ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
FROM NOTES: November 29, ’13 on draft into a snifter at the Black Friday event @ Kraftrwork, Philly.
A: Sweet roasted malts and dark bitter chocolate with some dark fruit/fig notes.
A: Dark brown almost black with a nice thick tan head on it, that leaves a nice lacing.
T: Dark bitter chocolate with slightly under ripe plum through the middle. Finishes with sweeter dark fruit notes with slight bitterness and smooth alcohol warmth.
P: Medium bodied with faint carbonation, velvety smooth....
O: It’s good, but considering other high quality choices available, it’s average by comparison.
Sjohnh (287) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
In my opinion, imperial stouts move from good to great when the fruit pokes through the dark bitter body. It does here - something between cherry and raspberry making its presence felt amongst the toasted malts, dark chocolate and smoky coffee. The red fruit comes through on the nose too, alongside darker fruit, sherry and coffee. Full bodied with good carbonation. Colour: very dark, of course. It’s a good’un.
rayaron (416) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JAN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 330ml. Winter 2013-2014 edition. Dark black with big brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and notes of vanilla. Sweet flavor, dark chocolate and coffee, moderate bitterness, notes of soy sauce, sweet-bitter sticky finish with alcohol warmth. Light carbonation, full-bodied. Very good.
Zymurgeist2 (1135) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at Harry’s in Bermuda. Alcohol and chocolate dominate the nose. Black with brown head that quickly dissipates. Leaves nice lacing down the glass. Taste is mostly alcohol with cocoa nibs and bittersweet chocolate. Moderate bitterness and chalky aspects on finish. Lacking complexity for the style as it is really just chocolate and alcohol.
odog (23) - Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2015
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Too much alcohol. Too much chocolate malt. Just too complicated. BB lost sight of the goal - brew something people will enjoy drinking.
ScipioA (341) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Part 1: Winter 14-15 drunk fresh for research purposes.
Aroma is fruits and alcohol like a homemade liqueur. Flavor is bitter and ashy but redeemed with a little sweetness. There are chocolate roasts and dried fruits. It has a delectably thick and smooth mouthfeel like most of its style, but a little dry. It’s fine but not great. 3.3/5.0
Part 2: Aged bottle to follow in a year or so.
Fashawn (221) - Montesarchio, ITALY - JAN 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Good beer. Nera, impenetrabile, buona schiuma. Aroma pulito ma poco intenso, cioccolata nera, vaniglia, un pò di torrefatto. Sapore di chocolate case alla vaniglia, un po, di uvetta, e finale al cioccolato amaro e caffè con interessanti ritorni di vaniglia e suggestioni di frutta disidratata. Bello il passaggio dolce amaro, con vaghi ritorni di Dolce finali, e la sensazione retropalatale è splendida. Buonissima birra, ben fatta.
MrOrla (69) - Odense C, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Home. Very dark brown, small brown head. Aroma is bursting with coffee, chocolate and licorice. Flavour has coffee and dark roasted malt with a , bitter finish.
PapaSkeetSkeet (912) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2015 Draught at the English Cellar Alehouse. Pours dark-chocolate brown with half an inch of light brown, medium-fine coarseness head. Aroma/flavor is malt sweetness, light chocolate milk, bit of mineral content and soy sauce, some caramel notes. Body is medium, syrupy-watery with a light/soft carbonation. Overall, a decent imperial stout, but could use less residual sweetness and more caramel malt. Update: out of the bottle, I had a much better impression. Flavors of rich chocoalate, light cherry, some caramel. Matching aroma. Full bodied. Score reflects this experience.
Joel (111) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2015 Pours dark black. Nose of coffee and chocolate. Tastes initially of coffee with well balanced hops bitterness. Very complex. Delicious! Possibly my favorite imperial stout.
TheCaptMatey (133) - Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark black colour with a half inch tan head that left thin spotty lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is initially of toasted malts and a light bitterness, followed by a sweet chocolate warmth. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.