waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 11, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2 x 275ml bottles 2013 vintage poured oily black & lacy malty fruity aroma the taste is superb all quality coffee treacle syrupy caramel malty dark chocolate hint of the alcohol & a lasting tangy bitter finish
kajser27 (1188) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown to black colored, small tan creamy head, good lasting. Aroma is of chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malt, licorice, dark fruits, bit burnt. Taste is medium sweet chocolate, bit brown sugar, licorice, roasted coffee, medium bitter dark chocolate, dry finish, bit burnt. Medium to full bodied, creamy, soft carbonation.
(bottle, Bor Bar, Samobor)
Jorn69 (2547) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2016 Backlog, early amateur rating! @ Havregatan 20130406. Bottle from Systembolaget. Roasted malty with chocolate.
minutemat (3841) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, Feb 16, courtesy of Mike. Many thanks! Pours black with small tan head. Aroma is dusty old dried fruits. Taste is quite lean with smooth light dark fruits and caramel, some chocolate malts, faint liquorice. Decent but rather thin. Would’ve loved to try the original.
klm1 (810) - - FEB 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2013: Pours black, oily, clear, slightly haze, with foamy brown stable head. Visually low carbonation. Aroma: rich dark malts aroma, which takes on espresso coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, which is overtoped with hop aroma, with notes of plums, prunes and other dark fruits.
Flavor: rich dark malt flavors, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, with hints of licorice, vanilla, port wine, cognac, oak wood, supported with hop flavors, which takes on dark fruits, especially prunes and plums. Finish is sticky, dry. Alcohol warmth is noticable.
Body is medium to full, texture is soft, carbonation is low.
Simple, delisious archetype of real Russian imperial stout!
ogivlado (7040) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 275ml. -from Pivoteka Zagreb. Vintage 2013. Deep black coloured, small to medium sized brown head, chocolate in the nose. Roasted malt, chocolate, distinct alcohol presence, some licorice and notes of prunes. Bitter and pretty harsh roasty finish.
saltyseadog (32) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottles (?) in a gift set from Windsor Hy-Vee, 2012 & 2013 vintage, in their own John Courage tulip glass. Both vintages show off well integrated aromas of dark chocolate, buttercream and condensed milk, rum raisins, caramel and butterscotch. 2012 is photogenic perfection with oily dark liquid and more than a finger of creamy tan head with magnificent lacing to the bottom of the glass. 2013 has almost no head at all, but retains better carbonation within the liquid, easing up the outrageous weight of the beer, making 2013 slightly more sippable. Both vintages open with really well integrated coffee and dark chocolate flavors and a pleasant caramel vanilla finish, both with a pleasant belly warming alcohol effect midway from that 10% ABV. 2012 has a bit of a raisiny flavor up front and an excellent buttercream sweetness that really makes my mouth water, but is also a bit undercarbonated and trapped under its own weight in terms of drinkability. Both vintages are heavy, dark, roasty and bitter, not very well suited to extended drinking, not that you’d ever find a 6-pack of them for sale. Still a fine beer.
gopherfan99 (1248) - CROATIA - FEB 9, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; pours dark brown with a beige head; aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate, and hints of vanilla; taste is bittersweet with chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruits, and hints of caramel and vanilla; finish has some light roasted bitterness; very good
IslandHaole (1215) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - FEB 6, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Teriyaki sauce with French Roast coffee, thick, dark with no head to speak of. Nearly flat but a hint of effervescence in the throat. Shoyu, over ripe dark plums, warm alcohol, sweet with traces of burnt toast. I like this and will certainly score a few more.
varanid99 (947) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black pour with very little tan head. Dried fruit, coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel aromas. Big dark chocolate and coffee flavours, boozy warmth, thick, almost oily body, long dark choc finish.