TheLevi4000 (63) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice example of a Imperial Stout. Very drinkable even with a 12% ABV. A distinct flavor doesn’t stand out and that’s not bad thing. By that I mean there is not a chocolate, coffee or a roasted flavor that is singularly dominating. It just means it is a beer that is well rounded and crafted very well. Really balanced for an Imperial Stout.
glennmastrange (2424) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate toasted and bitter chocolate for the malt, light herbs for the hops, moderate earth for the yeast, with tar and alcohol in the background. Head is small, frothy, light brown with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a soft carbonation. Not super strong, but a nice deep and rich Imperial Stout.
chinchill (2903) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle into a Belgian snifter. 1-Dec.-2014 bottling date.
Pours very dark, looking essentially black and opaque in the glass. It looks thick and the mouthfeel confirms this.
The aroma and flavor fit the look being very rich and malty, perhaps even for the RIS style. Lightly smoky with hints of black licorice and black coffee in the finish and aftertaste. Still, just mild bitterness. High ABV is partially hidden: excepting the aroma this drinks more like 9% than like 12%.
bnokk (188) - Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
APPEARANCE - I?d give this a 9 for appearance if I could. Black as coal with beautiful light caramel frothy head? really frothy. Nice.
NOSE - surprisingly little. No roastiness, just a bit of malt sweetness.
FLAVOR - begins as a fairly standard stout, slight bit of roasty notes. The highlight is the nice bit of bitterness as the sip rolls off my tongue and savoring the flavor for nearly a minute as the taste lingers in my mouth.
NOTES - Nice, complex and very flavorful brew.
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours pitch-black with a small creamy, off-white head. The aroma is a bind melange of brownie brittle, sorghum molasses, toasted oak, vanilla and chocolate creme with big-time roastiness. Full-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. Roasty, carbonic, charred flavor with a lingering, moderately bitter finish. Rock solid imperial stout.
ClarkVV (4164) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottles purchased from the brewery 12/28/14 and consumed shortly thereafter.
Dark ebony with a light tan head that shows moderate retention. Did not determine the clarity, though there was little/no sediment remaining in the bottom of the bottle, so I’m guessing this is filtered or lightly so.
Shockingly tame in the nose, or at least "tame" relative to what I was expecting seeing the 12% abv. Fudgey malts are dried out by coffee and bitter cocoa notes while creamy vanilla sugars and juicy, wintergreen and pine-like hops add complexity while retaining balance. No sign of the alcohol....very strange. Aroma strength is medium-high and smells more like one of the lighter English varieties (though the American hops are dissimilar to those).
Flavor begins with some challenging roasted barley bitterness that is quickly swallowed up by big chocolate and fudge sweetness from the malt. It tapers off nicely towards the finish leaving light vanilla, mild hop bitterness (pine, orange, grapefruit) and dusty dark chocolate notes in its wake. Body is medium for the style, perhaps even medium-light. It’s not watery or thin by any means, it’s just not your thick, chewy, motor oil Imperial. VERY hard to believe this is 12% abv and I’m guessing that’s a very ambitious listing by the brewer. Blindly I’d put this stuff in the 8-9% abv category and while that may be a complement to the beer’s fermentation and cellaring, if it is indeed in the 10%+ abv range, I’d still highly doubt it. Nonetheless, whatever the abv, it’s a very well-done, balanced and flavorful stout. Don’t know how long this has been brewed, but would really like to try some older vintages.
HeadyDE (570) - Delaware, USA - APR 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle pour dated 11112014..pours a dark black with a decent sized mocha tan head...nose is a combination of soy/molasses/roasted malts..mouthfeel is interesting with initial sweet creaminess followed by roasted nut/booze soaked marshmallow and finishes with a lingering strangeness that is mostly dominated by soy sauce and some excess sweetness,not sure if this hit brandy barrels but there does seem to be some time in some type of barrel that adds to the depth here, overall not bad, interesting imperial stout to say the least.
Minderbinder (2480) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with medium beige head. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malt, bitterness, alcohol, nice chocolate/coffee. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Overall: Very nice.
demannu (175) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Heavy malts. Bittersweet, roasty, and smokey. Boozes shows in flavor more than i typically like. Study yet active carbonation. Our after taste. Not one i enjoy. If the booze was more subdued, it might have been a different review.
DSG (8346) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks David Cohen. Black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee, roast, a bit of licorice and some booziness. Bittersweet roasty flavor, kinda boozy, with coffee, roastiness, some dark chocolate and a bit of licorice. Medium to full-bodied. A bit too boozy.
tomer (2132) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At a tasting, thanks, thanks, medium bubbly beige head, stab le and a little stiff, coffee aroma with chocolate cake and a rubbery hint, dark chocolate flavor with some carob and quite boozy. Drinkable but alcohol is overwhelming.