omhper (24969) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2009
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Nut brown, minimal head. Concentrated aroma of licorice and port. Dry (despite 18.2%!) and grainy. Not even full bodied. There is vanilla and port, warming but mildly so. Manages to be remian balanced. Port with licorice is the lasting impression. jerohen (2277) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2010
Bottled at Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Black appearance. Nose isn’t that strong. Very strong flavor though, alcoholic and sweet. A bit too alcoholic, but still nice. jb (3218) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2012
This was heavy duty and unusual. I’ll start with that. Hefty boozy aroma; had some sugar daddies in there. Reddish murk, lots of lacing. Really sweet and sticky palate. Complex. Rich brandyish notes. Need to retry and evaluate more to pick more out, as the only drink of the night. Good stuff, thanks for sharing Ron! highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 A ridiculously drinkable heavyweight imperial stout from Scotland’s most interesting brewer. It’s a late-night fireplace sipper, but much easier to down than it ought to be at 18.2% abv. The trick is in balancing the alcohol with oodles of sticky sugars. The end result is too sweet for my personal taste, but it hangs together better than I suspected. The lively pour produced a thick froth atop a dense body. The excellent head length can’t mask a huge, rich aroma: bitter chocolate, cherries, turpentine, acetone. The thick, sticky palate is creamy at the front of the mouth, syrupy in the swallow and plain divine. Brown sugar, cognac, some ashy burntness, maybe some Cointreau candied orange notes. I was sober when I began typing, but two-thirds of a bottle later I’m somewhere between buzzed and totally bazingaed. Thish ish really verrry niiice shtuff. I may have to finish thish rating from the carpet. Lovely, soft inviting carpet... Wake me up when itsh bedtime... (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars. Batch 2. BB 14/12/19) sirowell (9) - SPAIN - OCT 14, 2012 does not count
A nice looking beer, from the description, as always very peculiar, to the moment of pouring the beer. An alcoholic aroma mixed with notes of jerez, really peculiar and strong. The taste is a enjoyable, kinda sweet but at the time bitter, experience, a lot of notes remembering the alcohol that contents. The palate is the best moment, chocolate, coffee, roast cereal...just a explosion after the beer goes down the throat. Even with that amount of alcohol,a very drinkable beer, not for everyday obviously, but still as strong as it may appear.
sir__v (2618) - FRANCE - DEC 27, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2015 On tap @ La Capsule, Lille - FR. Color: dark black beer with small brown head and no carbonation. Smell: caramel, malt, barrel, cognac. Taste: sugar, caramel, great complexity, malt and hops. Aftertaste: liquor, caramel, bitter and malt. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
[5041-20121231] Tap. Roasted nutty wood and charred grains aroma. Black body with a long-lasting creamy light tan head. Super boozy roasted booze flavour has a sweet booze highlight and some more booze in the finish. Full body. Silliness aside, it’s definitely boozy-- I mean, interesting to try, and surprisingly balanced. (7/4/8/4/15) 3.8
sonnycheeba (5967) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2013
(@ Volo, Toronto, ON)
Bottle. Pours dark brown with thin, fizzy beige head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is coffee, oak, brandy, caramel malt, floral hops, dates, plums, and raisins. Flavor is sweet malt forward with brandy, dark fruit esters, caramel, and faint hops; dry, lightly sweet finish. Medium body and low carbonation. soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2013
This is intense. Maybe a little too sweet for what I was feeling. Huge taste of cranberries and sweet plums. Just about a carbonated port. Alcohol not as noticeable for being 18.2. Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
Appearance: Dark brown with a tan finger thick creamy head.
Aroma: Treacle, bread/toast, grassy, berry fruit, wood, liquorice and spiritous.
Taste: Medium/high sweetness and low/medium bitterness and sourness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture and medium body, no carbonation and very easy to drink. Initially there is an upfront sweetness with a treacle taste this then develops into a slight tartness in the middle. The finish lingers with sweetness (honey/treacle like) and a slight alcohol warmth.
Comments: Very tasty and left a glass lace. This is quite sweet and is more like a liqueur in that respect. This is a bottle from batch 911.