beholder (58) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 12, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: pitch black with a thick tan, long-lasting head. Awesome lacing.
Aroma: dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee and roastiness. Not very intense, but really good, just the way it should smell.
Taste: first comes the intense roastiness, followed by dark chocolate and coffee. Some delicate notes of cocoa in the back. Bitterness is medium. Alcohol is hidden very well, almost untraceable. Some small hints in the aftertaste, but that’s because I drank this beer in room temperature. Pretty warming.
Mouthfeel: thick, oily, full bodied, soft carbonation. Superb.
Overall: maybe not mindblowing, but almost perfect russian imperial stout. Plus the name Tsar makes this beer even better. Really, this is probably the best way to name a beer in this style.
Enjoyed in a teku glass.
HonusWagner (1380) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Has a sort of sticky molasses flavor going on that detracts. A little sweet, with some mild cocoa notes, but I cannot get over the sort of meaty character it has. Not terrible but not my favorite.
tommann (2715) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a medium head. Aroma is milk and dark chocolate, with blackcurrant Lockets. Taste has blackcurrant to start. Bitter chocolate and piney hop finish.
EithCubes (4888) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nose is really heavy salt and soy sauce, there’s some roast and chocolate but they’re only perceptible if everything else gets out of the way. Sweet with a touch of yeast. Pours dark brown-black with ruby highlights showing under the bottom edge, with a creamy light brown head. Watery-light body is yeasty and creamy in the mouth, moderately dry with light bitterness, perhaps a bit more depending on the mood, flavors given over to gentle rolled roast and a bit of subdued chocolate. Red and purple berries in small measure with resolution to a pleasant neutral yeast. Actually strikes a pretty good balance! Velvety feel (flatness is no insult!) is perhaps this offering’s best asset, there’s some alcohol showing but nothing unbecoming, and all things considered there’s a meekness here I find very attractive, though mildness is too often frowned upon in my native land. I’d down several pints if given the chance, though my eyes could read the danger.
DanielBrown (3809) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Excellent Imp. Sweetie, jelly bean finish. Creamed, shoe horn, choc coffee smoothness. Black mit broon head.
gyllenbock (4622) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Mikkeller & Friends Bottle Shop, January 2014.
Black with a thick tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt and some ash. Taste of roasted malt, ash, dark chocolate and some licorice. The finish was bitter and quite dry. A pleasant one.
sir__v (630) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with a friend at home. Color: nice deep black beer with medium viscosity, small carbonation and medium brown foam. Smell: rye bread, malt caramel and brown sugar. Taste: good viscosity on mouth with rye bread, malt and caramel. Aftertaste: good malt and hops equilibrium, amazing beer !
Osprey87 (1694) - WALES - JAN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled Aug 2013 at 9.5%, into tulip. A pretty thick black pour, forms a small tan head which doesn’t endure. Smell - chocolate, yeast, vanilla. Alcohol comes through a bit. Body is medium, a bit on the foamy side, low carbonation. Taste - lots of liquorice and molasses to start, background vanilla and coffee, a hint of orangey hops. Good stuff.
zimbo (558) - SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Easy Rich tan head. Leaves waves of froth and lacing inside the glass. Deep roast and spice on the nose with seemingly damp concrete. Almost full bodies on the tongue but not at all sappy. Light spice on the tongue on top of a one silky chewy earth and black chocolate. Great balance and well woven together.
prawlie (1141) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 Bottle from Buxton Tap. Black with a good creamy-bubbly head. Rich, hoppy, with some syrupy, roasted notes, incredibly smooth for the alcohol content. Tasty as well as smooth, good body with a dry aftertaste. Boozy pine hops aroma. Pretty good - though not top echelon.