ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle into a tulip. From notes.
A: Pours a dark ruby color that actually reveals some suspended sediment when held up to the light. Otherwise, it’s nicely opaque. The head is a two finger khaki shade. It fades slowly but surely, however it leaves little lacing on the glass.
S: I note some licorice, dark fruits, touches of both smoke and citrusy hops, along with a hint of roast. A rather nondescript aroma for an imperial stout; it’s more befitting of a good single stout.
T: This one seems to be dark fruit and licorice forward. I notice some caramel in the midtaste, and pleasantly balanced citrusy hops on the back end. The hops also provide some herbal and peach qualities. It seems to be mellow and balanced to a fault - however, this would make a great everyday stout due to its easygoing nature.
M: It’s light, clean, and dry. If the bottle didn’t say 8.1%, I’d wonder if it was really 5% or so; the alcohol is concealed superbly given its lightness. It doesn’t offer much in the way of richness, however.
O: I was unsure how to grade this one. As an imperial stout, it’s rather meh - but as a regular stout, it’s damn good. For better or for worse, this drinks like a 5% single stout...except that it’s really 8.1%. Since Bear Republic doesn’t call it an imperial stout, I’m grading it as a single. Ergo, I’m willing to overlook some of its flaws and appreciate it as a decently priced (for a bomber) everyday drinker.
olsvammel (5367) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Örebro Ölcafé. Dark malty smell with chocolate and a toasted and roasted aroma. Similar taste with some caramel. Nice. Well made.
Emeister84 (1936) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Kroger (Barracks Rd., Charlottesville, VA). Aromas of baked fudge brownie, licorice, char, roasty. Almost black with a fairly lasting tan head. Dry, roasty, bitter dark chocolate. Full bodied.
rentonj7 (166) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep chocolate color with tan head. Aroma is chocolate, dried fruit, roasted malt, a little booze. Flavor is chocolate, licorice, dark caramel, subltle hop citrus. Light to medium mouth feel, a little less than expected, nice carbonation level. Slight metallic flavor when the beer was out of fridge - definitely gone once warmed up. Pretty nice.
AndySnow (6310) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where: The Bishops Arms Vasagatan, Stockholm.
Appearance: Black colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Chocolate, some coffee, alcohol, roasted malt.
mikeyo1 (591) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ humle & malt. Pours black with a tan head. Sweet, semi dry and roasted with fruits, toffee, coffee, licorice . lingering dark fruits, vanilla and roast. Nice overall balance.
BroadestTom (349) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma chocolate, roasty,
Appearance black, tan foam, brown foam,
Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate medium body, full body,
Overall a nice medium to full body stout that has a bit of a light bitter finish. I would suggest this beer to a friend.
tillmac62 (638) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black. Quite outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.
Outstanding nose of semi-sweet dark chocolate, roast, caramel, vanilla hints and a light berry like note.
Light full body that is extremely smooth with a solid creaminess. World class carbonation with just the right carbonation / body balance. The middle provides a nice effervescent burst that trails into a finely bubbled prickly finish.
The flavor profile is world class. Balance is near perfect for this stout that brings a nice pine middle bitterness that compliments the roast. It begins with a mild roast character that has just enough bite. Caramel provides a higher level of sweetness than most stouts and shines after the middle as the chocolate influence maximizes. You don’t taste the alcohol, but it makes its presence in the very dry lingering finish and with a bit of heat.
thomat (3071) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Haket Pub. Very dark brown with a tiny tan head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, coffee, licorice, fruit and hops. Medium to full body with a nice dry finish.
angel77 (2163) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella 33 cl tomada en el momento en Cimmeria (r1458) 04..05..2016. Lote BRBBS1 hasta 08..2016. Color negro con espuma beige. Aromas y sabores suaves maltoso s tostados con ligero amargo final algo seco. Cuerpo medio con 8.1 vol que se bebé bastante bien, algo cremoso y espumoso. Bastante buena. Para repetir sin duda.
eljebi (56) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 3, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Plena, tostada, caramelizada, con un sabor bien equilibrado a base de Centennial y cascade, que te lleva del café y el chocolate a un toque herbal. Quizá demasiado ligero el cuerpo. Alcohol muy escondido, incluso en exceso, echando en falta un punto licoroso