planky84 (2878) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at the excellent Beermoth tasting room, Tib St, Manchester. Pours black with a thick tan head. Nose tingling aromas of licorice, dark chocolate, Dark roast coffee. Very smooth indeed. Flavoursome bursts of rich coffee roast, smoke, burnt wood, Dark chocolate. Exceedingly dry. A noble brew.
ElManana (1923) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at RBBWG IV. Late at the eve, so notes might be a little shady. Dark brown, no head. Soy sauce, quite hoppy, subtle coffee and lots of malts. I miss chocolate.
77ships (8211) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to ElManana + 1! 650 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG IV. Blackish, little head. Nose is heavy on umami, lots of soy sauce, herbal. Taste is bitter soy sauce, roast, herbal, coffee, malty. Soy sauce body. Okay but soy sauce, herbal + roast aren’t my preferred flavours for a RIS,.
RobertDale (5546) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and licorice. Very nice.
alobar (3561) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep tar black color with a tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, licorice, and roasted malt. Chocolate flavor with coffee, licorice, and roasted malt. Thick body. Excellent!
Sarlacc83 (1953) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Corvallis Brewing Supply. If my label is correct, this is the 2010 vintage.
A: Pure black, mocha color head, lacing.
N: Enormous cocoa, milk chocolate, molasses, and coffee in the nose. Licorice, char, and smoke. Hints of vanilla and rye bread. Leaves, earth, peppercorn, and pine show up from the hops.
T: Bittersweet in equal proportions and both in large quantities.
M: Medium-heavy body - not as heavy as I’d like (though it might be due to the age.) Oily, soft carbonation, alcohol is well-hidden.
O: A pleasing IRS that reminds me of a non-blended Abyss. I think this would be pretty special with a touch more body and perhaps a little barrel.
Svesse (7932) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 27 Sep 2014) Black colour with brief, foamy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice and a touch of soy sauce. Malty, roasted taste with black coffee, cacao, dark bread, liquorice and a fairly dry finish with a generous coffee bitterness. Almost full body, quite dry. Tasty and well made imperial stout. Very nice.
KyotoLefty (9404) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a lovely head. Aroma of chocolate, wood, coffee, licorice. Rich chocolate flavor, woody light and smooth. Very tasty.
zvikar (4449) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Tom C’s place. Pours black with a beige to brown head, aroma of chocolate, whiskey, liquorice, coffee, marmalade, flavor of chocolate, coffee, liquorice, whiskey and cognac, medium to full bodied. Nice
mike_77 (5569) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a dark creamy head. Dark bitter almost burnt malts in the aroma. Burnt bitter taste but also a fresh hop bitterness.