GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Tap at Churchkey. The pour is deep black with a menacing, red head. Decent lace. Nose is salty green olive atop hazelnut, vanilla, and chocolate. Eh... Moves to cedar and vanilla extract. Slightly redeeming. Then it just stays with that umami/soy/savory steak nose. Over boiled? Taste is green olive, spicy cedar, saltwater, chalky dark chocolate, lemon sourness. Tart, clean and thin palate. A mess. If you are looking for a green olive brine stout, here you go. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark roasted coffee/espresso, and chocolate. Flavour is largely of good quality dark chocolate with lots of espresso in there too, complimented beautifully but the roasted malts. Full bodied and beautifully luxurious! argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Draft. Small brown head, black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some coffee/roast, light earthy, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, roast/coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, alcohol. Smooth medium-full body. gunnfryd (14952) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2011
On tap at Mikkeller bar. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, licorice. Flavour is alcohol, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, herbs. Nice beer. anders37 (26678) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2011
Draft @ Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty inky licorice aroma. Roasted malty chocoalte and licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty inky licorice and chocolate finish.
mcberko (18060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2011
750mL growler, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany!), split with Matts_Property, pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and espresso - pretty standard but rich. Flavour of rich chocolate malt, lots of roasted notes and some espresso. Thick and full-bodied. Nothing unique but done exceptionally well. Very warm and satisfying. jtclockwork (16685) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Growler thanks to Jay. Pours black. Tan head. Nose/taste of black licorice, sweet cocoa, hops, coffee, roasted chocolate malt and vanilla. Medium body. piscator34 (2539) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 16, 2011
Growler sample shared with oakbluff. Black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of dark roast coffee (Kenyan perhaps?), dark chocolate, earthy tobacco, and vanilla. Fairly assertive roasted malt flavour character with notes of char, chocolate, and coffee backed by some pale and caramel malt richness. A touch of fruit here too, but more like the type of fruit you’d detect in a good cup of coffee, rather than yeast derived. Medium bodied with a distinct acrid/acidic coffee mouthfeel. Overall it’s a pretty straightforward (albeit very charred) imperial stout. fbm115 (187) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2011
poured from a 750ml growler. Pour is black with a brown head that goes away quickly. Smell is extra roasty with sweet chocolate and an alcohol finish. Taste is extra roasty with a dose of chocolate. tastes similar to black hole in terms of roast. some coffee to finish. mouthfeel is full body with an alcoholic finish. Overall enjoyable but nothing extraordinary. Stine (1792) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Tarry gray-black pour; burnt chocolate, coffee and tobacco aroma; fulsome but not rich. Tropical fruit hops and a mild burn dominate the flavor; acrid black malts linger underneath drying it out at the end with a mean spirited whimper. Medium palate, lightly carbonated; richness slowly fades into bitter dryness finishing.
Unusually, this one might stand to be a little more heavyhanded, but the flavor isn’t that great so maybe not. Need a big glass to properly pin it down, but don’t really want one.