awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2008
From a 12oz Bottle. Obtained in a trade with artusory, 9/14/07. Pitch black, viscous, oily pour with only a faint shimmer of tan carbonation. Agitation leaves sticky legs clinging to the sides of my snifter glass, but no real head arises. Bold, malty nose of roast and chocolate, complimented by the added complexity of prune and raisin fruit esters. A soothing alcohol warmth is present in the nose, but compliments the rich aromatics. Smells enticing, but more carbonation would help lift the aroma and breate a little bit more life into it. Full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel with the texture of melted milk chocolate. Incredibly intense, complex malt flavors of roast coffee and chocolate truffle, accompanied by prune and fig esters. A mildly smokey, barbeque steak flavor comes out mid-palate. A gentle brush of floral hop bitterness helps clean up the finish a bit, but the roast malt flavors linger. Smooth, warming alcohols in the finish, but nothing is brash or harsh. Tasted this as a part of a 25+ quantity imperial stout tasting, and this was the favorite of many, myself included. Thanks for the special treat, Ryan! pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2008
bottle.....pours a rich brownish-black with essentially no head whatsoever although there was a thin tan film at the top of the glass....aromas of sweet chocolate and a little boozy. an abundance of soy sauce dominates.....more flavors of soy sauce and chocolate. mouthfeel was somewhat thin. a little tart cherry in the finish and showed signs of oxidation. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle thanks to Pantanap. Opaque black color with smal burnt tan head. Aroma is sweet roasted malt with alc, soy. Chocolate, soy, alc flavors with cherry and lots of oxidation, also burnt malt flavors. Medium and syrupy body. Nice aroma but flavor is a little too oxidized for me. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #2". 12oz bottle. Thanks to the man Kan for opening this. Pours a murky black brown with a wispy brown head. Aroma is really past its prime/aged. Soy sauce, chocolate, bready, doughy, a little sour. More of that soy sauce in the flavor. Sweet, chocolate, dough, bread, sherry, cherry, fruit, alcohol, oxidized and slightly sour. This is strange that it went down so quick. I like the oxidized sherry notes often but this is pretty intense. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2008
sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #2". 12oz bottle. big thanks to breaking this out to help endure the wait. pours black with no head. nose is roasty, soy sauce. flavor roast, soy sauce, chocolate, coffee and slightly sour. watery body. why hasn’t this held up well? alcohol is well hidden.
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2007
12 oz bottle shared with toncatcher. Nice dark pour with lots of tan head. Nice roasty aroams. Chocolate and some coffee. Flavors were more coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Very Nice. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2007
Pours a pitch black color with a thin light brown head. Intense aroma of rich, dark chocolate with luscious roasted malt. The flavor has also the chocolate and roasted malt but there’s also a litlle something that feels off and unpleasant. The body is light to medium with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 02/10/2007badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Source: Brewfest, Extreme Beer
black, frothy tan head, rich roasted malt aroma, big creamy chocolate flavor, touch of vanilla sweetness,
black, headless, big sweet licorish and roasted aroma with a touch of alcohol, rich chocolate and bourbon flavor, vanilla sweetness, lasting bitterness,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 10/10; Overall: 18/20
Black with a brown-ish head that receded, but did still leave some lacing. Smell is very roasty, with some chocolate notes as well. Still a little too green in the nose and taste to warrant a higher score. The taste did have similar roastiness to it, and seemed to have a little bit of molasses and hints of vanilla. Mouthfeel was full bodied with medium carbonation. Decent beer now, but with age it should improve greatly. muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Sample from 12 ounce bottle at the Mondial, Montreal (May 2007). Black oil with no head, dense....soy sauce and tart grapes dominate the fairly unpleasant, somewhat cardboardy aroma; struggle as I might I find little chocolaty, roasty, or interesting here....body is very thick, sweet, milk- and dark-chocolate dominate....very little hoppiness, thick and pretty cloying, almost no carbonation....very problematic overall, though it becomes more drinkable and loses some of the borderline offensive qualities in the aroma with warmth....there were all kinds of thoughts on this one; I think some of the bottles were off in Montreal, and I lost the crapshoot. Oh well, Kuhnhenn’s inconsistencies aren’t nearly on the level of some brewers I can name, and this mediocre experience won’t scare me off....