HonusWagner (1115) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Consider me highly unimpressed. The nose has a nice richness of cocoa/roast but the flavor is really heavy on oak and fruity notes, making it kinda a confusion of a thing, like a dark Belgian strong ale that sat in a fresh oak barrel with some cocoa nibs. But the flavors aren’t nearly as pleasant as I’d hope for in a really fruity stout like this. Huge thanks to CGarvie, as this was a longtime megawant and I’m extremely grateful to have tried it, but it’s definitely not my thing.
Finn (3756) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske 0,275l. Gave fra Fin&Loz. Svart. Flott mokkafarget skum som varer en liten stund. Ingen lacing. God aroma av mandler & frukt. Myk munnfølelse. Smaken er syrlig frukt, sjokolade og lakris. Innholdsrik. En ekstra porsjon sjokolade i avslutninga. Veldig bra øl - som hadde eldes med verdighet: Drukket 3 år etter utløpsdato. Kveldens høydare. Another thank you to Fin&Loz. Deltok med denne i Mass Online Tasting 3 Des 13.
maneliquor (2718) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Scopey’s 5000th rate. Wanted to try this for ages so cheers to Paul for this one. Pours black with a very sticky tan rim. Nose is pure dark chocolate, sweet vanilla bean, balanced liquorice and loads of dark fruits. Taste is fudge like caramel and chocolate with some spice, aniseed and doughy bread. Plenty nutty with nice oak characteristics. Touch boozy with a dry and powdery feel to it. Very clean and smooth finish. Very nice
tderoeck (3986) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/II/14 - 275ml bottle @ Vintage Tasting, Brugs Bierfestival - brewed: 16/XI/09, BB: 16/XI/19 (2014-160) Thanks to the person who contributed this bottle!
Clear dark beige to black beer, creamy beige irregular head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: coffee, dark chocolate, some banana, dried fruits. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: quite some banana, caramel, dried fruits, alcohol, mocha, dark chocolate, little sour. Aftertaste: dried fruits, chocolate, coffee, caramel, red berries, little sweet, fudge, bit of overripe banana. Very nice beer!
cpetrone84 (1160) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 on the bottle. Pour is jet black with a small amount of very tight caramel brown head. Nose is full and well balanced, lots of oak with hints of vanilla and a nice brownie batter aroma. A bit of booze in the back. Taste has much less barrel, a sweetness in back that wasn’t there in the nose. Light wood, some rich malt mid palate and berry sweetness takes over. Very full bodied with a boozy finish linger and fairly assertive carbonation. Quite a dry finish with a touch of sweetness lingering.
AdamJackson (1992) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 33rd Imperial Stout on RateBeer of retired and non-retired beers. Leighton gave me this bottle in August, 2010 Brew-date and enjoyed in a stemmed glass at 50 Degrees F.
A - Poured an oily pitch black and formed a tiny but persistent espresso colored thin ring of carbonation. Looks like oil in my glass, I couldn’t see through even on the pour.
S - Holy roasted chestnuts. Smells like I set fire to a canister of almonds and doused them in oak port barrels then smashed up some vanilla beans, hazelnuts and figs and threw those in the glass. The fig / prune nose is very persistent.
T - Very fruit forward with raisins and other dark fruits. Vanilla in the middle and the finish is an oak bomb lined with milk chocolate. Minor medicinal characters but the most impressive part of this taste is how well integrated every flavor is. Like these are all best friends chilling out in my glass.
M - One of the thickest imperial stouts I’ve ever had. Oily, thick, hearty and the tannic properties stick to my taste buds for about 10 minutes in between each sip.
O - This beer sits around Stone’s IRS and Goose Island’s Cherry Rye. I’d say that’s a solid place to be. It’s not mind blowing but it is integrated, smooth and, at 11% ABV, it’s perhaps the most flavorful imperial stout in that range. Very much enjoyed and I could drink this often.
EdInSaltLake (503) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, licorice, molasses aroma. Similar sweet malt flavor--plus roasted malt.
Gription79 (2127) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, huge thanks to Doug. This is a big rich beer, raisin, leather, licorice, sugar, soft smoke character. There is a lot going on.
MrHangover (2065) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, courtesy of kermis and jmgreenuk. Drank right after the regular version. Pours a pitch black beer with a pillowy brown head on top. Settles in quickly without leaving lacing. Aroma has massive wood, oak, licorice, roasted malts, caramel and chocolate. The base beer is faded nicely into the background, but the barrel characteristics aren’t overwhelming. Same goes for the flavors. Very sweet, oaky, touches of caramel and vanilla. Very boozy and powerful, which suits this beer quite good. Again, smooth as silk mouthfeel. Amazing!
worldbeertaste (1535) - AUSTRIA - JAN 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a brown disappearing, nonlacy head. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of alcohol, Thick full oily body. Defiantly thicker than the regular. Rich chocolate molasses taste with a bitter roast and a finish with a slight bitter. Though in some ways I like the original better this one is more complex and softer for sipping.