MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: bottle at GBBF thanks to the brewer.
This was actually 8.2% for what it’s worth. An almost black brown colour with a thin but well behaved tan head. Lovely roasted chocolate malt in the aroma with lots of red wine notes. The flavour is an excellent balance of alcohol and dark barrelly malt. Rich and warm and really pleasing all round.
beeR (60) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 15, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl very well designed bottle. Dark brown-black beer, with a frothy lasting light brownhead, medium sized bubbles. Strong and penetrating aroma, dominated by rasted malt and cocoa, alcohol only when the beer has time to warm a little bit. It matches very well with the strong roasty taste, with spicy hints and a warming alcohol coming out at the end but which coats the mouth for some minutes. Smooth anf full body. Well balanced.
maeib (8284) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled - GBBF2008. A black beer with a frothy coffee coloured head. A rich, roasty aroma, with some oily smokiness, and nice hops. The taste is smooth, roasty and smoky. Fairly restrained as far as the roastiness is concerned. Pretty good.
oh6gdx (19933) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled@GBBF2008. Black colour, mediumsized beigeish brown head. Aroma is very strong roasted malts and alcohol. Flavour is quite much the same with some sweet notes of wood, dark dry fruits nad sour coffee. Warming alcohol.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and dark chocolate. Sweet flavor with roasted malt, coffee and chocolate and warming alcohol in the end.
daniele (4769) - ITALY - JUN 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
scura schiuma media persistente al naso tenue tostato malto in bocca in vece ben tostata caffe cacao poi spezie e in fine un pulito piccante che quasi sgrassa la bocca
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2012
2012-04-12, bottle from Birratrovo, Como, 7-5-8-4-15=39
Black color with majestic head, brownish and creamy. Aroma of roasted malt and some cardboard, unexciting; but also some coffee later, and that’s better. The flavor is very good, with dark chocolate and some roasted malt, not too ashy as other black beers, and not thick at all; good bitterness level.
Good chocolatey Foreign Stout.
2008-03-29, bottle at Salone della Birra Artigianale e di Qualità 2008, Milan, 7-4-8-4-14=37
Black color. A good Imperial Stout, with nice aroma, medium body, strong liquorice character. A bit dry at the end.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Monk’s Cafe, Stockholm, Sweden. Pours dark brown but appears black in the glass. Small, filmy, light tan head. Hints of dried chocolate, fruit and a touch of red pepper in the nose. Mild hints of dried chocolate and cocoa on the palate. Smooth, balanced beer, but a bit light on the palate. Aroma and flavor should have more expression for an Imperial.
Svesse (5806) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm, 6 May 2008) Black colour with frothy, brown head. Malty, roasted nose with toasted grain, chocolate and cocoa. Malty, roasted taste with chocolate and smooth notes of coffee and dried fruit. Loads of cocoa and chocolate in a long smooth finish, rolling in wave after wave. Medium to full body, deceptively smooth, balanced bitterness. Wouldn’t suffer from a little more sting, but very tasty and brilliantly balanced.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, at Monks Café, Stockholm. Pours out in an almost black colour with red edges. Small creamy pale brown head. Big and solid aroma of cocoa, coffee, dark chocolate, figs, crackers and mild lemon. Full-bodied with notes of cocoa, nuts, crackers, dried fruits and anise. Mild carbonation. Long, full but still really well-balanced finish of nuts, anise and dark chocolate.