mkel07 (3878) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Wine Emporium 140215. Big black beer with a fair bit of coffee in the flavour. Dark and bitter with a big finish.
Vaiz (3617) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Black pour, thick tan head. Aroma is roasty, spicy, licorice, slightly burnt, some sherry, oak, bread and chocolate. Flavor is quite bitter, very roasted, dry, smooth and with a nice barrel ageing touch without it overpowering the base beer. Great balance and superb silky texture.
Choos (648) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: strong malt, toasty character, spirit, oak, some nutty character
App: black, tan head sheet and patchy lacing
Flavour: sharp hop, lots of malt, some vanilla, hints of sherry
Palate : thick, long complex finish
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Garrold (2019) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2014 Bottle. Beermoth. Very dark, clear, chestnut brown. Film of sticky, lasting, light brown head. Booze. Liquorice. Tar. Milk chocolate. Dark fruit. Any BA character is light. Given the base beer is so good, this is a little underwhelming on the nose. Taste is chewy sweet, then big, roast bitter. Some ashy dryness in there. Full, rich, smooth palate. Finishes chewy, roast, slightly fruity bitter.
gam (3430) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big brown chocolate head dark pour medium carbonation aromas roast bean of coffee strong chocolate cocoa fruit sherry the flavours burnt coffee roasted taste dark chocolate cocoa mild dryness sherry cognac not that noticeable but there is the dryness good bitter strength brown sugar caramel but sweetness is blocked a bit by roast power dried fruit note the finish best tastes well some sweet sherry and malt comes through a good bitter but roast is over done a pity
ABT_S54 (221) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours a dark brown colour which turns to black once enough is in the glass. Nice light beige head which just keeps lasting. Aroma is dark malts, earthy notes and leather. Taste is generous burnt malts but quite dry. The mouthfeel is medium and well suited to the style. The barrel aging only becomes evident once the beer is quite warm and even then just the cognac but your imagination has to be extremely vivid. Overall a disappointing introduction to the world of imperial porters (although coming from imperial stouts may explain this).
Davros (2126) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan head.
Nose shows heavy roast, cognac, soft booze and cocoa.
Heavy-hitting flavours, loads of dry roast with a bit of booze and cognac cutting through at the end.
Could use some extra carbonation for a creamier mouthfeel.
maneliquor (3365) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Sail. Finally tracked this one down. Pours pitch black with a tan rim. The nose is chock full of pepper, spice and smoke with salted liquorice, pineapple and a balancing vanilla oaky feel. Has the hint of a Creme brûlée. Fuckin yum. Tastes sensational. Loads of dark chocolate, salted caramel and creamy sherry notes. Just like the nose, it is loaded with spice and pepper before an espresso-like finish, almost ashy. There’s liquorice in every sip but it sits behind the spices and oak. Loads of complexity here but it all comes together brilliantly. I could understand if people were to knock it because of its heavy spice but it suits my tastes. The abv doesn’t show and I think because it’s not so huge, it helps it’s drinkability. As it warms, the salty chocolate notes become even more present. A great beer
kustie (257) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Caramel, sherry and chocolate in aroma. A bit sweet first taste that ends with a long bitter aftertaste. Flavors of chocolate, ripe fruits, caramel, coffee.
Cam_Dynamite (61) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I can't get past the nothingness on the nose. Cracker of i beer. Lets be friends, i like you. Great dark fruits, ruch caramel chocolate flavours. Bit of woody booze haha