madmitch76 (15834) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
19th March 2013
Stouts and Porters II. Thanks to Leighton for this one. Opaque dark brown - black beer, tidy tan head. Palate is airy and soft. Light touch of dark chocolate and aniseed spice. Mild coffee and cream. Finishes soft with more of the same. Nice subtle dark fruits. Well integrated and easy going.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, graham cracker, vanilla, fudge, toffee, dates, anise, and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, graham cracker, caramel, toasted grain, and molasses.
Leighton (11638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 Bottle shared at Bruce’s, London during The Stouts Tasting, Pt. II - huge thanks to Wally for this one. Pours thick, oily black with a dense, creamy brown head. Torched wood in the nose, some hefty dark chocolate, good roast. Medium to big sweet flavor, rich dark chocolate, some dark earth, burnt wood, dark fruits, some woody dryness. Full bodied with fine to average, creamy carbonation. Warming finish, some burnt marshmallows, robust chocolates, some chocolate syrup, bittersweet baking cocoa, earthy bitterness, burnt wood, some booze-soaked dark fruits, raisins. Quite wonderful.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: March 24, 2012
Source: Tasting, HMOG
Appearance: opaque dark chocolate, scant head
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, rich chocolate, light fruityness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, roasted, sweet caramel
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
daknole (9415) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nearly a black color and a chocolate brown head. The first thing I noticed was hops dnd chocolate. Fudge, roast, molasses and hops. Flavor is toasty and hoppy along with awesome dark chocolate and molasses notes. Standout beer!
hopdog (9059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Poured a black color with a smaller sized tan head. Roast, chocolate, some eathiness, molasses, light coffee, and dark fruits. Alcohol content too well hidden and very easy to drink.
Benzai (8748) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2014 Bottle shared @ tasting. Opaque pitch black color, average sized brown head. Aroma is malts, a bit medicinal, a hint of smoke, something weird. Taste malts, dark malts, moderately roasty, roasted bitter. Nicely roasty bitter finish. Taste is way better than the aroma, although it gets a lot better after a while. Totally different from what it smelled like initially, way better. Nice.
GT2 (8683) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
651mL at Woodshop 7. Very cool story behind this bottle. Poured deep brune to ink. Medium to low carbonation. Spotty lace. Mocha head. Nose is maple, soy, brown sugar, plum, pine needles, fresh hop resin. Finally, a hopped imperial stout! Taste is bitter hop resin, brown sugar, dark chocolate, malted milk balls. Palate is rich, oily, a bit sticky. Nice hoppy balance. Very nice.
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2013 My Bottom Line :
Roasted bread crusts, chocolate cake, and sugar-y icing coalesce in this Imperial Stout’s plump mouthfeel, as alcohol heat and coniferous hop resins add depth.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A healthy head of foam covers the pure darkness.
-This is a luscious dessert indeed.
-Dark malts could yield more flavor; residual sugars are quite important in this one.
-The roastiness in the finish is delicate, softened up by chocolate-y malt sugars.
-The pine-y hops are in your face throughout, but it’s a fun intensity.
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a deep, black hued body that completely coats the glass. Aromas are of deep chocolate, nutty, iodine, bread, light licorice, deep roast. Flavors are nutty, iodine, chocolate, cocoa, bready, toasty, warming. Medium-low carbonation, slightly thinner body than I was expecting with the style and the name. Nicely warming. Well balanced.