crossovert (10692) - 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
cgarvieuk (19772) - 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
budedou (717) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - APR 27, 2016
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an extremely dark brown with a good head of tan foam. Lacing is okay. I get notes of spicy pepper and what seems like a fruity tartness. Peppery for sure. Some roasted malt, bitter chocolate, vanilla. overall tastes, I can only describe as rough. Full bodied with great carbonation. Strange taster of the style. Doesn’t exactly hit my palate right.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4026) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 24, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Taniguchi. BFM Cuvée Alex le Rouge 10.276%
A Jurassian Imperial Stout whatever that means. A deep black with a light beige head. An aroma of chewy oatmeal bars and savoury chocolate. Medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation. The initial taste is roasty chocolate before giving you a fruity bitterness. Good stuff that gives you a surprising amount of berry flavor midway between raspberry and strawberry.
Floodom (113) - POLAND - MAR 23, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 2015. Barwa ciemnobrązowa, piana beżowa, zostawiająca ślad na szkle. W aromacie dużo wanilii, suszonych owoców i przypraw, ponadto mleczna czekolada, co zaskakuje to kompletny brak alkoholu. Bardzo przyjemny. W smaku przyprawowe, kawowe, palone, na drugim planie likierowy alkohol przyjemnie grzejący przełyk. Goryczka niska. Piwo gęste, oleiste. Niskie wysycenie.
Werckmeister (1831) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33l bottle at home from trade with SinH4, big thanks. Batch 2015. BB 07/2020. dark brown / almost black color, medium big tan head. smells sour, green apples, light licorice, spices, earthy, grass, marzipan, parfume. decent smell. full body, medium carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes sourish but also quite sweet, licorice, nutty, marzipan, some caramel, light funk, hints of coffee. finishes dry/sourish/sweet with notes of nuts, marzipan and licorice. decent stuff but overall rather weird. lightly soured imp stout with quite a lot of sweetness, misses the usual roast & coffee notes. has some nice nutty notes, but overall too sweet and lacking some complexity. good but could be better.
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 (2663) - 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 (4465) - 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 (1427) - 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 (1192) - 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.