FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Original review date 3/8/2009...
Since this has been blended with KtG in the past somewhere, if memory serves me right, it doesn’t hurt to toss it into the Portsmouth snifter. This one warmed on the counter before opening. Actually it gets to be borderline room temperature before I pop the cap. OK, Donnie...let’s do this work...
Pours gently into the snifter a jet-black opaque body...moderately viscous, and an awesome peanut-butter-maple 2/3-finger head emerges and sticks for a while. A picture of strength (or maybe the feats of strength).
The aroma of this is a little more understated than I would expect but for the most part smooth. There’s a fairly significant presence of tannin shakeout from the patent malt here. Mild, slate-ish austerity...with a slightly bittersweetness and a touch of booze. Hop presence is loose and light. Actually would expect more here.
Now the malt presence reverts to expectations of huge, bountiful husky roast. Dark fruits also have your back here...maybe not as acidic as plums but definitely dates and a prune or two. Definitely the austere slate quality abounds but is backed up by a muted alcohol sweetness. Not as much nuttiness as I would expect but very enjoyable.
This one has depth and bench strength...and no empty clamminess. I don’t get an alcohol burn...this is too well-constructed for that. Finishes with a sweet slight booziness that is viscous, warming and velvety...maybe a touch of chocolate. Not quite perfect but very good.
After a while the sweetness emerges along with a more leathery feel. Different from many in its weight class, but it drinks nicely and I would welcome this into my glass anytime.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2009
33ck bottle. Pours opaque black with medium thick short-lived tan head that fades to a thin disc of mottled tan and brown spots. Dark fruit and cherry aroma with some chocolate and coffee sweetness, light earthy mustiness, and alcohol. Slight acidity with good bit of roasted grain character. Flavor starts chocolatey and cakey with notes of dry cocoa and red wine. Lots of chocolate and dark fruit/cherry. Earthy balancing bitterness with subtle resiny notes at mid-palate. The beer finishes somewhat dry with rich cocoa and fruit, mild toffee sweet character, and subtle acidity that enhances the perception of red wine and cherry. The mouthfeel is swishy and creamy with high - but pleasant and not harsh - carbonation. The beer is surprisingly only medium in body, accompanied by a very velvety texture. Overall, a very rich and luxurious big stout. It is surprisingly mellow - I expected something more extreme, but that’s not to say I’m disappointed: a very nice beer. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
11.2oz bottle, Best before April 2013. Thanks to Storm for sending me this with the Secret (summer) Santa 2008. I believe this is from Batch 1, the original supposed totally rockin’ batch that was near perfection. We shall see. Clear deep brown with a three finger tan head, good retention. Hmmm--I still get the purple Kool-Aid smell in the aroma that I got from a bottle that was shared almost a year ago, which is one of the stranger aromas I’ve gotten in a beer. There is also some Belgian yeast, berries, less coffee and roasted malts than one would expect. There are also some figgy notes, raisins, and toffee. Flavor is much the same with everything leaning towards dark fruits (and grape Kool Aid). Still strange. Semi-dry moderately roasty (hey, there you are!) finish with some light alcohol burn. Moderate carbonation with a full body. Yep, this is about as good as I remember it. Definitely different.
rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 3, 2009
Bottled. Old rating
Dark brown colour, almost black with a tan head. Lots going on in aroma: Toast with accompanying slight sourishness. Juniper and blood. Chocolate and dark fruits. No alcohol here. Darker fruits in flavour, with very rounded mouthfeel, lots of juniper here and a little toast along with vineous sourishness. Very smooth beer, without fieriness. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2009
(bottle - 330 ml) Dark black pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is dark and roasty with a nice hop undertone mixing with some chocolate and dark fruits. Flavor is a little sweet at the beginning with a very dark and roasty followup. The hops are rather apparent as well as roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, and some caramel near the end. Thick and sticky with the alcohol well hidden.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 30, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks ogglethorp! - Pours a viscous dk dk brown with a small, creamy tan head...aroma is cocoa and scotch, roast and a bit of vanilla...flavour is really nicely integrated, I was expecting it to be a bit more salty, so I’m happy...coffee black, cream, more roasted malt...it grabs all the surfaces of your mouth...some sour fruit and burnt wood on the finish and some heat that I didn’t really taste, but felt the effects of immediately...great experience... yumyum (221) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2009
favourite beer ot the night. Pours black with a decent tan head that dissipates nicely. Very nice nose of chocolate and almost a fruitiness to it that gives it an almost wine-like characteristic. Nice complexity in the flavour with chocolate, coffee and a certain sweetness that isn’t often found in many imperial stouts due to the large amount of hops. In spite of the sweetness I still bfound it to be nicely balanced. Very nice Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 28, 2009
11.2 oz bottle. Black pour with a tan head. Super sweet treacle nose, licorice and roasty malt. Flavor is more of the same. Near syrupy body. A "WOW" beer that, in final analysis, is not complex but pretty tasty. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle. Dark pour. This beer hits all over the place with flavor and aroma with a solid aftertaste. Great beer. emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - JUN 28, 2009
Tasted at delirium. Very dark and Black colour. Such a malty and a chocalate flavours. More like a dark chocalate like %85 percent aroma of coca. Such an amazing beer experience. Very very good beer. and also very hard to drink it...