caesar (7281) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 6, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 Rerate: had loads of fresh and old bottles from the first batches (basically all from the old brewing equipment) and this rating is for all those samples. Pitch black, short frothy brown head. Absolutely amazing aroma of chocolate, mocha, soy sauce, roast, dark fruit. Perfect balance in sweet and bitter. Stunningly good beer, each time I try it. If only the new versions could even be half the quality of the old ones. A fresh one would give a 3.9 or something. The 5.0 is for the older batches.
Original: Rating 2500. Bottled at NoiZe 30th birthday party. Pitch black color. Good aroma of coffee, dark malt, good quality. Bitter and dry taste, roasted malts. Bitter and dry palate. Again good dutch stuff. 4.8 jimmbo123 (44) - Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2009
I tried the Oak Aged 40 year Cognac version at Portland International Beer Festival. I tried 13 beers there, the beers I tried averaged 3 tickets each. This is one was 5 tickets, one of only three that I would buy again, and the best tasting beer I have ever had! I read through the first page of reviews and agree with all the good things said. However, no one else has mentioned the obvious extreme quality of the Cognac flavor. Perhaps I have tried a very rare version! Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2010
Bottle shared with Armando629. Csakajosor.hu
Poured black as hell, as the name would suggests. Brown, heavy, lacing foam that already suggests what’s coming ahead. Unbelievably complex aroma, with most dominant being coffee, chocolate, irish whisky, ash, earth, molasses, roasted malts, and hops. Dense, syrupy, oily body that is seriously heavy in the glass. Hoppy bitterness and roasted, burnt aftertaste that stays, mellows out with a bit of vanilla aftertaste. Alcohol is present, and it should be. Imperial stout at its best, a masterpiece! tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2010
Bottle, 33cl, Utobeer, number 180. Screw it. This is AWESOME. Astonishing world class lacing, just pefect white-cream texture, opaque black colour, grounded coffee, expensive dark chocolate, really fantasticly blended together, lovely whack of cream and vanilla to the mix, outstanding bitterness, stunningly well balanced, gorgeous roasted malts’ finish, low carbonation, oily and just an utterly WORLD CLASS BEER. MENNO YOU ARE AWESOME! ads135 (5031) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 20, 2011
The original and possibly the best. Thick, full bodied with coffee and chocolate maltiness. Rich and flavorful. Tried this with Paul in A’dam in July, 2010.
Huuuuus (14) - - FEB 8, 2013
Pours dark black, hardly any foam. Taste is very roasty, very bitter. Like dark pure roasted chocolate, with special hops. 666ale (92) - Edimburg, SCOTLAND - AUG 13, 2013
like the perfection, a really strong imperial russian stout this is, only for beergeeks! KennethArd (630) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2016
Aroma of cocoa, milk chocolate & dark chocolate. Black with a brown head. Light dry, light bitter & light sweet, perfectly balanced. Medium body, oily texture & average carbonation. age_jellema (97) - Hengelo, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2017
Bizar goeie imperial stout, wat mij betreft helemaal wat ie moet zijn. Zwaar, flink zoet en bitter. Smaak explosie als een kanon (niet te verwarren met dat suikerbiertje van Grolsch duh...).