The_Osprey (2928) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle at home, bottled Mar 2013 at 11.3%. Bottle #5535 / 9972. Thick pour. Black with a small brown head. Aroma is sherry, strawberries, deep rounded cherry, earthy. Body is medium to full, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is sherry, grainy plain chocolate, a little calpol, some smoke in the aftertaste. Pretty sweet. Nice sipper.
Vignale (2415) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från SB. Kolsvart tjock vätska med minimalt skum. Stor söt fruktig doft med mörk torkad frukt, choklad och fudge. Massor av choklad och fudge i smaken och en liten syrlighet som för tanken åt körsbär, fat och kanske en liten nyans sherry, lite kärv hårdrostad beska i slutet som är ganska nedtonad. Utan att nå riktigt ända fram ändå riktigt smarrig och en av de bättre i serien.
Alengrin (3019) - BELGIUM - APR 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Two year old vintage bottle. As with the other vintage Abstrakts, the synthetic cork was very hard to remove. Opaque jet black colour, as black as any stout can be, with a creamy, tan head, moussy at the edges but thinning in the middle, initially still retaining a thin beige ’veil’ over the beer but completely disappearing in the end. Weird, strong and complex aroma of soy sauce, cold black coffee, hint of dirty rubber, candied figs, black olives, hint of sour cherries and elderberries, very old sherry, some phenolic presence of shoe polish and wood glue, whisky, fondant and bitter chocolate (increasing as it warms up), burning wood, ’old leather’ if that makes any sense, subtle touch of baked banana and a lot of salty liquorice. Smooth and ’fatty’, very creamy mouthfeel, very thick and viscous, with a subtle sweetness in the onset, refinedly sugary and reminding me of my grandmother’s old-fashioned candi syrup as well as her salty liquorice candy (a taste I never quite managed to acquire), salty and very ’umami’, with only a very faint suggestion of cherry juice in the form of a subdued, lean, sharpish acidity, being snowed under with a heavy malt character, layered, beefy, bitterly chocolatey, a bit toasted, thickly caramelly and gently roasted bitter in the end while the salmiak-like umami and salty flavour persists, never becoming overly coffeeish; a deep, earthy hop bitterness is there too in the finish, woody tannins stimulating the submandibular salivary glands and expectedly booze, very sherryish indeed, in staying relatively gentle and smooth, nothing really burning or astringent here; the initial candi syrup flavour does stick to the throat though, almost like actual candi syrup - or salty liquorice, the flavour I associate most with this beer. Complex and interesting brew, but the salty liquorice taste was a bit too powerful to my personal palate, fruit like cherries easily go lost in a beer of this profound maltiness and the aroma has a kind of phenolic quality which I wish wasn’t there. Not as good as the previous Abstrakt I tasted, but still a beer to ponder over and still making me curious about the rest of this series.
nihtila (1475) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (4122/9972, bottled 15/3/13) from Appellation Wines. Pours thick black and oily with small dark brown head. Intense delicious aroma with roasted and burnt malts, dark chocolate, leather, dark fruits. Taste is roasted malts, sour cherries, dark fruits, liquorice. Finish is surprisingly light. Unfortunately the flavour is a disappointment, or I just prefer my IS without sour cherry flavour. Not worth the price for me.
vjohans (373) - SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
chocolate, coffee, cherries,alcohol, black, hazy, no head, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly sour, full body, thick feel, flat, long finish,
tmrmwel (1201) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 6049 of 9972, enjoyed 2 years after bottling. Pours black as hell and then some, with a small cola coloured head. Aroma is sweet dark roasted malts, with tobacco and cherries, as well as sweet liquorice, muscovado and lactose. Medium to full body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet roasted malts, with tobacco, liquorice, dark fruits, cherries and molasses. Tart fruits and wood in the finish.
WilleLW (206) - Lund, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled on 2013-03-05. Drunken 2014-08-05
Pitch black colour with a dark foam. Aroma of bread, "julmust", roasted malt, some tar, some dirt and a hint of dark chocolate and dried fruits. Taste of tar, dark chocolate, dried dark fruits, some coffee, raisins and plums. Vinous character with a slight sourness. Soft, round and heavy.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 mL bottle courtesy of Chris, served in a stem glass. Pours black with a minimal head that fades quickly and leaves no lace. The nose has big notes of soy and chocolate, along with cherry, oak and sherry. The flavour is moderately sweet with lots of cherry, molasses and chocolate, along with soy, sherry, oak and chocolate cake. The finish is moderate in length with roasted malts and sherry notes. On the palate it is full in body with a syrupy texture and almost no carbonation. Overall, a very nice imperial stout. The cherry and sherry notes provide a very nice complement to the malts. 2015-01-10
rouhlas (784) - GREECE - JAN 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle. Black color with no head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate, cocoa, some coffee, light dark fruity, light wood. Taste is sweet and bitter like the aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
simont1 (365) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2015 Aroma of port, barrel, oak, vanilla, sherry, with slight tartness. Taste is quite tart, cutting the toasted malts by quite a bit, mellowed out dark chocolate, stale coffee, and candied prunes. "Dark fruity" and mellow, a bit too tart and quite thin mouthfeel, I think removing the cherry addition would do better.