auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle, purchqsed from the Wine Thief - New Haven, CT and enjoyed from a plastic Amtrak cup with ice. Steel railings humming, this noses warm and a little bit fruity. On the palate this holds a mix of fresh toasted bread and some sweet grapes. I’m trying to enjoy this beer as though I were living in the UK in the 50s. It’s so hard to hold an old-style, nuanced lower gravity stout like this to all the brash, overly strong American renditions. This is subtle, hopped with Goldings, and a gracious old timey beast. If we split Imperial Stout into American and English, this would rock the latter category and thus I’m scoring it highly.
PhatB420 (759) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber into glass, 3.95 at Georges, best by 9/22/15, OK. Pours a muddled dark black with brown hues, sediment floating and journeying along. Caramel head, fluffed and medium, light toffee lacing. Roasty aroma of chocolate, grain, black malts, nuts, coffee, autumn leaves. Taste of roasted nuts, dry chocolate, booze, dark fruit explosion. Creamy on the pallate, smooth going down. Lack of carbonation hinders it though. Might be too far gone in time. Still nice.
SlovakSniper (4132) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Une bière bue autour d’un feu avec Pete et Ruth. Un liquide brun qui tombe dans mon verre sans réelle viscosité. Impérial stout ou stout robuste? Ceci dit, beau col mousseux. Au nez malts rôtis, caramel foncé, effluves de raisins, touche fruitée similaire à la réglisse ou à l’anis, c’est selon. Impression de noix. Le goût montre du rôti, du cacao, des noix et des fleurs d’alcool. En bouche, une démonstration corporelle crémeuse et des bulles très peu agitées. Une finale peu mémorable, sans grande définition mais quand même sans sucre et même goûteuse en alcool un peu chocolaté.
DiarmaidBHK (3850) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from western Massachusetts gas station. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. Has a bit of roasted malt on the nose. Fairly smooth on the tongue with a slight hint of sweetness. Hides it’s alcohol well though at 8.5 it’s kind of on the thin end for the style. Its quaffable and drinkable but not particularly memorable.
Tommynh (84) - - MAR 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice flavor, very dark and rich, says chocolate and coffee and I can taste them in there. Rich and flavorful with a taste like "a meal in a bottle"
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GIJOE (1000) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a thick, creamy, tan head that stays long. Thick, sticky lacing. Nose is roasted grain with notes of chocolate. Taste is on the sweet side up front, but there’s a very nice dark-chocolate bitterness after. Lingers long. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Very nice brew.
powelln13 (8) - Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JAN 3, 2015 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong and hearty, a really nice dark beer with lots of strong flavors. Rich and chocolatey, good for winter.
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callmemickey (3891) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown-black body, thin tan head, spotty lacing. Light roast, bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, caramel, and earth. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation, semi-dry throughout, clean finish. Well-balanced.
Travlr (17657) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pretty much black, beige head. Aroma of licorice, burnt espresso. Taste is very roasty coffee, cocoa. Nice.
malrubius (2239) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Russian Imperial Stout" Bottle from Table and Vine. Near black with lasting brown head and lace. Earthy dark chocolate ashy aroma with hints of booze and fruit. Sweet and fruity with dark chocolate some roasted coffee and raisin fruitiness. Medium earthy ashy roasted bitterness. Medium full body. Somehow not really rich, more fruity and herbal. Decent enough but not up there with the champions of the style.
JBPortland (1293) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle pours dark oily black brown with 2 finger offwhite head. Nose is rich dark bitter cocoa and licorice, some vanilla. Taste is semi sweet, pretty good mouthfeel, some sweet vanilla, licorice spice, dark dusty bitter burnt chocolate, some charred coffee. Finish is bitter with some sweet vanilla and earthy cocoa and coffee bean.