mbgrayson (469) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours almost black, with a slight tan head. Aroma of licorice, vanilla, chocolate, and malts. Taste is complex and good, notes of coffee, chocolate, hops, and malt. A very strong Imperial stout. Thumbs up for sure.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Head is small, brown and compact. The beer is almost black. Aroma is great: vanilla, chocolate and hops (a bit fruity). Taste is bitter coffee with noticeable hops. Soft carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Finish is dry, sharp bitterness, warming.
Different imperial stout or, at the very least, not what I expected. Very hoppy and bitter. The aroma had me fooled at first. A bit too dry a finish for me. Still, I definitely enjoyed this beer. Thanks for the recommendation BoBo!
Ron (2202) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured black color with an average frothy brown head that disapated with some lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and some alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a rich smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet chocolate flavor with a medium sweet smooth finish of moderate duration. Was this to be a victory beer or to drown my sorrows? That was in doubt to the last second of the game. Drown my sorrows it did.
freeofthoughts (599) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with very small beige head. Smells sweet and well roasted. The taste is rich and has depth even with a strong roasted grain. There is a soft fruit under the grain, sort of a cherry like sweetness. Nice smooth chocolaty taste with the -almost near burnt but not- grain leaves a slightly dry rich grainy taste with a slight boozy warmth. Very tasty, and well worth trying.
Martinus (2531) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, caramel, candy sugar and sweets. Bitter flavour, roasted malts and some caramel. Finish roasted malts and mocha.
(From 66cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Wilrijk. Thanks to who brought this!)
tderoeck (3647) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11/VIII/2012 50cl bottle @ RBBSG - BB: VI/13 - batch 150 (2012-922) Thanks to secretsanta for sharing the bottle!
Very dark brown to black beer, small creamy beige to brown head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: mocha, coffee, sweet touch, brown sugar, caramel, somewhat spicy. MF: quite some carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of mocha, coffee, very bitter hops, bit of caramel, sugary. Aftertaste: bitter hops, lots of coffee, pretty bitter. Not my style of stout, but ok.
77ships (3100) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Left-over from RBBSG 2012 // 50 cl. bottle sampled // thx to whoever brought this // dark brown with a mocha head // taste is this serious roast, going to peated, some milk chocolate sweetness underneath, lingering ashy, peated finish, burned flavours. grounded coffee beans. deff more than usual bitter hops in the back // oddly light bit thin despite the too roasted, too peated flavours for me // not crazy about this one, not terrible really but not really my thing either
sebletitje (6030) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample @ 2nd RBBSG, August 11th 2012.
Brune foncée, col épais café au lait.
Arôme malté grillé, note de tourbe et cendre voire un léger bouquet de malt fumé.
Palais, malt caramel/toffee restant assez sec accompagné d’un beau pétillant, garde ce côté malt fumé qui est discret. Le houblon reste en retrait laissant peu de place à l’amertume, fine douceur de vanille et sucre brun.
nick76 (4128) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is burnt and toasted with coffee and chocolate as well as cardboard and grass. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma but slightly medicinal. The palate is thin for the style. Overall I expected more from this one.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle courtesy of summer secret santa 2012. thanks, mike! pours a rich, silky, black capped by a thick, rocky, dark kahki head that leaves oily sheets of lace. aroma is great with heavy belgian chocolate, roasted coffee, malted milk balls, and vanilla backed by earthy hops, brown sugar, and dusty oats. flavor is delicious as well with rich, smooth roasted malts, fresh coffee beans, dark chocolate, and twix bars backed by vanilla pudding, grassy hops, belgian yeast, and a hint of rye on the back end. palate is smooth and medium bodied with fine carbonation and a dry, very bitter, roasted, chocolatey finish. overall, a damn fine imperial stout.