asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2006
Bottle. Pours like used motor oil, a very dark black with a huge creamy tan head. Aroma is strong, full of different things. I can smell mostly strong malts of the roasted variety, coffee, chocolate, and hints of alcohol. Flavor is very complex. Flavors are all over this beer, upfront I can taste fruits, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts. All these flavors finish with a sweetness of the alcohol kicking in. Now the alcohol is not overbearing by any means to my tastebuds but it is quite noticeable, but how can you tone down 15.1% ABV. A very interesting and delicious beer. nimbleprop (8708) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2010 It poured like oil from the bottle, thick and oily looking with a brown head that settled like a true stout. The aroma was wild, nose like a glass of wine, piney, sweet smelling, no hint of hops. Flavor is sticky sweet, you can really taste the cherry and grape. Chocolate notes. You can barely taste the malt and it surprisingly has no roasted taste. The mouthful is overwhelming, no heat, but you can definitely sense the heavy alcohol in this. The finish is clean, flat thick, sweet. Amazing beer. Doesn’t look like a beer, taste like a beer or feel like a beer. This is truly something else. diabel (1721) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2006
Bottle - Many thanks to jonboy32818 for this one!drmatt (51) - THE LOU, Missouri, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Deep black, creamy head. Pours like oil. Tiny brown head. Aroma of strong malts (liquor, roasted). Moderately bitter, moderately sweet flavour. Very heavily bodied. Nicely well balanced flavour, the only downside is the alcohol. You taka sip and think ’oh, that’s a nice flavour’, but then the alcohol suddenly pops which is not so nice.
this is a great beer! it’s huge. great complex taste. coffee, chocolate, vanilla, fruit. the alcohol is noticable, but how hard is it to completely hide 15.1% abv. poured with little to no head. sipped down nicely. i had one beer afterwards, then fell into a deep sleep. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Thanks illinismitty. Pours with a black body topped by a thick head with some lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a smokey, roasty note, a little vanilla and notes of soy and teryaki sauces. It reminds me of beef jerky. Full bodied, warming and smooth.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2006
Bottle. Looks mean, almost black in colour, tanned head. Super sweet aroma. Lots of sweet chocolate, slight caramel and nut characters, then a sweet and roasty, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, and very sweet, way too sweet for me. Alcohol is noticeable, but i would have guessed it may have been lighter. Too sweet in the end. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2006
A hugly dark brown pour. An aroma of malt and alcohol. A flavor of toasted mallt, alcohol and chocolate. A full rich palate of thick creamy chocolate. A very sweet, smooth beer. Excellent. Youi could say that I loved this beer. jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2006
2006 bottle batch1 via trade with cbkschubert. Craig really hooked me up here. Beautiful aroma really got me hyped for this one. Send chills down my spine (or was that the wind from this cold night?). It kept a nice thin ring around the black tar pour till the very end. Flavor is very close to being a chocolate/cherry sherry flavor. Very nutty with slight carbonation that is mysteriously smooth. The alcohol is almost non-existent here. I hardley ever tasted it. I savored this one, sipped it for along while. I’m surprised this is not classified as a russian imperial. Craig thanks for the help with this #300th rating. Almost perfection. Cheers! Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2006
Pours a thick black liquid with a creamy brown head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and a slight note of vanilla. Taste is very sweet and a bit abrasive. Almost like a brandy and imperial stout birthed this concoction. I picked up a slight note of smoke in the finish on this one. This one an intense beer that I would try again to see if I can pick out more flavors. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2006
The pour reveals a pitch black color with a thin brown head. Great aroma of chocolate, coffee and alcohol, it’s appealing and makes me want to drink this beer. The flavor though, this is another story, the chocolate, coffee and alcohol are there but it is mostly very sweet, too sweet, way too sweet. The body has a light to medium thickness with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation. I’m not too crazy about this beer but it has some qualities and I will make sure to try it again.