_angst_ (2365) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bought through craftbeer.se. 8,8% version. Pours reddish brownish black with a rather big creamy, frothy and tiny fizzy dark chocolate brown head that leaves some thick lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is tiny sweet and malty with roasted malts, heavy bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, liquorice fudge, burnt wood, dried pine needles, moist soil, caramel, soot and subtle hints of banana bread and burnt cookies. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, caramel, liquorice fudge, bitter chocolate, moist soil, pine needles, hay, burnt cookies, heavy dark roast coffee, burnt wood and hints of vanilla fudge, alcohol, soot and cocoa powder. Mouthfeel is round, soft, silky, roasted astringent and near full bodied. finish is tiny sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, moist soil, dried pine needles, burnt wood, soot and smoldered hay. Very impressed with this one. Great "basic" imperial stout.
Nicke80 (43) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 pint bottle at brewhouse 137. Pours black with little head. Smell of tar and soot. Taste of tar and coffee with long bitter after taste.
Heikki (4) - - MAR 15, 2014 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A big bottle, very dark. Long taste but lacks some in richness. Never the less, a great beer!
rlgk (9430) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Linköping Beer Expo 2014. Pitch black beer with a small brownish head. Malty hazelnut aroma, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, licorice, roasted, figs, raisins, soot notes, some vinous notes. Roasted chocolate flavor, caramel, coffee, hazelnuts, licorice, soot, nutcreme, citrus, some floral notes. Roasted chocolate and caramel finish with hay, nuts, cream and chocolate notes. Delicious!
Maverick34 (2041) - New York, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled from decicco. Oily black pour. White head. Chewy dark chocolate malts, mild bitter finish - real nice.
barn0216 (359) - California, USA - JAN 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with brown head that lasts a long time. Chocolate, cocoa, roast, kind of a creaminess like an oatmeal stout. Rich roast chocolate flavor, cherry/almond tones. I can sense how the licorice has influenced the flavor but it doesn’t taste like licorice. Nice bitter aftertaste and an ash note present a pleasant contrast to the sweeter start. Good beer, although i can see the licorice component being polarizing.
radarsock (823) - Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8.8% abv, displayed on bottom left-corner of label. 650 mL bottle purchased from Wing’s Market in Fairlee for $6.09 + tax. To long-stemmed tulip glass (Tiffany, thanks!), it pours a thick, rubbery mauve-tinted black; soap-sudsy caramel sienna head 1 fingernail in length. Aromas of red pottery clay, brimstone, puréed black cherries, cherry tomatoes, cotton, lavender, birch bark, black licorice candies, candied ginger, marshmallow root, and soil. Tastes of almond milk, cocoa, black licorice, birch beer, mocha, American Spirits Perique Rich Robust/Black tobacco, and beet sugar. Grill char, honey, yeast, sweet potatoes, buckwheat, and hop bitterness by swallow. Nutty and consumable. However, its alcohol content wasn’t hidden all that well: felt it after just its first sip. Swishable, and delicately creamy. Nice.
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Quarter finger light mocha fades to translucent of the same. Beer is dark, dark brown. No lacing to speak of.
S: Extra roasty. Coffee, graham, cocoa, malt, licorice. I can say, however, the hops are still quite present. Piney, resiny. Malt dominant, but still hoppy.
T: Roast, cocoa, coffee, lighter hops with earthy feel. Good beer. Not spending much time here, but this is really good.
M: thick and syrupy. Like a good beer should be in this genre.
D: this is a really good beer. I hate to be a slave to price point, but at nearly $13 for a bomber, I want to be wowed. The beer is good, really really good. If under $9/bomber, I would be all about this one.
Serving type: bottle
VsXsV (1895) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small tan head. Aroma of coffee, licorice, bread, chocolate, biscuit, ash, dried fruit and port. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of ash, coffee, licorice and light booze. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.
BVukelich (37) - Algona, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m not a fan of licorice so when I brought it home and noticed "brewed with licorice" on the label I was a bit disappointed that I missed it. Surprise! This stout was pretty good. I wasn’t overwhelmed with licorice at all.
Poured a decent head, lace was average upon drinking. Appearance was like pitch black, liquid gold. Aroma, taste and mouthfeel were all very decent. Not going to be my go-to imperial stout but highly likely to have again. Lesson be learned all...try new things! I would have never given this purchase a serious look if I would have noticed licorice.