jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2011 Bottle. Batch 1. Pours like a black wine. Nose of charcoal, coffee, roasted chocolate and vanilla. Taste is bourbon chocolate, tarred malts, vanilla, and melted caramel toffee. Little to no alcohol burn. JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2010
This is a very interesting beer. I’m not a big fan of the striking sweetness that one would get in this beer and I think it’s too strong. Lots of dark fruits, caramel, malt, etc. However, it is still a very well balanced and flavorful beer. Perhaps I’ll have it again in the future and my thoughts will change on it. porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - DEC 26, 2010
(375 ml bottle from Rockland Foodservice, cellared for 10 mos. after purchase) Pours very, very dark brown, appears opaque. Thin brown head dissipates somewhat but forms a fairly persistent covering. Rich aroma of molasses, wood, rum, chocolate and port. Mouthfeel is smooth, lightly oily, a bit sticky on the back end. Fine light broken rings and dabs of lacing and a light brown syrupy film. Flavor of big rum and chocolate - tasty as hell but wow is this hot. Rum-soaked woodiness with dark chocolate and molasses. One of the finer-tasting Imp Stouts I’ve had but just way too much ABV presence to be really, really great. theSlipperyPen (285) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2010
This bottle reads 16%ABV. 黑 pours as black as it should with only the very edges showing any colour. The head is impressive, thick and lingering, with three different shades of brown. As with the first batch and the barrel aged versions, this has legs. THe nose is of booze at first but after breathing the beer opens up, revealing molasses, brown sugar, honey, tobacco, ash and spent coffee grounds. There’s even a hint of grapes. It’s huge and hot, no way around that. However the alcohol forms such an important part of the profile, cutting through the sweetness to plump up the bitter parts and increasing the drinkability. Take the Islay Edition. That was far too sweet. But here I’m happy to have the whole bottle, if over the space of three hours.The mouth is much the same as the nose, all bitter-sweet and intense. There’s less of the soy sauce flavour I remember from my first bottle of Black (the 17.5%ABV version), but there’s another taste here; something of cologne, almost chemical. The finish is woody; now a vinousness is introduced that puts me in mind of a tawny port. And at its end is smoke and singe. Though not as remarkable as the Whiskey Edition, it’s much better than the Islay. And I love it. dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2010
Draft @ Beer Temple. Aroma is deep peat, loads of caramel, malt and sweetness. Flavour is very sweet and alcoholic, some peat, some spices, some molasses. Too sweet and alcoholic for me. Not bad though.
PotjeBier (3346) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2010
On tap @ Beer Temple, had to try that of course. Snifter glass. Color is - well.... Very dense almost brown head. Aroma’s that boast out of the glass: Sweetness, roast, soysauce, mocca, alcohol, wood (?), liquor. Flavor is very sweet with notes of wood, earth, roast. Very full bodied, oily, syruppy. Alcohol is strong but is covered up quite well by the sweetness & body. Long lasting finish with mocca, sweet coffee, ash and some bitterness. Geokkjer (7627) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle courtesy of yngwie.2007.Pours thick black with no head. Aroma is soy sauce, alcohol, chocolate, roasted malt and caramel with some burnt notes and plumes.Flavor is very sweet and warming with some harsh alcohol notes and soy.Full body, no carbonation.Very nice and extreme beer.Massive and slow to finish. CapFlu (5127) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2010
(375ml bottle) I opened this today in honour of the birth of my son, Owen, and the strongest, most determined woman I know - my wife - whom brought him into this world. Purchased at Brewery Creek in Vancouver on November 26, 2010. Pours a thin, quick dissipating head atop an opaque body. Nose of iodine, sweet Indonesian Soya Sauce, Sam Adam’s Triple Bock, the fresh sleeve of a young cigar and molasses. Very tingly on the tongue, the sugars and alcohol dance. Some underlying cherries and huge acidity. Ash burns, licorice and hoppy citrus round out this beer. Very good but over the top and no distinct character. I cannot tell if its confused or myself... but I’ve had 4 hours sleep over the last 48 hours so perhaps its me. BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Traded, corked 37.5cl bottle. Pours oily black with almost no head or carbonation. Just a few brown bubbles. Big aroma of licorice, molasses, vanilla, and prunes. Huge flavor of dark fruit, then sweetness in the middle and finishes with coffee. Long lasting after-taste that’s a little heavy on the raw booze. It was okay but nothing I’d try again. Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours a near black color with a thin head. Mediocre retention and lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts, smoke, coffee and apple-like fruit notes. The taste is caramel, roasted malts, bitter hops, brown sugar. Medium bodied.