vollmer (11) - - MAR 5, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
coffee, resin, black, sparkling, tan foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, full body, oily feel, fizzy, long finish,
Overall a very good beer, coffee taste. I didn’t find the tea and the sarwak pepper.
Vighals (2819) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Svart med høyt lys brunt skum som ligger godt. Lukter sure kirsebær, melkesjokolade, svovel, nøtter og trevirke. Fyldig. Søtlig smak i starten, bær og sjokolade. Salt lakris og kaffebitterhet i avslutningen. Lang.
oldrtybastrd (4911) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Way under rated here...Pours a dark mahogany brown with fluffy tan head. Aromas of dark malts, tobacco, and some funk. Flavors of sour barrel, dark malts and fruits.
zvsn (1486) - ISRAEL - JAN 23, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Deep brown with a big beige head. Aroma of chocolate, dried fruits, nuts and alcohol. Medium sweet, flavors of prunes, berries, roasted malt, nuts, licorice, vanilla, light tartness. Medium-bodied, smooth. Not a typical RIS, but still quite nice.
rayaron (1243) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Stas’s place. Thanks zvsn. 2015 batch. Opaque brown with big brownish head. Aroma of salty snack and cola, a bit soapy. Sourish flavor with notes of salty snack, soapy, some roastiness, a bit nutty. Full-bodied. Not really an IS but kind of American strong ale.
DSG (11246) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Stas’s place. Thanks zvsn. 2015 batch. Dark brown to black with a beige head. Aroma of roast, nuts, dark fruits, caramel, a bit of alcohol. Sweet flavor, slightly sourish, with caramel, roast, nuts, some dark fruits, an alcoholic note and a bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Not very Imperial Stout-ish.
Hopmaestro (1167) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is dark. slightly burnt, malts. Wee licorice and dark fruits. Taste brings roasted, slightly burnt malts with a little sour red berry lingering underneath. Chocolate and dark coffee. There’s pretty much going on in here, but nothing is really allowed to show off. Wee peppery, but I don’t catch any vanilla at all.
Swaroga (1955) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a big beige head. Aroma is chocolate and fruits but there is also some sulfur comparable to the one on matches. Taste is moderately sweet with a delicate sourness. It isn’t a typical stout at all. I would compare it to the rest of BFM beers but without intensity and with a bit sulfur. Not the best beer from this brewer.
King_Alex_II (1095) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 6, 2016
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black brown color with beige foam layer. Light acidic nose. The taste is roasty and dark malty. A little aggressive roasty. Light vinegar aftertaste.
degbert (1615) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with red/maroon highlights; the head is tight-grained, cinnamon, and solid, and we have visible floaters in the beer, about the size of a flake of loose tea. Nose is milk chocolate, black pepper, and black tea; somewhat subdued. Rqather sweet on the front of the tongue; vanilla, espresso, and chocolate predominant. As it moves towards the back, tea and pepper kicks in. It’s not actually very dry; a liqueur-like syrupy sweetness remains with a hint of liquorice. Low carbonation. Finish is medium and warm with some ashy, peppery bitterness. Interesting, but nowhere near as extreme as it would like to pretend.