. Very slight fruity/tannic tartness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, black cherry, port wine, vanilla, toasted oak, dark bread, leather, tobacco, soy sauce, and yeast/roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and wine barrel flavors; with a good roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full body; with an insanely creamy, rich, silky, velvety, and slightly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is amazing. Minimal chalky roast, oak tannins, or dryness. Alcohol is amazingly well hidden; a mildly increasing warmth, with zero barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an insane barrel aged imperial stout! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and wine barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Super rich and decadent malt complexity, with awesome balance between fruity yeast and port barrels. A slow sipper from body, not from alcohol. A highly amazing offering. This was truly mind blowing on complexity as it warmed up.