mjs (5614) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Pikkulintu) Poured black. Head was medium sized and light brown. Aroma contained coffee, roastedness and ash. Palate was full bodied, burning and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were coffee, roastedness, ash, bit of chocolate and medium bitterness. Aftertaste was long lasting and contained coffee, rostedness, bitterness and ash.
czar (6208) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2013 bottle @ l’autre oeil, aylmer. pours very dark brown with a creamy beige head, excellent retention and lacing. tingling peppers, roasted malts, hint of acidity, nuts, espresso. average carbonation, medium body, grassy-lightly resinous and bitter coffee finish. some sweetness but somewhat balanced. very nice brew.
GRM (3423) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before 15 09 2011, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on August 3 2010; eye: black, opaque, nice dark brown head that turns into a tiny sheet, slight lacing; nose: roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt malt, spices; mouth: roasted malt, acridness, burnt malt, salt, hot pepper, acrid finale with presence of burnt malt and hot pepper, average carbonation, rather acrid and salty, grainy and foamy texture; overall: quite good
Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant 15 09 2011, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 3 août 2010; œil : noir, opaque, belle mousse brune foncé qui se transforme en une mince couverture, très légère dentelle; nez : malt rôti, malt torréfié, chocolat noir, malt brûlé, épices; bouche : malt rôti, malt torréfié, chocolat noir, âcreté, malt brûlé, sel, piment, finale âcre avec présence de malt brûlé et de piment, corsé, carbonatation moyenne, plutôt âcre et salé, texture granuleuse et mousseuse; en résumé : très bon
beastiefan2k (2963) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330mL bottle in Frubee, flute-esque glass. Pours black with a small-medium tan head. Cannot see through it, looks appetizing. Aroma is all chocolate for me. As it warms becomes fumy-woodsy with cappuccino-ash. Flavor is all warm chocolate with more cappuccino background. Low on bitterness till the very end, with just enough sweetness that is counterbalanced by a woodsy-earthy character. Delicious to drink.
drpimento (2632) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yummmmmm-OOOOOOOOO!!!!! Right up there with the very best Italian brews. Poured with a huge, brown, foamy, frothy, thick, sudsy head and lots of lace. Color is as black as my heart and just as opaque too. Aroma is malt, roast, coffee, cocoa, bare hint of chili pepper, and hint of dark, ripe fruit. Flavor is the same with the chili pepper coming out briefly at the end and then fading again. Body is mouth filling and carbonation is perfect for the style. Finish is like flavor. Delicious beer. I want more!! and I don’t have any. wah.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black color with brown highlights and a thin light brown head. Aroma of chocolate and mild roasted malt. Flavor of chocolate and roasted malt with some dryness along for the ride. This is an interesting beer, but it doesn’t compare favorably to the bolder American imperial stouts.
Borresteijn (5646) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2010
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at 4:20 RBESG Rome day 2. Black colour, brown head. Aroma of chocolate, hard roasted malts, light spicy. Flavour is some chocolate and hard roasted malts at first, then extremely hot spicy and peppery, burning the throat. Pepperiness is almost gimmicky, it’s that hot. Undrinkable.
Boutip (5351) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a large foamy head with deep dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of deep roasted malt with coffee notes. Taste has also loads of character with great roasted notes and some deep coffee notes with some dry black chocolate notes also noticeable. Body is quite full with great smooth texture with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done with load of character though still easily drinkable. Nice mix between a cappuccino and an imperial stout.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cool looking shape to this 330 ml bottle; dense dark brown with trace tan head; creamy, milk chocolate with a mild lactic sourness throughout; peppery spice too; ashy finish with dried peppers; not exactly my thing
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic Imperial Stout from a land that focuses almost entirely on light-colored weak-bodied "beer". Perhaps I rate this so high b/c it is such a rarity in the Italian context. It pours dark, dark chocolate brown with a thin fizzy cappuccino head. Notes of malt and chocolate and alcohol in the nose. A solid mouthfeel, with a silky smoothness. The alcohol is masked more with the balanced maltiness. Great Imperial Stout! There is yet hope for stout-heads visiting Italy!