kermis (14553) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2011
Bottle at Klooster, interesting to try but really doesn’t taste that great. Strong alchohol burn of course and little resemblance of an imperial stout. 50belair (3682) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle courtesy of darkguardian. Clear mahogany pour with no head. Pungent brandy nose. I mean it actually stings the old nostrils. Insane alcohol taste with cherry and smoke flavors lurking in the background. chibuck (3521) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle into a shot glass...Light brown, that is very watery looking, no carbonation at all, not much to look at...Incredibly strong aroma of fusel alcohol, roasty, very hot stinging my nostril, a tinge of peppers, interesting but not very good...The taste is horrendous! Its so hot, burns. Burnt alcohol and charred wood Is all I get this. There were 3 of us and we couldn’t finish a 2oz pour.
I was so fascinated to try this and this is beyond terrible. I total liquor but not a good one. SKIP this. AshtonMcCobb (6916) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2011
Dark opaque in colour with not much head - syrupy round the glass like a Pedro Ximinez sherry. The nose is alcoholic, maybe tarry but definitely of balsam wood. The taste is very much the same but the flavours are overpowered by the alcohol burn. Great experience but more interesting than good. altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Small glass at Beer Temple. Pitch black with no head. Nose is like licorice and port and whisky. Texture very syrupy of molasses. Nice oak taste and bite, with whisky notes. Quite dark and strong but waayyyyyyyy too strong for me so I just had a bit, and happy I did not buy a full bottle.
dnstone (3544) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Deep amber in color with no head, a few slight bubbles around the edges. Boozey, rubbing-alcohol-like aroma with malty-syrupy barleywine-esque notes. The taste is syrupy-malty at first but quickly becomes liquor-like; it’s smokey (not quite burnt), with a smoothenes (like a tequilla shot) and a strong warming sensation that coats the mouth and throat. Best way to describe it is like malty liquor...feels like alcohol fumes in your mouth, but it is much more drinkable (and sip-able) than a typical liquor.
Notes: Pour from a bottle at The Beer Temple, Amsterdam Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 21 March 2011 bottle.
whisky appearance in glass, thin w/ legs but dark brown. great nose. pink nail polish remover and maple syrup w/ some wood (fresh pine?) and white grape juice. really thin body, dry. not great. taste is white grape and old oak. something is burnt. i like the taste but i have a hard time judging it as a beer.
Original rating/tasting (7/10 4/5 7/10 4/5 15/20 = 3.7)
almost black and looks totally flat. it actually has legs like whisky
couldn’t place the smell for a while, then i realized it smells just like port. more like a dry oaky port than a sweet tawny port
beer is really thick and syrupy!
very oaky w/ a bite that has to be the alcohol. this is hard to drink. beer is drunk in swallows but this can’t be drunk that way. it is interesting but not something i’d drink again due primarily to the £35 price tag JohnRMurdoch (5053) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2011 Bottle from Brewdog Online Shop. Really strong phenolic tar aroma. Very dark brown colour, no head. Very strong treacle tar alcohol taste. Great idea, tastes horrible. GRM (4178) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
Sample, draught, at Saint-Bock’s 4th anniversary, savoured on October 16 2010; eye: cognac, clear, no effervescence, no head; nose: alcohol, sugar, malt, light pepper; mouth: alcohol, sugar, malt, pepper, finale in alcohol, full body, alcoholic texture; overall: disappointing
Échantillon, en fût, bue au Saint-Bock, soirée 4ième anniversaire, savourée le 16 octobre 2010; œil : cognac, claire, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse; nez : alcool, sucre, malt, léger poivre; bouche : alcool, sucre, malt, poivre, finale en alcool, corsée, texture alcoolique; en résumé : décevante fear025 (214) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Aroma:Smokey, malty, dark malts, hot alcohol. It smells a little like a whiskey.
Appearance:Dark, cola colored. It’s pretty flat. It doesn’t have lacing so much as a syrupy residue that sticks to the side of the glass.
Taste:The foretaste is smokey and tangy. There’s a huge malty sweetness that peaks in the midtaste. There’s smoke, woody flavors, and hops in the aftertaste.
Palate:There is hot alcohol in the foretaste and aftertaste, but it takes a break in the midtaste. There’s actually not as much hot alcohol as I thought there would be. It’s very thick and syrupy. No carbonation to speak of.
Overall:This beer is quite tasty, and a much better beer than I thought it would be. There’s a ton of complex whiskey related flavors (smoke and wood) that give the beer a lot of depth.