rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2014 Bottle from Systembolaget. Opaque black beer with a small brownish head. Malty caramel aroma, licorice, chocolate, cocoa, raisins, soot, coffee, vanilla, some toffee. Malty roasted caramel flavor, licorice, coffee, cocoa, figs, soot, hay notes, raisins, toffee, some dark chocolate. Heavy fullbodied stout, but not as good as many seem to find it. TBone (18747) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2012
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Brewer Night of The Pony Bar, NYC
Dark opaque brown color, big creamy espresso head. Coffeish, roasted aroma. Full-bodied. Roasted, black coffee, espresso, hints of soya sauce and licorice in the flavor. Sticky mouthfeel. Warming alcohol in the finish. Good, strong impy.
Bottle - Tons of roast, some anise and dark molasses. Inky jet black with a very nice rich brown head that doesn’t go away. Dark roast and some licorice with a rich dark chocolate. Very rich and quite nice. jtclockwork (17770) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle. Pours black tar with brown head. Nose and taste of vanilla, bourbon, roasted malts, coffee and tons of chocolate. Very smooth. FatPhil (17513) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 7, 2014
yngwie (17379) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 11, 2013
My god, one of the most fantastic to look at beers I’ve seen since I first saw Koff porter or Nogne porter - this is exquisite. As I pour I can’t tell the bottom of the foam from the top of the liquid, it’s so dark. Basically black, and with such a glorious dark tight tan head. Actually, that aroma reminds me of koff porter too, there’s an oily tarriness to the deliciously rich roast. Smooth palate, and fuck the carbonation - what about the motherfucking taste? Damn, oh damn, that has hit the spot. Kinda simplistic roasty stout, but if you can nail that, then I’ll give you high marks. Has that lovely US mellowness that nobody else seems to be able to do - normally I associate that with the porters, but this has just got a smooth succulent sweet mellow body, it’s clearly in the same vein. Anyway, carbonation - pretty mellow, keeps with the smoothness of the palate. Alas that smoothness does become a little slick after about 50ml, but it was a fun 50ml. Totally unambiguous burntness, but sweetened to an temptingly delicious level. It’s crunk, but it’s mellow - work that one out. Got the dark fruity esters, the fruit burnt to the cake tin, basically got it all. I kinda feel guilty about cracking this one open without my regular boozin’ buddies, but my local has just shut down, and a treat like this will hopefully cheer me up. Whilst I listen to all my favourite Led Zep tracks. The winter’s cold, and harsh, still, but yes, there is some warmth in this beer. Perhaps too sweet, but as a final beer of the evening, and in my curent mood, I can forgive that.
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2013 Bottle, 12oz. Courtesy of GT2. A more or less black one, with a dark beige head of moderate size. Very chocolatey flavor, with some coffee, vanilla hints and roasted malts. Molasses, roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee, vanilla hints, and some licorice in the aroma. The flavor being much the same, with some bitterness. A tad more vanilla though. Lasting finish with a good dash of coffee. Rather delicious this one. Oh yeah. 130811 Benzai (17000) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle [from Euro Swap 5, big thanks to Hermod!] @ home shared with Dutchdrebus. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized dark brown head. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, some coffee, a bit earthy and some liquorice. Taste malts, roastyness, some liquorice, bitter, some alcohol, more liquorice and a subtle hint of laurel. Medium to full body, suitable carbonation. A very nice imperial stout indeed. brokensail (16696) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: The pour is viscous and black with a finger or so off mocha colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly, but leaves a nice bit of lacing.
S: Loads of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of dark fruit, and a touch of alcohol.
T: The amount of chocolate in this beer is amazing. A very smooth chocolate and coffee taste with a nice hint of bitterness on the finish.
M: Very smooth, rich, and creamy.
D: An awesome RIS, one of the better ones I’ve had, actually. The alcohol is pretty much non-existent and the flavors are absolutely amazing and epitomize an RIS. Dedollewaitor (16632) - 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 Scopey (16562) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2011
Bottle at the CP&K thanks to Duff the hermit. It pours jet black, with a decent dark tan head. The nose is milk chocolate powder, roasted malt, smoke, sticky varnish, dark cherry and toffee. The taste is initially sweet notes of milk chocolate, toffee and salted caramel, then transitions with more savoury flavours of roasted malt, smoke, oak, peated malt, varnish and alcohol warmth, with a bitter roasted malt finish. Full body, fine carbonation, sticky mouth-feel and good balance. Tasty.