FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2011 Thanks a million to 17thfloor for sharing this with me! Pours a gorgeous black black with a thick huge amazing forever lasting light tan creamy head. Aroma is an amazing blend of dark fruit, raisins, black currant and rummy cake, cherry, burnt caramel, nice bakers chocolate and just a hint of coffee with some candy sugar, holiday latte loving. Flavor is amazing, Just perfection. Chocolate mixed perfectly with dark fruits, alcohol, caramelized sugar, licorice, earthy hops , black cherries. Everything blended to a perfect mesh, from start to finish, bitter dark chocolate finish coats the throat and lingers for a good long time, just waiting for accompaniment be means of the next swallow. Full, rich and sticky body with a soft caressing carbonation. Definitely the perfect blend of all brewing ingredients. Note, 17thfloor makes a great point, roasted marshmallows with fire char that gives the unique burnt sugar character. mmmm mmm good! ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Oily black pour with a thick tight tan head. Aroma is roast, honey, dark fruit, cherries, dark chocolate this smelled amazing. Flavor was equally complex, thick mouthfeel kind of coated your tongue and bathed it in rich chocolate, plums, cherries, toffee, coffee goodness. Very complex, chewy, but not even slightly overbearing beer. This was fantastic. jfb (6984) - GERMANY - SEP 29, 2009
(bottle) pours a pitch black colour with a bubbly brown head. aroma of dark chocolate and caramel, brown sugar, coffee and fudge, toasted malts, cherries and just a hint of alcohol, nicely balanced. flavour is mostly strong toasted grainy malts, coffee and yeast, with hints of sweet spices and some rather fitting notes of alcohol. the initial mouth-coating sweetness quickly gives way to a long warming roasted-bitter finish. medium to strong-bodied with mellow carbonation, a massively complex beer. JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Rating #1000. Purchased at Whole Foods a few months back. Pours darkest brown/black with a huge tan head. Nose is brandy first, then fruit (fig and black cherry), chocolate and roasted malt. Dark fruit flavor up front with some alcohol and a roasty chocolate finish. Aftertaste is coffee and plum. Nice complex brew, but the flavor doesn’t quite stack up to the aroma. Still very good though. wimpie133 (381) - Brugge, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2010 Bottle, 33cl. A dark-brown to black beer with a medium beige head that disappears in the end. Aroma is one of dried fruits, coffee, caramel, light sweet and malty. The taste is extensive and tremendous: you taste everything. It first starts as a stout with a caramel and coffee taste, than comes a chocolate taste before dried fruits and some candy sugar come to the front. And when you think the beer finishes malty, there even comes a light bitter aftertaste on the beer. Some people say Westvleteren is the best beer of the world, I say this one certainly isn’t worse, even harder to find than the Westvleteren. First class top beer!
Arayaga2 (2224) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Viscous black, with a creamy brown head and big lacing. Aroma is sweet, with chocolate, red grapes, and a bit of ginger. Taste is the same; very sweet, with prominent cocoa, and the light winey sourness of grape skins. Alcohol is very well hidden, but manifests itself in an astringent aftertaste. Quite nice, but not up to the hype. $11.50/11oz Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2009
A dark black beer with a nice tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, & smooth chocolate. The taste is very smooth for an Imp. Stout with some roastiness, dark fruits, chocolate. The 13%ABV is almost unnoticeable as you can smell it more than taste it. I am guessing the bottle I got is older so it probably has aged & the flavors have settled down more than when fresh. cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown black with a deep tan head, frothy with lacing. Brown sugar, chocolate, fruity, some esters, some honey traces with a touch of booze. Chocolate, sugary sweetness, a touch of booze, strawberries, a bit of hop bitterness at the finish. Full mouthfeel, round, a little drying alcohol in the finish. jonas (8278) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle, thanks to Allen for this nice surprise. Wood, honey, chocolate and strawberry aroma. Black, brown layer. Layered cake of flavors: Burned dark sugar, brine, strawberries, charred wood, Chocolate anf Coffe, which lingers on retronasal. Smooth mouthfeel, sweetness with staying power which stops at the right time, lightfooted and elegant. Chocolate covered cherries and whiskey in the aftertaste. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2009
Bottle via Mys Swap 4 (thanks daknole!). Pours almost black with an average sized compact beige head. Nose is dark fruits, raisins, anise, and roasted grai. Taste is chocolate, rum, some spiciness. Very Belgian in character. Some piny hops in the aftertaste. Cannot believe this is 13% as alc is well-hidden. Also cannot believe 100ibus? Really? I would guess 50 max. Anyways a masterful awesome Belgian Imperial.