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
explosivedog (31) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 17, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Half pint at Vulture’s Lane. Extremely dark, like super dark. Strong coffee and caramel flavours with a slightly milky finish. Excellent.
melush (2576) - SPAIN - JUN 13, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ 32GreatPower, Seville, Spain.
T: Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee.
suurjuust (2736) - ESTONIA - JUN 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black beer, small off-white head. Nose is chocolate, soy, roast, coffee. Flavor is coffee, roast, citric hops, bitterness, touch of soy. Wood and smoke notes in the finish, citric hops, licorice, roasty acidity. Lingering roast plus citurs from the hops. Oily mouthfeel. Big and heavy beer, heavyness is nicely offset by the hops.
Marc280 (46) - - MAY 28, 2016
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, big beer! Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma isn’t as strong as I thought it would be, but has coffee and malty notes. Love the taste, big bold malty and coffee flavour with nicely balanced bitterness. Wouldn’t think you’re drinking a 10%ish beer. Clean finish with low carbonation. Would happily have more!
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martjoobolut (2725) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (from Koht, Tallinn). Pours black with brownish head. The small head stays for a moment. Aroma is sweet, roast, malt, dark chocolate, smoke. Flavor is sweet and bitter, roast, dark chocolate, malt, some smoke, and hops. Finish is roast bitter with some sweetness. Overall: very nice.
gegwilson (2864) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Hop Hideout, Sheffield. Pours pitch black with a nice thick foamy head. Light liquorice aroma. The taste is rich liquorice and a little coffee. A bit of a liquorice bomb. Big bitter finish. Superb oily mouthfeel. Very good indeed.
Rask0lnikov (573) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, almost black colour. Very thin line of beige froth around the glass. Chocolate, hints of toffee, hints of cognac in the aroma. Caramel at first. Hints of berries. Toffee. Cognacy notes. Hints of peat. Chocolaty notes. Slight cocoa in the aftertaste. Nicely bakanced, nice palate. Good imperial stout.
chimpgibbon (531) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from We Brought Beer. Superb stout. Very very smooth mouthfeel. Perfect rich roast meets hop balance, and a nice mellow boozy sweetness at the back. Absolutely top drawer.
willisread (2173) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 1, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a deep brown to black with a finger of tan foam that dissipates fairly quickly. Treacle aromas stand out with loads of bakers chocolate. Soy sauce on the palate, with more cacao and umami. Umami bomb, fairly one-dimensional impy. Just not good enough to be world class. Nice first try at an imperial stout though.
chupachups01 (38) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - MAR 23, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured bottle into Teku. Full caramel and chocolate aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Sweet. Intense. Sweet again. Awesome imperial stout.