Leighton (16281) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared during RBWG. Pours clear, deep brown with a creamy tan head. The nose has toasted malts, light earth, chocolate. Medium sweet flavor with aged chocolate, some damp earth, hints of dark fruits, earthy bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish, more toast, cocoa, dried berries. So so.
Ferris (9777) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Nice roasty notes and tons of cocoa. Jet brown black with a light brown head. Roasty, dark fruit and cocoa. Solid.
rosenbergh (9504) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Thanks to Timo A!
Black color with a tiny tan head.
Dryness, berries and darkish malt in the aroma.
The flavor is licorice, sweetness, malt and molasses.
Quite easy Imperial Stout. Sweetness.
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willisread (1580) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 bottle from Tanakaya. Pours a deep brown to black with a half-finger tan head that dissipates but lingers for a while. Dark fruit aromas early on and as it warms, bourbon and oak (weird in a non-barrel aged beer, but it’s there), chocolate, ovaltine and roasted coffee all come out. The chocolate really stands out as well as the coffee as it warms. Not sweet at all and really well-balanced. Nice chocolate finish with some roasted coffee and light bitterness that lingers. Very solid.
GenDV138 (4588) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. 2014 vintage bought in December 2014 at Yamaoka in Kyoto, thanks to KansaiBeerLvrs for showing me around! Black with some sediment floaters, nice two fingers or so of tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some musty oak. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, hint of soy sauce. Full body with a dry and slightly warm finish. Thick creamy mouthfeel. Pretty well masked alcohol for 9% ABV.
BuckeyeBoy (4433) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle pours our dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Nose is roast malts and lots of chocolate. Taste is more of the roast malts chocolate sweetness and some molasses.
PriorL (2906) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at S&G tasting. S&G goes to Japan PART 2. Special THX to Christian.
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, nice stable beige head.
NOSE: chocolate, coffee, bitter.
TASTE: chocolate, coffee, bitter, little sour, nice!
TBone (14899) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 330ml (from Japan)
Dark brown color, small steady off-white head. Chocolaty, alcoholic, rye and soya sauce. Medium-bodied. Chocolate, alcohol and tartness. Some coffee, coffee beans. Maybe not aged so well, has some potential.
jinroh (942) - ESTONIA - MAR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Tanakaya @ Mejiro. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Looks good, although the head doesn’t stay. Aroma is quite soft and subdued - there is still some roast and a bit of lactose. Taste is also quite soft, with a fuller roast palate and some bitter spikes coming through as well. Chocolate, cocoa, some bitter coffee. Some kind of soft, milky or lactose background stays throughout. Alcohol is well hidden, nice beer to sip. Well made - and not your usual imperial stout, this one has its own character.
Artichoke (87) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Two finger head, amber dark creamy head. Fruit nose, not so much caramel, light bitterness creamy sweet with hints of coffee. Pleasant.