dnstone (2165) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Forgot this was so stong when I opened it...oops. Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice off-white head. Oaky, alcohol dominated nose. Syrupy sweet, the alcohol is immediately present and warms the throat. Some roasty characters in there but its overcome. Very in your face, the strength of this one overshaddows the beer itself, and I tend to like very strong beers. After a while I am able to taste some chocolate and coffee as well as oak but only after my palate adjusts.
Scopey (7455) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brewdog Bar Aberdeen. The colour is dark brown/black with a quickly dissipating tan head. The nose is of varnish, soy, toffee, caramel and molasses. The taste is initially of tangy soy sauce, liquorice and wood leading to caramel, molasses and plenty of dark fruits (cherries, plums, raisins). It has syrupy, rich mouth-feel and a sweet, warming finish.
TzR (4) - SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 33 cl. Traded this at my local pub for one of my home home brewn IPA:s. And what an excellent trade it was. Nice black colour and brown foam. Smells like fruit and chocolate and the taste is fenomenal with the cranberry adding a lot to it with a slight after taste of oak. A very nice beer that lasts long.
Nikiel (878) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours jet black with medium brown foam. Smells like sweet alcohol... Tastes very sweet with a bit of roastiness and a bit of bitterness from hops and the rest is alcohol... with a very little oak at the end.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black, yeah. Crazy intense liquor-ified nose is just blankets of velvet mochachino, richly fermented in barrel, boozy, smooth, loose, pruny and oooh, a bit hot but enticing. Smooth, sweet mocha delight just engulfs. Has some nice acidity to make it balanced, loving it, even the head in the throat. Raisin, date, prune and plum, a touch of sour-sweet around the tongue. I like it.
Beerdedone (2743) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a short tan head. Aroma of alcohol, chocolate, roasted malts, oak and licorice. Flavor was dark roasted malts, chocolate, oak, berries, coffee, licorice and a touch of molasses with a rich oily mouthfeel and had a nice warming finish.
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from JTClockwork. Pours murky dark brown with average tan head. Aromas of sweet dark malts, lots of dark fruit, burn chocolate, and booze. Flavors of chocolate, dark fruits, berries, wood, lots sweetness, lingering bitterness, and tons of booze. Mouthfeel is syrupy but there is still a good amount of carbonation for a beer this big. Leaves a weird aftertaste. Huge bold beer that I could barely get through a small snifter of.
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black, thin tan head, very syrupy full body, high carbonation.
Aroma: perfume, lots of alcohol reminiscent of Samichlauss, heavy malt sweetness, bready yeast, and hints of silage and cranberries.
Taste: sweet roasted malt, mushroom soy sauce, lots of alcohol, vanilla oak, ashy smoke, and a slight hard salami note, with hints of cola and fruity cranberries and floral jasmine.
Very interesting, with lots of complexity. Alcohol and carbonation are too high, and trample on most of the subtle and more interesting flavors.
mikkopen (875) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle. Pitch black, with a thin beige head. Sweetish aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol and fruits. The flavour is chocolate-sweet, with coffee, plenty of fruits and berries, a warm flush of alcohol and a moderately bitter, roasted finish. Intense and tasty.
PhillyCraft (3457) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 12 oz. Pours a deep, cola black with a similar, fizzy cola-beige head. Aroma is insanely aggressive; immediate notes of chocolate, roast coffee beans, oat, milk, slowly turning into raisins, figs, cranberries, yeast and sweet malts. Body is full, rich, and a bit chewy. Palate is velvety smooth. Packs a powerful, boozy punch in the incredible, insanely long lasting finish. Excellent, uniquely crafted Imperial stout.