rafax (488) - POLAND - DEC 30, 2017
Bottle, dated 30.12.2025, abv. 10,7%. Jetblack with big, frothy, tan and very solid head. Almost no lacing. Nose full of coffee and chocolate with some wood and vanila notes. Very solid. Surprisingly dry with roasted and chocolate flavors and a slightly sour finish. Very well balanced so, dangerously drinkable. PhillyCraft (8323) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2017
Bottle at Al's, black color with beige head. Notes are dirty chocolate, pepper, grape juice,sugar, and heavy green coffee. Sticky with a medium to full mouthful. Not good bhensonb (16136) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2017
Bottle from Wine & Cheese. The label indicates 9.7%. Print is red rather than orange. Pours dark brown with a huge foamy tan head. Rather dark tan. Aroma of chocolate and grape. Near full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, grape, a very little coffee for me, and arguably some musty wood. Not to mention some darkish treacle. Much dryer than expected. There's a little heat. There's also something like grape must. The flavors are quite new for me - at least in this combination. It's quite nice, tho a bit "primitive". gam (4161) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2017
Good beige head dark brown pour medium carbonation aromas coffee bean grain chocolate wine barley richness flavours wine richness lots of good grape note chocolate oat rich coffee rich fruit cocoa dried fruit has the notes of a fruit cake oat is tangy like good sipping imperial best aftertastes grappa note okay bean taste not a big winner but nice to drink Muggus69 (2831) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2017
330mL bottle from Slowbeer. 10.7% BB 30.12.25
Pretty much bang on - jet black, pours a large tan head that eventually holds a dense rim.
Intense aroma - dark roast espresso, bitter cocoa, dark sugars, woody sort of notes.
Not actually nearly as thick as expected - oak perhaps dries things out, booze draws things out.
Stacks of character - bitter chocolate, bitter coffee, bitter wood...? Has this sort of vinous note that I'd liken to Grappa, but not really sure (it's been a while), dries out a heap on the finish, lots of bitterness, plenty going on without being specific.
Very good, sort of lacks that extra oomph to reach the next level though.
Lowenbrau (4858) - Asturias, SPAIN - SEP 21, 2017
Keg @Bierlokaal In Den Uiver, Haarlem. 13-08-2017.SVD (2275) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 1, 2017
Stated 10.7% ??.
Pours black with nice tan head. Spicy peppery nose, roasty, coffee, Taste is quite bitter, boozy, wood, palate warmer, Good.
Bottle at home, black beer, small head. Aroma is malt, roasted, coffee, chocolate, nuts, wood. Taste is the same, bitter and some sweetness, not bad superspak (6379) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2017
330 ml bottle into snifter; bottled on 3/26/2017, best before 12/25/2030. Labeled at 9.7%. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy dark khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted oak, raisin, date, red grape, and dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, tobacco, vanilla, and roast/smoke/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, coffee, and grappa barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted oak, raisin, date, red grape, and dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, tobacco, vanilla, and roast/smoke/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness and light oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted oak, dark fruit, dark bread, smoke, char, tobacco, vanilla, and roast/smoke/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, coffee, and grappa barrel flavors; with a great roast/charred bitter/sweet balance; and zero acrid/astringent roast flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from roast/char bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/silky, fairly sticky/chalky, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.7%, with zero barrel booziness. Overall this is a fantastic imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, cocoa, coffee, and grappa barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. Very rich and complex with big cocoa nib/coffee flavors, and nice Grappa barrel presence; without any booze. Not as intense on the barrel as I expected for 6 months aged, but still nice amounts. A highly enjoyable offering. Werckmeister (3493) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 30, 2017
0,33l bottle at home bought from Beers’n’more Zurich. BB 30.12.2022. 11.1% ABV. black color, medium big coffee colored head. smells earthy, joghurty, spices, cocoa, tiramisu, nutty, marzipan, bit weird but overall nice smell. full body, medium carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes earthy, peat, the grappa is there, soapy, some ash, bit milky, rubbery, bit boozy, peppery, light fruits. finishes bit boozy and earthy bitter with notes of peat, ash and some rubbery notes. loved the regular edition, this one is rather weird and messy. also not a fan of grappa, so could be related. also rather bubbly for an imp stout. expected quite a bit more, just drinkable. koleminer20 (4261) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2017
Shared at the Prairie Everything Dark/Kill Your Liver Extravaganza at Jeff’s House on July 1. 330 mL bottle. The pour is a darker black with a thin light brown head that vanishes pretty quickly. The aroma is pretty good. There is a lot of oak and a pretty heavy liqueur. I’m not too sure what Grappa is, but it’s seeming to have a light fruitiness and a touch of spiciness to it. There is a nice mocha going on toward the back end. The flavor is much of the same. There is a light grape through the initial oak and chocolate liqueur bit. It’s definitely a little sharper than the nose, but it’s not terrible. The mouth feel is a medium body with a softer carbonation and a lingeringly oaky and chocolate controlled liqueur on the back end. Something else, that’s for true. 7 4 6 4 14