frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
"I really shouldn’t be cracking this open right now...." So went my thoughts around 2:30 a.m. when I needed to be wide awake at 7. And boy was I right. If ever a beer poured like ink, this would be it. Black as death, oily, and no head save for a few brownish bubbles. Deep, rich aroma of chocolate... a sweet, milk chocolate. Vanilla biscuity malts follow, and a potent alcohol whiff is hard to deny. Huge, thick, syrupy mouthfeel, quite flat. (I didn’t think I’d mind, but it gets a bit hard to drink half way down the glass.) Flavor is as rich and chocolate-syrupy as the aroma, followed by some dank, tart dark fruit and a burnt bitterness. The overall linger teeters between sugary-sweet and coffee-ground bitter, but the flavors leading there makes for a wild and pleasing ride which end at such an odd destination. And given the 12% it’s quite a trip. This beer is as enjoyable as a playful scratch from a kitten: shocking, sharp and laugh-inducing. However, after a few minutes, it becomes, "That was fun, but enough’s enough." ~~~~~~~~~~ Cellared 3 years. Received as a gift at the brewhouse Aug. 24, 2007, consumed Nov. 3, 2010.
Barrelbelly (647) - BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grainy chocolate aroma. Taste chocolate, roasted malts. Oily with sweet aftertaste
anstei (28) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Erzbierschof. Well, this is probably the darkest beer I’ve ever had. And even though I usually don’t like Imperial Stouts, this one is really good. Complex, intense, long, full-bodied, and strong, but not as strong as the 11% ABV would suggest. Recommendation: Try this beer.
veceo (643) - CROATIA - DEC 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black color, average sized brown head. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Aroma is full of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and some hops. Medium sweet, light bitter taste. Very, very tasty.
Alengrin (2425) - BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Imperial stout coloured totally black and not allowing any light to shine through - only in the end when a chestnut brown rim appeared; thin, deep brown beige to even somewhat greyish head, which needed some gentle forcing to form but kept a thin beige layer over the beer for most of the time, though it all but disappeared eventually. Strong, seductive bouquet of all the good things one expects to find in an impy of this level: espresso and cappuccino, fondant chocolate and chocolate sauce, candied dates, mocha ice cream, cocoa powder, bayleaf, meat broth, baked banana, cognac, nutmeg, vanilla extract, raisins, crème au beurre, very old madera, kahlua, marzipan, dried autumn leaves, hazelnuts, iron but in a good way, butterscotch, orange peel, thyme, pipe tobacco... One of those great beers I could sniff for hours on end. Taste is dense and complex, setting in with an assortment of candied fruits and nuts overbrimmed with maple syrup, intense and profound from the first sip, thick and fatty, almost chewy mouthfeel, low carbo (as expected and desired in this style), some sourish accents not unlike lemon zest but very subtle, and then you are plunged into a thoroughly profound, intense, enchanting maltiness, nuts, chocolate, coffee beans, through which the sourish accent runs achieving some kind of ’relief’ from the heavy and overly satiating maltiness; pure mocha then unfolds in all its glory, filling the mouth cavity with black coffee of excellent quality, dominating a certain citrussy and leafy hop bitterness which is only here for balance and complexity. In the end, what you are left with is - apart from a feeling of awe - thick and strong but excellent espresso, alcohol playing its warming role in an almost charming but ever so seductive way and a spicy and earthy hoppiness. This is truly a fantastic imperial stout, one of the best examples I had so far. The intensity of the mocha and bitter chocolate in the aroma will remain with me for a long time.
King_Alex_II (103) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Intensely light refusing dark. Rather mild for a beer that strong. Chocolate and roast aromas and a smell on bacon. Totally worth it.
SinH4 (249) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 Pitch black color with small head, no light coming through. Very dry bitter chocolate. Roasted malts all over the place. Dark fruits and vanilla in both aroma and taste. Huge complexity. Super Imperial Stout.
Bobhund (423) - - DEC 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Köpt på Systembolaget Boländerna, Uppsala. En fin öl på många sätt, se betyget för mer info.
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dambor (76) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black. Aroma: a lot of coffee and chocolate. Taste: this RIS is incredibly smooth, with dominating chocolate and coffee. Also very smooth in the palate, with the amount of ABV not noticeable at all. A very good beer.
Zwiebel88 (199) - GERMANY - NOV 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Schwarz, dunkel, sehr edel. Röstmalz, Kaffee, Bitterschokolade, dunkle Früchte jede MEnge, Vanille. Cremig, ölig, herb.
dnicolaescu (939) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - NOV 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
BOTTLE 12 OZ.
Black chocolate, light smoke, toasted malt acidity, dried cranberry, hint of alcohol and moderate bitterness. Everything in a perfect balance. Excellent.