Pizd (433) - 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 (1345) - 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 (496) - - 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 (1396) - 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 (278) - 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 (2235) - 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 (1007) - 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 (8218) - 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.
Dommod2011 (703) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just the way I like an imperial stout to be, black, full and a mouthful of resin. Wobbled a bit after this. Must be good. Very tasty, well done Dark Star. How many more to go?
Niall73 (1898) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Kris Wines. bbf of 09/14. Pours really dark with barely a hint of light coming through. Aroma is a bit medicinal boozy, treacly, dark sugars, and fruits, rum is there but not in a big way. Aroma reminds me a bit of Bracia but that may be expecting too much. Tastes good. Rich and boozy, with, actually not that much, the medicinal pepto bismol thing I was expecting. There’s licorice , treacle, choc, a bit of cherry, some coffee (not much) and the booze is pretty upfront but even tasting it now its good - I’d imagine it will become more balanced given some time. Anyway, it’s a very nice late night sipper.