madmitch76 (14304) - , 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 (11933) - 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.
kp (10886) - 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
Leighton (10465) - 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 Bruceís, 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.
daknole (8862) - 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 (8773) - 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.
GT2 (8163) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7820) - 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.
MartinT (7677) - 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 Stoutís 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 itís a fun intensity.
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Poured inky near black with a short, rich brown head. The aroma picked up warm chocolate, coffee, and licorice with a nice sweet roast to it.. vanilla came through as it warmed up.. great coffee right on the back. The flavor found toasty vanilla and mocha on the middle with light smoky notes, pine, and anise around.. finished warm, but not unreasonably so, with roasty malts, vanilla, and a bit more pine. Heavier-bodied with a silky smooth feel on the middle of the palate.. the big hop bill played well.. great stuff!