magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 25, 2012
Bottle, 75cl. Pours a very thick engine oil black with only a rim of tan head. Smells of wood, dark malts, chocolate, roast, and some bourbon echoes. Tastes of charcoal, but extremely smooth, chocolate, espresso, and absolutely amazing how covered the alcohol is. Some spicy notes, which appears to just be from the charcoal. Lots of bourbon flavors, but in a creamy form. Creamy smooth texture. Soft carbonation. Very full body. Finishes dry with some bitterness. Amazing. DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Alcohol. Sweet. Thick. Leggy. Sticks to ribs. Smells of molasses and alcohol. Yum! xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2012
A - Ink black mess of syrup with a small ring of bubbles that rise in the glass.
S - Molasses, coffee, dark fruits, oak, and a surprisingly small amount of alcohol.
T - Chocolate covered raisins and every other sugary sweet you could possibly imagine. A nice bourbon-y oak alcohol heat finishes out.
M/D - Thick and oily with just enough carbonation. This is a massive beer that I was unsure of before I opened it, but it’s the real deal. I’ve had 13-15%abv barleywine and stouts that were noticeably hotter than this monster. mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2012
750ml bottle. Thanks to drowland for helping track this one down. Pours thick and dark with no head. Immediate hot, sticky aroma. Remarkably drinkable for sitting at 26%. I get a big roasty chocolate then drowned out by alcohol hotness. Very interesting. Glad I got to try it. RasmusOtt (2764) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2012
Pours clear golden with no head. Aroma is big foging stout, dark rich cocoa beany chocolate, dates, prunes, figs, bourbon, burnt caramel, dark roasted coffee, weak smoke, vanilla and soy. Taste is alcohol, bourbon, dark sweet fruits, burnt caramel, sugary sweetness, chocolate and soy. The Aroma is so good but the taste is too sweet and alcoholic for me.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2012
At the time of this review, this is the #20 beer on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial Stout" list, served in a snifter.
Beer is oily, thick, thin dark brown head of small bubbles forms, low retention, no lacing, low carbonation. Interesting.
Aroma is sweet, coffee, strong, burning alcohol a little, intense.
To say this beer is thick is not a good descriptor, it is very interesting on the palate though, it is chewy thick on the front 2/3 of the palate and finishes rather thin. It is like the alcohol of the beer can’t cut through the front so it waits for the finish. Moderate roast and bitterness on the finish. I personally can’t drink a lot of this but it is a nice sipping beer.
Serving type: bottle Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle shared with friends in Athens. Pitch black with virtually no head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, wood, sugar, ripe fruit and alcohool. Oily mouthfeel. Roasted malt aroma, very sweet, vanilla,chocolate. Doesn’t feel like 26% but it still is quite alcoholic. Hoprider (679) - DENMARK - JAN 17, 2012
This is just insane. Rarely do I come across a beer so rich, I have to say.
Color: double black! Nose: intense raisin, prune, espresso combo. Taste: holy crap! Aftertaste: licorice bombs and coffee explosions going off. The mouthfeel and aftertaste are equally crazy - rich, creamy, coating & long and burning. No wonder there is a skeleton on the label, this beer needs that kind of warning. beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle. Pour is outrageous. Incredibly thick and totally black with a deep red/ brown lasting head. Just beautiful. Aroma is surprisingly subdued with hints of dark roasted malt, dried fruit, faint tobacco, and some alcohol notes as it warms. Flavor is awesome. Rich, deep, roasted malt with hints of dark fruits and very very little alcohol. Finish is long with notes of toffee and rich sweet malt. Palate is so wonderfully soft and luscious. Sticky and huge but quite drinkable for 26%. This is one of the best beers I have ever had. The only thing I can even consider deducting for is the somewhat subdued aroma with a touch of alcohol. So good. jbeatty (1248) - New York, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle, New Year’s Eve 2011. Pours thick, like a black hole. Tan head color of coffee crema, no lacing but actual legs of alcohol visible. Nose has rich milk chocolate, toffee, soft roast coffee, surprisingly gentle. Alcohol more apparent as the beer warms, bourbon notes. Taste is huge with bourbon, dark coffee, sweet chocolates, vanilla. Cuvée Delphine on steroids. ABV well hidden, hard to believe this is 26% until you’re already super buzzed. Mouthfeel on this is unreal- unbelievably thick, slick and creamy, like a silky syrup, liqueur-like in consistency. Overall, yes.