PriorL (1652) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample from Mathieu87. THX
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, no foam.
NOSE: alcohol, coffee, sweet.
TASTE: alcohol, sweet, liquorice, mocha, vanilla.
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Awesome brew with a huge robust aroma and flavour one this guy. the pour is a completely opaque black with a thin ugly beige head. The nose is sweet, earthy, roasted with big chocolate and a woody aroma. A bit of sweetness up front with an encroaching robust and intense roasted malt. A great malt and dark malt flavour with bitterness on the finish. Overall a great imperial stout!
dfinney23 (1590) - 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.
Jimthechap (1570) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
It is a truth universally known that Jimthechap loves an Imperial Russian Stout. I am an adherent, enjoying the fulsome healthy body, rich dark chocolates and the anti-freezing alcohol content, It is not the alcohol content that draws me to this example. The land of origin and the pedigree of the brewer bring me to this beer, and what it says is:
Almost impenetrable black in colour with a good carpet of dark cream coloured head. Aromas of treacle tart, dates, dark chocolate, cinnamon, mace, plums, carob, port, oak and rich old whisky. I am worried that I may be recycling terms of previous well-loved stouts, but I think this provides an insight that this is a beer well worth savouring.
The mouthfeel is filling, voluminous and then pillowy like sucking a marshmallow. Just sexy and oily. As you sit and appreciate this, you have to put to one side the flavours as you type: chocolate, cocoa, burnt caramel and Yorkshire parkin. There’s more too it than this, such as the on-going chocolate mousse on the tongue. It is a stunning beer and is catapulted immediately into the pantheon of my favourites. Just gorgeous.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black brew with a nice tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of smoke. Slightly bitter with lots of chocolate and a bit of coffee. Not a bad Impy Stout but way too expensive.
LoFi (1557) - 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.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark black with a big finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.
S - Roasted chocolate and a bit of caramel malts, some dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, vanilla, earthy hops, and a touch of booze.
T - Dark chocolate and caramel malts, some plum and other dark fruits, molasses, black licorice, roasted coffee, cocoa, earthy hops, some bitterness, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and almost creamy with a sweet, roasty, and warming finish.
D - Great RIS. Great balance and complexity.
artmcd8 (1547) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Houghs. Pours a dark brown win a light brown head. Not your typical inky black pour. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, light though. Taste is sweet and the mouth feel is medium and not thick. More easy drinking than your typical RIS.
Dazz3 (1541) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells ginger, roasted malt, alot of figs and raisins. Tastes very fruity, figs raisins, chocolate, roasted malt, sweet, creamy, abit alcohol and the balance couple be better.
Beese (1540) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Watford Beer Festival 2013. Poured black with a rocky tan head. Aroma of black treacle, cocoa and alcohol. Mouth feel was more watery than I would hope for in a 10% imperial stout. Very syrupy flavour with sweet molasses and some coffee. Palate was dark chocolate, dates, toffee and warm booze... however it ended up being very salty as well. Considering who brews this, I wasn’t surprised to be quite underwhelmed, but it wasn’t undrinkable...