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 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.
fcjack1 (212) - Washington, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber From Tacoma boys. Pours black. Tan head. Scent is roasty, chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate, black licorice. Good beer.
That1Guy (2025) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber with a kickass label and a date stamp that I think reads 15026. Pitch black pour with a tan head. Beautiful appearance. Lots of coffee and roast on the aroma with a hint of ash tray. Very roasty flavor, coffee, and pretty bitter but not astringent. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Finishes clean and dry. Solid.
Idiosynkrasie (4535) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Jet black colour with late awakening, huge, thick, creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Roasty, dark malty aroma, notes of coffee and liquorice, leather, oak, subtle hints of treacle, resinous and piney hoppy overtones. Taste is slightly sweet dark malty, resinous hoppy, orange and grapefruit combined with dark chocolate. Relatively light and drinkable for its 10% abv.
TizzleJizzle (720) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Big Texas Beer Fest. Poured an opaque black shade with a khaki head. Taste of dark roasted malts, coffee, boozy, with a slightly bitter finish. Average carbonation, thick and oily full bodied brew.
badhack (380) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good example of the style. Very strong coffee flavor with a bit of chocolate that over powers everything but the bitter hop finish. Not much sugar flavor, a touch of booziness.
hype (30) - - APR 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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JHeath99 (1300) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a layer of toffee colored head. Aroma of roasted malts and some coffee. The taste really shows the balance of the coffee/chocolate with the oatmeal. Very drinkable with a deceptive abv.
Christpuncher (1687) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flavor is licorice, roasted malt, and some oats. Starts and ends very bitter and slightly boozy. Had a bomber pour in myrtle beach. Pours back with a brown head
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JBPortland (1044) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22o bottle pours inky dark brown black with a finger of offwhite head. Nose has big roast dark fruit and bitter chocolate with some dry licorice and a touch of char. Medium body. Taste is similar with big charred dark cocoa with a touch of fruitiness. Finishes dry with medium high bitterness, roasty dark licorice fruit and some round malt char. Ok. Doesnít touch Victory at Sea.
nihtila (1296) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
7.11.2014. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts. Taste is plenty of liquorice, slightly sour, coffee ending.