lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown-black, thick frothy tan foam. Aroma is roasty, chocolate. Taste is chocolate, roast, sweet, lingering bitter. Solid.
davidm (1868) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle 330ml from Purvis. Masterpiece, full marks for me. Aromas of chocolate, nuts, and vanilla, hints of liquorice. Taste is sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Black, with a frothy head.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275mL 2011 ed. Pours clear sepia with a towering, enormous, tan mocha head. Rocky with incredible retention. Massive lace. Nose is sweet pears, relatively estery for style, sweet chocolate, spicy chocolate, fudge. Relatively subtle but complex nose with spiced apple pie. Taste is bitter, earthy, a bit dirty for me. Iron laden soil takes forefront moving to thicker bitter chocolate. Finish is dry and loses metallic character. Warming and decanting the nose becomes richer dark chocolate and heavy mousse. Taste is fuller and thicker chocolate mousse. Really improves over time in the glass.
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JimisDose (13) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An outstanding European imperial stout. Pours a big head if one isn’t careful pouring it. The bottle I got was brewed in May 2011 and had significant sediment at the bottom of the small bottle. I hefty beer that I imagine could have sat in the celler for several years. I don’t think it needed cellering, but I’d doubt it wouldn’t have lost any flavor.
This is a creamy stout which trails of into a bold mocha coffee with hints of caramel. A very nice stout but I wouldn’t have minded a bit more hops. If you know someone who likes a bold stout which is fairly light on the hops this just might be their perfect beer. Alas us Americans have a inkling for more hops and a preference for tasting a little more of the booze. It is actually pretty phenomenal that a beer with 10% alcohol has such a small alcohol flavor.
This beer is worth a try for any stout lover. This is a great after dinner beer. Never drink this beer after drinking an American style imperial stout as the American beer’s hops will overwhelm the more subtleties of this bottle.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Geist. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.
Pours a very dark brown with a good light tan head and a nice cap and collar. The nose carries a good dose of chocolate and mild roast. A bit of malt sweetness then comes through in the flavor. Very nice for an English version of an RIS. Good creaminess throughout the feel. Quite chewy. Moderate alcohol. Winner of a beer.
dfinney23 (1248) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour with a huge, slowly fading tan head. Aroma is raw sugar and figs. Taste is darker with a fair amount of char and a bitter finish. More interesting than good.
thornecb (3964) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black into a tulip. Tan conglomerate head with excellent retention recedes leaving spider lacing. Chocolate aromas. Thin with espresso and dark pit fruit upfront turning to bitter chocolate in the lasting finish.
LinusStick (2698) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not as bad as I was expecting. Aroma was delicious. Thick and creamy milk chocolate and not much else. Pour was a nice enough deep dark brown with half finger tan head. Taste was very sweet for the style. The milk chocolate came through in the flavor, but there was this sugary sweetness that just didn’t belong. The mouth is left with a sweet lactic flavor in the finish. Not unenjoyable, just different than what we do with the style in the US
Palidor19 (2841) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong beer all the way. Has a great assortment of rich malts and very strong dark fruit flavors. Raisins, prunes, figs etc. a little thin on the palate and touch of astringent at the end. A winner
nick76 (4125) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is fantastic with roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, and grassy hops. The appearance is dark brown with a large tan head. The taste is like the aroma with an astringent finish. The palate is thin for the style. Overall a very good beer with a couple of minor faults.