DandyWolfFloyd (984) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - caramelized sugars, rich roast, licorice, decadent booze.
Appearance - black body. The head is light brown and sets up at about 1/3" settles into a foam.
Taste - big and rich flavors ~ ultra rich roast, licorice, espresso, deeply caramelized sugars., and an essence of bourbon.
Palate - full bodied; thick, sticky, and slick feel; the carbonation is average; the finish is rich and abounds with alcohol and deep astringent roast.
shawnmurphy (11) - Plattsburgh, USA - JAN 12, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12-ounce bottle pour of 2015 release, batch 2, at 17.1 percent. Pricey at $10 a bottle, yet a real treat well worth the cost. Held up to light, pours dark brownish-red, yet settles to a pitch black in the glass with a thick, creamy dark brown head that settles after five minutes to a gorgeous Belgian lace. The aroma is of dark chocolates, sweet cherries, and a date-fig-prune-raisin medley. Flavor is a perfect balance between sweet (first sensation) and bitter (second sensation) -- and itís definitely both of these -- with a lingering booziness (third sensation). I taste cocoa, caramel, roasted nuts, dark fruits, and a bit of earthy ash (my wife, who likes stouts more along the lines of Guinness, said it tasted like an ashtray!), but in a good way. The Belgian yeast adds a complexity to a tradition Russian Imperial Stout. Subdued carbonation. Warmed up after 10 minutes, the mouthfeel is not as full-bodied as some imperial stouts that are chewers, yet this is definitely a sipper with its oily finish and warming alcohol. This is the perfect slow-sipper for a cold winter night by the fireplace while petting the dog and watching a playoff football game.
hackobock (2986) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2016 January 9, 2016. Bottle at home, Vintage 2014, 17.1%.
Black with medium sized creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malts with a dash of ash, soy, licorice, notes of dark chocolate, prunes, raisins and alcohol. Taste is quite intense, sweet, bitter and light warming alcohol. Finish is roasted bitter with ash notes, sweet caramel and raisin notes, light alcohol burnt in the finish. Full bofied, creamy oily texture, soft carbonation.
Giod intense sweet and bitter imperial stout, slightly too boozy but a good sipper.
Quick3Beers (749) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours like a stout from a bottle. I like that deScription: "rum-soaked caramelized dark fruits". Thatís about it right there. I suppose the bitterness and mouthfeel do contribute some espresso type of tone, but in general itís a boozy, somewhat fruity stout. Man, I feel like Iím getting drunker with every sip. Good beer.
Mep3222 (1102) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dry cocoa aroma, roasted malt and booze aroma. Taste is a dry cocoa, dry roasted malt and a dry boozy finish. It is not sweet or syrupy at all, very balanced in that respect. I think it is actually a strong hop finish that I was confusing with boozy. It is very dry for such a strong stout. It is the most hoppy imperial stout I think I have ever had. Almost too bitter, and the bitter along with the alcohol is an odd combination, or just too bitter. It is good, but a step below the great imperial stouts. This was 2015 version and 17.1% abv---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
blueshockey24 (317) - Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2015 batch. Pours Black with thin head. Aroma is malt and chocolate. Taste is sweet chocolate malt with a alchole chocolate finish. Pretty good. Itís a sipper!
Alexanderdahl (129) - DENMARK - DEC 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown, with a head that stats as long as that girl from last night: surprisingly long.
Lots of dark, dried fruits in the nose and molasses. The Belgian yeast strain really Stands out.
Sharp roast at first, with a sharp booze but smoothes into a caramel, bready finish. Lots of belgian Vibes here. Smoothie for 17.1% ,but Ive had equally nice beer with less alkohol.
Lukasmh (780) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with very nice tan creamy thick dense head, ever lasting. Aroma is sweet, caramel, toffee, roast, liquor, roast, port wine, dark malts and dark fruits, Savory, light puddersukker. Some estery fruitiness. Taste is really sweet, rock candy, liquor, yeast, dark fruits, then turns more roasty, warming alcohol and slight dry finish with roasty malts and some coffee. Very smooth and full body. Light port wine. Quite balanced compared to the ABV!
rosskyle (384) - - DEC 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Black color with a brown head. Mild malt sweet coffee aroma. Intense Alcohol smoke tobacco flavor. Heavy sticky mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
lawman834 (267) - Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black with a nice brown head. Plenty of lacing. Espresso, licorice, cedar, amaretto and rum. Very complex. The ABV packs a punch.