crossovert (6927) - 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
miquelcrush (1073) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUL 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bona cervesa, és bastant equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.
Nische (633) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Flat deep brown almost black pour with no head. Aroma of licorice, leather, plums, figs with hints of roasted malts. Light body with similar flavors and drying through the finish.
Meilby (7199) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 330ml @ Haand Ølfestival 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, citrus and alcohol. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, chocolate and caramel finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
jbruner (2135) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brownish black on tap with thin ring of tan brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and roast, sweet molasses and hints of dark earthy fruits. Taste follows, with hints of caramel and a bit of spicy yeast esters. Thick and viscous, but still nice carbonation, no real hint of the booze, pretty darn nice.
Renobob (564) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bue à la pression. Superbe produit très bien fait ! Arômes classiques de chocolat et de café, équilibre quasi parfait.
roxtersoxter (259) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with full tan head out of bottle. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and bitter fruits. Taste of bitter fruits with finish of roasted cocoa beans. Good beer overall.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tfredvik (1031) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown body with a light-brown head. Strong and sweet aroma with funky hints. Roasted notes including coffee, chocolate and dark caramel, on a background of fermented fruits and berries. Strong flavour that follows the aroma, with additional alcohol. Moderate sweet initial taste with pretty heavy long-lasting finish. Close to full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. An unusual but nice imperial stout.
[Superficial speed-rating of small sample @ Haand Ølfestival 2014, Drammen]
RickTStiles (696) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin white head. Boozy bread aroma. Taste has notes of tea, herbs and coke. Finish is bitter tea.
andregoncalves (1305) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAY 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle thanks to Bov. Dark color with thin to medium brownish head. Body is quite smooth. Taste is medium to high bitter. Aroma is ashes, hops, roast and coffee. Nice freshness.
freretoc (563) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAY 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bu à la pression de 15cl, magnifique robe marron avec une mousse entre le marron et le blanc, belle effervescence, au nez grosse odeur de bonbons au chocolat, et en bouche attaque sur le chocolat asez intense et une pointe de vanille en fin de bouche excellente !