garthicus (2775) - 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 (947) - Seattle, Washington, 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 (1502) - 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 (607) - 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.
blipp (6709) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours near black with a beige head. Rich chocolate and roasted malts, medium sweetness, dark fruits, and hints of chocolate. Good stuff.
AndySnow (4546) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black colour with an off-white head. Chocolate aroma. Flavour is sweet chocolate, rather weak.
dreamflower (639) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was woken up to try this and it was a bit overhwelming. I appreciate what’s going on here, but it was a bit intense after being asleep. I really like the aroma, but it smells better than it tastes, which after brushing my teeth and sleeping tastes a bit too much.
northropfrye (2494) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I can see why Catherine the Great liked this so much, though I don’t understand her horse fetish. Black with some off white head, though fades quickly, nice lacing. Great aroma of molasses, dried fruit, malts, licorice, cherries, hops. Taste is velvety chocolate and dried fruit. Overall, a solid Imperial stout.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with pale brown foam. Menthol, blackcurrant and licorice most prominent in nose. Really nice. Very balanced flavor. Soft, delicious and elegant. Dark chocolate fudge up front, with blackcurrant and licorice after followed up by a warming alcohol feel without being fiery. Caramel is sensed after. Body is pretty big but elegant. Really good!
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nose of caramel roasted nuts earth and dark fruit. residual sweetness is there and malts dominate. pours dark brown with a tanning head. flavors of dark fruit roasted nuts caramel and residual sugar. very light hint of smoke. dry sweet finish. classic solid ris.