SpongeRuiner (778) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looks amazing. Super nice layered lacing on the glass. Dark fruit flavors upfront. Heavy honey midway and throughout. Slight floral hints coming in at the end.
MrHangover (2766) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ THT December. Pours a very dark brown, reddish beer with a small beige head on top. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and caramel with some flowery essences in there. Flavor is sweet, loads of caramel again with a nice coffee bitterness. Slight flowery aftertaste, watery mouhfeel. Decent stuff.
JulienHuxley (3482) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at DOST. Black pour with tan head. Aroma is leathery, nice chocolate + licorice character. Taste is med sweet, light roastiness, quite herbal /grassy. Palate is full bodied with good carbonation. Nice.
jmgreenuk (4988) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Dirty Old Socks Tasting, Den Haag, December 2014. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin broken white head. The aroma is rich sweet malt coffee, chocolate. The flavour is moderate bitter light sweet with a rich sweet bubbly alcoholic bitter palate. Medium bodied with lively carbonation.
kermis (5751) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at DOS tasting thanks to Jmgreenuk. Pours dark brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of rich malt, rye, dark caramel and toffee. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (5739) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
66cl bottle sampled @ december THT
Thin tan head. Clear black pour. A nice smooth imperial porter. Well done
sic1314 (3812) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured deep dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of sweet berries, caramel malt. Medium body, flavour is medium sweet malt, aged berries. Maybe a bit past it’s best.
mabel (6777) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 [6103-20131214] Tap. Roasted malt grain aroma. Cola brown body with a long-lasting creamy light tan head. Bitter toasted yeast flavour has a mild funky aftertaste. Medium body. Good, aptly named though surprisingly mild and balanced. (7/4/7/3/14) 3.5
(@ Abraxas, Miami, FL)
Nik925 (759) - USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone and Budweiser co-brew. (Cheap Shot). I’m sure the 10 -Barrel are getting all goofy, so I will leave that alone. This is an interesting one. Plenty of areas to take off points in the rankings, but palate sure isn’t one. Amazing mouth feel. Some rather odd bitterness - rather dominate. I only have one top 50 imperial porter ranked, so that isn’t helping my hard time ranking this one. So, an amazing platform, that then falls really short of being an amazing beer. (Maybe Stone brewed was responsible for the palate and Bud the rest. ZING. haha.)
decaturstevo (5215) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. Flavor is dark chocolate and burnt coffee with a decent bitter finish mostly from malt I think. Medium bodied with a touch of foamy carbonation. Just a touch of warmth as well. Pretty solid
Darkmagus82 (1828) - - OCT 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-14-14-
Poured from bomber bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a super deep brown color bordering on black with a small fizzy tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some other darker aromas of cocoa and coffee. Along with the darker aromas are some sweeter smells with cola and a little bit of a molasses aroma. Mixed with these smells are some light floral smells with some woody and grainy hay aromas mixed within there as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet honey and molasses flavor as well a big roasted malt flavor with some notes of cocoa. The sweeter flavors fade as the taste advances toward the middle, with them resurging once again at the end of the taste. Flavors of jasmine and lavender develop on the taste along this time, producing a bit for of a floral taste. More toward the end a rather strong flavor of a woody and grassy taste as well as some of a somewhat hay like flavor join in the taste profile. With some alcohol flavor as well as a char and spice flavor joining the mix of flavors that is left toward the end of the taste, one is left with a rather odd, roasted, and somewhat astringent flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is interesting in this one. Once initially sipped it begins on the lighter to medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess, but as it sits in the mouth advancing toward the end of the taste, it seems to thicken quite a bit. This odd transition in thickness is actually going the wrong way, as it would have been nicer for a thicker feel earlier on in the taste to accentuate the roast and sweet with it then thinning out when all the alcohol, floral, and woody flavors come to the tongue. The carbonation however was rather appropriate as it was lighter and nice for the deeper flavors of the brew. While not ideal in my mind with beer had a very interesting feel overall.
Overall – A rather odd mix of flavors that really didn’t come together too well for me. It is an interesting try, but nothing I would go back to.