mcberko (15433) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, pours black with a small brown head. Aroma of rich chocolate, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and some burnt caramel. Flavour is extremely rich and complex, with burnt caramel, roasted malt, dark toffee sweetness, some chocolate, and dark fruits (cherries and raspberries). The fruits and toffee sweetness linger. Very rich and deep, with medium-to-high sweetness without cloying too much, velvety, viscous and smooth. Superior to Hunahpuís, with all the complexity showing here (the chilis take this away in Hunahpuís, but do cut the cloying sweetness). A rich, decadent impy, that could only be improved by cutting down on the sweetness.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home - Thanks to Thomas. Pitch blach - brown head. Burned, cocoe, fruity, coffee, nice bitterness, coffee, nice bitterness, high burned, high bitter burned, red berries,
Benzai (14678) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home as my 9000th rating. Opaque pitch black color, full sized dark brown head that lasts for quite some time. Aroma is malts, dark malts, some caramel, wood, a touch of liquor. Taste malts, dark malts, lightly liquorice, roast, initially lightly espresso, espresso roast in the finish, bitter, dark chocolate, lightly dry aftertaste with a good espresso roast and dark chocolate bitterness. Silky texture, medium to full body, suitable carbonation. A lovely roasty celebration for my 9000th rating!
bhensonb (14492) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from ericandersnavy. Above and beyond. Pours black with a really dark tan head. Aroma is celery. Go figure. More than full bodied. Mild carbonation. Flavor is very dark burnt malt, coffee, light chocolate. Finishes less than dry, but very, very delicious. Smooth.
Tmoney99 (13904) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Kingdom Liquors. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a heavy dark bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.
argo0 (13581) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle, thanks tarheels86. Medium brown head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, some earthy/grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some roast, light bittersweet chocolate, earthy/grapefruit. Smooth medium-full body.
Ferris (13545) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Bittersweet chocolate and nice cocoa. Jet brown with a brown head. Sweet dark chocolate, syrupy and a a nice sweet finish. Balanced nice sweetness and a rich body.
Scopey (13316) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle at CBC, May 2012. It pours jet black, with a thin dark tan head. The nose is spice, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, treacle, tar and warming alcohol. The taste is roasted malt, salted caramel, liquorice, charcoal, alcohol warmth, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood and treacle, with a warming finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. A tasty imperial stout.
Lubiere (13183) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark stout with a thick brown head, very creamy. In aroma, a pungent woody chocolate, grassy hops, coffee grids, interesting. In mouth, a nice bitter chocolate with coffee and woody notes, murky, bitter and challenging, but overall, very nice. Bottle 1.5 years old from Tampa. Tasted with Pushkinnow, Spinrsx, Brews Phillips, CFrancis and Ian, Jan. 14 2011, Bartowel Ottawa gathering.
Drake (13150) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle courtesy of TheCheeseMan and shared at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 9/18/10. Pours a dark red-tinted brown color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Viscous looking. The aroma is huge and roasty with notes of vanilla, honey and something astringent. The taste is bitter roasted malts, coffee, caramel, honey, nuts and a bitter hop finish. Full bodied. Slightly too bitter but very nice.