Alengrin (4212) - BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clown Shoes’ take on the nowadays overexposed imperial stout style, but explicitly profiled as an ’American imperial stout’ rather than a ’Russian imperial stout’ - intriguing. Thick, dense, creamy, very regular, lacing, pale beige head over a jet black beer which, in pouring and after the head has diminished, shows a beautifully warm deep rusty brown hue. Strong and inviting aroma of espresso and cold black coffee, wet leather, beef stock, black olive, dried seaweed, biltong, black chocolate bars, bourbon, pepper, bayleaf, fresh paint-like phenols, candied fig, mocha ice cream, faint vanilla, black tea and walnut. Restrained candied, raisin-like sweetness in onset paired with a ’deaf’, deep dark fruit sourishness and meaty umami accents, very full from the start with soft carbo fit for the style, thick and oily, creamy mouthfeel, plunging me effortlessly into an abyss of caramelly and chocolatey bittersweet malts with a strong, coffeeish roasted edge filling the mouth cavity and sticking to it for a long time; finish adds further bitterness with deep, leafy, spicy hops and a friendly glow of warming, bourbon-like alcohol. The bittersweet, roasted ’black chocolate’-like maltiness lingers in the throat along with the hop bitterness. In spite of the rebellious attitude and name of this beer, it is in fact quite ’friendly’ (for an imperial stout, that is) and pretty typical for the style; it has no obvious flaws and shows a high drinkability, with a surprisingly supple and smooth (yet obviously still very ’beefy’) body for a 10% stout. Lovely and whether American or Russian, I’d recommend this one as a relatively ’easy’, but very accomplished introduction to this particular (sub)style.
CJack (52) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pour, rich boozy aroma. Sweet malts backed with plenty of hop bitterness is nicely balanced. Thin palate doesn't linger. Gravity well masked.
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davidm (2055) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Chocolate and vanilla aromas, with hint of rum. Well balanced, smooth, and very long flavour.
Maxbier (827) - Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown nearly black pour with brown head (pour from a growler). Roasty boozy chocolate aroma. Dark fruit molasses some coffee. Long lingering dark fruit and chocolate finish. Excellent imperial stout.
dlovell2 (1619) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tan head. aroma is roasted malt , coffee, and cocoa. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, molasses, dark dried fruit and cocoa. Big roasted smoky finish. Really nice.
bubblehouse (1195) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A good imperial stout. Pours a really dark black. A very good beer. Drank to much already.
Borresteijn (6165) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
65cl Bottle, thanks Secret Sint! Black colour, beige - brown head. Aroma of sweet molasses, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, sugar, hops. Flavour is sweet, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, molasses, caramel, hoppy and malty bitter finish with some grainy sugar. Medium to full bodied. Nice, but quite sweet.
charule (2108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as xmas present. Poured brown black with decent tan head. Aroma salty lacto chocolate. Light carb med bod. Taste ashy dry bitter.
Art (2999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Charule. Aromas of smoke, dark chocolate. Taste is malty, metallic. Light cocoa powder. Medium body.
tekstr1der (343) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 18, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. They nail everything I enjoy about the style in this one. Pours thick and black with tiny, but clingy brown head. Aroma is much molasses pushing forward through the semi-sweet malt roast and some chocolate notes. The flavor gets even better - pretty much ideal for my tastes - balancing the aforementioned sweet roast and molasses with just enough bitter in the finish. Said finish is not too dry, but pretty clean. Great stuff!