crossovert (10050) - 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
ClubGonzo (4903) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from bieresgourmet.be webshop. Pours a deep brown, near-black body with a large rocky light beige head. Nose is chocolate, licorice, tar, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel and hints of herbs, tobacco and coffee. Taste is chocolate, cinnamon, black tea, pepper, tobacco, herbs and hints of licorice, coffee, tar and ashes. Full body, medium carbonation. Interesting stuff; a more unconventional flavor profile than most imperial stouts out there. Perhaps not utterly amazing, but still very nice. And props to BMF for creating some very original beers indeed.
Maakun (2056) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at just passed the milestones tasting. Hazy dark brown with fizzy dark beige head. Lots of herbs up front, spicy yeast, sweet grains, soft chocolate, fresh leaves, minerals, grassy and peppery. Light sweet and medium herbal bitter. Over medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and light chili burn. Very unusual stuff, more like a dark saison. Very spicy and peppery, I quite like this.
deanso (7199) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
33cl bottle shared courtesy of Maakun.
Thin creamy tan head. clear deep burgundy pour. A bit too herbal and this for a russian imperial stout. Nice effort
kermis (8085) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared thanks to Maakun at the Get Kermis to 8k tasting. Pours dark brown with a big beige head. Aroma is heavy herbal, vegetal, tobacco, slightly burnt malt, light roasty, caramel, light pepper and malt. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
Shag (2723) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark brown color with a beige head. The flavor contains some caramel, tea, and vanilla maybe some faint chocolate and nutmeg. The flavor is slightly bitter with some caramel and coffee flavors coming through. I didn’t actually smell any coffee aromas so that was a bit weird. The palate is a bit thin for an imperial stout style. Overall this is pretty good seems more like a jacked up brown ale than a true stout but hard to classify really.
jsquire (3866) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with a large foamy beige head. Roasted grains, chocolate and pepper in the nose. Lots of sweet chocolate, vanilla bean, ash, and a bit of pepper heat. Some sweetened coffee in the finish. Really full mouth feel. Different flavors for a impy stout..
Arve_Christian (4153) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Mother Lambic, Brussels. Dark amber/ brown color- good foam. Medium/ high aroma intensity ; red berries, malt, caramel, some lightly roasted aromas. Also some caramel and vanilla in the finish. Medium / full body & complexity . Good sourness, some bitterness . Very Enjoyable
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
altonbrownd (4600) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Drinks of the World. Dark black body with tan head. Nose is malty, sweet, molasses. Taste is malts, plums, fruits, good stuff and licorice. Very cream. Nice finish.
gyllenbock (6334) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at SBWF 2015.
Almost black with a tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malt, light tobacco, coffee and light spices. A bit on the sweet side and with a full body. A bit different but quite tasty.
SlackerMads (2356) - DENMARK - SEP 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown close to black with a large light brown head with good retention and lace. Nose has some sourness, wood, red grapes, cocoa. Flavour has wood, chocolate, vanilla, light tannins, walnut, mould, warming alcohol, barnyard, electrical fire, light tobacco. Full body, soft mouthfeel, soft sweetness, medium bitter and light/medium sour. Good mouthfeel and carries the alcohol well. Ok to try, not that much my thing though.