SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a rich black with nice tan head. Aroma is very nice, rich dark roast, chocolate, malty, spicy as well with some added alcohol spice. Flavor is strong dark roast, espresso...Mouth feel is heavy body with low-medium carbonation. Overall, I didn’t get any pepper in this but it was a pretty damned good stout!
arturmons (3) - roma, ITALY - DEC 3, 2009 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
imperial stout di grande personalità, senza dubbio uno dei migliori esempi in campo italiano. densa, con una persistente schiuma da cappuccino, al naso fa emergere subito note di caffè, torrefatto ed esteri a volontà. in bocca il caffè è accompagnato dal cioccolato fondente e dalla liquirizia, il tutto in un mare di note speziate. retrogusto sorprendente, con il pepato che pian paino prende un deciso sopravvento sulla liquiriza e il cioccolato che lo precedono. luppoli non invadenti, dosati il giusto. una birra anche equilibrata, nonostante la sua indubbia originalità
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by argo0: Pours a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a thin clingy-lacing beige head. Has a dry toasty dark chocolate and coffee nose with a hint of bready yeast. Starts with good rich dark caramel and bittersweet chocolate along with a touch of light fruity complexity before a warming chili pepper finish. A pretty unique and enjoyable imperial stout.
Plovmand (6995) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to Pinball for sharing. This was a pleasant surprise! Raven black body with a creamy tan head. Aroma is chokolate, roasted malt but not too profound, light coffee and sweet tobacco. Creamy texture. Flavour was quite a surprise. Chocolate and chili mingles with soft cocoa and coffee. Very nice balanced. The chili might overpower a bit after 5-6 sips but lovely stuff.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving date: 2009-02-04. Served in snifter.
330 ml bottle with freshness date on the label (best before 2010-08-15). The bottle design is rather unique, and quite good looking - like a mini champagne bottle.
The beer is basically black, or very dark brown. The 2 cm big head is light brown/beige, thick and creamy, and settles quickly leaving some lacings and a solid lid of foam on top of the beer.
Lots of coffee and cream hits the nose. Sweet licorice adds more sweet aromas. Some roasted malts and a light twang from the alcohol.
A prominent taste of milk chocolate together with coffee and vanilla up front. More roasted malts, and a faint fruity flavor. The taste is pleasant and quite complex, but not as big as some imperial stouts. The finish, however, have much more to offer and here the beer truly excels: Here, the chili reveals itself and provides a sharp punch of hot spiciness that blends really well with a considerable hop bitterness and a gentle warmth from the alcohol. The finish is also quite dry, and long.
Medium body with light carbonation. Quite smooth actually, in spite of the dry finish.
This is not the biggest imperial stout out there, but I most say I liked it quit a bit. Perhaps, the taste could have been somewhat bolder, but it’s still rather complex and well balanced; a gentle sipping beer. The very interesting and pleasant finish gives the beer an edge, a characteristic feature that makes it stand out. The hotness from the chili blends really well with the dry bitterness, and makes the experience a little more interesting. However, please note that it’s not a big, unpleasant and overpowering taste of chili, destroying the gentle stout subtleties, we’re taking about here, but a well balanced hot spicy twang that results in an interesting and rather successful take at the style. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
Pinball (11412) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pitch blanck, smooth light brown head.
dark chocolate, fiant aroma, malty, roasted stuff.
flavor is chili, smooth full english style stout, faint licorice, super well balanced, mild stout with lots of chilli. a spaghetti arribiata version of a stout .
mar (5019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Black pour with Ruby hints and a cream head. Rich chocolate, roasted malts and light pepper aromas. Nice thickness, roasted malts, chocolate and syrup flavors.
nimbleprop (5962) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Weird little split type bottle shared at the DC Local tasting. Pours a watery, opaque black with a creamy tan head. Nose is weird, toast, burnt grains, dried fruits, cocoa, someone remarked "inner tube rubber". Flavor has plenty of cocoa, chili pepper, toast, coffee. There’s a slightly unpleasant peppery sting on the very end.
travita (4418) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The look is brown to dark in color with a light beige colored head. The smell is chestnuts, dark fruits, and chocolate. The taste is some pepper, fruits, chocolate, and dark.
argo0 (12126) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle. Medium tan head top brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, dark chocolate, some smoke, coffee. Taste is medium sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some roast, some pleasant chili burn in finish. Creamy medium-full body.