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!
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Marea. This really changed the way I looked at Italian beers. I had no idea they could be this big, having mainly tried fizzy yellow italian brews. medium full in the mouthfeel, less acidic than other imperial stouts. Not packing much of a sting.. delicious espresso and malt. Finished on the long side - very nice!
Tim Webb (283) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I hate style subdivision beyond a certain point. The whole Imperial thing derives from that Barclays / Courage UK beer, long gone, which shared little or nothing with this fine strong stout. Taste the politics. This beer is big, round, ballsy and, er, Italian, putting it way beyond its local context. That is what is important about it, not how it compares with beers designed for something different. Lovely shaped bottle too. Like that matters.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of dark fruit, some spice, roasted malt. Tastes of roasted malt, spicy, bitter. Not much of a hot pepper bite. Good.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this on tap at Beachwood BBQ’s Italian Beer Festival. This black pour had nice roasty, chocolatey and peppery flavors.
jkwalking05 (4334) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a small tan head. Aroma is of pepper, roasted malts, and coffee. Taste is of roasted malts, coffee and pepper in the finish.
Travlr (16924) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Jet black, large, thick, creamy brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate and pepper. Taste has chocolate, raisins, black pepper, jalapeno. Very interesting.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a lasting tanned head. Light roast, chocolate, licorice and fruit in aroma and taste. Medium bodied. Malty finish with some lingering bitterness. An OK stout. Cheers Alex for sharing.
RichardGretton (4449) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black beer with a strongish light brown head. The aroma is lightly roasted, and the flavour is very bitter, heavily roasted and peppery hot on the back of the throat. Overall an average quite bitter and harshly peppery on the back of the throat beer.
leaparsons (8975) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Near black with a beige head. Quite viscous. Aromas are roast malts with caramel and dark chocolate. Gritty with some tobacco. Quite peppery. Flavours are deep rich coffee with loads of pepper, had quite a degree of ’burn’. Dark chocolate bitternesss with alcohol on the finish. Decent.