ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.
knasputte78 (542) - SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Svart med ett gult skum. Ganska snäll imperial Stout, rätt torr och saknar djup i smakerna
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
shrubber85 (10524) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Cherry, chocolate malt, and straw aroma. Dark brown with giant head. Moderately sweet chocolate malt and moderately bitter dry hay/ash flavor. Good body and balance.
ehaak26 (74) - - AUG 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark black with small head and little lacing. Aroma is coffee and chocolate with roasted malt.
Turtles (1877) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle from Systembolaget. Near the black with a creamy tan head that disappears quickly and completely, only some lacing. Sweet chocolate aroma with roasted barley, sweet licorice and fruity notes. Medium bodied, medium carbonated. Dark chocolate taste also a bit fruity and hoppy, oats and roasted barley. Mild chalky finish.
kaser (5548) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smokey and charcoal. Cocoa and chocolate. Whiskey notes. Black pour from 22oz bottle at Tom and Danielle’s. Good stuffs
Dahlstrom (262) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Black with a medium mocca head. Medium malty aroma of roast, coffee, caramel and bitter chocolate. Taste reflects the aroma. Medium body. Medium bitterness. Medium carbonation.
explosivedog (176) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2016 Pint at Vulture’s Lane. Inky black with little for the nose but a lot for the tongue. Tastes as inky black as it looks, with tonnes of malts. Some soy as well.
ordybill (1302) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 OZ bomber into a pint glass. Pure black color with a rich tan to brown head. smooth taste heavy with malt and chocolate. The high ABV is noticeable but blends well with the flavor.
OminouSC2 (424) - SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really nice looking monster. Black, with a decent beige head that is somewhat rare in an Imperial Stout. The aroma is full of roasted malt, chocolate and oak. Taste brings a bitterness from the coffe. Long warming finish.
tillmac62 (684) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOD 355/15. Pitch black pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
Outstanding light nose of baker’s chocolate, roast, molasses and a hint of dark fruit (plum, currant).
Medium body that is smooth but lacks any hint of being creamy. A bit under carbonated for the body but has a fairly effervescent middle and the finish approaches prickly.
The flavor profile is outstanding...especially as it approaches room temperature. The flavor is slightly blended throughout, but separation occurs in the middle and beyond. It begins with a blend of coffee and roast that flows to the middle. Here a rather sweet molasses and caramel take center stage with bitter chocolate playing a supporting role. Hops appear as well adding another layer of complexity and a mild bitterness. Underneath, dark fruit (plum and light currant) gain strength and briefly rise to the surface, as a sea monster should. As the finish approaches, the 10% alcohol rears its head in terms of heat and light astringency. The finish is a slow slightly sweet fade of molasses that succumbs to grain alcohol flavor and astringency.