douglas88 (6236) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle thanks big time to Andrew for bringing it over from Scotland! I bought it online vie BrewDog’s great website. I must say that I’m sort of divided on this one whether I thought it was really good or great. Pours a pure black color with a decent white bubbly head. The aroma is hot hell, sweet malty bursts are powerful. A very nice flavor, hot as you would expect, but very drinkable; sweet and massive malts, cocoa is omnipresent, rich oily dark fruits. Impressive and tasty. I’m going to think a bit about my rating some more. Either way, it was quite a treat.
TBone (12941) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color, small beige head. Woody, oaky aroma, some underlying berries. Very sweet, sticky, but same time smooth palate. Loads of caramel, kirschberry, some licorice. Certain Brewdog house flavor in the brew. Warming beer with lots of ageing potential.
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 0.33L. Pale thin beige head. Dark reddish black colour. Soft taste with some alcohol hints. Soft fullfilled taste with hints of coffee and chocolate. Also some syrop and raisins in the taste. Mild hoppiness. Warming alcohol.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle courtesy darkguardian. Pours a strangely clear dark reddish brown color with a minimal tan film that leaves spots of lace behind on the glass. Looks pretty thin for an imperial stout. The aroma is very boozy and hot from straight up grain alcohol. Inhalaing further shows a cocoa malt base with hints of cranberries and earthy spices. The flavor shows the cocoa malt base upfront to go with the dark fruits and cranberries and caramelized sugar from all the alcohol. Pretty thin on the body for an imperial stout and burning hot and sugary from the extreme alcohol with a lengthy finish that turned me off from wanting to drink more. Not sure how this was rated so high as I could barely drink it since it was so boozy.
Nisse666 (4419) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Porterfestival, Göteborg, 2009-11-14, Bottle, 18,2% - heavy stuff!
AP: black with wee white head
AR: sweet chocolate, bitter, cherry
F: yeah - this is a stong a nice one 18,2% didn’t understand that before Rick told me! sweet chocolate, bitter, cherry coke
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(How to ruin a perfectly good stout) Is to take a rather thin but balanced malt foundation and pump it up to 18.. Nose is mainly alcohol and light roasted malt and alittle oak. Flavour is better (after you numbed the tastebuds with the initial alcohol and sweetness) but is still way out of balance with a too thin body. Flavours are light oak, light chocolate and lots of alcohol sweetness.
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the Bottle at the GBBF, Earl’s Court 07/08/2009 (Big thanks to Ethereal)
Big fruit and hop aroma. Dark red coloured very strong in alcohol rich on the palate and fruity with a warming chocolaty roast finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, courtesy darkguardian. Pours a clear, dark, reddish brown color with a thin tan film at the head. Minimal, wet spots of lacing mark the glass. It definitely doesn’t look like the type of imperial stout I’m used to, seemingly void of the requisite dark black, opaque body. The nose is very boozy, burning with grain alcohol right up front. As the heat subsides, notes of cocoa and cranberry begin to emerge, bringing wit them hints of burnt honey, earth, and some bready yeast. Flavors follow suit, again based in dry cocoa and caramelized honey, with a generic dark fruitiness and hints of tart berry. The body is scorching hot and sugary, yet somehow thinner than anticipated. This one is about as overrated as they come. Horrible imperial stout, in my opinion.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intense malty alcohol nose, smells boosy. Pours a dark amber with no head. Rich malts, chocolatey, intense alcohol, rum-like flavors, raisons, very warming as it goes down.
chriso (7416) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ pre-GBBF shindig, August 2009. Sweet and (not surprisingly) rather boozy. Lots of raisiny fruit and truffle-y chocolate. Also the trademark Brewdog vanilla. Good body. For me at least, needs some time to settle down, marry the flavours and mellow out. Promising but not yet fully developed.