Ktwse (1383) - SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Positively surprised, as I’m such a huge fan of the american style. Pours pretty much black with a fairly tall tan head that drops quickly. Aroma of vanilla, raisins, prune, cherry, molasses and brown sugar. You can tell it’s going to be sweet! Taste is pleasantly alcohol sweet with a subtle bitterness in the background, that builds slightly into the warming finish. The finish is quite long and increasingly boozy. Body is thick and creamy, with a fairly low carbonation.
SanfordBrewer (1379) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
opaque black with a thick tan head. slightly creamy medium-full body with medium carbonation.
aroma: chocolate, licorice, black roasted barley or malt, and some silage. i do get the pear.
taste: foam is sweet and chocolaty, beer tastes much like it smells, but with a leafy and woodsy whole hop character. much more balanced than our american examples, and more sessional, but every bit as complex. with less hop bitterness and burnt astringency, the other flavors can all come through in a complex harmony.
dfinney23 (1377) - 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.
NikkTwist (1341) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Monks. Opaque pour with a thick creamy brown head. Rich chocolate nougat. Caramel malt. Espresso. Raisin pie. Pecan brownies. Figs. Prunes. French roast coffee. Silky smooth start to finish with a slight alcohol bite in the middle.
SarkyNorthener (1308) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 Bottle from Tesco. 2013 Vintage. Black beer with medium tan head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee and some wood shavings. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee beans, some vanilla and dark fruits with a touch of licorice. There is a little warmth from the alcohol but nothing imposing. Medium bodied and moderately oily. Very nice. Have a few more to open at various years.
seymour (1307) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared a cool-looking little 9.3oz brown bottle (#048498) with gregwilsonstl. It poured opaque black with thin but persistent tan foam, some sticky lace. Aromas of toast, roasted barley, alcohol, hints of raisins, raspberries. Strong fruity flavours: dried apricots, pears, plum sauce. Strong caramelized sugar flavours, toffee, molasses. Bready, nutty. Heavy body and full mouthfeel, below-average carbonation. Complex and tasty, but rough-around-the-edges, I’m sure it would benefit from aging. A bit too boozy.
tombyars (1304) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottle from Tesco, courtesy of Mark Allender on the 1st January 2014. Pours oily black with a thin dark tan head. Strong aroma of black coffee and soy sauce. Thin oily mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malt complex gives strong rich flavours of black coffee, burnt treacle, liquorice and bitter dark chocolate. There is a faint suggestion of spicy hop resins hidden in the short bitter aftertaste but this fades fast as malt powers through into the finish. Strong, dry notes of liquorice, soy sauce, toasted almonds and ground coffee beans are full on in the mouth at the end. This was a decent Imperial Stout and a great find by MA as the local Tesco stock rapidly ran out.
Chipalsa (1298) - Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to my buddy from MA for sharing this strange stout. The nose was full of leaves, raisins and coffee. For a stout the flavor was also a tad fruity, but a roasted backbone full of chocolate malts provided a satisfying balance. With a high abv this beer is fun to drink, and rather light for such a brew.
stefannilssons (1271) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromen på ölen är helt fantastisk, maltig led tydliga inslag av fruktig humle. Smaken följer upp aromen på ett behagligt sätt, den är kanske lite spretig med maltiga och fruktiga inslag. Kroppen är bastant och på det stora hela är det här en mycket bra öl.
Gary (1265) - big city livin ,London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 275ml ; A cool aroma - worth the money alone , regardless that this gets you smashed too ! Chocolate covered pear ..in a boozy coffee kinda coolness that’s hard to articulate . Loads of espresso bitterness which is met with sweet rich chocolate and floral kinda hop tang... Smooth as a criminal ...