KombatAle (77) - New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle
Black beer with brown foam. Nose is roasty with a soft sweetness. Full mouthfeel, really balanced, chocolate, roasty notes, coffee beans, licorice, burnt oak, long bitterness in the end.
CacheManyHose (110) - HONG KONG - APR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Gooden in Taipei, drank in Kenting. Smells of heavy smoke, leather, a bit of hop and cherry liqueur and dried fruit in the background. Taste is very bitter, smoky malt, leather, ends on an almost lemony note. Body is not at all creamy with a fair amount of fizzy carbonation. Huge beer, and though it wouldn't necessarily be my go-to stout it is nice to have one so bitter and smoky without tasting burnt/acidic.
HKdIPA (129) - HONG KONG - APR 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Gooden in Taipei. Pitch black pour with thin tan head and lots of lacing. Aroma is roasted chocolate and malts. Taste is bitter, very smokey, roasted malts, dried fruit, with a bit of coffee. Palate is lighter than expected. Very bitter for imperial stout - nice. Not as good as I remembered.
BlazerT (35) - POLAND - APR 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Teku glass. Pitch black with big, dark brown, rather low-lasting head, lacing is moderate. Moderatly strong roasted malts aroma, coffee, dark chocolate also some burnt notes. Low hop aroma. Some black dried fruit notes - plums, pruns, but not dominant. Also some alcohol is present. Unfortunately slightly metallic sensations. The taste is not so complex, mainly roasted malts, burnt flavours, medium bitterness. Low to medium dark fruit esters. Evident alcohol strength. Semi-dry, roastiness and warming character noticable. Low to moderate carbonation, full body, creamy. In overall I’d give this beer some time to mature in the bottle, perfect roastiness balanced with dark fruit esters and alcohol. It could be more malty and barley-wine like.
agent_persik (301) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black color, big brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, milk chocolate, dried fruits, hint of licorice and leather. Taste is full of chocolate with notes of coffee, licorice, dark fruits, hint of citrus - sweet with subtle dryness and bitter roasty finish. Full body and average carbonation, gently warming alcohol burn in finish. Very nice stout, really enjoyed it.
Karol (508) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A really nice IS. Aroma is beautiful dark chocolate, roasted malt, espresso. Beige to brown espresso thick head. Color is so dark and thick, my, Iphone flash light was unable to penetrate it. Taste is great. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, alcohol warming. A really well made IS.
ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cellar temperature and into a shallow chalice. Like used engine oil in the glass with a tight and compact tannish crown that weaves a fine web of lace. Thick and rich aroma of liquorice root, mocha and Belgian chocolate, kelp and fresh strapped leather, roasted coffee bean and damp loam. Very nice. Unexpectedly weedy and bitter on the palate. That 75 IBU’s shows its heady touch. Malty, medium bodied, with a creaminess akin to that of chocolate icecream. The aroma pitches into the flavour well with all of it culminating in the aftertaste, tickling and eagerly nudging the olfactories. At 9.0% ABV there is just a faint warmth making it a dangerously swift quaffer. Sweet and mildly puckering but balanced and charming. A touch of vanillin, beef jerky, charred wood, Worcestershire sauce filters in giving it plenty of complexity. Chalky feel to the finish also with a puff of ever-present smoke. Left quite impressed. I could go another, and then some. A very well made Impy! (50cL, Batch No. 978, BB 04/06/17, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
OPIE788 (264) - Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Blavk with a thick brown head. Big roasted malt/coffee/cocoa aroma. Nice thick, slightly bitter roasted flavor that fades slowly into a strong unsweetened coffee flavor that lingers for a while. Really smooth feel. Really well done.
Inbreak (1554) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - APR 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Old rating rerated 08.04.2014, 0,5l bottle (batch #268 brewed 25.11.2006) @ home:
Big brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sweet, dark malts, licorice, dark sugar, coffee, chocolate, roasted grain, caramel, hay, dark fruits, hints of butterscotch. Taste is slightly sour-ish roasted, dark malts, espresso, hay, licorice, burnt grain, caramel, cocoa, grass, dark fruits, dark sugar, paper. Medium bitterness, slightly dry mouthfeel. Damn, this one has evolved very nice for the last 7,5 years, while it’s too raw and unbalanced when it’s fresh. Lovely!
Gurthnar (1253) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is milky chocolate, light plum, roasted. Pitch black colour. Taste is quite chewy, nurturing. Strong chocolate and roasted flavours. Light burnt, light fruity. Very easily drinkable with supporting carbonation. Very good beer.