papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2009 Botle shared by WeeHeavySD at AleSmiths tasting bar. Thanks Jon: Black color is topped with a medium brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, black cherry and a hint of alcohol. Flavor starts dark chocolate followed by a light sourness, dark fruit, a touch of alcohol with hint of smoke and a lingering coffee/licorice bitter finish with a hint of tobacco. Full body is rich and creamy with moderate carbonation. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2009
bottle. pours an average black with a huge rocky tan head. Deep plums, candy sugar and a touch of hops on the aroma. Medium body, very smooth throughout... sweet up front with dark fruits such as raisins and plums coming forward with some chocolate and coffee on the sides. Nice lingering finish with some bitterness and bigger malts. There is a red wine quality to the body, somewhat tart / sour, but really carrying the grape / dark fruit notes forward. The fruit really smacks you up front on the finish, while the back carries the deeper chocolate / mocha malts. Quite tasty indeed.... but too expensive. A very unique twist on the Imperial Stout... glad I’ve got another bottle aging. MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle @ Delirium. Pours black with a good amount of tan head. Aroma full of roasted malts and plums, with a bit of alcohol as well. Taste includes more dark fruits and some chocolate. Very smooth on the palate. Even Jess liked this one, and she’s very much not into imperial stouts. Finish is full of coffee and lingers well. I say this one is worthy of the hype. Well done. Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Pour was expectedly dark with a one to two finger tall brown head. Streaks of lacing. The aroma was soft, sweet chocolate that is quickly overrun by darker fruits, sugar and light Belgian yeast. The flavor also transitions from what tasted like a foreign stout into a Belgian ale by midpalate. The mouthfeel is on the thin side for what it is an the alcohol was expertly hidden. Unique. Pricey. tedovertu (297) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Amazing beer. Dark chocolate with mild coffee undertones and vanilla mixed. Average rocky light brown head. Dark black color. Extremely full bodied with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Roasted malts are well balanced. Unbelievable that this beer is a 26 proof beer. Overpriced at around $10 a 11.2 oz bottle. Kind of a rip off. Go with Bell’s expedition stout for a much better value for your money.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 1, 2009
11.2oz bottle - pours a totally opaque black color with medium sized dark tan head with nice lacing. Aroma has tart cherries, vanilla, oak, subtle roasted malts, faint creamy coffee. Flavor has lots of roasted malts, dark coffee, black pepper, background of herbal hops, with a pretty firm bitterness in the finish. Overall good, but not quite as good as I was expecting given the hype and the price. AskForJenny (1086) - Ontario, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2009
0.33l - Impenetrable pitch black liquid. Small dark tan head. Noticeable sourness on nose, evident right from pour. Vague sour fruit (raspberry) nose and some whiskey notes. Sourness on first sip which snaps to a deep smoky roasted malt. Ingenious. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2009
11.2oz bottle from CBX. pours a beautiful onyx black with hints of ruby and a half inch, dark tan head and great lacing. aroma is outstanding with notes of dark chocolate, licorice, dark roasted malt, mild bitter coffee, black cherry, and a touch of vinous fruit and plum. flavor is fantastic with big bitter chocolate, vinous fruit, herbal hops, and big malts up front backed by flavors of roasted nuts, dried cherry, and burnt coffee with a lingering, bitter finish. palate is smooth and full bodied with solid carbonation and not a hint of the 13%. overall, a world class imperial stout. merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Bottle pours dark and inky, with a small tan head that quickly falls into some sheet lacing. Aroma has Vienna coffee, dark chocolate, cherries, fusel alcohol, and candi sugar. Body is medium full with subdued carbonation. Taste is complex. Nutty dark chocolate, cocoa powder, dark dried fruits, roasty malt bitterness, cherries, and some serious herbal hops. Seems to have elements of a Belgian tripel and IPA hiding underneath this big stout. An interesting experience to be sure. slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Bottle. Black with a fairly thick golden brown, leaves nice lacing. Acidic coffee and chocolate with light cherry notes in the aroma. Texture is just amazing, creamy-thick but silky. Flavor is complex- chocolate and cherries with coffee, oats, and a strong roastiness in wonderful balance. Sweet but balanced by a wonderful chocolate acidity. Very well done, an absolute treat.