fiulijn (17990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2012, 10%
bottle 154035/210000, bb 16/08/25 L2229 12:04
Black color, with generous brownish compact head. The aroma is modern, the resiny hops seem to prevail over the light roastiness; also light biscuit touch. Good mouthfeel, not too thick, rather dry, with high carbonation; very good flavor of roasted malt, dark chocolate, some cookies, coffee, spices; very strong bitterness, with a resiny long final; moderate alcohol perception; overall it also has a very light fruity vein.
I didnít expect so much, but they really did a good work!
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Svart eller väldigt väldigt mörkt brun. Brunt skum. Söt och fruktig smak. Rostade bönor? Dislike i början, helt OK i slutet.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a 1 finger, creamy tan head. Interesting aroma, oily roast, dark chocolate and coffee seem normal to the style, but there are big notes of berries and tree fruit that seem odd, but not necessarily out of place, some dark fruit, roasted nuts, lots of herbal hops and dried cattails. Flavor has lots of oily roast up front, overdone croissant, dark caramel, roasted nuts, sweet tree fruit, earthy, tobacco, campfire smoke, bittersweet chocolate chips, molasses and hints of licorice and warm pie spices. More dark fruit and spice come out as it warms. Heavy body with a creamy entry, oily middle, dry, somewhat astringent finish and light, sharp carbonation. Nice, no-razzamatazz Impy stout. Itís awesome, and very complex, without needing adjuncts or special aging vessels to achieve it.
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - FEB 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown color, medium sized tan head. Roasted malt in the aroma with notes of coffee, dark fruit and some chocolate. Sweet, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits, some alcohol and decent bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body. Roasted and dry finish.
mjs (6022) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l - #156565, 2012 Vintage - BBE 16/08/25, from Systembolaget, 20130215) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and lightly brown. Aroma had liquorice, roasted malts, dark chocolate and saltiness. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, liquorice, sweetness, dark chocolate, cocoa and bitterness. Aftertaste was rosty, ashy and bitter. A bit too sweet and aftertaste was too harh. Aging would quite likely soften both. Othrwise nicely balanced and alcohol was quite well hidden.
KnutAlbert (6591) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Very dark, fluffy brown head.
Cocoa and spices in the nose. Incredibly smooth,
Milk chocolate, yet a fine bitterness underneath. Alcohol warming, but no raw edge. Nice to have an imperial stout that has not been tortured in an oak barrel with spirits for a change.
matthewjk (1037) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from severely expensive 275ml bottle (May 2011) - Big beers do come in small packages! Damn this thing is heavy--it feels heavy and nice on the palate as well. Caramel, chocolate, espresso, and roasty tones are counterbalanced by a considerable hoppiness. Alcohol very well hidden @ 10 pct.
ComradeK (1084) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a medium beige head, which lasts well and leaves reasonable lacing. There s a fair amount of pear in the aroma, along with sweetish alcohol and a touch of oak. Mild herbal and spice hops up front give way to sweet drinking cocoa and mild black coffee. Charry, slightly smoky oak comes through in the finish. Whilst an enjoyable beer, this is fairly simplistic for an imperial stout. I suspect it is closer to the original export strength stouts sent to Russia than most modern imperial stouts are, especially as it at least claims to be the original version shipped there in 1795. An interesting one.
jcwattsrugger (11855) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2oz bottle-trade with hbmason-thin brown-black. Aroasty/anise-dk malt, some spice. T-roasty/anise-dk malt, peat, spice hops.
alobar (3358) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with no head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, dark fruit, and chocolate. Complex flavor with roasted malt, espresso, licorice, and fruit at the back end. Slight alcohol warmth noted. Very nice beer!