KyotoLefty (7433) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Nakameguro Taproom. Pitch black with lace. Winey, deep chocolate aroma. Amazingly smooth, with solid sweetness but not cloying. Chocolate, smoke, and a bit of coffee in there, as well as something slightly port-like, and cherries or plums. Hoppier than usual, with a lemon tinge. Very powerful, fruity, and delicious.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tobacco shop & chocolate are dominant in this beer. Appearance is disappointing with modest head, and the nose is somewhat tepid as well. However, the aforementioned tobacco and chocolate flavors make it worth the effort, especially on the finish. It reminds me of that thick hot chocolate I had in Spain.
badgerben (4595) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color of tar with a medium head. Big aroma of dark fruits, rich chocolate, rum and a touch of the aforementioned tar. The flavor is strong roasted malt, rounded out with dry chocolate and some prune. A little rum, light pine and citrus hops appear towards the finish. A little acrid. I enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting to.
smcolw (567) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great start to the beige head. Oddly, it collapsed in the middle. Thin stringy lace after each each sip. Near black in color, no light shines through.
Clear chalky, chocolate aroma. Subtle sweetness.
The flavor has a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. Light hop gives more interest to the bitter flavor. The aftertaste comes closer to chocolate milk with a mild bitterness. Relatively thin body with moderate carbonation. Overall, an easy to drink Imperial Stout that is not on the extreme side.
BOLTZ7555 (2960) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown bordering black with a frothy foamy latte colored head that left a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is toasted nuts, roasted coffee, and caramel. Flavor is a bit burnt and ashy with some dark chocolate. Not as creamy as others...but still pretty damn good!!!
doublebock (525) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Solid black with shades of purpole. Very little head. Powerful mocha nutta malty scent.
Flavor is rich sweet with burnt caramel, very chewy and some tobacco. Alcohol is well masked but obvious
thebeertourist (5077) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 version, weighing in at 9% ABV. On tap at Nakameguro Taproom, Tokyo. Black with a big light brown head. Roasted coffee and dark fruit aroma. Also some chocolate that appears with more strength in the mouth. Good roasted dryness with hints of fruit as well. A very complex and rich imperial stout.
omhper (20923) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (8%) Opaque black, beige head. Coffee and caramel up front. Mid sweet with gentle soft mouthfeel.Mildly warming with plenty ofcocolate and tobacco. Full flavoured and mouthfilling, yet soft and inaggressive.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours out in an opaque really dark brown colour with a small beige lasting foam. Rich and deep velvety soft malt aroma of roasted malts, plums, dark chocolate, mint and figs. Full-bodied and chewy flavor of roasted malts, almonds, figs, raisins and plums. Velvety mouthfeel. Long warming finish of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, plums and figs. Delicious stuff!
blankboy (6520) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (633ml) shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown with a small diminishing creamy tan head. Aroma’s dry and roasty with a good amount of green hops and some hints of coffee and chocolate. Flavour -- whoa, that’s boozy! -- of roasted malt, herbal hops, earthiness, alcohol and a dry hoppy finish. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Average to medium bodied. Quite good, I liked it.