explosivedog (1295) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 14, 2017 Lunkie (1943) - Glen Iris, - JAN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malt spiritus aroma. Dark brown colour poor head & lacing. Malt herbal spiritus flavour. Smooth palate.
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375ml bottle. Pours black. Earth, caramel, intense chocolate, smoke, figs, vanilla, big oak, big brown sugar, cinnamon, port vinous character, nice bitter finish. Big boozy complexity. Hot, but tasty as anything. beer-yum (1780) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 10, 2017
Alluring rich aroma in a redwood black pour. Massive body is slightly sweet but perfectly compliments the complex barrel aged flavours that follow. An impressive take on the style - even more so when you consider its Antipodean source. Looking forward to their later vintages now... Samtzu (493) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 9, 2016
375ml Bottle. Subtle aroma with malts and alcohol. Medium bodyied beer with a massive kick of alcohol, malts and faint hints of sweetness and mushrooms. Niksko (624) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2016
Pours pitch black with a light tan head. Nose is a little vegemite, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, liquor. Flavor is rich vanilla, cognac, caramel, milk chocolate, sweet candy, maple syrup, burnt toast. Rich and syrupy, heavy and mouth coating. Sweet, complex and sublime. JohnShepherd (3) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2016 does not count
Bottle from Barnys. Pours black with small cream-coloured head. Aroma is malt overlaid with cognac astringency ... complex and very pleasant. Palate plays the cognac astringency against the sweet richness of the malt, and does it very well. Can’t say that the truffles were much in evidence, but maybe they provided a bit of depth. Smooth finish, despite the high ABV. Easily my favourite beer of 2013.
jinroh (1696) - ESTONIA - DEC 7, 2014
Pours dark brown, beige head. Head is not too large and is gone fast. Aroma has some alcohol but also freshness. Dry bitter chocolate. Sweet fruits. Taste is quite intense, feels carbonated, has some liquorice, a lot of it. Still sweet but not so much at first, its coming out in later stages. Super strong bitter chocolate. Warming and excellent stuff for a cold day. Could be interesting to try a more aged version of this. Choos (754) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2014
Hard to fault with rich fudge and earthy notes in a powerful imperial stout. extremely long and beautifully balanced
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(Bottle) Black with toffee colored small head. Nice rich complex aroma - caramel, wood, port. Full bodied, sticky, creamy with velvety carbonation. The taste is exceptional, so rich and complex. Clearly this is a very strong beer; there’s plenty of alcohol but well integrated with rich flavours. It’s sweet - dark roast malt, port, raisins, dark chocolate. There’s a lot more going on - the cognac is distinct and there’s a pleasant dark burnt toffee bitterness in the finish. An extraordinary beer - it has many of the characteristics of drinking a fortified wine, with the balance of alcohol and rich fruity sweetness; however there’s much more than that as it has pleasant carbonation and a more complex and extensive range of flavours. Very impressive. wvhoran (468) - Tasmania, - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle. Totally black with a decent brown head. Aroma is powerful cognac, fruity (plummy, raisins) chocolate, vanilla. Flavour is very sweet with bountiful cognac, slightly woody, chocolate, honey. Sweet to the point of being a little cloying, can detect only a hint of roast malt in this. Pretty boozy. Body is medium, quite high carbonation. Very nice. Rickcobba (2) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2014 does not count
Jumping the shark’s absolute dominance shows where rate beer can often fail. This is by far one of the best on earth. 96 is far too low. To Ol Goliat having a rating of 99. I know what I prefer.