olsvammel (4727) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at Örebro Öl & Whisky 2015. Spicy smell with cardemon, coffee and earth. Similar taste, dark malty and roasted. Christmasy beer.
TychoJames (742) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Provsmakning örebro ölmässa. Ganska tunn svartbrun kulör. Kraftfull doft av kaffe. Kaffe givetvis även i smak. Bitter och med rostad eftersmak.
FunkyF (635) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska på Örebro ÖoW. Svart med ljusbrunt skum. Kraftig doft av kaffe och kardemumma. Lätt och lite torr med syrlig kaffesmak.
oh6gdx (23707) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled@SBWF2015. Black colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is strong coffee, some minty, roasted and alcoholic notes. Flavour is strongly coffeeish, some spicy, roasted and alcoholic notes as well. Long coffee aftertaste.
TBone (14791) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at SBWF2015. Opaque brown color, small off-white head. Aroma is mint chocolaty and fruit cake. Light-bodied to medium-bodied. Very easy imperial stout. Spicey cake. Minty. Weird.
gnoff (9190) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle I’ve had in my fridge a while. BB 04/12/15, sampled on July 31, 2015.
Dark brown to black color, small dark brown head. Ash, alcohol, roasted scent. Roasted, ash, alcohol taste. Ash aftertaste, thin mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Ferris (8965) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Light sweet roast with a touch of coffee and toast. Jet black with a light brown head. Very carbonated and lots of toasted notes.
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a dark brown beige head. The aroma is roast, spice, dark chocolate. Medium mouth, rich, dark chocolate, booze, very good.
GoufCustom (1220) - HONG KONG - MAR 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2015
330ml bottle as “961 Brewmaster’s Select 02 - Imperial Stout” at abv 8% bought at High Wine China’s promotional booth at Spot in Sheung Shui. (Thanks Tomy!)
Looks: Deep soy sauce blackish brown colour with a ring of yeast sediments; Razor thin head with residual soapy beige foam which fades in 10 seconds. Very small sticky lacing with no carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant and sweet dark malt, with very strong cardamom, perfume, sugar, coffee beans, toffee, light cream, chocolate and faint grass.
Taste: Mid to light sweet strongly-roasted malt, with strong roasted nuts, very strong roasted coffee beans, strong cardamom, light smoke, alcohol, Cola, light molasses notes, dark chocolate, light caramel, light red fruits notes, yeast, lemon, moderate bitter hops and light grass.
Body: Mid to light body; Slick and slightly oily palate.
Mouth Feel: Despite the slick and thick feel, it isn’t all that malty for a RIS or Sweet Stout. Nevertheless it’s strongly roasted as you taste and the roasted nuts and light smoke come out nicely. The cardamom and roasted coffee beans are very expressive and they complement each other well. Sweetness is light, no soy sauce, and booze is very well hidden. The lack of carbo is quite a downer ‘cos it’ll boost its palate a whole lot. Still pretty nice!
Hoppiness: Thin grass in nose, lemon and faint grass in taste. Bitterness is moderate for a lasting, fair bitter-sweet finish.
After Taste: Fairly dry. Very roasty, spicey and coffee bitter to mouth.
Comments: These 961 guys are really putting traditional styles with exotic Middle East twist, with mixed results. This Sweet Stout cum RIS is on the better side, with nice infusion of cardamom and roasted coffee to grace the aroma and taste, but the severe lack of carbo and heads really dampens the enjoyment. If this is fixed, it’ll be up there. Still as interesting as always from 961!
Sibarh (154) - Białystok, POLAND - MAR 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kolor - czarny, na dnie butelki osad.
Piana - brązowa, wysoka i trwała.
Zapach - wyraźny kawowo-słodki.
Smak - wyraźnie słodkie, średnio kawowe, lekka paloność, średnia goryczka, spore nuty kwaskowate.
Gęste, intesywne w smaku. Smaczne.