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.
Dedollewaitor (13761) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via trade with Hackobock. Thanks. Pours black with a creamy head. Coffee, roast, chocolate and fruit. Smooth and med bodied. Tasty!
hallinghansen (1904) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from dedollewaitor, thanks buddy. Black body witha medium light brown head. Coffee, roasted malt, coffee, sweet.
Imaena (1802) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Alcohol and burnt leaves in the nose. Deep black brown appearance. Taste is dark bitter chocolate and sour fruit stones. Great Impy all around.
Countbeer (4316) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks Stawn: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Medium to smaller sized creamy vanilla beige light brown foamy head on top of a deep dark brown to black colored beer.
Aroma has a strong (pils) malty tone which makes this beer having it a somewhat crispy aroma. Thereís honey, mocha, marzipan, roast, some coffee, some chocolate, caramel and hints of something like marshmellows and vinous notes.
Flavour is a bit strong in taste and spice (alcohol) but on the other hand, this makes it a good stout! Thereís a mix of cough syrup with some coffee, bitters, malt toast/roast, some caramel, wood roast, light sticky, raisin and some caramel and light bay leaf tints.
Aftertaste is bitter, sticky, roast, spicy and some bay leaf/malt/herbal toast tones.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, full bodied and a spicy creamy texture.
A good and bit ordinary stout, yet balanced and strong.
Palme (3237) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a 0.65l bottle @ RBNG 2014. As close to black as you get without calling it black this. It also has a small quickly sidesticking brown top. Tad milder nose than I had expected. It it quite roasted and itís giving me elements of licorice, leather, salty soy and mild chocolate. Smells quite nice this. Lovely rich and strong flavors. Lots of bitter chocolate with loads of licorice. Salty licorice and soy. Gliding oily in the mouth and softly prickling on t bubbles. Lots and lots of flavor. Yeah, its not bad at all this. 15.02.2014
harrisoni (13276) - 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 (515) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2014 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 dark 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 (10534) - 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 (6311) - 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 (2354) - 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.