ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed 12/21/2012. 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a pitch black color. No "really dark brown" bollocks, this one is nearly perfectly opaque. The head is a one finger tan color that gives Ten Fidy a run for its money in terms of darkness. The retention is pretty good, and a thick collar around the glass diameter lingers nicely.
S: I immediately notice a large amount of dark fruits, like raisins, currants, and plums. Beneath that, there’s a bit of licorice, anise, coffee, chocolate. and light booze. Very similar to a revved-up version of the Stone IRS - if we can compare it to any other RIS on the market, that is.
T: The flavor seems roastier than the aroma. Roasted malts open the flavor profile with a punch to the face, before a fruity midtaste and alcoholic, vaguely hoppy finish. Even for an imperial stout, the balance is lacking. Really, the palate is just beat down with roast, bittersweet dark fruits, and booze. Not much subtlety here - it’s aggressive and even harsh. If there was any beer that was more suitable for drinking after a year in the cellar, this is it.
M: Thick as a brick. I can’t think of any other way to describe the bigness of the body. It finishes with a lot of wet slickness and lingering roasted malts. It certainly feels decadent, but again, the big booze detracts instead of complimenting the flavor profile.
O: This one is a bit harsh, frankly. Good news is, aging it will kill that harshness stone dead. Bad news is, I only bought a single bottle. Damnit. Then again, I’m of the school of thought that a beer should be consumed as soon as its purchased, so the middling scores stand.
llkc (1130) - århus, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
duft: ristet malt chokolade kaffe ristet brød
smag: sød. ristet kan chokolade stor fedme. kaffe svag ristet bitterhed. lang mørk chokolade kaffe smag
Torrefacto (1285) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 4, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Negro opaco y espuma veis. Aromas se licor de cereza, chocolate, fruto negro. Cuerpo denso y sedoso, sabor achocolatado, licor, azúcar de caña, quemado que conduce a un amargor intenso aunque equilibrado.
Cristobal37 (630) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 4, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with a finger of head that disappears completely. Fresh fluffy aroma very inviting, mildly sweet. Nutty flavor with floral bitterness that comes in waves. Not sweet at all as the aroma would lead you to think. Chocolatey bitterness remains on for a while. No frills, really rich and delicious example of the style.
TorbenJensen (1419) - Valby, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sporadic nougat colored foam. This stout is thick like oil, aroma of hard roasted malt, cocoa and some coffee. The taste is heavy and have a palate with both cocoa and coffee and a slightly roasted malt. Later evokes the taste a little licorice, figs and smoke. This is a very elegant and mellow, well-brewed stout which give time to long-term drinking. You should probably have tasted several stouts before embarking on this, for it is fierce and heavy. It is best to be enjoyed at room temperature, thus you get probably the most nuances in flavor. The alcohol at 10.5 can be tasted, but is saved well by way of the aforementioned elements. An Imperial Stout which is perfect if you like these heavy, rich and strong stouts.
Scrumpy369 (211) - - MAY 3, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2016 Bottle at home. Pitch black colour with a medium, fast disappearing brown head. Nose of cocoa powder and slight roasted malts. Taste is medium to high bitzerness, also cocoa with some roasted malts. Some alcoholic warmth bit very well hidden. Silk smooth mouthfeel with just perfect carbonation. Wow.
Sjohnh (640) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beer Gonzo. Very dark brown with a lovely brown sugar coloured head. Doesn’t retain it for long. Body is full, creamy rather than oily, with the alcohol providing some chilli- like burn. More to the aroma than just coffee; I get figs, soy, dark chocolate, roasted malt and nut brittle. Flavour has lots of dark chocolate along with some licquorice and something slightly sweeter. Finish is hugely bitter, with lingering dark chocolate and coffee.
jaghana (5256) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - MAY 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 355ml, a dark beer with low copper head. Nose is syrupy, sweet like, toffee, soy sauce, dark coffee, hazelnut, alcohol, a very complex nose. Aroma is on leather, oily, dark chocolate, mocha, resin, licorice, quite strong, grapes, very roasted, vinous, some wood touch. Finish is intense on licorice, soy sauce.
gbe75 (118) - ICELAND - MAY 2, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2016 Strong aroma of coffee, licorice and vanilla. Thick in mouth like one can chew it. One of my favorite Stouts.
TET (2442) - Kaarina, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A pitch black beer, a head is small and dark brown. Aroma has liquirice, salt liquirice, riped fruitness and plums, sweetness, richness of malts. Taste is very intensive, roastiness, salt liquirice, coffee, some salt, balanced sweetness. Full bodied, not stickyness, low carbonation, smooth palate. Very powerful and intensive. The great and complex beer.
bjakk (669) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - APR 29, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, red, clear brown creamy foam. Alcohol, liqruish, coffee, chockolate. Sweet, bitter, pharmacy liqruish, with burned sugar aftertaste, growing burned aftertaste.