frankenkitty (2006) - 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.
Rask0lnikov (749) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at RCBW 2016. Dark browne, almost black colour. Medium beige head. Milk chocolate, toffee, hints of vanilla, hints of some nuts, spices in the aroma. Spicy, bit tart, hints of chocolate at first. Slight sweetness, milk chocolate in the middle. Cocoa and spices in the end. Spiceness in the aftertaste.
c0fein (551) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Saveur-Biere
Dark black colour with a tan head. Chocolate, coffee, easy to drink.
Alusmamuts (1568) - LATVIA - SEP 5, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black with no head. Sweet aroma with coffee notes. Slightly sweet followed by strong roasted bitterness. Bitter aftertaste.
puboflyons (3100) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 29, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The pour is jet black but with only a short-lasting tan head. Fades so fast. The aroma is both mellow and subtle and alive with dark sweet malts, crackers, raisins, molasses, and a low to no hop profile. Also no booze for 12% ABV. Just extraordinary. The body falls into the medium to full range. The taste tends to be very sweet, roasted, and dark all around. Like the aroma - there is no alcohol picked up. Very well integrated. My head felt it later. This is the kind of Imperial Stout I could drink more frequently.
yourilevesque (1362) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Many thanks to Justin for this great extra! Un liquide noir créant une superbe mousse claire et interminable! Des arômes de chocolat au lait, de lactose, de cacao et de malts torréfiés arrosés d’une touche subtile de houblons frais. Texture parfaitement soyeuse, laiteuse qui me donne l’impression de retrouver le lactose initialement présent au nez. Saveurs plaisantes de malts grillés et de chocolat qui terminent leur course dans une longue finale mi-amère. Alcool parfaitement imperceptible dans un stout à 11% qui se boit presque d’un trait!
Werckmeister (2215) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 8, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,33l bottle at home from trade with Zakoon, big thanks. grey label that says 11% ABV. black color, small dark coffee-colored head. smells roasty, light charcoal, some wood, some coffee, earthy, light glueish / light alcohol, light sherry notes. overall great smell. full body, light carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of sherry, light alcohol, some roast, ash, coffee, bitter chocolate, lightly glueish, earthy / almost smoky. finishes lightly roasted with coffee, earthy notes and light alcohol. lovely beer, just a tad alcoholic overall. carbonation actually gets a lot more bubbly towards the bottom of the bottle.
tfontana (695) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taster pour at Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit. Appearance is opaque black with small, light brown foamy head. Taste is as aroma with additional of hints of coffee. Palate is medium bodied with average carbonation, mix of sweet and bitter finish. Overall, a really nice imperial stout.
jspencer78 (32) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black with essentially no head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, malt, caramel and coffee. Taste the same with a bit of sweetness, and booziness and no bitterness at all. Thick and smooth on the palate.
zubblwump (57) - Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2016 Pours a super dark, dirty oil color, with almost no head. Smell is superb, roasted coffee, malt, chocolate. Taste is mild, more coffee than is evident with smell. No bitterness. Very thick on the tongue. This is a really, really solid stout from the boys just down the road. I’ll buy this again.
rafael52 (930) - Łódź, POLAND - MAY 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kolor: ciemnobrunatny, duża zawiesina drożdżowa.
Piana: średnio obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, dość trwała.
Zapach: słodowy, aromat brzeczki, wyraźne aromaty ciemnych słodów, czekolady, kawy, lekko chmielowy, łodygowy, wyraźny alkohol.
Smak: dość spora pełnia, gęstość, spora słodowa słodycz, tak jak w aromacie nuty czekoladowe, kawowe, lekko palone, średnia goryczka, chmielowe, trochę łodygowa.
Wysycenie: średnie e kierunku niskiego.