Gorbalev (2981) - Ontario, - NOV 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Bottle, 9%, LCBO. Pitch black with a chocolatey brown head. Aroma is interesting but not quite inviting - sort of tinny, some alcohol, but in a port sort of way, a bit of roast malt - this threw me off a bit. Taste - better! Sweet, strong, roasty and rich. Medium oily mouthfeel suits it perfectly. A thick big beast of a stout that is very good, but just finishes too short - lacks the complexity of the exceptional beers in this category. Still, a fine effort that I will buy again (and have already) - aging should do this one some good as well.
JulienHuxley (3807) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2013. Black pour with thin ring of tan head. Aroma is roasty, light smokiness, boozy, light coffee. Taste is boozy, bitter, roasty grain, scotch like flavor. Palate is med bodied with good carbonation. Nice.
Tmoney99 (11473) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured black color with a moderate fizzy tan head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Medium to heavy toasted sweet chocolate malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.
alexsdad06 (6433) - Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a dark cola brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, some bitterness to the finish, decent imperial stout, albeit a touch thin, flavor is solid enough.
DrSilverworm (7798) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle, thanks to b3shine for sharing. Very dark brown, near-black color. Thin tan head, leaving good bits of lace. Awesome coffee, moderate roast malt. Smoke. Earthy hop. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Light dry finish. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, moderate sweet. Just a touch ashy, but I don’t mind. Just slightly biting in the finish. Enjoyable imperial stout to try. I dig the smoke.
b3shine (6157) - Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Cinci crew; thanks DuffMan). This vintage is 9%. Looks good; a lightly translucent brownish cola with beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells solid; dark malt, chocolate, and a bit of roast and what seems like oak (even though there isn’t any mention of a barrel). Tastes like it smells with a bit of bitterness and a medium full-bodied mouthfeel. Enjoyable.
mmahut (1334) - CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 2014, 9%. Pours in black body with medium froasty tan head which is gone within a minute or two. Aroma has a gentle roastiness, little bit of dark chocolate, along with some pretty light acidity on the nose. Taste has high earthy acidic bitterness right upfront but gets balanced by a high roasty sweetness, coffee, dark chocolate. Long bitterness in the after taste. Body is pretty dry, heavy, medium-high carbonation. Alcohol is a little bit too warming for my taste.
Quevillon (2591) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO Hawkesbury (Ontario) on November 28, 2014 (9% version). Black, small beige head. Fruity coffee aroma, not to strong. Spicy moka coffee taste, but somewhat dry, nice bitter coffee aftertaste. Not a tempest in your mouth, but at less not an over the top monster now a days!
HopsandBolts (145) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle from the LCBO.
Appearance: Pours a
dark black with a bit of tan head, shorter retention and lots of lacing.
Chocolate, coffee, dark malt, smoke.
Coco, dark malt, cola, black coffee
Thinner with moderate carbonation.
Overall: A nice imperial stout. Not as good as some of the other options on the market like Bolsevik Bastard but still petty decent.
dleblanc87 (12) - windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
All around good but very boozey tasting... better when it sits for a while... going to cellar a bottle to see if its better
jtclockwork (9992) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of roast chocolate, light oxidation, mocha pie, vanilla and coffee. Medium body.