dambor (859) - Berlin, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2018 TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, 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)
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2018 On nitro in Berlin's Muted Horn. Pours black with creamy head. Aroma: coffee clearly dominates, followed by chocolate and a bit of charcoal. Taste, coffee and chocolate forward, with a touch of alcohol. julesxxl (128) - Cholet, FRANCE - JAN 13, 2018
(noire, nez café torréfié & old hot choco, bouche mi-dense café (add), lot carbo thin, harmonieuse, bitter lasts) Patersoi (189) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2018
Oily black pour. Malt, chocolate and alcohol on the nose. Coffee and charcoal added to the mix in terms of flavour along with an ever present glow of alcohol. More charcoal on the finish but a little bit of sickly malt in there too.
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UPDATED: JAN 11, 2018 Botella 33 en vivalabirra 28..12..2017. (r2204). Color negro con espuma beige oscuro persistente. Sabores y aromas intensos a café y achicoria torrefacta. Ligeros cacaos y especiados. Cuerpo medio no muy denso con gran dosis de café y seco al final. Buena. KraftowyJakup (488) - POLAND - JAN 6, 2018
Klasyczne podejście do stylu, bez udziwnień, mocno palony RIS, jest świeża kawa, kakao. W smaku wytrawnie, ale nie pusto, kawa łagodniejsza, smakuje trochę jak posłodzona kawa, ale nie jest słodkie.
wojanex (535) - warszawa, POLAND - JAN 5, 2018
Ładny, bardzo kawowy mocny stout, gorzki, wyttlrawny, bez szczególnych cech wyróŻNIAJĄCYCH. Przyzwoity risik. mrjez (711) - Osaka, JAPAN - DEC 31, 2017
2016/3, bottle from Slowbeer. Pours black with slight highlights, low ring of beige. Fantastic aroma of espresso with cream and vanilla, intense rich roasted malt, chocolate, smoke. Flavour ticks all the aroma boxes, strong bitter coffee and dark chocolate, a touch burnt, even a little pepper heat at the end. Smooth rich body, high bitterness, dry. A ballsy rich imp stout with a manageable ABV. Mindwarp (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2017
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is all coffee there may be some hints of roasted malt or chocolate in the back but it's mainly coffee. Taste is coffee I don't know if there is such thing as a stale coffee but it's got kind of an odd coffee flavor I'm no coffee expert. Overall an okay coffee Stout I'm not big into coffee so the ratings probably a little low but I have had better. kucharz (177) - Rzeszów, POLAND - DEC 24, 2017
piwo warte swiatecznego stolu... geste, kremowe, duzo kawy, kakao, wanilii, gorzkiej czekolady. alkohol 9,5% schowany- czuc dopiero po czasie w przelyku... do powolnej degustacji. Imperial stout pelna geba. Chalumeaux (1841) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2017
Poured from bottle dated 2017 3 6 black with a cocoa head. Aromas of over roasted coffee roasted chocolate malt. Taste is coffee chocolate and a lingering very bitter finish.