crossovert (11093) - 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
Mr_Pink_152 (3565) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from cotteridge wines. Black colour with a thin beige head. Aroma has toffee soft stewed fruit, a touch of heat and vanilla. Taste mid sweet with a sweet finish. Thick body, low carbonation with warming alcohol.
minutemat (4144) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours black, thin off-white head. Aroma is cocoa, soft treacle, vanilla traces. Taste is smooth, with good cocoa, light liquorice and some fruity moments. Rather nice.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6615) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from an 11.15 oz flip top brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with a huge creamy tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was cola, wood, cherry, vanilla, toasty malts and anise. The flavor was sweet yet bitter with toasty malts, wood, fig, raisin, anise and a bit of cognac. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. Odd but interesting.
Cunningham (6888) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 19, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Complete black color with a fine frothy beige head. Good intensity in the aroma. Medium to full body and a soft carbonation. Ok sweetness and a bit oily texture. Chocolate, berries, some spices and some sour notes in the flavor. Complex and a bit weird beer.
[Bottle from a trade with Bov]
allmyvinyl (9318) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craigs. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of brown sugar, chocolate, toffee. Taste is fruity, berries, light roast and spices. Chocolate on the finish
Stuu666 (10263) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at craig’s. Pours deep brown, nose is sugary, toffee, chocolate, taste is similar, dry.
Cokemonkey11 (467) - - JUN 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg, 1/3 pint. Pours black with a medium amber brown head subsiding slowly. Scent is Belgian dubbel, cloves and bananas. Pepper. Taste is strong herbs and pepper with a medium herbal malty body. Medium sweet. Very good. Slightly sticky finish.
tricksta_p (3322) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beers & More, Zürich. Aroma is sweet dark malt, caramel, dark chocolate, dark fruits, berries, black tea. Flavour is sweet with a decent bitterness in the finish. Body is medium. Not full at all, rather light for an Imp. Stout. Decent but not great.
markoijelena (2140) - Belgrade, SERBIA - MAY 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0.33l from Drink of the World Zurich, Switzerland. 06.05.2016. Pour it dark color with small white head. Aroma lots of dark fruits, some coffee as well. Taste starts with kind of fizzy carbonation, very well hidden alcohol, sweet dark fruits, some roasted coffee, tobacco, dark chocolate, finish interesting bitterish, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish, Nice
cgarvieuk (21036) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at salty horse... Dark brown.. Thin white lacing... Soft sweet.. Dark toffee fruit nose.. Soft sweet floral... Dark dry roast Dark... yeasty malts.. Bready finish