aenima (335) - Askim, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2014
Aroma of dark fruits, dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar. Soft carbonation. Very good beer. Dfonorow (2274) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Close to black with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma is of coffee, vanilla, roast, smoke, and a bit of chocolate. Flavor leans towards the coffee a bit more with a bit of caramel in the finish. Alcohol is masked well. pushkinwow (2895) - Ottawa, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
Can’t believe I had never gotten around to rating this but picked up a growler of it to start a boys weekend and it was probably the best beer (or at least best new beer) of the trip. Dark mahogany with a dark biege head. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, espresso froth, dry and sweet but so very finely balanced, smooth, moderate carbonation and full body, so easy to drink. Inbreak (6527) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 29.12.2013, 0,65l bottle @ home:GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Nice brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet roasted, dark malts, espresso, dark sugar, vanilla, chocolate, grass. Taste is dark malts, sour espresso, harsh vanilla, grass, cocoa, dark sugar, almond essence. Longlasting harsh bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Nice enough, but very disappointing really. Taste is just too much on the sour / harsh coffee and vanilla side.
Picked up a growler of this. Pours an extremely dark brown with about 1’’ of mocha colored head. Once the head dissipated there was some excellent lacing. Aroma is similar to an imperial stout with strong coffee notes and roasted malt. Despite the commercial description I do not notice any vanilla. Taste follows the nose with strong coffee flavors upfront followed but a slightly bitter finish. There is just a hint of vanilla in the finish but it is not nearly as strong as I have experienced with other beers. The body is medium (this is where it really differs from a stout) and very smooth. The alcohol is hidden extremely well. Good stuff.
Beardaxe (294) - - DEC 28, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice black pour with a one inch light brown head. Aroma is coffee, coffee, and more coffee. The flavor followed suit. At first, I was disappointed that the coffee flavor was so overwhelming. Combined with the pronounced bitterness, the beer just seemed too harsh. However, as the beer warmed up, it started to reveal itself. The vanilla became quite prominent and added an enjoyable, sweet counterbalance to the coffee. By the end of the glass I was sucking it down and wishing I had more. Didn't even think about the ABV. It's not even there. Excellent beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone drtbrewster (44) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Strong hearty malt base, pronounced coffee aroma with strong appeal, what an Imperial should be. Concealer (1267) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Tap at Armsby’s. Clear dark reddish brown with a foamy tan head. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, light chocolate and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and coffee. Medium to full bodied. Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep black color with a frothy light brown. Aroma is a potent roasted malt coffee character and some sweet dark caramel. Flavor is a strong burnt bitter coffee. Lighter in body for how heavy it it, with a lingering burnt bitterness. Delicious. Perfect morning wake up. Haslinger (984) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
on tap at Haven Gastropub, super coffee taste, finished really smooth with just a hint of alcohol bite. Wow so much coffee, this is a wonderful tasting beer!!!