rangerred (843) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
275ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled in May 2011.
Pours pitch black with a dark tan half finger head that is pretty fizzy and quick to fade. Head retention and lacing are both lacking with just a ring left around the top of the beer.
The aroma has much more of a fruity character than other RIS I have had. Lots of dark fruit and licorice that really reminds me of many English ales, just on a stronger level. Really not much roast at all just a lot of fruit and yeasty esters. It works, though, and nothing is offensive whatsoever.
The flavor is where this beer really shines. Much like the aroma, dark fruity esters dominate at first. Somewhat sweet with quite a bit of yeast character. Not extremely impressive but about halfway through the taste, something magical happens. Almost out of nowhere tons of roast comes shooting in along with some coffee and dark chocolate. This marries magically with the dark fruit leading to an intensely complex finish. Moderate bitterness with a lot less sweetness than many other RIS with a pretty dry finish.
Overall, probably the best RIS I have had. Extremely complex flavors and an absolutely amazing mouthfeel with alcohol being extremely well hidden. A definite world class beer.
igneous1 (1486) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear, very deep brown. thin and short-lived brown head. aroma has notes of chocolate, alcohol, and roasted malts. flavor notes of cocoa, raisins, alcohol, with a roasty dry finish.
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #18508 of 210000.. Very dark brown with auburn highlights anda light brown head. Burnt malts and molasses and prunes. Not truly smokey, but some char. The finish is lightened by fruit acids. Enjoyable.
bmanLS (134) - Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had the 2012 vintage in a 9.2 oz bottle. It pours out deep brown that turns to black when it hit the glass. Small tan head, yeast fruit aroma, creamy mouth, coffee and fruit flavors balanced with carbonation which makes a very nice finish. I like it.
LoFi (1516) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown to black with a brown head.
Aroma: fruity and light vinous, earthy.
Taste: roasted, cocoa, coffee, vinous, fruity, licorice, light smoky, brown sugar, medium bitter.
Nice, but I am sure this will develop over the years with cellaring.
pintbypint (2358) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating #1900. 275ml brown bottle. 2012 vintage. No 018620 of 210,000. Pours a typical deep brown to black shade with no light shining through. The head is medium brown, pretty foamy, airy and larged sized bubbles that throw up some sparse and patchy lacing. It thins down to a ring about five minutes after the pour and leaves a small swirl on the surface. Nose has chocolate and coffee and cherry like dark fruit. Taste has chocolate malts, medium roast coffee, dark fruitiness. Bitterness comes from the roasted malts, a bit mild but noticable. The body is about medium, a bit thinner than I was expecting but still ok. Carbonation retains a fine bead throughout the drink. Alcohol isn’t particularly strong, there is a bit of but there is some warming in the throat. The aftertaste is roasty with some coffee beans and chocolate and mild dark fruit. Drank at room temperature. Overall an enjoyable impy, decent depth of flavour, tastes very nice fresh.
garthicus (2570) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Appearance: Pitch black, small brown head. Aroma: Rich chocolate, bran, espresso, quite toasty and a good deal of spice. Smells great. Flavour: Smokey, rich chocolate, espresso, wood, a little whiskey, spicy with a creamy velvet mouthfeel, great slightly alcoholic barrel finish. Cherry. Tastes great. What a lovely find.
Davhgbrew (847) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
The character of this beer really came forward as it warmed up to room temp. Light and very enjoyable carbonation on the tongue with light fruit notes. Strong espresso flavor with unmasked alcohol behind every sip.
bluejacket74 (1186) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
275 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, bottle #053469. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like dark fruit, dark bread, molasses, chocolate, and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some woodiness, toffee, and a bit of anise noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s creamy with moderate carbonation. I think it’s a good overall brew, and I’d like to try this again in the future.
Bricktop86 (505) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit and coffe. Taste follows aroma.