MayumiH (982) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours a black colour. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, balsamic vinegar. Smokey with a rich full flavour. Boozy finish.
Erzengel (7889) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
*330ml bottle. Rich and deep. Plums, dried figgs, dry caramelly sugars. Not too bitter or sticky, Rich and full dark brown fruity in the aftertaste.
Hanoi (849) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Nose is treacle, sweet malt, licorice, fruits. Taste is licorice, dark fruits, very sweet malt, more licorice, prunes, brand, treacle a little wood. There is a breathy peppery alcohol taste which is not well integrated. Mouthfeel is very thin.
The sweet and surprisingly light taste profile for an imperial stout is interesting, but the alcohol is overbearingly prominent, and I didn’t really enjoy this at all.
RichTheVillan (6810) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; opaque black pour with a thin tan head, aroma has sweet dark fruits and some coffee, taste has dark fruits, some espresso coffee, chocolate, pleasant mouthfeel, dark chocolate along with some red fruits.
VastActiv (5733) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2016
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle 0.33l at home, Oulu. Vintage 2012. Colour is black with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Vineous elements, some coffee and roasted malts. I almost put this to drain because it was quite repulsive as cold but its getting little bit of better when warming up. Too old still and drinkability is just bad.
Ktwse (4099) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, coffee, licorice and light alcohol. Taste is sweet, very sweet, dark dried fruit, muscovado and alcohol, with a boozy and warming finish. Medium to rich body, smooth, with soft carbonation.
johndoughty (4996) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a medium head. Full bodied with a strong presence from the start. Low carbonation and a slightly woody mouth feel make for an excellent drinking experience. A serious example of this style.
altonbrownd (5769) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/9/2009 6:28:46 AM Dark body with thin head. Deep, dark fruity and sweet nose. Taste of dark fruits, coffee. Flavourful. Bitter and warming. Another excellent Dark Star.
biirusaikou (2585) - - OCT 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared, thanks Tim M. Quite estery and fruit-forward, cherry, raisin, berries, toffee, boozy finish. Not sure it aged very well, alcohol stands out a bit too much.
willisread (2543) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks Tim! Pours a pitch black with some ruby highlights and small head that dissipates almost instantly. Aromas of prune, raisin and currant with some berry and some port-like character. Body was a little thin and the booze was there, but still enjoyable. Finishes a little winey. Interesting, but a bit too boozy.