MrHangover (4690) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2016
Bottle at tasting, courtesy of RandomStrangerNL. Pours a pitch black, syrupy beer without any head on top whatsoever. Aroma is mostly booze and roast, very slight hints of bourbon and molasses. Flavor is harsh, nail polish burning alchol, little sweetness going on, mostly overpowering booze of all. Very unbalanced, unsatisfying and difficult to drink. As it grows however, it does get a bit better, but it’s certainly a huge disappointment for me. mariuspoenari (2846) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle shared at the November THT at deanso’s place. Pitch black pour with no head. Notes of dark cherries, bitter chocolate, coffee, sherry. Quite heavy. sjogro (4348) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2016 Sampled from bottle at "This is not really deanso’s last THT"-tasting. Black. Dark roasted and burnt malts. Sweet chocolate and charcoal. Over medium sweet. Over full body, big malty and black roasted. Charcoal, chocolate and ash. Lovely. Killing strong though. Benzai (16093) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2016
Sampled from bottle @ Benzai’s final THT although MrHangover thinks it’s something else. Opaque dark brown to black color, virtually no head. Smell and taste malts, bourbon or at least liquor, alcohol, bitter, dark malt bitter. Very heavy! vincentvega72 (788) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2016
Pikzwart bier met zo goed als geen schuimkraag. Flink boozy in de neus als in de mond. Koffie, pure chocolade, leer, tabak. Olieachtige textuur. Het bier prikkelt je tandvlees. Licht zoetig in de afdronk. Knaller !!
mentalmind (59) - FINLAND - AUG 20, 2016
bergstaden (3092) - Røros, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2016
Shared a bottle with [email protected]
Pours pitch black to a Glencairn glass with no foam. Strong alcohol and roasted malt on the nose. Taste has roasted malt, licorice, raisins, dried plum and a hint of old wood plus alcohol. Quite nice in small amounts. Could be enjoyed like a port wine or a liquer apertive etc. Quite similar to Brewdogs Tactical Nuclear Penguin, maybe even a bit better
Black with hardly any head or carbonation - Good malt aroma with a lot of dark fruity tones in the aroma as well as some wood and hints of alcohol - Good malt body that has dark fruity flavours with some wood and a good warming alcohol - The dark malty and dark fruity flavours goes into a long warming alcohol finish that lasts - This was extremely tasty ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2016
75cl bottle shared in a snifter. A thick black pour with no head and no visible carbonation (although the beer does not feel flat in the mouth) whether this is down to the rather impressive viscosity I don’t know but the lack of carbonation is certainly not to its detriment. Powerful aroma of vanilla and buttery oak notes from the bourbon but not as overpowering as you may expect. The smoothness of Cuvee Delphine is still evident however, there is a quite discernible level of alcohol heat which from other reviews I wasn’t expecting to notice especially as this was a 2012 bottle. Anyway, at 26% this is part of the appeal and the imperial stout flavours are still playing a huge part hear with molasses, tobacco and dark chocolate are pretty well balanced between the bourbon notes. A truly impressive "beer" and certainly not a disappointment despite my self imposed hype. If I ever get the chance to purchase again I will but I doubt that chance will occur any time shortly. bigguns22 (800) - Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Wow. Pour is jet black with no head. Aroma is rich and is very reminiscent of 25 yr old balsamic vinegar. A thick and decadent beer that lingers to the palate. A ton of coffee,chocolate,salt and do not forget bourbon. huineman (726) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 8, 2016
On tap at De Struise Brouwers, Oostvleteren, sitting on their front yard.
This is one of the strangest ales I’ve ever had, if not THE strangest. In a blind tasting I wouldn’t have guessed it was a beer: I’d have bet my money on its being a PX sweet wine.
Pours pitch black with amber shades, no head whatsoever, no carb visible. It stains the sides of the glass.
Aroma is surprisingly low, but nice: figs, dates, molasses, tobacco, blackberry, bilberry.
Taste is quite shocking: first of all, it kick-starts with quite high piquancy (spiciness), as if having chili peppers involved. Then, even though it is an eisbock, sweetness remains low. Very thick, oily, no carb (as it was suggested by mere sight). Then again, a new surprise: the finish isn’t long at all, though it is ranking in the high IBUs.
An oddball of a stout. Really worth it, but be prepared for something new.