Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2012 This stout is big, complex and strong (obviously). The scent is pure chocolate, raisins, coffee and alcohol. While the alcohol is well-hidden, lots of rich malts and craisins make for a solid undertone. Overtones of chocolate covered cranberries and light, woody notes create a fairly complex balance. Finishes with a hint of vanilla and a very pleasant warmth. For 18% abv this brew hardly shows it at all. neckbracesub (31) - Anderson, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2012 An outstanding stout. One of the most superior beers I have ever tasted. It is certainly not a beer for everyone, especially at this second batches 18% ABV, but I think any true connoisseur should find it INCREDIBLE. It?s like a fine dessert. WunZen (4) - - FEB 12, 2012 does not count
pours very dark slightly cloudy with a short lasting foam. nose is mostly alcohol with a hint of dried fruits. taste is alcohol, alcohol and alcohol accompanied by a strong sweetness and some burnt malt. palate full body, oily feel, flat carbonation with a long and bitter finish. Dr_Butty (87) - SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2012
A bottle of beer that costs more than a typical bottle of wine and has the same alcohol as a fortified wine. A risk (it could be filth), but have been meaning to try this for a while.
Pours thick and black, helps if you slap the bottom of the bottle to get the last out. Massive roasted aroma with chocolate, maybe a bit of liquorice as well. Really big flavours, all the usual roasted chocolate, coffee and liquorice you’d expect, but also fruit like raisins and maybe cherries. Sweetness balanced perfectly by bitterness. Long, complex finish which lasts for ages. One to sip and savour and shockingly drinkable for a beer of ludicrous strength. Could be a good alternative as an after dinner drink. phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2012
330 ml bottle via trade. Batch 002. Best by 14/12/19. Whew, had it just in the nick of time. Pours a dark amber-hued brown with a small tan head. Aroma of dark fruits (cranberry especially), earth, charred oak, spices (must be the jasmine, though that one is hard to pick out alone), and warming booze. Flavor of woody booze, jasmine, cranberry, brown sugar, caramel malts, tobacco, earth, and deep roast. Medium-full bodied, with a warming, roasty, boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Pretty neat imperial stout.
Bygers (1184) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2012
02/02/2012 Bought at Camperdown Cellars in Sydney. 25 AUD.
Pours opaque with a thin off white foam.
Aroma is whiskey, raisin, oak, vanilla, and coffee. Heavy mouthfeel with taste of medicine, oak, cranberries, dates, prune, brown sugar and vanilla. Excellent beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone kathouse (1940) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Pours black with a thin off white foam. Aroma is soaked with bourbon, oak, vanilla, and alcohol. Big mouthfeel with powerful fruit and toasted flavors. Oak, vanilla, and condensed caramel linger on the tongue. Sweet finish and alcohol dryness. Excellent beer. AdamChandler (5176) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2012
UPDATED: APR 12, 2014 HAD THIS AGAIN IN 2014, THIS IS TERRIBLE DO NOT DRINK IT!
"Purchased for $11.99 at State Line in Elkton MD. This is Batch 07, Best by 1-15-2021. I poured this into a shot glass and sipped. No snifter was around.
A - Deep brown, TONS of amber on the edges but no head. The alcohol fingers reside on the edges of the glass for a while.
S - Cranberries, juniper, pine, figs and grapes
T - Vanilla, lots of heat, citrus and pineapple!
M - HUGE mouthfeel. Mild carbonation and an intense lingering.
O - AMAZING. The price is right for an 18% beer.
I love this beer and have 4 at the house just sitting around for another 10 years. Too bad this is retired. It’s a fantastic brew." RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2012
Hats off to Brewdog for producing such uniqueness. Flavours of alcohol and dry fruits with notes of plum and wood. Definitely worth the try. iammarc (382) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JAN 30, 2012
Bottle (shared with friends!) Incredible alcohol aroma, definite medicinal aroma. Very tasty (in small doses).