ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours an ultra-dark brown color; perhaps not the thickest-looking pour Iíve seen from a big RIS. The head is a two finger khaki shade. It retains nicely given its gravity, and manages to leave some lacing on the glass, as well.
S: The first thing noticed is some dark fruit sweetness. Vague citrusy hops and savory notes hide behind the fruitiness, also, along with some molasses and chocolate. Typical for the style, but well made.
T: It opens quite savory on the palate, with a distinct (yet not unpleasant) umami note. The first sip seems to finish with strong booze, however this is soon replaced with citrusy hops, oatmeal, touches of roasted malt, and the slightest ípingí of chocolate buried in there somewhere. The more I sip this, the more I realize how robustly hopped this one is - and it does a good job of balancing the excessive sweetness without creating a harsh imbalance.
M: This one lacks in body. I do notice the smoothness from the oatmeal - unfortunately itís hidden by excessive carbonation. Once the carbonation fades some, its syrupy and wet finish is revealed. As a result, itís not quite as drinkable as it could have been given its thinner texture.
O: If I have to nitpick - and I always do - the underwhelming body prevents this from achieving elite status in the imperial stout world. An enjoyable product regardless of its niggles. From what I remember of Victory at Sea, Iíd personally put this one on the same level.
harrisoni (13215) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Casper is back tasting. Dark brown colour. Ok imp stout some chocolate. Itís fine. Drinkable.
sudomorph (498) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle. Pours black with a thin head. Aroma has notes of dark malts, chocolate, a hint of smoke and caramel, and a bit of bark fruits. Really nice. Taste is a bit sweet but balanced with some dark fruits, caramel, roasted malts, a hint of bitter chocolate, and an smooth, slightly coffee finish. Not really a lot of alcohol. Really well done. Full most with a medium carbonation. Smooth in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall a big beer. Roasted malts with a caramel sweetness and a hint of coffee. Yum!
Leighton (10483) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Caspar. Pours black-brown with a frothy, off-white head. The nose has sugary malts, chocolate, soft roast, dark fruits. Medium sweet flavor with raisins, bittersweet chocolate, burnt earth, torched wood. Medium to full bodied with fine to average carbonation. More bitter cocoa to finish, dried dark fruits, char, strong roast, burnt toast, some alcohol warmth. Very solid.
Scopey (6197) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Caspar. It pours darkest ruby with a thick tan head. The nose is rich, roasty, coffee, dark chocolate, earth, dirt, creamy and cocoa. The tats is bitter, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, decent bitterness, pepper, earth, ash and some acidity with a lingering roasty finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Rich and flavoursome, yet rather drinkable...
RexTalionis (2337) - FINLAND - JUL 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours darker brown in color with a beige head. Quite strong coffee roasted notes in aroma, some dark chocolate and leathery notes as well are present. Roasted coffee and chocolate mostly in taste. Something sharp as well. Decent.
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Rich and robust aroma of roasted down malts that serge in a coffee style of scent. Pure black and opaque color with a creamy topping of head that seems to retreat fairly fast. The flavor is so sweet and rich with black malt that this really out does the previous predecessor of sea monster. In fact, for the longest time I didnít even know this was classified as a different recipe then regular sea monster stout and I have purchased a few bottles already wondering why this yearís batch tasted so much better. Well, it now all makes sense to me since there is a ton more malts roasted down and added and the alcohol heats up more and makes me have to swallow it like a table spoon of sweet tasty childrenís cough syrup. Very peculiar how this reminds me of a grape flavor cough remedy medicine but in the end I enjoy this beer to the end.
koleminer20 (542) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle into a snifter. The pour is a nice black color with a thick dark espresso foam colored head and some great lacing left behind. The aroma is a little bitter for what I was expecting. There is a strong cocoa presence to go along with a great roasted malt note. There is just a touch of coffee. It is a little light. The flavor is very roasty. The coffee comes through a bit more on this, and there is a hint of vanilla. The back end offers a lot of bitterness and licorice that I didn't see coming. The mouth feel is a bit thin, and the medium carbonation helps a little. And aftertaste is lingering and bitter, resounding of roasty licorice.
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Hop_Hedonist (222) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boozy aroma - super toasty roasted malts - surprisingly medium bodied only but makes this an easy drinker - well balanced - an enjoyable behemoth without being great.
TET (1549) - FINLAND - JUN 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black beer with a beautiful, clouding and beige head. The nose is enjoyable, lots of salt liquirice, liquirice, chocolate, roastiness adn some pine needles. There are strong elements in the aroma but still the overall impression is nicely smooth. Taste has liquirice and salt liquirice, some dark chocolate, pine needles and bitter almonds. Almost full bodied, nice and smooth to drink. The bitter almond gives a nice touch to the taste, the good beer.
omega (680) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I almost think this hides the alcohol too well, as this bad boy is so smooth it slides down the gullet too easily. A fantastic imperial stout.