Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A murky brown porter with a thin mocha head. In aroma, a nice molasses chocolate with mocha coffee, nice and smooth. In mouth, a nice sweet chocolate with nice licorice and molasses notes, nice warming alcohol. On tap at When Pigs Fly, August 1, 2012
_angst_ (2091) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours very dark reddish brown, almost black, with a small creamy brownish beige head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with sweet dark bread, wood, golden syrup, dark chocolate, figs, sweetened coffee, brown sugar, vanilla, cereal, raisins in rum and alcohol. Taste is very sweet, slightly bitter and malty with sweet dark rye bread, sweetened coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malts, dark honey, brown sugar, liquorice root, digs, prunes, raisins, golden syrup and alcohol. Mouthfeel is round, smooth, slightly sticky sweet and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with sweet dark bread, wood, sweetened coffee, cereal, golden syrup and hints of grass. Bit too sweet and rather unbalanced.
Marsiblursi (2963) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours dark, dark brown with pale brown head. The aroma is malty up front with caramel, dark bread and earthy roast. Dark fruity with notes of figs, raisins and prunes. Whisper of hops. The flavour is medium to heavily sweet, light bitter and light acidic with notes of dark fruits, molasses, dark malt and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is sticky and round with a light carbonation. Light acidic, syrup and bready malty finish. Medium to full bodied.
tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, MMP. Pours redish black with a nice small light brown shortlived tanned head. Aroma is sweet grapes raisins fruity malty slightly roasted; nice. Flavor is sweet malty bitter pungent fruity fidges raisins, maybe a bit too sweet. Finishes with dry bitter very malty and yet a bit sweet aftertaste.
rlgk (8455) - Skövde, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Mumsig Miniprovning, Göteborg. Originally from a trade with Cunningham. Dark amber beer with a decent beige head. Caramel aroma, bready, chocolate, toffee, figs, dades, pear, licorice notes, roasted, some cocoa. Malty licorice flavor, figs, plums, cocoa notes, only faint bitterness. Finish brings dades, figs, licorice and some alcohol.
AirForceHops (2367) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ When Pigs Fly. August 14, 2012. Poured deep black with near no head at all into a chalice. Aroma of coffee, dark fruits and some chocolate. The flavor is complex with layers of roasted malt. Semi-sweet chocolate, followed by licorice. The finish has a light hint of smoke. Toward the backside there is a faintest bit of a hop note to edge off the sweetness. Notes of deep, burnt coffee. The carbonation seems real soft. I wouldn’t call the body thin but, it isn’t full or even medium by any means. This is a sipper for sure, although I can’t directly pick up any alcohol. It went great with my meal and was a very tasty treat.
MrHangover (1790) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thnx to Palme! Pours a jet black with a small, tanned, creamy head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malts, chocolate and some sweet vanilla. Flavour is sweet, with nutty and earthy tones as well. Some caramel tones present and a really, velvet like, smooth mouthfeel. Some alcoholic sweetness as well, but this was amazing.
Arve_Christian (2470) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle at Cinmonopolet Stovner ( BU order)
Black color, some foam.
Aromas of chocolate , licorice & leather- some sweet malt
Full body & high complexity
Medium sweetness & good balancing bitterness.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500mL thanks to my Norwegian Secret Santa! Deep, clear mahogany pour. Thick, dense yellow foam. Webby, thick lace. Nose is more complex than the Jack Daniels BA version, Lynchburg. Dark chocolate/semisweet chocolate, brunes, black cherries, thick fudge. Bourbon comes through the nose even in this version- just more nuanced. Big vanillin, white cake, and coconut. Taste is mega dense, chewy fudge, mild citrus hoppy balance, lemon and lime zest, grapefruit. Palate is super dense, hoppy balanced. No iota of sugar or cloying. Oh yeah. This is some world class stuff. Mind blowing.
Bathory (386) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours all black with a brown lacing. Aroma of smoke, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Amazinligy good balance. Full bodied, with a nice moutfeel. The high alcohol is well hidden in the mouth, but gives a nice, warm feeling in the chest. To summarize it’s a really, really good ale, complex taste that’s well balanced, all you need from an imperial porter.