wimpyjoe (4152) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ Old Gate, Hebden Bridge. A very strong stout, drinkable given its strength but it does hit you after a while. Black with very little head. Surprisingly it’s quite light in character with more stated roasted malt aroma than taste.
BoBoChamp (5545) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl, Vintage 2012, as Dark Star Imperial (Export Strength Stout), exclusive English brew, from Ales By Mail (UK), complex Stout, roasted/spicy and slightly salty/malty, balanced, hazy, good head, good brew, yet expensive!
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle): Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of liquorice, vinous qualities, dark fruits, roasty and a very slight alcohol character. Flavour is roasty and sweet, slight coffee, lots of dark fruits, alcohol, vinous, treacle, liquorice. Very smooth to drink. Gives a slight alcohol burn but very slight. The beer would benefit from a thicker body.
haukur (1309) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - OCT 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with light brown head. Really nice aroma, full off dark roast, liquorice, maybe a hint of rum? Really nice. A bit light on the tongue but nice roast in the finish. Well made and really good but fails maybe to be world class.
Kingi (484) - - OCT 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
alcohol on the nose and other is notes. black beer dark drown head. taste is nice soft smoothness but alcohol is present also. palate is medium body creamy, flat, and a roasty velvet finish.
k0mpsa (1176) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from ales by mail. Black color, brown head. Interesting aroma of licorice and coffee, hint of alcohol. Medium body, licorice, coffee, hint of alcohol, roasted malts.
aenima (267) - Askim, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong vinous coffee aroma. The taste is full of caramell, chocolate, roast and some coffee. A little overcarbonated and maybe slightly bitter than I would prefer. Balanced and solid imperial stout.
PriorL (1979) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: coffee, alcohol, wood.
TASTE: herbs, bitter aftertaste, could be better for it’s alcohol!
Steasy66 (891) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bitter Virtue. Black with quick fading tan head. Aroma is muted a bit, roasted malt and a hint lactic. Really nice stout, smooth as hell, roasted chocolate body with an acidic finish. Well done.
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line :
This characterful Imperial Stout distinguishes itself through its peppery tones that evolve alongside Medjool dates, wood and vinosity.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sturdy head of foam decorates the pitch black, lacing nicely.
-Some licorice root notes appear in the middle as well.
-The hop finish is earthy and leafy.
-Alcohol is present throughout, but not exaggeratingly so.
-This is yet another compelling Dark Star beer. It doesn’t taste like any other Imperial Stout I know, and it is of course perfectly rendered.