corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Pours a deep dark chocolate brown/eggplant color that is almost pitch black and completely opaque. Even when held to a light source there is no semblance of lighter color. Thin coffee colored head that very quickly fades into a minimal ring.
Complex aroma with lots of roasty malt notes balanced by the earthy oak tones and sweet rum/liquor presence. Hints of chocolate malt, toffee, molasses, oatmeal, roasted coffee bean, licorice and toast. I’m really surprised how the stout element of the base beer have held up in the nose. Slightly vinous with subtle oak and vanilla notes. Hopefully the flavor holds up t the aroma and is not a complete rum bomb.
I have heard that this beer might be infected but I guess got lucky because I’m not picking that up at all. Maybe some slight oxidation but nothing too noticeable. Much to my pleasant surprise the balance noticed in the aroma comes through in the flavor. Complex and well balanced with the rum barrel aging complimenting the oatmeal stout flavor rather than completely overpowering it. Plenty of roasty malt notes with hints of chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, nut and licorice. Only slight tannis but still vinous with hints of grape and other dark berries. Also, there is a nice sweet rum presence as well as some slight vanilla. Slightly dry finish with some nice alcohol warmth.
I was very excited about this beer because it was complex, well balanced and most of all not infected.
dagimp (1008) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2010
From a 12oz into a pint glass. Pours a dark oily brown with little head and little lacing. Aroma of coconut and Rum. Mouthfeel is moderate for an imperial stout. Not much carbonation at all. Some tangyness to the taste, but mainly roast and coffee. Rum isn’t all that present in the taste but it’s there a little bit. Definite sourness there as well. An ok beer but not worth the exorbitant price! Ungstrup (37294) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2010
Bottled. A black beer with a lazing dark brown head. The aroma has notes of wood, alcohol, prunes, over ripe fruits, and rhum. The flavor is sweet with notes of wood, alcohol, and rhum, leading to a slightly tart finish. kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2010
(bottle) deep black with dark tan head. Aroma of oak. Taste is oak. Also hints of oak and oak. Some oak in the finish. scoth (682) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Bottle from January. Pours dark and inky, completely black in the glass, with a thin tan head, very fine clinging lacing. Aromas of sugar cane, fig, grass, vanilla, toffee, and bread, rich and deep. Full body, fizzy and smooth, lightly dry. Lingering medium sweet flavor, medium-strong bitter finish, creating a surprisingly complex interplay. Some alcohol hotness and rum notes in the finish.
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Finally. After many months of searching, I have finally found my elusive white elephant. I was worried about the rumored "infection issues", so when I finally found one at the vintage cellar, I was a little hesitant to buy more than one bottle. The very dark near black pour with creamy ring of brown head is appealing. But despite a nose of rum and chocolate, the flavor is completely dominated by tart black cherry juice. However, despite this seeming ’flaw’, this beer is quite delicious. It almost reminds me of bells cherry stout. A bit thin on the palate, still a quite delicious brew. alexsdad06 (10268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2010
12 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours very dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma is roasted dark malts, light rum barrel notes, dark chocolate, and coffee with cream. The flavor is chewy, dark roasted malts, caramelized malts, dark chocolate, the barrel notes are light except for some boozy flashes. Full bodied, chewy; creamy and smooth. There is nothing that stands out as special with this, especially when comparing it to other less expensive less hyped stouts. The main negative is the lack of aroma, but the flavor doesn’t pop either.
Anker (723) - Hillerød, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle shared by plovmand, thanks swabbie!
Pours pitch black with a brown head.
Nice aroma with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, alcohol and oak.
Flavour is roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, figs, alcohol with a sour hint and a nice oak and vinous finish. Plovmand (8266) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
Bottle shared with Anker. It pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, raisins, wood, sweet toasted caramel and dark fruit. The flavour is hard roasted malt, figs, raisins, dark fruit, chocolate, wood and some booze. Quite vinous finish. fonefan (48669) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2010
Clear dark brown color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, barrel - oak - wood, dried fruit, bourbon. Flavor is heavy sweet, light light dark berry tart - acidic and heavy bitter with a long duration, licorice, bourbon - rum alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic.