hoppyhead12 (12) - Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled Nov. ’11 poured into snifter and immediately notice the thick chocolate pour. Smells of dark chocolate and espresso, with peppery notes on the palate. Finishes dry and crisp. Great stout all around.
Scipio (772) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Batch No. 14 November 2015 10.1%
Pours black with a thin tan head. The aroma is heavy. It has chocolate, whiskey, cherry, licorice, and hints of coffee, with the whiskey and cherry standing out most. The taste is sweet and very boozy. Here I find the noted whiskey, along with chocolate, vanilla, spices (Belgian?), cherry, mild coffee, and a touch of raisin. The aftertaste is a long lasting combination of chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol. This is heavy in body, has a thick texture, and has minimal carbonation. This is a good heavy stout, though I believe I might like it better if it wasn’t so sweet. The portrait of Tsar Nicholas II on the bottle is cool.
k0mpsa (2106) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at ginger man, ny. Black color, brown head. Aroma has coffee, chocolate, some vanilla notes. Balanced taste, vanilla notes, chocolate, roasty. Nothing special.
hackobock (2754) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
June 6, 2015. Vintage 2007, on tap at Akkurat.
Black with a small frothy tan head. Aroma is creamy and roasted malts with coffee, milk chocolate, figs, cocoa, black berries, hints of licorice and soya. Taste is sweet, light dry and slight boozy. Finish has sweet berries, dried fruits, licorice, dry bitter cocoa notes, milk chocolate, and warming alcohol. Medium bodied, soft small bubble carbonation.
Aroma is great, finish is slightly too dry and boozy.
RobertDale (4715) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Comes black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and dark fruit. Hides the alcohol content quite well. Nice.
wlajwl (5053) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is grapes, bubblegum and dark malts. The flavor is dryish dark/roasted malts, chocolate, mild coffee, dark fruit/slight grapes and an acidic/slightly sour finish.
edbast (38) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. A little underwhelming, this was the 2015 version but I picked up some winey notes typical of aged brews. No head whatsoever. A little hoppier than a typical imperial stout. Otherwise flavors were pretty muddled, nothing stands out. Still a very nice beer but for the style a bit of a let down.
Twostal (22) - - JAN 1, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Go to imperial stout. On the darker side of Tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee. Smooth taste
johnnymusky (744) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid beer....thx Brian really smooth beer...chocolate and berries...really do not taste the booze...i thought this was really nice.
MadIndian (2699) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Maro Brothers. Drank with Dennis Bell. Nice notes of roasted malt, nuts, some booze, dark fruit and chocolate. The body was slightly thin and milky for my taste, but the brew had a decent blend...not just heavy roast. Well done.
koleminer20 (1486) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared with jasonn. This is from 2011, batch 10, with a 10.57% ABV. I'm shocked I haven't rated this yet! The pour is a nice black, a little thin, with a thin collar of light tan head and a couple spots of lace. The aroma is a little sweet. It's milky and light. There is a good roasted all and a strong chocolate on the finish. There is a light molasses present as well. It's got a light, yet strangely complex aroma. The flavor is good. There is the light milkiness, but it turns to a bitter chocolate and a lovely bitter roast. It's basic, yet well done and well developed. The mouth feel is thinner and light with a light carbonation and a lingeringly bitter and sweet mouth feel. It's leaving a little to be desired, but overall it's a solid brew.
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