peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Pours shiny black with a quickly fading charred expresso colored head. Aroma is rich bitter chocolate, fresh coffee, dry cocoa, and a smidge of underlying chile. Whoa - what the hell? I’ve never had anything quite like this before. Taste starts with chocolate/coffee and then opens up into a medium chile heat before giving way to a sweet, light liquer flavor and ending with more chocolate, chile, and some heat from the alcohol. The champagne yeast seems to add a pleasant tinge to the heat from the chiles. Decadent, complex sipper and very tasty. phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JUN 7, 2011
From batch 01.11.10, bottle 43/200. Pours opaque black, of course, with a dissipating brown head. Aroma has chili, salsa, cocoa beans, really fresh grounded coffee, iron, chocolate. Has a really interesting "old" smell to it, like old leather or old furniture which leads to a tobacco-ish smell as well. Vegetal hints. Very different from any other stout I’ve had. As it’s allowed to breath for 10 minutes or so, the more classic stout-ish qualities become more evident, and it just smell really good.
Taste is unlike anything else, too. Sweet liquorice, coffee, chocolate, cocoa beans, lots of sweetness, a small hint of chili which together with the coffe notes balance nicely with the sweetness. Hints of something rusty/vegetal/medicinal. Nice balance throughout. There are only few brewers who have the testicles to make this kind of beer. Really special, really interesting and most importantly, really well tasting. RasmusOtt (2849) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle 43 of 400 omg... Pours pitch black with a fast disappearing brown head. Aroma is raw coffee powder, chili, cocoa beans, salsa, rye bread, chocolate, medicine, old leather and tobacco. Taste is cocoa, chocolate, liquorice, caramel, more hidden chili, light medicine and alot of vinous notes. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and carbonation is very nice. This is really a sick and different Imp Stout. thewolf (12747) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2011
[enjoyed to celebrate the ’almost-champions’ Manchester Uinited 2011]
Pours completely black with a small, fizzy, dark-beige head that disappears completely in a matter of moments. Impressively complex aroma. Lots of coffee, dark chocolate, fat malts, chili, viniousness, oak, dry grainy roasted notes. Lowish carbonation, dry and oily mouthfeel. Flavour has heavy roasted coffee, dark chocolate, freshness from the very apparent peppery and hot chili. Some oaky notes (probably from the cocoa). Lovely warming from both alcohol and chili. Very complex and quite hard to describe in all essence.
375ml bottle, #907.
Pours pitch black, with a thin white head.
Heavily roasted aroma, tar, licorice, chili peppers, dark chocolate, hazelnut, cocoa, green bell peppers.
Sweet, full bodied, thick, medium to high bitterness, and with a nice touch of peppery heat.
The taste is very rich and dens, loads and loads of roasted malts, licorice, chili, dark chocolate, coffee beans, walnuts, hazelnut, honey.
Long, hot, peppery finish, with lingering flavours of chili, honey and coffee.
Truly a spectacular beer, but don’t finish this one after a long evening of drinks, kids... (2011-04-30)
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - APR 16, 2011
Bottle 375 ml shared by - and thanks to! - Paolo @ Birra ed Oltre (Naples, Italy). Pours deep and thick black like engine oil that generates an amazing dark brown shapely foam. A rainbow aroma: port wine, raisins, dark plums, cocoa, coffee, yeast, licorice, vanilla. A sprinkle of spices too. Rich full body with loads of malt in which you’ll find an elegant and clean character (not creamy anyway) despite toasted notes. Candy caramel, cocoa, tobacco, vanilla and dark fruits again. Medium carbonation, its warm sweetness conquer could you. Dry and pleasant finish, something herbaceous. Perfectly balanced and drinkable. Terribly drinkable. Had AB:04 both bottled and on tap, although the 15% ABV I wanted more and more. This kind of beer are your mind worst enemy because it takes influence later, so beware. One of the best among european outlying and extreme IRS. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2011 375ml bottle @ The Wellington, Birmingham, split with mcberko. Pours black with a caramel coloured head. Aroma of oak, licorice and bourbon. Flavour is of burnt caramel, bourbon and oak. Full bodied - like drinking pure silk. Absolutely loved it. wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle at home from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured black as a ravens wing with a fading tan head. Aroma had loads happening with notes of sweet malts, chocolate aplenty, chili, coffee, vanilla, leather and barrel all mingling in harmony. Luxuriously smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Big complex and rich flavour that made me step back in pure wonder and admiration. Sweet but in no way cloying, the notable elements of the nose were present and shining. The chocolate and barrel notes stood out, but each passing sip revealed something different and tasty. The warming booze hit was in no way overpowering considering the ABV.I felt rather selfish downing the whole bottle by myself as this really deserves to be shared with good company. If the chance arose to try this again in any situation I’d leap at it. A stunner. mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2011 375mL bottle, at The Wellington in Birmingham, pours jet black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of licorice, molasses, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Flavour is insanely rich and quite sweet, featuring oak, bourbon, molasses, roasted malt, burnt caramel and vanilla. Silky, rich, full-bodied palate, with the ABV extremely well-hidden. Outstanding. sunevdj (4104) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2011
Bottle @ Ølbutikken. Pours an opaque black with a tanned head. Smells a bit of chilli. Sweet and dry. Aromas of raisins and dried fruits. Some toasted malt aromas and residual sugars. Warming chilli sensation. And hints of tobacco. Full bodied... chewey. High carbonation. Bitter finish.