Oakes (19711) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2002
Never did have good notes on this beer - until now. I had a 3 year old 1999 vintage: ebony, still. Rich, vinous nose, faint hint of roast, deep fruit (cherry, plums), alcohol. Slippery body. Intense flavours of alcohol, coffee, big rich fruitiness, wine, burnt cherry and Christmas fruitcake. Wow. Vintage Rating: Aroma 9, Appearance 4, Flavour 10, Palate 5, Overall 19 = 4.7 chrisv10 (18918) - DENMARK - JUL 26, 2011
Bottle from FOneFan. Black with small brown head. Flavour is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, liquorice, vinous, bitter, thick and a little burned malt. rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2012 Rerate: Rhird bottle from 2010, and I just have to take this beer to the top. Nothing beats this!
Old rating: 4.9.Oh yes!!!!!! Black with a lasting brown head. Malty aroma, cherry, a bit vinous, toffee, tar, nuts, vanilla, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cocoa, some juniper berriers, wheat and with some milky and creamy notes. Strong malty flavor without letting the alcohol show. Tar, licorice, milk chocolate, vanilla, some spices, cocoa and some toffee notes. Incredible oily palate. Bitter and malty finish, vinous notes and the late maltiness keeps following forever... LOVELY!!! Such a great beer, I want more... TBone (18842) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2005
Bottled @RBESG’05Ferris (17935) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
Opaque black, small expresso head. Expresso nose: lots of coffee and hint of licorice. Hoppy, foamy, coffeeish, chocolaty. Long licorice aftertaste. Really full-bodied.
Bottle 2011 Vintage - Soy sauce, sweet oak and some vanilla. Jet black with a very thin brown ring. Sweet, oaky and some light bitter chocolate. Nice if you like the soy.
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jtclockwork (17914) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle thanks to Rando7. Pours jet black with tan head. Nose is licorice, booze, vanilla and baker’s chocolate. Taste is heavy licorice, dark fruits, vanilla, warming alcohol, chocolate and coffee. Full mouth feel. Oily stout. FatPhil (17731) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2016 355ml bottle (Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam)yngwie (17479) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2010
On opening a lovely plummy and cakey aroma. Pours jet black with a thick tight tan head. Lovely chocolatey aroma, with some fruity hoppiness. Very thick palate, lots of burnt and roasty retronasal aromas, but some fruity esters too. So thick it’s almost slimey. Taste is pretty typical hoppy imperial stout, the burntness dominates. Finish is incredibly burnt, alas a touch astringent, and with a hint of soap too. Pretty OK, but not wowing me. In some ways the sliminess is offensive. Much rather have a Nekron or a Sportteri.
Rerate: 355ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut! (6:4:7:4:13=3.4)
Rich roasty malts, but a bit mashy. Tastier in the mouth, a very rich burnt roast, but clear alcohol. Sticky palate, quite heavy, Lots of soy here. Unbalanced, and over the top with the booze. Sticky finish. Hmmm...
Rerate: 355ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn) (7:5:7:4:13=3.6)
Hmm, rather like a boozed up Koff Porter, nicely oily.Burnt but not harsh.
Bottle, from trade with theepeeist. It’s a black beer with a tiny reddish touch. A dense, tan head sits on top. Slightly cellarish on the nose, with burnt and roasted malts, dried fruits and alchol. Coffee-bitter flavor with dried fruits and alcohol, full-bodied, oily and warming. Burnt, bitter finish. Have to admit I forgot to use my pen most of the time when drinking this, but managed to jot down a few notes. A wonderful beer. 091016 Benzai (17005) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2015 Re-rate October 18th 2015. Short re-rate. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Aroma is malts, dark chocolate, dark fruits lightly, dark malts. Taste malts, dark malts, slightly roasty, but damn there’s a lot of chocolate there and not to mention a firm to heavy malt chocolate bitterness. Awesome! Way better than when first I tried it! I guess it does ’mature and develop’ as they say. Really enjoyed this one, superb! -- Original rating: 8-5-8-4-16 (4.1): Bottle [from trade with mista] @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus, Joes, Martinus, Ansjelaah and Judyvv. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized dark brown head. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, liquorice. After it warms up for about a half hour (since it was pulled out of the fridge) the aroma also gets some liquor, a hint of vanilla and possibly a hint of oak. Taste malts, roasted malts, dry, dark chocolate, bitter, some alcohol. Again, after warming up for quite a while some other flavors come through like vanilla, dark fruits and malt and hop bitter. Full body, suitable carbonation. Good beer for sure, but not one of my ultimate top ones. Scopey (16777) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle from Cracked Kettle. It pours jet black with a thin fizzy tan head. The nose is cherry, beef gravy, toffee, caramel, horlicks, milk chocolate, biscuit and sesame seed. The taste is wood, charcoal, liquorice, burnt sugar, sesame seed, caramel, toffee, astringent, dark chocolate, molasses, treacle and tobacco, with a long roasty-bitter finish. It is sticky, viscous and has alcohol warmth in the finish. It is overall a bit too savoury for me, I would have preferred some more sweetness to come through to balance the bitterness for this style. Decent, but in my opinion doesn’t live up to the massive hype.