Jimthechap (1792) - Christchurch, - OCT 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have to thank thegoatabides for bringing this beer back from Britain for me. He’s chosen well and I reciprocated with one I hope will show my esteem for his choice. Anyway...
Appears deep black with ruby port notes in the dimple of the glass and at no other point in the beer. The head is a film of mocha coloured bubbles, but then, beers of this kind are not measure by their head. Aromas of burnt caramel, plum pudding, tar, rising bread, molasses, dark rum and cardamon. There’s plenty of spicy notes to accompany the deep, rich malt and molasses elements. I love this style for the challenge it issues, not just for drinking, but for doing justice to its description. A dusting of currants and cinnamon are also evident. Just tops for aroma. It is thick and oily in the mouth, like Harviestoun Old Engine Oil. This beer also carried with it a definite heat from the alcohol along with plums and fresh charry chemicals. Everything I mentioned in the aroma is there in spadefuls. Thick, black, tasty and oily, with finesse and restraint. It is so easy to throw everything including the kitchen sink into a Russian Stout (think Brewdog Tokyo). This is an approachable, charming and easy beer that leaves a similar satisfaction as a particularly old whisky or rum in the finish. There isn’t much not to like. Glorious.
tdtm82 (711) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at the Orange Tree; Chelmsford, 27th December 2014. . Black body with a baige head. Opaque. Aroma is whisky barrels, blackcurrants, grains, leather, cream. Boom. Taste is leather, tar, licorice, blackcurrants, Wild berry, sticky toffee pudding, tiramisu, chocolate, oak and motor oil. Epic.
MrHangover (2787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black beer with a very small, beige head on top that disappears completely within seconds after pouring. Aroma is light chocolate, licorice, molasses and slight hint of coffee in the back. Flavor is moderately sweet, some sugary notes alongside some bitter notes from the licorice. Rather thin flavored for an Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, no carbonation present. Still good to drink on a cold day nonetheless.
dynamiteninja (1591) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned. Mocha head. Mahogany body. Nose is dark cherries, sour cherries, oak wood, alcohol, lactic cheese, black forest fruits, blackcurrant. Sour with lactic notes. Warming. Dry finish. Good.
Scottishchris (251) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from the hive. Black pour, tan fuzzy head dissipates. Odd nose that is slightly bitter chocolate and nutty. Taste is peanuts and cherries. An odd one.
bièregourmet (46) - Mechelen, BELGIUM - SEP 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, nice foam, nose is coffee, caramel and chocolate with some dark fruit. Medium soft bodied. Taste is closed to the aroma, with a touch of licorice. sweet and complex.
chimpgibbon (333) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Black large frothy head. Caramel, little vanilla, dark fruit and a hint of funk. Wow this has kept well.
Taste is cola, chocolate, fruits again. Beautiful. Oily palate, also carries booze very very well indeed.
yngwie (14159) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. It pours a huge, light tan head over a next to black body. Licorice, roasted malts, dark chocolate, cellar hints and some herbal hints in the aroma. Lots of licorice in the flavor, with alcohol, almond essence, roasted malts, herbal hints and dark chocolate. Full body, quite a lot of carbonation. Lasting finish with herbs, dark chocolate, bitterness and alcohol. Some solvent going on too, all the way. A bit unclean this one, but with some qualities. 140816
Meilby (8273) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 330ml @ Geokkjer
Pours black with a huge tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, alcohol, nutty and hint of apples. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long licorice, warm and roasted finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is fizzy
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. pours black with a big beige head. Aroma of red apples, some alcohol, licorice, caramel and malt. Flavor is sweet and warming with some malt, roasted notes, red apples, licorice and alcohol. Medium body, lively carbonation.
gam (3351) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small beige head dark pour mild carbonation aromas molasses milky note honey caramel the flavours plums raisins honey molasses pepper medium strong bitter malt chocolate roast coffee crisp on the palate wonderful flavours the finish best aftertastes fruits roast and sweet malts lasting bitter lovely imperial