Lambister (255) - FINLAND - FEB 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small bottle from our lovely monopoly. Black colour with small brown head which diminishes quickly. Nose has caramel, toffee and some coffee notes. with mild dark fruity notes. Taste has coffee, caramel, toffee, some sweet liquorice and some burnt sugary notes at the end.
graham_murphy (361) - - FEB 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little bit on the light side for an imperial stout but I’m not complaining. Well done traditional stout with a strong malt and delicious coffee notes.
Erasmus_ro (1565) - Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, courtesy of TM, 27/11/14. Pours black with a decent, latte-colored head. Aroma is quite a lot of oat and roast, some coffee. Taste is somewhat roasty, quite a lot of dry coffee. Dry. Fairly light, no imperial stout-like qualities here really.
miquelcrush (1603) - Granollers, SPAIN - NOV 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Molt bona cervesa, l’aroma és marcadament torrat, en gust també és torrat amb tons a cafè pero amb un sutil gust a galeta.
Muy buena cerveza, el aroma es marcadamente tostado, en sabor también es tostado con toques a café pero con un sutil sabor a galleta.
BlackHaddock (4367) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle: BBD end of 09-2016. Poured into a Gordons thistle shaped glass at home 11-2014. Jet black with a full, lasting beige head, good lacing. The nose was malty with some chocolate, liquorice, vanilla, coffee notes all bundled together. The taste was semi-sweet initially, with the same flavours the aroma suggested, mid-sip it became a little tartier, with dark berry like hints coming through the sweetness. Full bodied and interesting.
doradobotella (139) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Apariencia: De color negro y coronada por una capa de espuma marrón claro.
Aroma: Sutil y complejo, puede recordar al de un café expreso con ciertos matices de tiramisú.
Sabor: Intenso y equilibrado, de nuevo el café con notas a cacao y algún, muy sutil, matiz a bizcocho.
Stuu666 (4576) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate and liquorice, taste is similar, sweet, fruity.
Chungalunga (15) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - OCT 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, beige head, leaves some lacing. On the nose: chocolate, chocolate milk, licorice, cinnamon, fudge, caramel, vanilla, some coffee, bit fruity, nice. Taste is sweet milk chocolate, coffee, vanilla, red berries with a slight sourish tang, nice. Sweet aftertaste, full body.
superspak (2992) - Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into snifter, best before 1/2016. Pours nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toasted oats, dark bread, light char, light licorice, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of roasted malts, oats, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toasted oats, dark bread, light char, light licorice, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toasted oats, dark bread, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of roasted malts, oats, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome export stout style! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of roasted malts, oats, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
jamestulloch (1718) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Jake’s Place. Black body with a thick beige head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and dirt. Flavour of milk chocolate, Marmite, earth, black cherry and blueberry. Full body with a smooth, creamy texture. Light fizz. This is a soft, delicious beer that hides the 7.0% ABV very well. I think this would be lovely on cask. One of Black Isle’s finest.