Oakes (19362) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2009
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 Revised rating, bottlerlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
Thanks to Diego for this one! Extra black and inky. Very dark head. You aren’t going to see through this. The aroma is crazy - milk chocolate, ancho and alcohol. Big and brash. On the palate, this is a rich imperial stout, very thick, with a great ancho and chocolate accent. Fun stuff.
Original rating, draught at the brewery. Extra black body with a rich dark brown head. Complex aroma - chocolate, tobacco, light ancho and dark fruit. Tastes like beer candy - ancho, lots of dark fruit, rich coffee, intense dark sugars, creamy black malts, cherries. There are so many layers to this it’s scary. A full value champion. 8-5-9-5-18 = 4.5
Bottle at CCB Day, Sätila 2012-07-07. Pitch black beer with a nice dark brown head. Mint aroma, chocolate, roasted, milky, cocoa, tar, dark chocolate, vanilla, nutty notes, some hops, soot, figs, raisins, dades. Mint and chocolate flavor, roasted, cocoa, figs, raisins, tar notes, full bodied, with hops balancing. Finish is mint, chocolate, cocoa, figs and milk notes. chrisv10 (18702) - DENMARK - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle @ CBC. Black with small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, thick, little liquorice, hop, medium sweet and medium bitter. TBone (18547) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
[email protected]jtclockwork (17604) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Opaque black color, small firm brown head. Tobacco, sweet cigar aroma, light black peppery notes. Full-bodied. Cocoa, pepper, cigar-tobacco, perhaps hints of vanilla. Very complex and enjoyable
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2015 One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Pours jet black with a quickly dissipating reddish brown head. Nose is vanilla, oak, subtle chillies peppers, cinnamon and coffee. Taste is full and in your face, but velvety smooth at the same time. Chillies are present in the background, but don’t burn. I detect some licorice, chocolates, coffee, chilies, vanilla beans and a whirlwind of other flavors I can’t even describe. The only thing keeping this from a 5.0 is that there is no head retention. Otherwise, this is the perfect imperial stout. - Original rating 6/18/2010 - 4.9
FatPhil (17334) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 13, 2016
660ml bottle - thanks Enn! 2016 vintageFerris (17070) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Very nice aroma, swwet, a glazed pastry with pistachios. Looks good. Dark, and a tight head. Tells me it’s going to be viscous. Not too heavy in the mouth, extremely full and smooth, a good consistency for a sipper. Chilli heat is obvious, but is kept remarkably mellow. Taste dominated by sugars, unsurprisigly, but is rather complex. Plenty pf piparkakku, and a nice chocolatiness to the roast. Very nice brew. Almost beer of the evening apart from the batch 028 Pohjala Oo that we pretty much started with, that had aged and become serious, this is young and still trying to stuff itself with candies, cookies, and chocolate. (It tied with a couple of other Pohjala Oo variants/vintages.)
Bottle - Cinnamon, dark malts, chocolate and almost like horchata. Jet black with a brown head. Spices and a nice light heat, chocolate and cocoa. Heat on the throat, very nice. Benzai (16916) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2011
Opaque black color. Small brown head. Smell coffee and roasted malts. Taste coffee, roasty, heavy and light sourness. High carbo, full body. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
A: Quite an ominous pour from the bottle. Viscous and black, creating a sturdy mocha head in the glass.
S: I was worried that the chili peppers would overwhelm the beer, but they provide only a subtle spice to the beer which works nicely with the sweet components. Chocolate and vanilla, along with caramel and roasted malts complete the nose.
T: A much more balanced flavor than the BA version offers. An inviting sweetness up-front of chocolate and vanilla, followed by a touch of bitterness and spice (chili and cinnamon) on the back end.
M: A very thick and chewy feel on the tongue. The carbonation is minimal, as it should be and just helps to enhance the creaminess.
D: The alcohol is nowhere to be found, but this one does pack quite the punch. A fantastic stout and one of the first CCB beers I’ve been really impressed by. Dedollewaitor (16539) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2011
75cl Bottle. Thanks to Hallinghansen. Pours black with a creamy brown head on top. Roast, charcoal, black pepper, soy and dark fruit. Chewy, creamy and smooth. Truly nice!