DSG (10543) - 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 (1101) - 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 (1954) - 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 (1031) - 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 (1567) - 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.
anstei (889) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beers’n’more. Surprisingly hoppy for an imperial stout, yet not lacking dessert sweetness. Soft, smooth and sweet on the tongue. Well-hidden alcohol.
wombat23 (333) - Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. Very dark brown, almost black with tan head. Aroma of light vanilla, roasted malt, chocolate. Dark tea, bitter chocolate, light pepper, light vanilla, toasty malt, tobacco, spice, and dark fruit flavors. Starts off a little sweet on the tip of the tongue and then proceeds to a more dry and bitter finish. Alcohol is well-hidden for 10.3 ABV. Rather unique. Nice bottle.
darbeer75 (262) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: lots of vanilla; toasty and sweet; Appearance: black with tan head; some lacing; Taste: notes of chocolate and coffee and grassiness; bitter and sweet; Palate: heavy body; bitter finish; soft carbonation; Overall: smooth and complex; not the biggest fan of the bitter aftertaste;
Nisse666 (5833) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in trade with CH-303, thanks SIr! cons 2015-12-19 Göteborg
AR: vinos kriek, dark chocolate
AP: dark ruby, frothy/stouty cream coffey colored foam
F: sour kriek, vinos, dry cherry, cherry seeds upfront, finshes dark rich chocolate flavour, rather light mouthfeeling vs the high ABV, wee peppery,
flying_pig (1358) - SCOTLAND - DEC 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle from Drinks of the World, Basel (7.50 CHF):
A very surprising take on an imperial stout with a lot more hops than expected led by some excellent pine & grapefruit plus a few background fruits balanced against roasted malts & a chocolate base. The beer went down a lot easier than I should have & is definitely one I’d like to try again, if only it was available nearer me.