phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2011
Poured from a bottle into an oversized Duvel tulip.
Appearance- pure black, with an inch of slowly developing head. I will never drink this beer in a different glass again! Beautiful stout!
Smell- Lots of chocolate, roast, and coffee with a hint of alcohol, very inviting.
Taste- Very true to the aroma, though the alcohol is very well hidden.
Mouthfeel- Thick mouthfeel, I am aware that I’m drinking a big beer, but my palate can handle at least another beer after this one.
Overall- Excellent beer. If Founders made this a brewery only release with a gimmicky name, it would be among the most discussed beers on this site. However, I am much happier knowing that I can grab this bad boy off the shelf for 3 months of the year. If you like stouts, you will like this one! radagast83 (8072) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a pitch black color with a nice, thick tan head. Aroma was extreme malts, notes of chocolate malts, coffee notes, alcohol shines through. Flavor was rich, roasted malts, burnt notes, alcohol. Pretty darn good. faroeviking (10913) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 7, 2011
Botella. Black colour, light brown head, ok lacing. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt and some coffee with chocolate. Good mouthfeel. Flavour of roasted malt, soem chocolate and coffee, bit liqourice, medium bitterness, nice. BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours nearly black with a small beige head. Aroma is ash, chocolate, tar, and hops. Flavor is ash, chocolate, raisins, plums and hops. Full bodied with good heat. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle at home. Pitch black - brown head. Burned malty. Bitterness from burned malts. Fruity. High malty. Medium hoppy. Carcoal. Licorice. Coffee. Nice smokey. Light ashtray. Smooth body. Nice high drinkability.
Dedollewaitor (16171) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle @ Vinens Verden, Odense. Pours pitch black with a creamy brown head on top. Lovely nose of roasted coffee and liquorice. Hard roasted flavor with coffee, chocolate and liquorice. Smooth and full bodied. Nice Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Not certain who brought this but thanks! Unassuming while still enclosed in the bottle this was yummy on my tonguey. IS standard flavors executed o-so right. Get sum. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Tap. Pours a deep dark pitch black- extreme coating on the glass, viscous, thick with great legs- good dark tan head and some lace. Aroma is deep dark chocolate, medium burnt black roasted malts, large licorice and anise profile, and green minty pine hops mixed in. Flavor is medium sweetness cut by a bittersweet chocolate, and minty herbal licorice, some burnt toffee, smooth chocolate malts, and green pine hops in the middle and finish- seems almost oily in its viscosity and big body, but the finish is clean and fairly bitter. Great Imperial Stout. beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2014 Pours very black with a tan head. Roasty burnt nose. Very smooth chewy and silky at the same time. Flavors are dark chocolate and smokey with some burnt toast. Well balanced malt against the bitterness. finishes with a bitter coffee. Thanks Dave for getting this one. 1st time was April 2011. Would like to add some molasses in the flavors gnoff (10418) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2014 First rating
355 ml bottle at Haket, on April 28, 2011
Marked 10.5% ABV
Black color, dark brown head. Milky, smooth, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted, smoked, fudge scent. Salty, metallic, milky, roasted taste. Smoked aftertaste, also dry feeling to it. Smooth mouthfeel, medium dry bitterness.
Rather OK for sipping, not sure I’d want a full bottle though.
Bottled at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg. On November 26, 2012, during Porterveckan.
Thanks to _angst_ for the rerate!
Black color, brown head. Sweet, honey, gun powder scent. Sweet, malty, fruity, grainy taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
355 ml bottle from Systembolaget in Ludvika, sampled on July 31, 2014.
Black color, dark brown head. Sweet, malty, roasted, chocolate taste. Roasted, coffee, dry aftertaste, also bitter and cocoa. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Sweet, roasted scent. Lingering peppry alcohol sensation on my tongue as well as some warming alcohol.