Ktwse (4897) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2015 Not very balanced. Pours dark brown. Almost black, with minimal head. Aroma is sweet with syrup, dark dried fruits, a hint of chocolate. A well matured port wine is the closest reference. Taste is very sweet, again syrup and figs, raisins. Lots of alcohol from the start and this gets worse with the aftertaste. It’s seriously too much - four sips into it and I’m not sure I want to finish the bottle... Probably best enjoyed with eg a well matured cheese.
Update: latest attempt with 16.5% version. Still very boozy but better balanced and not as extreme. Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2011
Aroma: Cranberries, chocolate, floral, vanilla, oak, maple syrup, apples, acetone.
Taste: Raisins, coffe, chocolate, port, dates, figs, plums, pear, cognac, burnt sugar, cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Dry, intense, takes your mouth for a hellish trip. Not very balanced. Psytron (2288) - Turku, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2011
Minimal head. Very dark brown. Sharp palate. Aroma of berries and herbs. Like wine. 0.33 bottle is too much... Kavu (4815) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2011
Pours very dark red with a low brown head. Aroma is roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee. Flavor is mostly sweet roasted malts, with some chocolate, coffee and berries. Alcohol doesn’t push through too hard. Very nice. pintbypint (3642) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 24, 2011
330ml brown bottle. Deep brown colour, thin tan foam, leaves a slight swirl on the surface, a few isolated spots of lace stick around. Viscous, leaves legs on the glass. Nose has a lot of alcohol, also notes of chocolate. Flavour has chocolate/cocoa up front, intitial sweet taste. Moves into roasty notes, hints of ash, wood, bourbon. Finishes with sweet alcohol and chocolate. Full body, heavy mouthfeel. Very fine carboantion. Woody feel on the tounge. Has a residual alcohol burn that is quite noticable, but not all that unpleasant. Overall, this beer is huge. Bigger than I was expecting, and sweeter than I had anticipated. I was not prepared for it, but I still found it pleasurable to drink, although I probably will not revisit this one, at least not by myself. 330mls did not seem like an unreasonable amount to drink, but half a bottle and I’m already questioning my dedication to this one.
DutchDrebus (6002) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2011
Very black, not a lot of foam. Smells and tastes very alcoholic, which pushes back much of the taste. Too alcoholic for me. JoeZasada (317) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours a very dark cloudy brown with a reddish tinge - lasting light brown coloured head. Powerful aroma of chocolate and nuts. Taste: Strong sweet malty taste, strong oak notes. Notes of chocolate and caramel. Very warming mouthfeel. Finishes with a strong malty sweetness, same notes as above. A bit numbing on the tongue. Very full bodied, a tad oily on the mouthfeel. This is a powerful winner! Absolutely outstanding for a barrel aged imperial stout... LoFi (1718) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2011
2011 Bottle. Pitch black with a cappuccino head. Aroma: alcohol, acetone, nail polish remover. After a while some chocolate and licorice. Taste: salmiak, alcohol, sweet onions. In the background chocolate, berries, vanilla. Full-bodied, oily, medium carbonation.Fred82 (2324) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2011
Way too fresh, I think. A pity, the last time I tried it it there was still lots of alcohol, but also a lot of chocolate, licorice and wine gums. I have to rate it after what’s in the glass though.
12oz bottle from Geln’s bevereage.
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Appearance : Pitch black almost no head.
Aroma : Lots of sweetness, molasses, raisins, figs. Very rich and sweet.
Taste : Lots of molasses, sweet roasted malt. Lots of alcohol. Finish has real nice raisins and figs with lots of alcohol.
Overall : Very sweet but very rich and complex. Nice notes of molasses, figs and raisins but overdue. Alcohol was quite present even if sweetness did it’s best to mask it. Overall big sweet and alcoholic beer. Not very cohesive. A bit messy. Disapointing and too expensive.
Bottle; Murky, Dark Brown pour with amber highlights; modest beige head that does not retain well into this glass - the nose is syrup, port, chocolate, and booze. The flavor profile is very sweet, syrupy, dark fruits, vinousness, oak, and a bit of bitterness at the finish. Ultimately though, this thing is a boozy desert beer, isn’t it