BeergeekKorea (78) - SOUTH KOREA - SEP 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Clear vanilla and rich roasty malt
Appearance: Black colour and crisp creamy head, dark brown
Taste: Medium sweet of malts, medium bitter is also there, and very light sour from acid
Palate: Medium full body, creamy and oily texture, fizzy carbonation on the acid, and bitter and complex finish of aroma from vanilla and malts
NallePalle (350) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Pipes of Scotland, Uppsala. Vanilla clearly present, though not too much (foam gives hint of icecream).
ExpendableHero (794) - Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark cola colored beer with a frothy, brown head. Strong aromas of roasted coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, some hints of raisins, and subtle notes of vanilla. Very earthy with a silky mouth feel. Bitter coffee finish. Some booze in there too. Brutal coffee brew. Tasty.
dayth (20) - - SEP 18, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite imperial porters ever. Elegant and thick, with the bitterness of the coffee and hops balanced with vanilla and a chocolatey malt body.
Rasmus40 (14826) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bier-Deluxe. Black with a lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and cocoa. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Oily. 170915
Alengrin (3686) - BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the Ballast Point classics, an imperial porter infused with coffee and vanilla, with a morbid yet attractive, arty label as usual with this brewery. Very creamy, lacing, tan coloured head doubting between greyish beige and light yellowish brown, very stable; colour is actually an extremely dark burgundy but looks totally opaque black in the glass. Delightful aroma: mocha, cappuccino, dark chocolate, cured meat, wet leather, dates, wet peppercorns, black olives, gingerbread, indeed vanilla but subtly so, dried grapefruit peel, hint of marmelade, cocoa, kahlua, dry sherry, sharp and stimulating accents of burnt wood, toasted bread, pipe tobacco, cinnamon, candied figs, baked banana sweetness piercing through everywhere. Candied sweet onset, raisins and dates all around, banana, but kept in place with restraining sourish and (especially) umami accents, the latter not becoming too overpowering but just adding a subtle seaweed- or mushroom-like complexity to the whole, tangy and noble, with a soft, gentle carbonation just fit for this style; vanilla sweetness suddenly pops up and accompanies the deep, thick, oily maltiness filling the mouth with well-dosed caramelly, nutty and toasted flavours before plunging into a rich and creamy ’chocolateness’ which leaves a bittersweet coating in the back of the mouth and throat, further dried by peppery, spicy, tangy hops; needless to say, a ’black’, roasted coffee bitterness manifests itself in that phase and keeps lingering far beyond, but one can feel it is from pure coffee rather than from thick roasted barley, as would be the case in the average imperial stout. There is a glow of warming alcohol in the end, but only gently so, and for a 10% ABV beer the alcohol remains remarkably well camouflaged. An almost dame blanche-like sensation remained with me for a long time. I need to get more Ballast Point beers: they are always right on the money. I love imperial porters and frankly, I did not expect this to be anything less than a masterpiece in its style. And they nailed it.
thomat (2828) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SB. Very dark brown with a tiny brown head. Chocolate and roasted tones. Malt, chocolate roaasted and fruit. Full body with a roasted / fruity finish.
vadie (1107) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Noir sombre avec une petite robe marron solide. L’arôme est intense. Du chocolat, café, réglisse, malt torréfié, vanille et un peu d’alcool. En bouche il y a les mêmes arômes, avec une finition assez amer pour l’équilibré. Super.
gunnfryd (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 10, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
KØLF 060315. Black colour with a tan head. Flavour is vanilla, mocha, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel. Full body. Balanced very nice beer.
Changed (448) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. Pours black. Off-white head, good lacing and small head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and mostly coffee. Flavor is... really earthy. Like dirt, dark coffee, spicy. Quite bitter, long finish. Not a really pleasant experience, but memorable and positive overall.