elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2013jinroh (1524) - ESTONIA - APR 9, 2017
22oz bottle, 2013 vintage. Served at cellar temperature.
Pours very dark brown to black with a two finger brown head, leaves drippy webs of lacing like an IPA, holds a light cap.
Aroma is roasted malts, cocoa powder, semi-sweet smelling, vanilla, some caramel, a bit nutty, a little hops. Good to very good strength.
Flavor is chocolate, cocoa, rich caramel, roasted malts, coffee, hazelnuts, vanilla, touch of dark fruit, fairly sweet, hint of herbal hops, pretty rich, some alcohol but really not bad at all for a fresh 11% brew.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, creamy, a little sticky, soft to moderate carbonation.
Man this is pretty good stuff. Kind of unique too...got that dessert beer sort of vibe without any vanilla, chocolate, etc additions. Lack of boozy taste in such a big beer is a nice plus too. I like it better than their Dragonís Milk (which is still pretty good in its own right).
Almost black, some beige bubbles. Aroma having some roast and bit of barrel character although itís not barrel aged. Taste has deep roasty sweetness and more dark dried plums. Bit of alcohol there, like aged in wine barrels although itís not. Bit edgy bitter finish.
DWestrick (731) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2017
bottle - shared 3 ways. big bad imperial stout. tad heavy on the carbonation for my liking, but otherwise very solid. good beer SODAK14 (376) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - MAR 14, 2017
Iím had the 2016 version with 11.5% ABV. This pours a very dark almost black color with a small head. Nice brew but kind of turned off by too much of a fruitish flavor, I couldnít quite place it. Also definitely can taste the alcohol in it...not really a good thing. Decent beer just not a great one. Dal9000 (624) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2017
At Whole Foods. Pours black with a thick tan head. Initial taste of sweet coffee and dark chocolate. Lingering dark chocolate but sweet.
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Bottled. Pours pitch black with off white small head. Aroma is slightly malty with chocolate and coffee with a hint of booze. Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation. Really lovely stout.
PhillyCraft (7078) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2016
BB backlog. Bottle, pours a deep dark brown, nearly black. Head is 2 finger and beige in color. Smell is roasted malt, coffee, toffee, and rich chocolate. Flavor is oak, cocoa, barley, and subtle grain. The booze was hidden well for 10.8 percent, tasted closer to 8 kerenmk (4722) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle shared at a Yom Kippur tasting at Maxí place. 2016 bottle. Black with a tan head. Chocolate-covered cherry, sherry aroma. Bitter, ink, alcohol in the mouth. Full body, smooth and syrupy. 11.5%abv. but doesnít feel like it at all. A little roasty and bitter finish. Good. LearninBeer (577) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2016
The aroma is sweet bread, a little licorice raisin. Pours black with an amber hue, no head (this bottle is probably 2007 or 2008) and no lacing to speak of. The taste is some sweet and some bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation average and the finish bitter. Tastes of chocolate, dates, very very good! DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 16, 2016
Bottle sample at a Yom Kippur eve tasting at Maxís place. Thanks kerenmk. 2016 bottle. Black with a tan head. Aroma of roast, chococlate, coffee, a bit of cherries and more fruits. Great sweet flavor, rich, with roast, chocolate, a bit of coffee, some dark fruits, light alcoholic note, and a bitterish note. Full-bodied, rounded. Really good. coachd (800) - Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Iím drinking the 2016 version, 11.5% ABV. I can smell the flaked barley, along with some dark fruit, coffee and cocoa. Not boozy or roasty at all. Flat black color with a light brown head. It looked watery pouring out; I have to dock it a point for that. The dark fruit makes an appearance in the taste as well, along with brown sugar and roasted malt. Not very complex, but not bad either. Strong and long lasting aftertaste. The palate really let me down. An Imperial Stout this big should not be this thin and watery. Overall, this was pretty good but I donít know whether I would seek it out again. It was expensive, not really worth it.