caesar (5769) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Zeebra 2015, small sample. Dark color, short head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, some chocolate. Bit heavy on the coffee and the alcohol. Ok stuff.
PartyFowle (586) - - MAY 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pitch black, inky. The deep cinnamon-hued head doesn’t last long. Brilliant coffee aroma. Oily, funky beans; toasted sourdough; soil and chocolate in minuscule amounts. The flavor: so very much coffee. It even overpowers the underlying Mephistopheles -- a feat I didn’t think was possible. Rich, roasty, oily. Toasted bread again, some cocoa, a finish of ethanol and spicy Arabica. Full, creamy body. Thick and smooth, like drinking thick hot chocolate. If you want to enjoy this one, you better damn well like coffee. Huge bean flavor, not a ton of stout. A little hot. Good for a few ounces, too rich for much more.
Mittenator (1595) - Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery. Dark mahogany with a dark head. Coffee, dark, dry fruit and burned malt.
deanso (6503) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared Randomstrangernl.
thin tan ring head. Clear black pour. Lots of coffee. Very very good. Alcohol but at 15/16% to be expected.
bergstaden (1647) - Røros, NORWAY - APR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a brown head - Sweet malt and coffee in the aroma - Malt and coffee flavours with some bitterness in the end - The coffe and some bitterness in the finish - This was real good
Warped_Silver (123) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black with a thin khaki head. Significant amount of legs dripping down the glass. Aroma is very boozy with minimal coffee in the background. Small amount of bourbon and vanilla as well as toffee. Taste is boozy upfront with astringent coffee flavors in the middle followed by subtle chocolate, vanilla and caramel flavors in the finish. Kind of a harsh character to it at this point. Likely aging will subdue this aspect. Mouth feel is thick and viscous. Overall, a nice beer but not well-balanced this young.
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cards04 (2217) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A delicious beer. Pours a thick black with small dark brown head. Big coffee and lactose aromas as well as dark fruits and chocolate. For a beer this big the alcohol is very well masked. Big coffee and chocolate flavours and vinous sherry flavours as well. A nice warmth as it makes its way down to your belly. Awesome.
baraciisch (2290) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black in color with tan beige head... Aroma of dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, booze... Flavor is rich decadent dark chocolate, vanilla, and espresso... Roasted malts with lingering alcohol burn on finish... Really nice, but a little hot...
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ACHops (947) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pours thick inky blackish brown with medium dark mocha head that fades quickly but laces well. Aroma is big dark roasty chocolate malt; fresh coffee, tons of soy sauce, dark chocolate, port, bourbon, leather, oak, and dark fruit. Taste is similar - rich super dark chocolate, molasses, soy sauce, umami, bitter coffee on the finish. Thick coating mouthfeel. Huge beer overall. Quite hot from the booze, though doesn’t taste 16%.
sthlm (1246) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle, thanks for sharing, Levi!] Pours dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet soy sauce. The taste is really hot--the alcohol is not well hidden, even for 15.5%. Lots of coconut and anise. Sweet, but not as out of control as I had expected. Good mouthfeel with a long finish. Not one of the best imperial stouts I’ve ever had, nor is it something I would drink regularly, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.