DiarmaidBHK (3726) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Virginia Wine Experience. Pours black with an inch of khaki foam. Roasted malt notes on the nose. Faint hints of chocolate on the tongue and given the ABV lots of bitterness on the finish for balance. Solid example of style.
gyllenbock (5796) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, almost black with a small tan head. Rather soft with roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and licorice. Also some light notes of smoke. Nice body on this one. "Easy" to drink.
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend at the 5th Annual Coldest Day of the Year Stout Tasting on 1/26/13. Pours pitch black with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, licorice, chocolate and roast. Malty and chocolatey flavor with some roast before a bitter finish.
Thisis12ptfont (992) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong espresso, coffee bean and raisin aroma. Appears a solid black with a thin foam rim. Strong, smokey coffee/espresso overtones with some more subtle notes of cocoa, bitter hops, thin molasses, and burnt sugar. Overall, this is a strong stout with very well masked alcohol. Coffee flavor dominates the palate. I’d give this an A rating.
BeerandBlues2 (10784) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy and bubbly tan head, medium retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is dark dried fruity esters of prunes, raisins, and dates with licorice notes, roast, dark chocolate, and coffee malt, earthy and spicy hops. Flavor is dark malt dominant with moderate dark fruity esters, medium hops and bitterness, peppery alcohol and a dry finish. Fullbody, medium carbonation, subtle creaminess, medium alcohol warmth and bitter malt astringency.
eros47 (52) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAR 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is a massive imperial stout. As soon as u opened the bottle, I was overwhelmed with the scents of chocolate, coffee, and a bit of hops. Well balanced. Doesn’t go down like a big beer, it’s quite smooth. AWESOME.
Angelmonster (146) - Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottle is from 11/2011
Pours a 1/3 inch dark chocolate head, body is pitch black. Head retention and lacing are barely above average.
Smell is big on charred, roasted malts. I get semi sweet chocolate, freshly baked cookies, burnt oak, and even some vanilla bean. Hops arent very noticeable and alcohol is lightly detected. One of the most complex smelling beers I’ve had.
First taste is of chocolate covered espresso beans, sweet but with a bitter bite. Charred oak and some smokiness balance out the sweetness and some medicinal hops come out in the aftertaste. At 12.5% abv it’s not too potent but the alcohol does coat the throat and leave a nice warmness in the stomach.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Beer could have used more of a head or a fuller body, one of the few flaws in this outstanding stout.
Overall this beer was very good, an excellent example of a bold Imperial stout without being brash or over the top. The sweetness on the nose was amazing and when the taste was about to get cloyingly sweet, burnt malts and bitter hops balanced the palate out and left you wanting more. For almost 13% abv, this beer drank well and wasnt overbearing. If only the body had the substance of say a Ten Fidy or Peche Mortel it would easily be in my top 5 of all time.
Leafs93 (1883) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a medium tan head that sticks around, nice lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast, coffee and earthy. Taste is espresso sweet with some bitterness. Very smooth and easy to drink, alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied with a smooth and creamy texture.
Camons (7621) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle RB Århus tasting @ Christers. Pours black with creamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, loads of coffee, little chocolate, little fruit. Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, heavy coffee, fruity. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, warming alcoholic finish. 270213
saxo (14844) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nice creamy head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, caramel, coffee, nuts, chocolate and hops. Full bodied.