fiulijn (16144) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe, Seattle, bb 12/26/14
Black color, with compact brownish head. The aroma immediately strikes for its fresh fruitiness, apples, pears, and just a hint of roastiness. The mouthfeel is very smooth, quite round; the dark chocolate flavor prevails over the roasted malt, but there is also a relatively evident liquorice component; it has the right amount of residual sugars, strong bitterness, a peppery note and some alcohol warmth.
Travlr (15054) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Aroma of sawdust and cocoa. Taste of smooth chocolate. Pretty straightforward stuff.
yngwie (14857) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, at Bakgården Både &. It pours a small, dense, light tan head over a pitch black body. The aroma is roasted and sweetish, with coffee and a lightly piney, grassy touch. The flavor is on the sweet side, roasted and coffeeish, with some bitterness trying to bring balance. Full body, some warmth, and quite dry-ish. Lasting finish with the roasted malts and sweetness dominating. Nice. 130520
harrisoni (14828) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought at GBBF 2013 and drunk at home. Black beer lasting thin tan head. Quite intense. I mean it is an imperial stout. Yes it’s big and lots of chocolate and coffee and it’s perfectly nice and drinkable. But come on, like everyone has done it and I’m slightly bored of them now. Absolutely fine, some alcohol burn towards the end. But nothing wrong with it, I’m just a little bored of the style.
saxo (14455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Huge creamy head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, notes of smoke and hops. Nice dry finish.
TBone (13697) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 330ml Arkadia. Dark opaque brown color, good steady brown head. Aroma has some cellary and tart notes, licorice and smokeyness. When warms up, more pleasant roasted aroma. Full-bodied. Roasted malty, dark chocolate, alcohol and licorice. Heavy stuff. Good but not particulary interesting strong impy.
Leighton (13514) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Funky 7, Brooklyn. Pours black with a big, creamy tan head. Superb character all around. Loads of coffee, dark roast malts, burnt sugar. Full bodied with average carbonation. Chocolate and dry roast malts in the finish. Great complexity to this one.
Rasmus40 (12876) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Bishops Arms, Gustav Adolfs Torg, Malmö. Black with a big and lasting brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and burnt. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. Oily. 080214
rlgk (12821) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at SBWF 2013. Pitch black beer with a rich beige/brownish head. Coffee aroma, licorice, hay, dark chocolate, floral, espresso, cream, yeasty, rye bread, chilli notes, vinous, salty, some tar. Roasted coffee flavor, spicy, hay, rye bread, raisins, cocoa, dark chocolate, salty, spicy, some grapes and raisins. Complex and with alcohol well hidden.
brokensail (12479) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour on this beer is really fantastic. The beer is almost black with a huge, sturdy tan head on it.
S: Where is the aroma? Really bland in terms of the nose. Even as the beer starts to warm up in the glass, all I really get is a bit of roast and a slight acidity.
T: The flavor is pretty nice. Lots of roast, licorice, coffee, and some dark chocolate. A bit of an alcohol note at times, but not surprising at nearly 10%. Fairly bitter with a slight char note from time to time, too.
M: The body is nice, a fairly high amount of carbonation for such a big stout.
D: I was expecting more from Boulevard on this beer. I didn’t think it was bad, but sort of bland and uninteresting for a big, bad, imperial stout.