Slaktmasken (70) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Pours black with small tan head. Coffee aroma. Chocolate/coffee taste.
arkurzynski (1857) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black with heavy khaki head. Nose of roasted malt dark fruit and licorice. Flavor follows suit with grainy roast, raisin/fig and licorice. Lingering bitter chocolate and acidic dark fruit.
raoul_duke (186) - - MAR 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2015 2014 variety with stated 8.5% abv. Tan to brown head which isn?t foamy but is liquidy. Dark dark brown to black with red hues in light. The nose is, honestly, magnificent. Chocolate goes without saying (that seems to be required on a stout) but the hazelnut and toffee are, in a word, enticing. Perhaps a bit sweet? That?s the only issue I can come up with. The layers of flavor are exceptional. This is one for the shortlists out there.
whitehotg8 (84) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Upon pour this stout looks promising. Dark near-black color with a nice dense khaki head. Smells of chocolate, mocha coffee, roasted nuts with just a hint of spice with a boozy undertone. Sipping this slowly I get the obvious cocoa/chocolate notes with some licorice/rye, coffee, toasted almond with some nice warming alcohol on the back end. Really an all around fantastic imperial stout.
tmongoose (1798) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft that poured almost black with little off white head. this one smelled nice roasted malts and chocolate plus a sweetness I couldn’t pick up right away. I understand why my friend uses this beer to make brownies. the flavors are good and not overpowering like some others. nice blend of roasted malts. chocolates and maybe it was toffee or caramel something like that...body was not as thick as you would except made for a pleasant surprise...overall very tasty.
LuckyDog (614) - - FEB 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is to sweet for me, but I think it’s appropriate for the style. I taste toffee and alcohol. Not much roast. Not a lot of hops.
kbudd19 (911) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Vintage 2013. Black and oily with light mocha head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, black liquorice, and roasted malts. Taste is coffee roast, anise, dark chocolate, and light bitterness. Finishes slightly bitter with a black liquorice aftertaste, medium bodied, a bit of heat on the finish. Pretty tasty, lots of black liquorice no a nice amount of bitterness.
WillRunForBeer (1586) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Ale House. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is chocolate, date. Flavor follows. Chocolate, molasses, dark dried fruits. A bit of licorice in the finish.
brewballs (214) - USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
After their miserable White Rascal they redeem themselves. A good but not great stout. Dark. A smell of roasted chocolate. Thick head. A bit bitter. Warm wash down. Since it is a bit roasty it cools down quickly. Definitely a winter beer.
WABeerFiend (332) - - JAN 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 12, Oct 2013.
Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 06.29.14.
A: Sweet malt, chocolate, dark fruit. Very sweet and delicious smelling.
A: 2 finger brown/tan head that stays. Midnight black body with some red at the bottom.
T: Chocolate, dark fruit, and sweet malt are dominant. A slight wood/roastiness, and spiciness are subtle.
P: Creamy smooth like silk. Nice bubbles on the back end. Medium chewy.
O: This does have some alcohol heat that is detectable on the back end. It also has some spiciness, but it doesn’t overwhelm as in other beers. The spiciness actually nicely balances the sweetness.