crossovert (6134) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz brown swing-top bottle. Brewed with cane sugar, Sarawak pepper, Russian tea, and Bourbon vanilla.
It pours a dense ink black with an amazing looking dual tone caramel/tan head. There is a line going through it that separates the two different colors. It is thick and foamy with a bit of froth. It recedes decently quickly leaving just a little lacing but a nice froth atop the beer.
This beer doesn’t say it is barrel aged but it kind of smells like it. It is probably form the nice bit of vanilla you get. The tea and the pepper bring a nice spice to the mix. This is above a nice chocolatey stout base.
The flavor is interesting. It is a bit too tangy than what I normally liek for the style and perhaps a bit sweet but it has a nice flavor. The sweetness levels as you go. There is a nice dose of coffee and smoke, rich sweet chocolate, spiciness some dark fruit, and residual cane sugar. The alcohol isn’t completely hidden, but not a burden. The tea plays a role in the after taste with a nice dryness. This one has some amazing and interesting flavors.
It is a bit thin for an imperial stout, but the mouthfeel is still pretty decent it has a unique dryness in the finish perhaps form the tannic tea.
It is kind of a wonky beer, it looks and smells amazing, and tastes pretty good too but it is a bit on the odd side for mouthfeel.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-02-2010 23:17:46
Beerhunter111 (3401) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit einer beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, rote Beeren. Geschmack röstmalzig, fruchtig, Schokolade, Kaffee, Vaniille, reife Früchte.
VDuquerroux (89) - Airvault, FRANCE - MAR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 33cL. Batch 2013. Home. A black brown beer with a medium beige head. Medium persistence. Fruity aroma (red berries), pepper, toast and vanilla in the end. Bitterness is medium to heavy in the end. Complex but accessible because light sweetness always underlines bitterness. Medium body. Sweet texture. Soft carbonation. Long heavy bitter finish. Warming notes. Great experience ! Last beer of the night...
DocJitsu (701) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2014 Pours a nearly nearly opaque dark mahogany with a gigantic khaki head. Tart cherry, raisin, Belgian spice, brown sugar, and apple cider. Mouth filling and prickly fizz. Sweet, tart, grape, apple cider, champagne, brown sugar, and cherry flavors.
monk191 (695) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An interesting beer, very sour. Pours a deep red with a tan head. Smells sweet. Taste is definitely cuvee, fruity with some wine, and a very sour finish. Had on tap at La Trappe
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LarryBeast (445) - - JAN 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Stumbling Monk. Pitch black. Cigar smoke and cedar, caramel, chocolate, spices. Very dry.
brystmar (1078) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black tea is unmistakeable. Roasty underneath, hints of acetone, oddly spiced & balanced. Weird.
KyotoLefty (5798) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Marciero. Pitch black and shiny, great head. Fruity nose, some citrus, some Belgian yeast it seems, a bit of tangy funk. Fruity, funky, spicy, bitter ass astringent, coffee, grapes. Spicy and nice.
Buongiorgio00 (538) - - JAN 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Imperial stout davvero incredibile, con un gusto vertiginoso che ti travolge con mille sfaccettature diverse: cioccolato amaro, espresso, leggere sfumature di tabacco, note di frutta scura e un intrigante sentore acido-acetico che ne esalta ancora di più il carattere. Per niente ortodossa, ma buonissma.
conway (1069) - - JAN 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Dark ruby with very little head. Aroma is prune juice and a little red wine. Taste is heavy on prunes, barnyard funk, light vinegar and wine notes. Vague bitter chocolate as well. Medium sticky palate with little carb. Very complex but not all that enjoyable.
Torrefacto (339) - SPAIN - JAN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color negro con reflejos caoba y espuma beige densa y generosa. Aromas de frutos rojos, vainilla y tostados. en boca se inicia con una mezcla dulce y ligeramente ácida muy afrutada, a lo que sigue un amargor seco y tostado intenso que es lo que mas se nota en el regusto. Muy rica.