ThisWangsChung (826) - 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 I’ve 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 ’ping’ 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 it’s hidden by excessive carbonation. Once the carbonation fades some, its syrupy and wet finish is revealed. As a result, it’s 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, I’d personally put this one on the same level.
emusche (57) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouts jet black with a collaring almond ring of head. Aromas of coffee, malt and cocoa. Taste is chocolate, malt, coffee, and a hint of alcohol. Never disappointed with a Ballast Point offering.
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rollerton (175) - SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Ölrepubliken. Very well balanced stout, perfect maltiness and hoppiness. Chocolate and coffee flavours. One of the best beers I have had!
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a tall, lasting dark tan head. Mild aromas of mocha and hint of herbal hops. Simple flavors with a bit of tropical fruit, toasted coconut and toasted malt. Easy to drink with simple flavors. 1/15
RLiddell (57) - Valrico, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that I had purchased several years ago. Even though the "enjoy by" date was a year and half ago, age has not harmed this beer! Pours an opaque black with a tan head that dissipates rapidly leaving a moderate amount of lacing. Aroma is coffee forward. Taste follows suit with undertones of chocolate, annis and dark fruits. Overall, a very good imperial stout.
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very nice imperial. Dark brown pour, frothy tan head. Palate more like storm king - on the regular stout end, but flavor is imperial. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes. Decent finish. Very drinkable 10% alcohol well hidden.
bobaidan (529) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at hearthstone pub. Pours opaque dark brown, nearly black with a small tan head. Flavor and aroma are coffee, cocoa and booze. Almost tasted oak aged to me, even though it’s not. A very fine stout.
Tide (2235) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Tommyknocker. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with coffee, roasted malts, hops, chocolate, nuts, raisins, oak and a bit of licorice. Bitter finish with roasted malts, hops, licorice, coffee and nuts. Exquisite imperial stout.
dyetube (1330) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from from choice beverages. Pours a black with a medium tan head. The aromas are oil, chocolate, coffee. The mouthfeel is dry, roasty and bitter. Great beer. Cheers!
jimhilt (2469) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a three finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Soft carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate, malty nose and taste is baked chocolate, some malty sweetness, no currant. High ABV is hidden. $10.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
Aniela (3613) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black beer with an beige head. Roasted coffee, caramell dark chocolate, salty, licorice dark fruit vanilla aroma. Roasted coffee and licorice, salty, fruity, vanilla, caramell flavour with some ashy and earthy notes.