TAR (2729) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nov., 2004 bottling: Virtually opaque black. Big rich-tan bubbles condense into a fine layer of cream. Heavily charred aroma with tar, smoke, richly earthy java, burnt custard, and potting soil. Fairly phenolic. Pleasingly dense in body. Mostly soft and velvety carbonation, yet with a fine tingle of spritz. Opens with a poignant sting of char and a snappy but relaxed phenolic bite. Sneaky java intensity slowly develops an extremely smoky and nutty earthiness and glides down like liquid tar and burnt chocolate fudge. Bittersweet notes of unsweetened cocoa and black chocolate truffles fuse with well managed coffee- and malt-derived acidity to add more layers of depth. Rich java anchors the drier char elements and tugs the palate downward with significant force. Meaty as all get out. Tannic alcohol warms the body and lends dryness, but is otherwise a non-factor. Perceptible nuttiness and roasted grains complement the rounded inky and salmiakki overtones. Finishes with snippets of vinous acidity and ashen malt dryness, but otherwise decidedly punishing and potent with lingering espresso beans bathing in fudge and tar. This is a journey in a bottle. (9/4/8/4/17=4.2)
Draft: Dark brown. Creamy gray-tan foam. Bittersweet aroma of charcoal and coffee. Surprisingly simplistic. Somewhat dense in body, but overly gritty from the nitrogen. Initially nutty with roasted malts and softening hints of coconut milk. Mild buttery espresso flavor cuts the acidity and dryness from the heavily charred coffee character. Bittersweet chocolate center. Gobs of char flavors, ranging from burnt matchsticks to charcoal. Hint of crystallized sugar compounds the firm char. Moderately slick ink flavors. The coffee begs for some malt complexity to curtail its acridness, but it never arrives. Finishes dry and gradually more subdued in its intensity. After judging this from the bottle, where it really sparkles, I see no reason to nitrogenate this. (7/4/7/3/14=3.5)
rami_pl (3022) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 19, 2017
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rami Rami is drinking a Péché Mortel by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! at Czerniakowska
Duzo kawy fajnej, duzo zboza, nieco owocowosci, lekki, megapijalny, slodkawy, alko prawie 0, session RIS w pozytywnym sensie. Klasa
Swaroga (2205) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 18, 2017
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer is hiding the alcohol so well it makes me think no more then 7%. Very smooth and mild. Very easy to drink. To easy. Coffee notes are also mild but delicious. Greatly balanced.
azzurro (143) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2017
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This strong stout is a bit too strong for me. The alcohol makes it too overpowering.
Tide (3608) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from City Beer SF. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, espresso, nuts, hops, chocolate, wood, dark fruits and a bit of licorice. Bitter finish with roasted malts, espresso, nuts, hops, a bit of wood and licorice. Excellent imperial stout.
Jimbo2 (396) - DENMARK - APR 8, 2017
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Insane coffee aroma, insane coffee taste. Well rounded, balanced, soft, good mouthfeel. Just wow.
dagimp (991) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a sixpack purchased in QC by my mom. Screw caps, yeah! Pours midnight black without much brownish head. Coffee aroma. Mouthfell is actually pretty light. Taste is coffee and more coffee. But it’s real coffee and it’s not burnt, so it’s yummy. First few of these were OK, but the last one with a year or so of age was very tasty. Good stuff.
fcjack1 (272) - Washington, USA - APR 1, 2017
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Tacoma Boys. Pours black. Tan head. Scent is roasted malts, coffee. Taste is some booze. Very roasty, coffee. Good beer.
Niko100 (2837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich dark brown/black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, rich coffee, & chocolate; Flavor of roasted/smoky sweet malt, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and hops; Nicely balanced & complex; It’s all about coffee - very good overall.
DeanF (2417) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2017
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great creamy solid guinness like head and black body, minimal carbonation, a joy to look at really. Strong sharp coffee on the nose with hints of licorice, oak, charcoal but in a good way. Flavour is chocolate syrup and espresso with coffee bean, barley, charred oak. Smooth finish. A real winner and deserving of its reputation.
DanDan_ (45) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341mL Bottle (Tagged 2016-12-29): Poured straight black with small creamy tan quickly settling head. Coffee dominates the aroma with roasted malt, chocolate, pepper/spice & smoke. Lots of coffee bitterness, with just a hint of light sweetness, alcohol well-subdued but still has a warm feel. Creamy, moderate-soft carb, could be thicker/more full in the body though. Love the long dry bitter ashy finish. Overall: I’m a coffee-lover so I’m biased, but this is well-balanced and intense without going over the top with its coffee addition. Great way to cap off (hopefully) the last snowstorm of winter.