mickmac (486) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle. Small tan head over a black body. Massive aroma:taste of alcohol, chocolate, molasses and raisins. Full bodied. The alcohol is just so dominant that it detracts from the beer. garza (573) - Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), VENEZUELA - SEP 25, 2011
Pours drak brown with creamy espresso like head. Roasted barley on the nose, strong floral perfume like with booze in the aroma. Very complex flavour, heavy cloying sweetness, liquor like taste with hints of raisins, moscato wine and some burnt caramel. full body, oily feel, soft carbonation and a very long lasting sweet and liquor like after taste. Quite an experience! dwyerpg (6180) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 21, 2011
An intensely sweet sugar aroma. Very strong. Looks great. First sip is very sweet and very rich. The finish isn’t as heavy though, which is nice. While knowing it’s strong, this is smoother to drink than Goose Island’s behemoth stout. Too bad this is so pricy. Definitely could age for awhile too. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle pours black with a tan/brown head. Scent is booze, wet wood, soy and roasted malt. Taste is booze, dark fruit, tart and lightly sweet. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours black with some amber in the corners and a quick beige head. The aroma is chocolate, Robitussin, and prunes with some slight smoke, ash, vanilla, whisky, and gin. The flavor is better than I expected given the ridiculous alcohol content. Dark chocolate and prune come first, with a little bit of roastiness (though not much). Then comes a weird fruity gin note, some vanilla, and a building warmth. That warmth builds to a burn in the finish after just a few sips. Then comes cola and a distinct charred oak barrel note. The oak lingers forever in the aftertaste, as does the alcohol burn, making it feel kinda like I chugged some cheap bourbon. Not bad for an absurdity-based beer, I guess. But I would trade about 10% worth of the alcohol for some stronger roasted character and malty richness.
drjay44 (3708) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
330 ml. bottle. Batch 007. BBD 1/15/21. Pours a thin mocha head over a reddish bllack (SRM 35) body....nose is dried fruits including cherry, raisin, fig, with lighter coffee, chocolate, beef, soy, Bovril.....taste is heavily sweet, with multiple fruits including cherry, raisin, fig, with light coffee, chocolate, finishing with a lingering sweetness....mouth feel thick and sticky, alcohol heat obvious, carbonation low. This is heavily sweet, almost vinous in character, with many tones reminiscent of port. The sweetness is overly dominant and hides some of the depth of flavors that should be there. This particular bottle falls more in the camp of a Dark Belgian Strong than an Imperial Stout. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7 msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Pour is jet black, and oily as one would expect. Nose is of everything stout, right up to a little booze from all of the different dark malt flavors. Taste is very much the same with some defined bourbon notes, as well as coffee and chocolate. AlbertC (277) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2011
Aroma is dark, burbon, roasted and soya. Taste is burnt boozy, roasted malts and long aftertaste of warming booze. liinis (1770) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 6, 2011
Super rich aroma. Pitch black colour and brown head. Complex taste that overwhelms your taste buds. Excellent. The only bad thing is that it is difficult to take more than 2 dl. I shared 2,5 dl glass from a tap in Kaisla and I was satisfied.
Oak chips and cranberry Benzai (15605) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2011
Bottle at Cafe Buitenlust, Oirschot. Bottle said: Batch 4, aged on French toasted Oak chips. Dark brown color with a barely visible red glow coming through. Smell alcohol, roasted coffee, wood. Firm heavy taste at first, mostly roastyness and alcohol hitting me, but a soft warming finish of vanilla, warming alcohol and wood. Nice.