loverbeer58 (10) - - FEB 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
completamente nera con un cremoso e compatto cappello di schiuma nocciola, molto persistente. L’aroma offre caffè in grani, vaniglia, cioccolato al latte, qualche accenno di gianduia, orzo tostato ed amaretto; la finezza e la pulizia potrebbero essere migliori, discreta l’intensità, non pervenuta la cannella, ma la bottiglia ha ormai un anno di vita alle spalle e le spezie sono solitamente le prime ad “andarsene”. Ottima invece la sensazione palatale: birra morbidissima e dal corpo medio, cremosa e scorrevole al tempo stesso, poche bollicine. La bevuta parte dolce, con il caramello, la vaniglia ed il cioccolato al latte, per poi essere bilanciata da note più amare ed acidule di caffè, orzo tostato e liquirizia
Mr_Pink_152 (3739) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from favourite beer, Cheltenham. Deep dark almost black colour with a fan head. Aroma has spicy dried fruit, liquorice chocolate and smoke. Taste is a touch sweet with a bitter depth.
patricks110 (2419) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good imperial stout with an over bearing chocolate flavour profile. Pours a fully opaque black with a head of light beige. The aroma is heavy with roasted malts, light chocolate and a bit of spicy smells. A bit sweet up front with dark and milky chocolate flavours. Heavy robust roasted malts, vanilla, licorice and light chili flavour. Gorgeous flavour with a bit of a light body for the style and a flat finish.
neongolden (1229) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle sample at tasting, VilleValla Pub, LInköping, Jan 26 2015) Pours very dark brown with a moderate tan head. Nose has chocolate, smoky chili, slightly sour cacao tones, sweet dark malt underneath, maybe a bit of cinnamon comes through. Palate has chocolate and a surprising acidity, more caramel, dark berries, spicy cinnamon and smoke, chili coming in towards the finish, roast, dark unsweetened chocolate. I am not totally sure where the acidity comes from? Fairly light bodied for style with moderate carb. Other than being a little lighter than I like an imperial stout to be, this was really good - flavours are super.
TheJester (2533) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle. (2012 vintage, I believe). Almost black, with a thin brown head. Appealing aroma has chocolate, booze, vanilla, and a little roast. In that order. The taste is quite complex as well, with all of the above plus a hint of chili heat. No flavour from the chilis. Solid body. Nice surprise.
teromous (119) - - JAN 31, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance: Black body with a light khaki head that fades fairly quickly. Decent lacing.
Aroma: Not much aroma. There’s a light scent of chocolate milk but that’s it.
Taste: Light roasted caramel flavor along with some hints of toast. Pretty average for a stout. I don’t really get any chocolate flavor which is odd given the "chocolate sombrero" name. No alcohol flavor which is a plus for a 9% ABV beer.
Mouthfeel: It’s on the heavy side of a medium mouthfeel. Feels average.
Overall: It is an average stout, but below average for a chocolate stout. If you’re looking for a chocolate stout I would give this one a pass. If you’re looking for a higher ABV stout I would say flip a coin.
VsXsV (3922) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at VilleValla Pub. Opaque black liquid with a medium deep tan head. Aroma of dried fruit, chocolate, licorice, light smoke, cinnamon and smoked chilli. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of chocolate, dried fruit and light smoked chilli. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Really nice.
PapiJoeD (1) - - JAN 27, 2015 does not count
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich taste without excess bitterness. First choice so far. Matt Scarborough brought this on New Years day.
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sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours a deep chocolate color with a smallish head. Very smooth taste up front with strong chocolate malt flavors. Not overly sweet yet it hides the alcohol content well. Smooth and easy to drink. Excellent overall.
puboflyons (3098) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 09/17/2014. It pours dark brown to just about an opaque black. Small tan head that fades eventually. Rich chocolate malt aromas on the nose along with Chile peppers. Medium to full body. The taste starts out sweet and chocolate-like but it does not take long for the bitter bite and spicy peppers to kick in and linger at the finale. No booze at all for 9%.