tfontana (911) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 28, 2017
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Redstone Liquors, Stoneham. Appearance is opaque black with less-than-finger-width light brown and slightly red head with poor retention and light lacing. Aroma is roasted malts with coffee, bordering on burnt/ash, dark chocolate. Taste is up front bitter roasted malts and coffee with subtle dark fruit and dark chocolate in the middle and ending strong bitter burnt/ash. Palate is medium bodied with thick, silky texture; soft carbonation and bitter roasted/burnt/ash finish. Overall, while I like smoke and hints of ash and burnt character, this was a little too forward and dominated the experience. I was so looking forward to this and, while still very good, am a little bummed.
Johnstledger8 (1105) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 27, 2017
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a bubbly to lacy light beige head. Aroma is of biscuit, chocolate, treacle, coffee, dark fruits, hint of ginger. Taste is of chocolate, coffee, caramel, treacle, raisins, nuts, smokey. Sticky oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
chucklemation (1574) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2017
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roast, coffee, toffee, and some dark fruits. Flavor is rich chocolate, bitter roast, and coffee. Well-carbonated with a medium body. Quite good.
beer_queue (136) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like a big ball of chocolate-covered, well-roasted coffee beans! Of course it’s pitch black—it’s called mortal sin for crying out loud! Tastes of dark roast coffee from beginning to end with a powerful, smoky espresso finish. Arrives mostly sweet with dried fruits & chocolates and then moves towards a roasty/smoky end. Dark fruits intensify as it warms up but still subtle compared to the coffee. With time the espresso intensity grows and lingers in the finish. Seriously, the alcohol is masked by all that strong coffee until it warms up. The medium body, dry finish, & absence of carbonation fits this beer perfectly. If you’re into huge, flavorful coffee, then this beer is your dream come true. One criticism, though, is that the dominance of coffee perhaps makes this beer one-dimensional after a few sips.
dakingindanorf (6) - Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2017 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Usually don’t like to let coffee stouts sit around but this has been fridged for a long time. Pleasant, not overpowering coffee nose, pours a touch thin looking. Doesn’t taste it - not overly roasty but bitter, still has a lot of nice coffee flavor. Gonna have to restock on a few of these.
MatChar (41) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2017
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2017 Bottle (batch: 2016-11-07). Appearance: nice, dark black. Light brown, hazelnut head. Smell: espresso, coffee, and more coffee! Roasted malts. Taste: espresso, cacao, fruity, with coffee and hoppy bitterness, surprisingly dry and drinkable. Smooth texture and feel. Overall: an easy drinking, super tasty, coffee imperial stout!
mozbee (12) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2017
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at DDC St-Jerome. It was among the first beers I had from DDC. Being a coffee drinker, I enjoyed this beer very much. It’s a rich strong black beer with that nice coffee taste, quite rich and complex. I just realized with time that I prefer lighter beers. I can appreciate its greatness anyway.
sjogro (3553) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared from bottle at Maakun’s. Black with tan ring head. Sweet roasted choco malts with biggedy papa coffee beans. Nice. Nice. Nice. Coffee. Coffee. Nice. Nice. Medium sweet, light roasty bitter. Over medium body. Nice silky feel. Nice roasty noasty moasty finish.
Maakun (4925) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 27, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the US shared at home. Black with short lasting tan head that leaves a ring of fine bubbles. Massive coffee, blackberries, some marzipan, dark chocolate, ash, roasted malts, figs. Super coffee forward but also with soft dark fruits and malts. Over medium sweet and bitter. Full bodied.
Beersiveknown (5205) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at home for 2016 European secret Santa courtesy of V_Duquerroux, cheers Vincent!
One of my big wants, have heard a lot about it. Big full bodied, warming, tonnes of coffee on both nose and palate, rich and roasty, though not massively bitter, fair amount of residual sweetness to balance. The booze isn’t ovefly subtle either. Big and beatly, not doing subtlety well, a bit of an anticlimax after some of their other beers. Had better coffee brews.