GRM (3217) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown bottle, 50 cl, batch 115, best before 07 2013, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savoured on March 2 2009; eye: black, opaque, creamy cappuccino head that falls and turns into a thick sheet, light lacing; nose: roasting, roasted malt, strong coffee, vanilla, resinous hops, light burnt malt; mouth: roasting, roasted malt, vanilla, light soy sauce, strong coffee, hops, light soy sauce, light burnt malt, lots of malt, finale in roasting with a good presence of hops, foamy texture, mildly bitter and acrid, lightly salty, full body, average carbonation, light astirngency; overall: quite good
Bouteille brune, 50 cl, lot 115, meilleure avant 07 2013, via Importations Privées Bièropholie, savourée le 2 mars 2009; œil : noire, opaque, mousse cappuccino crémeuse qui tombe et se transforme en une épaisse couverture, légère dentelle; nez : torréfaction, malt rôti, café fort, vanille, houblon résineux, léger brûlé; bouche : torréfaction, malt rôti, vanille, léger sauce soya, café bien tassé, houblon, léger sauce soya, léger brûlé, beaucoup de malt, finale en torréfaction avec une bonne présence de houblon, texture mousseuse, moyennement amère et âcre, légèrement salée, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, légère astringence; en résumé : bien bon
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAR 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(on bottle) A very impressing black beer with a wonderfull light beige head. The aroma is very hopped, haven´t tasted a stout with such a greeninish and herby hopnose for a while. The alcohol and malts kicks in in the taste, but there´s an allmost toothpaste-like feel to the whole thing all the way. Finishes nicely dry and with a ton of coffee, ´the carbonation is gone at this point and it´s needed to carry such a massive finish.
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Intensely black body with a cocoa colored firm head. Nose of milky cocoa butter and creamy espresso, some oily coffee bean resins and some greenish cream and butter notes... quite a nice smell, coffee isn’t overpowering or really that strong, most dominant is the cream/cocoa that I’ve mentioned twice already. Frothy bit up front, then ashen and rough on the middle of the tongue and against the palate, finishing unnecessarily bitter and parched. Chocolate syrup, cocoa, mild to moderate coffee... over time and when warmed it’s overtaken by a chalky aspirin flavor that pretty much ruins the rest of the drink.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle thanks to papsoe. Shared at February Beer Advocate stout tasting. Pours dark with a brown head. Nose is of licorice, oak and burnt malts. Taste is of licorice and oak. Mouthfeel is medium and dry, but not overly so. This was complex. Really tasty and very nice mouthfeel.
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured dark brown with a big tan head and lots of heavy lace, beautiful. Aroma of heavy malt, bitter burnt notes, sweet notes, and coffee. Taste is very malty, with more bitter notes, plenty of hops, and while the label said 81 IBUS, I wasn’t really ready for the heavy hop notes. Very interesting. Mouth is full, nicely carbonated. Finish is very bitter. Overall, an interesting imperial stout, with lots of bitterness and heavy malt.
aracauna (3196) - Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ample carbonation creates a large creamy tan foam over a black body. As the foam recedes, it laces the glass thickly. There is a burned note running through the wall of malt in this one, but it melds nicely with the other dark malt flavors and surprising hop presence. The hops are a little resinous, but meld well with the malts. This is a really good imperial stout.
finol (2349) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a big brown head. Smells of hops and candy. Tastes of malts and coffe. Full bodied without beeing brutal.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
An opaque black pour, a brown head that fades to a ring around the edge. Roasted malt, coffee with a good amount of dark chocolate in the aroma. Tastes of burnt malt, coffee and anise. Hints of chocolate increase slightly as it warms. Not quite creamy mouthfeel. Just not quite a 4.5 in the taste department because it was a bit hot and a bit too bitter. Drinks quite well, as it is not overly heavy, like many from this region of the world. I think this would mellow out into an excellent RIS, but for the money I probably won’t buy another one to age and find out. This will have to just remain a very good imperial for me.
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Robert. Pour was black with tan head. Taste was sweet, hops, and roasted malt with a touch of coffee. A decent brew...
hirigalzkar (2461) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2009 Bottle. Black with beige head. Sweet, hoppy, roasted aroma. Sweet taste dominated by coffee. Bitter hoppy and roasted aftertaste. Well balanced and creamy.