jonno (2387) - JAPAN - DEC 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Listed as 8% on my bottle. Fairly straight forward but well made big Stout. A little tame, but flavours well folded together and some interesting depth, though never really straying out of safer waters.
Muggus69 (1767) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330mL bottle from Slowbeer 2015 vintage
Pitch black, thick looking, pours a big brown head, persists as a dense creamy collar.
Aroma quite rich - burnt nutty malts, dark sugars/molasses, dark roast coffee, cocoa, hints of vinous/dried fruits in the mix.
Full bodied, rich without being cloying or too thick, creamy carbonation, good length,
Plenty of chocolate pudding, rich caramels, espresso, bitter chocolate, raisins, touch of earthy woodiness. Long dry finish, big bitterness.
Rather tasty stuff, not as big as expected for a 10%er
Cam_Dynamite (114) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I loved the aroma on this very rich chocolate/cocoa/vanilla. Taste is just a bit too bitter upfront, which has never really bothered me in a stout before. Strong vanilla, chocolate, woody notes with a slight caramel sweetness to finish. Solid beer
ALLOVATE (2771) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A gift from a friend a long time back. These are now released in 50cL bottles at 100% ABV, so the 75cL must be 2013 or earlier. At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Black as midnight with a thick mocha foam that holds and daubs a messy lace. Nose hints at Ovaltine, tar, blackstrap molasses, leather and leavened brown bread. On the palate it cedes a little evidence of oxidation having a sherry flavour underlie the mish mash of nuances coming through. Balsamic vinegar and kecap manis notes give it a sharpness whilst some roasted malt, cigarette ash and charred wood offer depth and length. The body is hefty yet the mouthfeel is a little rough. Quite yeasty with bitter, nutty chocolate mid-palate. Not shy about the 9.0% which hasn’t softened at all but it adds to the complexity. Not in your face in any way but a grand and complex brew overall. Lovely! (75cL, 9.0% ABV, no date stamp, gift from friend)
bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with short tan head. Mainly coffee on the nose, roasted bitterness in the taste and thin enough to probably drink plenty.
Sissio (1067) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JAN 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Beer De Luxe in Melbourne
Clear dark brown, brown head
Chocolate, coffee, cocoa beans, roasted malts
Served too cold as always in Oz
Burned wood, hint caramel toffee, cacao
Shark_Pants (534) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Inky and opaque with nice big creamy mocha head. Big chocolate and mocha coffee in the aroma, with hints of cheesy vegemite and vanilla. Heaps of roastiness and charcoal in the taste, with underlying treacle sweetness, dark chocolate, bitter coffee and cream. A little thinner than I expect in an imperial stout. Good effort overall.
mkel07 (4666) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. Rating from September 2014. Cracker of a big black beer this one. Fills the mouth with with burnt bitterness and leaves you searching for another one.
DoToBi (8) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 20, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taste is sweet and bit of bitterness. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Black, with a frothy, off-white head.
Ngejo (567) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAY 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2015 Bottle. Coffee, smoke, black, frothy, very bitter, full body, thick feel, lively, & long finish.