GoufCustom (1649) - HONG KONG - AUG 10, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bomber bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.
Looks: Opague blackish brown colour; Less than one-quarter finger head with residual soapy beige foam which fades in 10 seconds; Poor sticky lacing with zero carbonation.
Aroma: Very fragrant and sweet rich dark malt, with strong smoke, hickory, ash, bacon, light brandy, liquorices, strong plums, raisins, strong caramel, sticky toffee, rich chocolate, vanilla, cream, floral, sugar, spices, earth, bread, yeast, lemon and grass. What a blast!
Taste: Strong sweet rich dark malt, with strong roastyness, nuts, moderate Brandy, strong liquorices, strong plums and dark fruits, caramel, strong sticky toffee, chocolates, vanilla, floral, tasty sugar syrup , spices, herbs, bread, yeast, strong lime, strong bitter hops and sharp grass. Fantastic!
Body: Mid to full body. Very slick and quite oily palate.
Mouth Feel: Full-on dark maltyness in a solid and smooth background, very roasty with lots of peanuts. Nice liquor-ish Brandy with equally strong liquorices to compliment the strong plums, caramel, sticky toffee, vanilla and chocolates. Strong sweet but in a nice way, well balanced by limey herbal spicy hops. Blistering yet well balanced!
Booze: the 10% abv doesn’t hit as hard as I expected. It’s there with full liquorices glory but in a pretty comfy way as long as you sip instead of gobbling down. Good!
Hoppiness: Floral, spices, earth, lemon and grass in nose. Herbs, floral, spices, lime and sharp grass in taste; Bitterness is strong for a lasting, close to high astringent sweet-bitter malty finish.
After Taste: Fairly dry. Sweet, boozy and bitter to mouth.
Comments: When an Imperial Stout is well-made, you know it with well-balanced sweetness, well-rounded booze, and strong hoppiness. This one hits the bulls eye and then some, with great smoky aroma, strong roastyness , dark fruity and vanilla herbal spicyness. It’s immensely rich but in a compact way. Brilliant!
johndoughty (4996) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black. Small head. Smooth slightly malty.Amazingly unassertive considering its strength. Weird label excellent beer.
Hidden_Pooch (518) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JUL 30, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My god this beer looks amazing. Pours a dark syrupy black with uncontrollable crema head. Aroma is of vanilla, wood, toast, dark chocolate. Tastes much like it smells with some leather and coffee in there as well. Has a big syrupy body, that is smooth and feels so right. This is what I look for in my Imps.
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle on 3/6/15. Pours black with brown head. Roast and coffee, smokey nose. Sweet and chocolaty, lots of astringent aftertaste. Yum.
wombat23 (763) - Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared 22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and hints of smoke. Flavor is roasty and almost burnt, with chocolate, molasses, vanilla, and booze. Finish has some sweetness and is moderately bitter.
darbeer75 (552) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: lots of chocolate and coffee; Appearance: pitch black with dark tan head that dissipates slowly; Taste: rich, malty, boozy, chocolately; Palate: heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: very nice imperial stout but with so much competition in the category it doesn’t really rise above. Would drink again, though.
Andrus86 (429) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOTTLE. (Bottled On 30Dec15). Black with a ruby tinge, small tanned head that leaves solid lacing.. Molasses, coffee & slightly burnt malt on the nose.. Creamy texture, big dark malts throughout, slight coffee & a touch of vanilla at back end, ABV is hidden perfectly.. Sourced Cellarbrations @ Capel
colui72 (677) - HONG KONG - JUN 27, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It pours thick black with a nice brown head, good lacing. Strong aroma, of roasted malts, smoke and vanilla. Damn tasty in the palate, with a complex mix of roasted and smoked malts, whiskey, vanilla, coffee, cocoa. Not much taste of booze, sticky on the lips, full bodied and with medium carbonation. A winner! Fantastic ale!
llkc (1576) - århus, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
duft: ristet malt chokolade kaffe sød
smag: chokolade malt ristet kage lidt nød
melush (2932) - SPAIN - JUN 4, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 65cl / Botella 65cl.
@ The Beer Garden Store, Madrid, España.
A: Black / Negro.
T/S: Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, coffee / Malta tostada, chocolate, regaliz, cafe.