viverlee (18) - - JAN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Naptime beer. Biding time in the chill chest, you begin to wonder, “When am I going to drink it? It doesn’t go with the pizza I ordered. Or the burgers we’re having tomorrow. Should I just have it with dessert? As dessert?” No, it’s ideal not at any time, but at that key afternoon lull when an oily ten percenter is all that stands between you and some clean sheets.
STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout
LOOK: Panther black. Oily and pours like syrup, sleek to match the packaging. Soft, ginger head that doesn’t hold.
NOSE: Raisins, softer than expected. I can’t even say coffee because while I do get a hint I think it’s conditioning. “This is a classy Imperial Stout so there must be a coffee nose.” But no.
MOUTH: So very … Belgian? I’m somewhat unsurprised to learn that this New Zealand offering was crafted by a European. Bacon-wrapped dates, roasted coffee beans, malt chappiness (I thought I just invented that word, but Urban Dictionary not only says “no” but also “you’re an idiot, it means nearly the opposite – something disliked – of what you want it to mean – pleasant lipsmackingness). I don’t think the sweetness is chocolate. Rather something purple and fruity. It’s a nice departure from the usual humdrummery.
Beeradvocate Rating: 89
ratebeer Rating: 100
Hayward Abbey Rating: 89
Douberd (2585) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(8 Wired iStout) Bottle 500 ml from a trade with Orson0368, thanks Paul! Served into a snifter, ABV 10%
Totally black pour, with a tall and thick dark brown head on top, with very good retention, leaving medium lacing on the glass.
Aroma has hops with light citrus, roasted malts, nice chocolate malts, vanilla, light alcohol.
Taste is a sweet dessert in a glass. Sweet, lots of chocolate, vanilla, alcohol barely notable, hops present with a nice citrus flavour, bitterness starts developing towards the finish, carrying on to the aftertaste with long duration.
Full body, carbonation on just the right levels, sticky but also dry on the palate.
mabel (6539) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[6285-20140425] Bottle. Chocolate malt aroma. Black body with a long-lasting foamy brown head. Creamy roasted chocolate malt flavour. Full body is smooth. Delicious and very drinkable, has a cumulative roastiness. (9/4/9/4/18) 4.4
tmrmwel (1058) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black, with an enormous creamy mocha head. Aroma is fantastic roasted malts with cocoa and liquorice, as well as coffee, wooden barrels and tobacco. Full, velvety body, with creamy texture, and with almost no carbonation. Flavour is burned malts, with coffee, cocoa and liquorice, as well as vanilla wooden barrels, tobacco and some herbal notes.
Lingering sweet malty finish, with cocoa and liquorice. Big, bodacious and brilliant, and definitely not a session beer.
djoeye (1838) - Tromsř, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Close to black beer, brownish persistent foam. Rich lacings all over the glassware.
Aroma; chocolate, black malts, coffee, smoke, liquorice, anise, mint, citrus, leather, cocoa, dust...
Taste; dark chocolate, sweet black syrupy caramel malts, sweet mealy coffee, liquorice, faint spices, candied grassy hops, prunes and raisins. More black chocolate and liquorice in finish, plus milky dark notes.
Soft, well bodied, a bit flourish, almost as a cream sometimes. Quite nice for us, who love czech svetlys, too. Superb late evening slow sipper, and 50cl bottle is possible to share with a friend. Less expensive than cognac anyway... [50cl brown btl, abv10%, BB13.08.15, 11€, B@Vinmonopolet Langnes Tromsö]
jjsint (917) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at BrewDog Birmingham. Pitch black with little head but considerable lacing. Molasses/treacle, coffee and caramel aroma. Taste is sweet at first but it quickly morphs into an intense, almost acrid bitterness. Medium to long bitter espresso finish. Hop bite in the aftertaste. Very drinkable for the ABV. The palette is thinner than many imperial stouts, which adds to the accessibility of this brew.
tricksta_p (1335) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of roasted malt, lots of coffee, dark chocolate, some liquorice. Flavour is medium sweet with a medium bitter finish. Drinks easily, like a lower ABV beer. Smooth and balanced.
luser2000 (66) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Annak ellenére, hogy többféle imperial stout sört kóstoltam már (sőt, pl a Mikkeller Black szériájában több kedvencem is akad), ez valahogy nem adott semmi érdekeset számomra. Amolyan "unalmas" (vagy átlagos i.s) sörnek tűnt. Kár.
GuideDogSaint (480) - Xiamen, CHINA - NOV 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle at a beer tasting in Tap 66, Xiamen. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, toffee and malt. Complex. Bitter sweet finish.
Mark_Eck (771) - - NOV 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours black. Massive aroma and taste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and has a long bitter finish.
Hopmaestro (194) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma has the proper roasted iMalts, dark iBread notes and sweet dark iFruits. The taste is mid-sweet with notes of iCaramels, dark iMalts, bitter iChocolate and iCoffee. It is not that heavy in its overall impression and I had a pretty good session enjoying this one. Very delicate Imperial Stout and I wish I had a few more of these.