JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
Deep brown pour with a fast-fading head. The aroma is sort of sweet and spicy. A sort of black licorice character and a touch of a minty character as well. A leathery sort of character as well. A little bit of soft character and some decent earthiness. Cocoa and some earthy bitterness. A lovely brew actually. A little bit of peppery ethanol up front but it fades quickly.
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tap at kuhnhenn. pours jet black with minimal head. stout aroma and a slight hoppy but sweet taste JAXSON (605) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2012
I assumed this was an imperial stout the whole time it was sitting in my basement. Nose is cocoa powder, red berries, sweet vanilla, maybe a touch mushroomy. Mouth thankfully adds a hefty bitter quality to balance all the enormous sweet flavors. Actually pretty interesting mouth, sweet chocolate ad vanilla with bright hops, but that nose just lingers. Interesting. I probably should have opened this a few months ago, but still decent. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/12/2011. Served on tap at Kuhnhenn in a tulip.
The appearance is mahogany all of the way through. A cream foam tan head stays with the beer for a minute, but fades to mostly a ring.
Coffee, dark roasted malt, lots of herbal hops and pine resin, then more grapefruit and apricot citrus create the aroma. Definitely some hop presence here.
The taste starts very sweet. Some molasses that were hidden from the aroma, and some cane sugar. Roasted malt and coffee provide the malt backbone. A bit of chocolate and then the taste suddenly changes and picks up some pine resin hoppiness, gaining steam and eventually revealing some grapefruit and apricot citrus as well. Finishes paradoxically sweet and bitter.
There is a strong full body, sticky, with medium carbonation. A combination of the hops, alcohol, and carbonation leaves my tongue tingling.
This is a little bit out there, but I enjoyed it. The sweetness will really prevent me from having more than one though. Ratman197 (14842) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of molasses, preune, toffee, earthiness and sherry. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of toffee, earthiness, prune, sherry and tobacco with a smooth warming lingering tobacco finish.
jrob21 (3690) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle from Flandersned. Pours a deep auburn, brown with a low tan head. Roasty, licorice, raisin and slight bitterness in the flavor and finish. Aroma is a little grainy and grassy. Decent body and alcohol is hidden very well here. A bit of a grainy chalky finish on things. hivemind (915) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2011
On tap at Taproom 307 with Erica, Jen and Mark. Dark black pour with a small, light brownish head. Aroma and taste are both hoppy, but not aggressively so or over-the-top. Palate also had some noticeable alcohol. Pretty good. jtclockwork (16600) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Bottle thanks to FlandersNed! Pours black. Tan head. Nose/taste of black licorice, hops, black malt and cocoa. Creamy mouth feel. Slightly chalky finish. Medium body. Solid. kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2011
All my favorite stuff rolled into one great brew: Roasted malt- hops - DIPA - high alcohol content (for the fun of it). Very drinkable. Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
I thought an understated imperial stout. Smelled roasty, very balck with brown head. Would pass as a very decent RIS. Not thick, but chocolate, rich malt.Mouthfeel average. Good drinkability. Perfect carbonation.Peter Chiado’s bottle from the brewery.