poisoneddwarf (1480) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours inky black with a medium tan head with good retention. Aroma is a little muted right now--hopefully it will open up--but it’s a little doughy, a little like pepperoni pizza (WTF?), vanilla, toasted marshmallow. Taste is sweet and a little tart, finishing lightly bitter. Has a bit of an alcoholic chocolate milk flavor; tobacco/ash come out after it warms up. Mouthfeel is creamy, body is a little thinner than it should be for something of this caliber. This is good, but it seems pretty basic for an impy stout. It’s hard to believe that the same brewers who created such an unforgettable dark beer as Victory at Sea created such a pedestrian brew as this. It’s not bad--it’s actually pretty good--just a little average after tasting that aforementioned beer right before this.
hayduke (3079) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a nice sized tan head and thick lacing rings. Nose of ripe dark fruit and chocolate. Full body and smooth creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, ripe fruit,. The finish is nicely bitter but very smooth making for really easy drinking. Excellent.
beer-yum (239) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good brew that gets better as it warms up. Has tough competition from its fraternal Victory at Sea porter though...and probably comes up a little short in comparison (to my taste at least). Be warned however - it too is dangerously strong.
Hawaiianlou (1) - - DEC 5, 2013 does not count
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice ginger notes, definitely drinkable and a good choice if you were to buy a few ... But the neutral stasis combats what I go for in imperial stouts.
TheLevi4000 (47) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad, pretty good. Nice roasted flavor. A little sweet, but not overpowering. It’s 10% abv, so there is an alcohol presence, but its not over bearing,
AndySnow (1774) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a large brown head.
Aroma: Sweet chocolate, coffee, chocolate.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Chocolate, roasted malt, dried fruit.
Linnet (937) - Umeå, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Ar: sweet, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, roastiness, vanilla, some floral hoppiness.
Ap: black colour, small beige head.
T: big bite, salty, sweet, slightly sour, big flavourful, lots of coffee, noticable hoppiness.
P: fullbodied, soft carbonation, warming, bitter and salty finish.
O: well made.
beer_est_deus (393) - örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kol svart öl med mörk brunt och stort skum (för att vara en imperial stout). Doft: Honungs melon, jord, kaffe, hallon, choklad, alkohol, banan. Smak: Samma som doft + humle, metal? Lite svag, doft och något konstigt i smaken, tror iaf smaken blir bättre när den fått några år på sig.
beezmon (11) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity chocolate and nice bitter finish. Very silky in mouth. Alcohol hidden well. Coffee very roasty.
tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours potch black with a creamy tanned head. Aroma is malty roasty fruity roastd. Flavor is fullbodied sweet bitter roasted malty fruity astringent.
harrymel (516) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoy by 22FEB14
Pours black with a transient tan quilt. Smells of barley, graham, hops (piney), some molasses, some sweet malt syrup. Flavor is a little fruity with a bit of prune coming through and some less than appealing esters. A little boozey too. Not impressed flavor wise. Medium on thin with higher carb and a dry finish. Overall a beer that I’m not impressed with, even less so given the pedigree of their usual lineup.