Jimthechap (1420) - 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.
deyholla (5844) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the RBWG 2014 grand tasting, thanks! Pours a near black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has dark grains and roasted malts with a hint of dark fruits and a touch of smoke. Flavor has notes of light smoke and dark grains with some roasted malts coming through as well as a hint of dark fruits.
Sledutah (4063) - Utah, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBWG grand tasting
Black with a small tan head and good lacing. Aroma and flavors of roasted malts and ripe fruit
Finn (3754) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaske 0,33l. Gave fra Rune. Svart. Pent mokkafarget skum som varer. Litt lacing. God lakrisaroma med innslag av sjokolade. Veldig myk munnfølelse. Behagelig smak. Velintegrert. Sjokolade. Lakris. Svakt syrlig fruktig ettersmak. Alkoholen veldig godt kamuflert.
AdiBeer (424) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, some alcohol. Appearance: dark black, medium to big frothy brown head. Taste: medium to heavy sweet. Palate: smoked flavours, chocolate again, maybe some ripe fruit, coffee, bitters getting stronger towards the long finish. Overall: nice Imperial Stout. Bottle at the Evening Star, Brighton.
jtclockwork (6890) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at RBWG. Pours dark brown with brown head. Nose and taste of burnt toast, burnt coffee, roast chocolate malt and cocoa. Lighter medium body.
Beese (929) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from an off licence in Kew, London. Poured black with a halo of tan head. Strong burnt malt aroma with notes of plums and marmite. Full mouth feel. Slightly salty initial flavours with some Oxo, molasses and dark grain. Finish was earthy with some burnt toast mixed with black cherry sweetness.
Bammers54 (14) - Camberely, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
the 2012 brew of this fine strong stout. A lovely smooth and rich beers which drinks very easily considering it’s ABV. I would rate this very highly as a bottled stout, does not have the bitterness sometimes associated with this style of stout, yet it is interesting on the palate and a beautifully made beer
DSG (4918) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Black with a tan head. Aroma of lots of dark chocolate, some liqueur pralines and dark fruits notes. Bittersweet flavor with chocolate, roastiness, a bit of liqueur, dark fruits notes, an alcoholic edge and a slightly more bitter finish. Medium to full-bodied. Very nice.
wimpyjoe (2640) - 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 (5004) - 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!