Jimthechap (1326) - 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.
BoBoChamp (4695) - 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 (359) - 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 (1127) - 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 (420) - - 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 (747) - 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 (154) - 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 (897) - 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 (713) - 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 (7307) - 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 (697) - 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?