VastActiv (926) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.355l at Pivo, Oulu. Originally rated 06012012. Colour is black with brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, coffee, some sweetness and roasted malts.
zvsn (64) - ISRAEL - MAY 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy black with a tan head. Smell of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits and roasted malts. Taste - chocolate,coffee, dried plum, some oak wood flavors. Sweet in the beginning with bitter dry finish. Alcohol is very hidden. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. Love this beer.
Dragonfly1 (414) - - MAY 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, Bakers stash, shared with lew and Brian. Beautiful black, completely opaque. Coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla on the nose. Rich, balanced, layers of creaminess, with all those same flavors of sweet chocolate and vanilla, nicely balanced with pine cone hop bitterness in the finish. Cheers!
jfb (2633) - GERMANY - MAY 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) pours black in colour with a creamy brown head. aroma of brown sugar, cherries, toasted malts, espresso and sugar icing, slightly faint and simple. flavour is mostly the same, though quite alcoholic, with heavy cocoa, a hint of chestnut honey, a medium sweetness and a light-bitter herbal-hoppy finish. slightly watery body with lively carbonation. disappointing.
bigaddie (66) - - MAY 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely appearance like a black IPA. Malty aroma filled with caramel, coffee and a whiff of grassiness. A lot of chocolate in the aroma. Excellent lacing and good look.
A strong ground barley flavor in the taste with lots of chocolate and hoppy grassiness. It's pretty sweet in taste but has an IPA Flavor.
Really interesting beer which has a lot going on.
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Niall73 (95) - - MAY 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Almost black, deep deep dark brown, slight reddish hew noticeable only when held next to light. Dark tan head, which faded fairly sharpish. Boozy, toasty chocolate malt aroma with some rum in there too. Lovely and full in the mouth, booze, choc and big burnt caramel treacle flavour with a good hit of bitterness. Could have been mellower but very tasty nonetheless.
Bestbrew1 (54) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I liked this one a lot. I think laying it on its side for a while might mellow out the tad of booze in the background. Nice rich molten chocolaty taste on this one.
driver76 (26) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick black with caramel head. Toasty coffee nose. Starts thick chocolate liqueur then turns a bit bitter with the chocolate turning to cocoa. Lingers long with the alcohol and cocoa staying on the tongue long after.
Grima (1891) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from DSG, huge thanx!
Pours deep black with thick creamy brown head. Smells massive malty and chocolatey with some alcohol. Starts with burnt roasted malts, paired with lots of coffee and bitter chocolate. Middle part has much burnt malts, paired with coffe, chocolate and a slight alcoholic note. Goes into a very dark malty finish with lots of bitter roasted malts and chocolate. Awesome!!!
HopRedHead (151) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pitch black with 1cm of creamy white head that fades 30 seconds after pouring. Minimal lacing. Aroma is mud-cake (fuck you Nick), coffee, soy, fudge and dark cocoa. Taste is roasted chocolate, touch of molasses, vanilla, raisins and lingering soy sweetness. Very dark fudge-esque malts dominating the flavour. Nice oily/syrupy body that complements the taste. Mildly bitter, enough to make my reach back for my glass. Solid imperial stout.