GothGargoyle (2588) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2013
Deep brown with a good sized chocolate head. Aroma is cocoa powder, grilled mushrooms, dates, liquorice, hint of butter. Creamy mouthfeel, medium-full body, roasty on the palate with a hint of booze on the finish. Taste is molasses, soy sauce, roasted malts, liquorice, hint of dark chocolate and wood. Not bad jd543 (428) - SCOTLAND - AUG 10, 2013
Black with a medium-thin chocolate-milk coloured head. Aroma of bread, coffee, dark fruit, chocolate malt. Taste is sweet with a sour and bitter finish. Thick texture with light carbonation. Pretty nice beer, but I’ve had some far more exciting imperial stouts. EdKing (2648) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2013
Bottle from Utobeer. Colour is very good. Very dark brown to black opaque with a medium chocolatey looking tan head. Aroma is lots of dark chocolate, dark ripe fruit and dried dates, Marmite yeastiness, molassses. Getting a lot off the nose. Taste is syrupy dark chocolate, Marmite yeastiness, strong roasted malt that lingers on the finish. There’s a touch of black coffee in there, but it’s very smooth. I like this alot. Packed full of flavour yet smooth and chocolatey. Wombata (627) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 18, 2013
Aroma: coffee and chocolate
Flavor: coffee and chocolate, grassy hop with some sour notes on the mid-palate, burnt coffee finish.
Comment: A bit flat. May have been in the keg too long or a bit of an off batch. Sometimes this stuff can be much better. harrisoni (19332) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle @ RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift. Black/dark brown colour, thin tan head. Choccy aroma. Some dryness, very choccy. Bit simple.
Christian (13815) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2011
RBESG August 2011, grand tasting. Black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of licorice, soy sauce and fruit. Sweetish licorice dominated flavour with ash and hard roasted malt notes anders37 (27062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle @ RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at Dean Swift, Tower Bridge SE1. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty caramel aroma. Roasted malty chocolate flavor with hintso f licorice. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish. shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 16, 2011
Tap at Edo-bori Beer Belly. Dark brown with a dark beige head of small bubbles. Aroma, not massively strong, bit of spice, bit of coffee, roastiness. Taste is full of roasted coffee, bit of dark chocolate and a slightly herbal aftertaste. Real prickle in the mouth, and a spicy buzz. Nice and thick oily texture and pleasant bitter finish. Hammy78 (975) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2011
Bottle brought back from Japan by my awesome cousin. Pours a pitch black cola colour. Small dark tan head, clingy lacing spots on the walls of the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate malt, coffee. Tastes much the same as I’ve described for smell, coffee, dark chocolate, malt, slightly bitter. Quite enjoyable. Leighton (22306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2014 Bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting at The Dean Swift, London. Pours oily black with a foam, beige head. RIch mocha roast nose. Medium sweet flavor, some light ripe/sour fruits, coffee and burnt cocoa. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Mild warming finish, lingering roast. Very good beer. (August 2011, Score: 3.8)
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014 London Sunday Tasting - Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell. Pours oily black with a creamy beige head. Lightly oxidised, with some milk chocolate, light roast, some earth, bitter burnt wood. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Fairly sweet on the finish with modest roasted malt character, some chocolate. OK. (August 2014, Score: 3.3)