aleph (231) - - APR 8, 2012
Bottle on multiple occasions. Black pour, beautiful. Bizarre aroma, hard for me to describe. Almost smells like something you shouldn’t drink, but somehow it’s still good. Dark fruit (plum, mostly) dominates, along with the burn of alcohol, oak, malt. Negligible carbonation, smooth body. laiti (8469) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 3, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 greenclansman (906) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - MAR 31, 2012
33 cl bottle @ ISKTR. Rated on 20.03.2011
Aroma has alcohol, some herbs and licorice. Flavour is rather strong on alcohol and herbs. Also some salty licorice, soy sauce and hints of chocolate. Too spicy and alcohol comes through, but let’s see if aging makes this better. 7+4+8+4+15=3.8
33 cl bottle @ home. BBE 24.04.2020
Aroma is boozy with licorice, some gluey tones, hints of soy sauce and herbs. Flavour has booze, some salty licorice, herbs and hints of soy sauce. Nope, this is still too boozy. But at least this warms my throat nicely. 7+3+7+4+14=3.5
Very dark color. No head, no carbonation. Rich whiskey and aromas. Same as taste with the oak in presence. Very strong beer that I shared with two other friends. One of the best of its kind....but for sure not the one you chose everyday. Wolfbass (1166) - Firenze, ITALY - MAR 23, 2012
Eccomi qua davanti alla mia bottiglia di Tokyo, e sinceramente mi aspettavo un pò meglio da questa super imperial stout. Però quando sei a fine corsa, grazie alla gradazione siamo tutti felici... mrkipling (51) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2012
Lovely sepia-coloured head. Smells sweet and somehow thick. Tastes exactly like it smells, along with cocoa, spice and port. Leaves a chocolately/porty aftertaste with a bit of bitterness.
Overall, a bit sweet for my tastes (cloying might be taking it a bit too far, but only just). Still very enjoyable though. Not sure that it was worth the £10, but I certainly wouldn’t pass on one, and it was an interesting (and very boozy) experience.
tkingsbury2 (31) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Found at a local bottle shop, overall a little disappointed. Overpowering sweetness masked the rest of the flavors (although it does a good job of masking the alcohol). Split the bottle with a friend, don’t think I could drink a whole bottle without my stomach hating me. patricks110 (2495) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 15, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2012 Hell of a beer. Pours out a pure, viscous black with a thick beige head that leaves silky smooth lacing rings around the glass. Beautiful beer to swirl in the glass. The nose is a bit overly intense and too potent with alcohol. Notes of coffee, intensely burnt and roasted malts, vanilla and a sublime oak and woody roast. The first taste is sweet and syrupy with a thick roast and notes of chocolate syrup and oak. Very smooth finish with a big alcohol presence, but not a massive burn. Not sure if I notice the jasmine, but definately get a syrupy, intensely roasted and high alcohol brew. Much too sweet and syrupy. the first few sips were glorious, but then almost couldn’t finish this one. Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark brown to black with a pale, light brown head. The aroma holds liqueur, alcohol, vanilla/oak wood, brown sugar, dark fruits, chocolate and some caramel alongside a light whisper of dark berries. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet and light acidic. Dark fruits covered in alcohol, dark berries, some chocolate, some liqueur and oak. The mouthfeel is a bit numbing from the alcohol and sticky from residual sugar with a light carbonation. Hoppy, roasted and alcohol bitter finish. Medium bodied. bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Draught at Birch & Barley with a mexican chocolate tart w/tamarind ice cream. Worked well for that. Perhaps my rating would be lower if not influenced by that. The menu also used the old description mentioning brewed with cranberries and jasmine. but I may have got the former but not the later. Beer color of raisins with good shading, a little soapy head that dissipated very quickly. Aroma of cranberries and strong with raisins and booze. Taste of oak, raisins, sharply bitter, spicy, rust. Thin mouthfeel with a gritty texture and little carbonation. Surprisingly well put together. Despite the dominance of the booze it was not too much. Radek Kliber (7359) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle at Volo 355ml?
Aroma smooth warmth of refined alcohol, malty filler laced by oak treatment. Rounded will sweet rasins.7+
Appearance dark brown-black with medium tanned top. Rocky texture of cap.3+
Flavor and Palate : full bodied. Cocoa blend with hefty dose of alcohol. Plenty of sweet raisin like sugars. Vinous, woody elements. Organic feel. Nice lay out if not for overpowering alcohol presence. Sadly one sided.