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.
halfonit (1259) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a caramel colored head. Aroma is of roasty/toasty malts, wood, booze, and a little bit of coffee in the background. Nice and heavy palate. Flavor is of big time malts. Nice toastiness and nuttiness. Bittersweet chocolate and oak also present. Leaves a big toasted malt and chocolate finish. Yet another good beer from these guys.
SirLimpsalot (3025) - SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Basunen 15-11-14: välsmakande men ganska enkel. Tydlgia rostade toner, lite söt lakrits gott men inte bäst. Lite tunn munnkänsla.
Kavu (3306) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared 0,65l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours very dark brown with a low tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and black currant. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, currant, alcohol and hops. Great.
wiosna (521) - - NOV 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maistiainen 0,33 l pullosta @ OPP. Varsin samea tummanruskea. Tuoksussa paahteista mallasta, alkoholia, jotain maanläheistä, kahvia vähän, mustaherukkaa. Maussa miellyttävää pehmeän paahteista mallasta, humalaa löytyy myös, mustaherukkaa.
ElCapitan22 (299) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a jet black color with no head retention, but that is expected with the high ABV. There is nice lacing here too. Smells like melted bitter chocolate and coffee. Tastes slightly bitter, but strongly of chocolate. Finishes smooth and leaves you wanting more. Awesome!
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a black color with a large foamy tan head that left great lacing. The aroma was cola, anise and dark fruits. The flavor was toasty and malty with a strong anise and floral hop presence and hints of chocolate and malted milk. Fairly boozy. Very long finish. Moderately full bodied. Decent.
caesar (5971) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Firma Bier, large sample. Dark color, short frothy brown head. Aroma of roast, dark bread, oatmeal cookie, bit spicy, touch of red fruit. Quite sweet in taste with a decent amount of roast. Chewy sweetness makes it a bit sticky on the palate. Plain basic oatmeal imperial stout.
Sdaniel90 (589) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 650ml. Opaque dark brown/ruby with a frothy brown head. Complex aromas of roasted caramel, dried fruits, dark chocolate, spices, alcohol. Medium to robust bodied with moderate to fizzy carbonation. Not sweet, with a subtle earthy bitterness. Fiery roasted character with a bitter fruity and alcohol finish.
Percy0103 (317) - MEXICO - OCT 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 650ml. Dark brown with a minimal red hue and a small brown head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, mint chocolate, coffee, spices and alcohol. Taste is bitter with an alcoholic finish . Considerable carbonation and some astringency. Aftertaste reminds me of black coffee. Smooth and with a high ABV, but well masked.
anthony850 (405) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A hearty stout. With chocolate and coffee flavors. Very smooth with barley and oatmeal.
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