doublebock (487) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with just a bit of tan head. Malty aroma of raisins and vanilla. Rich chewy palate with notes of tobacco, leather, kola nut and toffee. Strong kick but not overwhelming. Fresh hoppy finish coats under the tongue. .
drpimento (2040) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh man, this is good. Poured a touch cold, with a smallish tan head that soon settles to a few foamy islands and a rign wiht plenty of lace. Color in even the narrow part of the glass is an absolutely opaque, pitch brown black. Aroma is roast, malt, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and heady. Flavor’s like nose, a rich blend of a balanced sweet, bitter and slight tang. Body is full, a little soft, but not too, and for such a big beer, easy driiniking. Finish is like flavor, sweet giving way to bitter, long, and very satisfying. Alcohol is fairly hidden. Really good beer.
POLK (1920) - Hørning, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colored Imperial stout with a good brown foam. Creamy and rich roasted flavor. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Long hoppy aftertaste. Very bitter.
madmitch76 (12241) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12th November 2009
Opaque black stout, Sweetish nose, smells a little oaky but it isn’t oaked! Soft and dry palate. Rich dark malt, smooth with a repressed minerally hop bitterness. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Bitter but light Impy but I could not drink loads of this.
bax (979) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 01/06-2012) Low brown head, black color, roasted aroma, smooth taste, roasted slightly smoked taste, some bitterness, slightly coffee taste. Batch #81, BB date 2 2013.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.
Pours pitch black with a one finger dark beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.
Slightly smokey, roasted malt aroma with hints of dark chocolate, coffee and floral, earthy hops. A bit tamer than expected with some nice roast and dark malt but kind of pedestrian.
Slightly chewy, medium body with a decent balance of roasted malt, lactic cream and silky chooclate. There’s also a nice bitter and earthy hop presence toward the end of the plate that adds complexity and balance. Slight lactic cream presence but remains bitter throughout with hints of burnt toast, dark chocolate, oatmeal and coffee bean. Still, surprisingly not a complete malt bomb with some silky sweeter chocolate notes and peppery spice. Dry finish.
rader58 (743) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 0z bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown. Aroma of molasses, coffee, chocolate, peat, anise. Flavor is chocolate, black coffee, peat, caramel, vanilla, prunes, licorice.
DialSquare (2049) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. Black pour with a minimal brown head. Aroma is big roasty mix of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and anise. Tastes are along the same lines - heavy on the roasty and bitter chocolate. The licorice vibe makes it not my personal favorite -- but it’s well put together. Little bit acidic in the long bitter finish.
brenn79 (1342) - Idaho, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 oz. bottle- Pours black, zero transparency, not even red highlights, this must have came right from Satans asshole right into my glass for me to enjoy! Thick as tar and a nice creamy dark tan head, awesomely cobwebby lacework. The aroma is chocolate malt and coffee, oak is also detectable, very robust and thick. The taste is at first chocolatey and coffee, but then a huge amount of bitterness hits you, then it finishes bitter and chocolatey, a rollercoaster of bitterness, chocolate and coffee. Leather and maybe tobacco is also in there, which is also welcome. Body is huge, thick, creamy and hoppy, carbonation is low. Overall I loved it, Ageing would tame those massive Zeus hops, and blend the beer wonderfully, I might have to pick up another bottle and just do that..
caesar (4508) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ home. Pitch black, short brown head, lasting lacing. Aroma of a big roasted imperial stout, chocolat, some coffee, biscuity malt, earthy hop. Great taste, thick body. Good balance between sweet crystal malts and hop bitterness, quite clean. Reminds me a lot of classic american impies like the yeti. Lovely stuff.