Sask89 (504) - Regina, Saskatchewan, - JUN 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, slight coffee and dark fruit (prunes, dates) scents, and some liquorice. Taste is rich and sweet throughout with no discernible bitter bite save for a little bit in the finish. Full bodied, thick creamy mouth feel, and lively carbonation. An epic stout that was quite an enjoyable beer to drink.
fuzzcro (182) - Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mine was a 10 % ABV 2015 bottle...I had one last year too and I’m so very impressed with this brew and this brewery...I could drink this stuff for breakfast!
DandyWolfFloyd (995) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 Batch No. 15
Aroma - chocolate, molasses, coffee, and licorice.
Appearance - the body is black. The head is beige and around 1". The head holds tight.
Taste - chocolate, coffee, molasses, vanilla, dark fruit, and some licorice.
Palate - full body, sticky and slick texture, average carbonation, alcoholic and slightly astringent finish.
sinfull (1332) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black color. Big , tan head . Coffee, chocolate, dark fruits in aroma . Roasted malt , chocolate in taste . Mix of hoppy and roasted bitterness at the end. Well hidden alcohol.
KyotoLefty (8858) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Thick, fine, tan head on black. Dull and cloudy. Fruity nose, berries, chocolate, marmalade, cola. Rich flavor, fruit and umami, miso, citrus. Noble hops, chocolate, vanilla. Weird stuff, a bit like stanky natto.
Scipio (810) - 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 (2316) - 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 (3116) - 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 (5100) - 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 (5444) - 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.