Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 11, 2008
black as night. Espresso nose that overpowers. very bitter chocolate, sliggght alcohol. heavy alcohol on the taste, aggressive, in your face beer. raisins. The mouthfeel is silky and delicious. a heavy hitter, bold and unique ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JUL 9, 2008
Pours obsidian black with almost zero head, what is there is a dark beige. Nice aroma , deep fruity berries, strong complex coffee character, some oily hop notes. Palate is sticky and strong, with an almost overwhelming burnt toast character along with treacle sweetness, scotch warmth , and a vanilla tinge to the herbally bitter finish. Don’t know, this one feels a little out of balance for me. Certainly a monstrosity though. Mogwai (227) - Askeby, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2008
Bottle. Pours a black colour with small beige head. Aroma is coffee, roasted/burnt, chocolate, malt. Flavor is again coffee, burnt, very spicy and VERY alcoholic!! Pilsner hops gives it a slight bitter finish Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Roasty, acrid, coffeeish and a touch sour. Plummy, but not with the richness as in many of my favorite imperials. A good mix, but hot and thinning. It is a big beer all around and the flavors meld pretty well, but the alcohol is strong and detracting a bit. Aroma is a strong point; really nice coffee aromas.
Capa (3448) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Thanks to Kevin for the bottle!
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 Very dark with a small tan head. Light roasted malts, chocolate, ripe dark fruits, lactose, some alcohol, and light sourness. Very fun aroma. Full bodied. Intense flavor. Coffee, cocoa, molasses, strong alcohol; very harsh overall. Finishes hot, hot, hot! The aroma didn’t relate as well to the flavor as much as I would have liked, but a good stout if you enjoy painful, bitter brews- like I do.
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Brown-black, very thin head. Sweet smell dark chocolate and tootsie roll. Faint alcohol bite. Tates initially sweet, with licorice, chocilate and coffee flavors. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Well, its black with a big tan head. Nose is cocoa, burnt malt, tons and tons of alcohol, leading to astringency. Dark fruits are there but hard to find past the smell of my nose hair burning. Flavor is all about alcohol - way too much. There are cherries & cocoa in there but mostly its burnt alcohol. Super astringent, overly bitter finish. Hansen (8615) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2008
Dark, almost totally black. Has a dark, lasting head. Aroma is deep, heavy, chocolate, coffee, esters. Perhaps a bit too heavy. Flavor is heavy sweet, bitter finish, complex. Fully body. GRM (4179) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2008
Green bottle, 375 ml, best before 14/08/11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on July 4 2008; eye: black, cappuccino head that turns into a ring; nose: nice roasted malt, vanilla, liquorice, soya sauce, resinous hops, light pine; mouth: starts with a wait, then roasted malt, strong coffee, black liquorice, soya sauce, alcohol is almost not perceptible, resinous hops, good presence of pine, finale in roasted malt cappuccino pine and a bit of soya sauce, mildly salty, rich, full body, smooth, mildly sweet, rather bitter, slightly oily, vinous, sticky, average carbonation, light astringency; overall: quite good
Bouteille verte, 375 ml, meilleure avant 14/08/11, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 4 juillet 2008; œil : noire, opaque, mousse cappuccino qui se transforme en un petit anneau; nez : bon malt torréfié, vanille, réglisse, sauce soya, houblon résineux, léger pin; bouche : se laisse désiré, puis malt torréfié, café fort, réglisse noire, sauce soya, alcool est à peine perceptible, houblon résineux, bonne présence de pin, finale en malt torréfié, cappuccino, pin et petite pointe de sauce soya, moyennement salée, riche, corsée, smooth, moyennement sucrée, plutôt amère, légèrement huileuse, vineuse, collante, carbonatation moyenne, légère astringence; en résumé : très bon Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 2, 2008
New batch bottle at Chris_O’s 19th April 2008 tasting. Pours black with a line of beige head. Exquisite aroma of cloves, eucalyptus, rosemary, coffee and more. The flavour is similar yet more intense - it really is harsh on the tongue. It’s slick and escapes the mouth leaving the herb flavours in the corners of your mouth. Interesting stuff.