Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Large bottle (brought back from Citybeer in SF in March 09), 18th Jan 2010, with tashi & co at home. Black as night with a small tan head. Close to flat. Wonderful roasted aroma. Smells and initially tastes sweet, but it is just a bluff! Dry, perfectly smooth... rich fruit and cocoa fight for your attention. Lingering finish. Soooo roasty! M’ARCOlizzo (31) - ITALY - JAN 21, 2010
Dal colore quasi nero pece, la schiuma, marrone, risulta densa e persistente. Aroma classico delle imperial stout, caratterizzato da note di cioccolato e caffè. Al palato è molto ricca e densa, buon corpo, maschera bene l’elevato grado alcolico. Ben bilanciata, gusto pieno e persistente. nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin laced head. Sweet notes of chocolate, caramel, coffee and dark berries. Whoa...a massive hit of roasted malt in flavour which was unexpected after the sweet malty tones of the aroma. It does mellow after a few sips though and generously allows the chocolate and dark berry sweetness to return. A pleasant warming in the finish from the alcohol and some malt sweetness too. A very nice stout. I’d be happy to stay on the dark side and drink this often. Once again a huge thanks to Jonno for sharing another gem. Butters (4062) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle from Maniac’s Richmond Tenth Gathering. Pours a great near black with ring of brown head. Nose of roasty, chocolate, coffee, sweet. Flavor is typical high gravity stout. Great roastiness. Very tasty. A little pricey, but good. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Black, brown at edges, slight head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, balancing hops. Flavor matches, very, very rich, enjoyable stout. Lots of dark fruit on the edges as well.
jonno (3011) - JAPAN - JAN 15, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 Huge beer just missing an element of complexity that would make it truly exceptional. Poured in to a mikkeller wine type glass this was dense and tar black. Tan head died quickly. Nose is initally reluctant but does release sweet sugary goodness, coffee and later alcohol. In the Mouth it is medium bodied, coating the tongue in two measures. First the sweetness hits, followed by the bitter coffee sting finish. This is about all you get for the duration of the beer - but this is definitely no bad thing. Left amazing lacing on the glass. Would try again If given the chance. jrob21 (3874) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle from the man that is snojerk. This is a tasty, marshmallow, chocolate, and vanilla sort of desert drink. Aroma is a little bit of alcohol and some molasses, vanilla, and peat kind of character. Full bodied and slightly sweet. There is a touch of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate. That fades into some creamy vanilla and a dark chocolate combination. Very entertaining finish to this beer and has me coming back to glass for sip after sip. Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Sample at BeerandBlues2 blind stout tasting 9/22/09-Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor of the same with a bit of alcohol as well. This was not a bad full bodied brew but came across a bit light. tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2010
Received from Beermerchants in their mixed Lost Abbey crate. A very thick sludgy heavy tar colour easing out to a dark red texture on the edge. Can taste oak; caramel, liquerish, coffee and roasted malts.
Poured into a Budvar stein glass. A very demanding beer and still taking my time to drink this. A really great stout. I am enjoying this but expect to pay a premium. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, early 2009 vintage from south bay. pours a slightly viscous jet black with a dense, dark brown head leaving a wonderful sheet of lace on the glass. aroma is excellently complex with huge roasted malts notes back by notes of dark chocolate, burnt caramel, whiskey, and coffee grinds with hints of dark fruits, berries, licorice, and black olives. flavor exceeds the complexity of the aroma and is deliciously dominated by roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, and mildly sour/bitter cold espresso with hints of dark fruits, vanilla, and toffee leading into an unexpected yet wonderful smoked, woody, chocolatey finish. palate is medium bodied and just a touch thin, the only real knock on this brew, with mild carbonation and a warming alcohol presence that is perfect for the deep freeze we’re having down south. overall, world class brew.