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.
furthur (492) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, black beer, big, bubbly almond colored head. Aroma is toasted barley and dark malt, molasses, cookies and brown sugar, some dried fruit. Taste is molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, citrus rind. Finish is dry. There’s some hops in this. Palate is average for an impy stout, carbonation subdued.
Nsanders (789) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Tap House Grill. Black with a thin tan head and moderate lacing. Charred oak, alcohol, graham cracker, peat and molasses. Dry charred wood flavor. Body is heavier with a fizzy, oily feel.
fordest (2133) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared at our monthly bottle share. Nice dark pour with a decent head. Lots of chocolate and anise. Aroma and flavor was great great stuff.
thomat (2665) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with a tiny tan head. malty and roasted tones. Malt, coffee, fruit and locorice. Full body with a nice bitter sweet finish.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Schatzi’s. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Roast and cocoa, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Medium bodied, roast and cocoa, warm chocolate. Long roast with a hint of alcohol. Chewy roast.
JDBaker11058 (1614) - Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
appearance: silky near black, with a big, creamy, medium tan head. aroma: milk and dark chocolate, molasses, soy sauce, espresso, herbal hops. taste: dark chocolate pudding, espresso, vanilla, wood, caramel, molasses, soy sauce, slightly citrus hops. finish: fulsome, silky, with boozy heat not shy about joining the party. notes: A big, rich stout. I like them a little more balanced, a little less boozy. Still excellent. Bottle from Sarah for Beerthday 2015.
tbunting75 (35) - - AUG 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Blue 5 in Roanoke, Va. Good roasted malty flavor. Feels a bit thin, with a lot of alcohol coming through.
emusche (103) - 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 (191) - 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 (5124) - 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