MaartenRF10 (1835) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl fles. Donkerbruin bier met flinke bruine schuimkraag. Smaak pure bittere chocolade, koffie en mout. Bitterzoete chocoladesmaak blijft lang hangen met de nadruk op bitter. Voor mij iets te veel nadruk op het bittere voor een echt topbier.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
rating #400 for this brew! 750ml, corked & caged, red waxed bottle from 2009, #300/1092. picked this one up a while back at green’s in columbia. this is kicking off the H&V horizontal as part of my imperial stout countdown to rating #1000. opens with just a whisper and pours a deep cola-brown with not trace of a head but does leave a ring of rusty colored bubbles around the edges has rich, oily legs. aroma is absolutely fabulous with huge notes of toasted malts, roasted coffee, tootsie rolls, and rich fudge brownie edges backed by earthy soil, a touch of hazelnut, and subtle hints of blackberry and licorice. flavor is spectacular as well, a truly unique beer, with rich, sweet notes of chocolate dipped blueberries, blackberries, and raisins up front that are balanced by roasted malts, mocha expresso, and molasses with hints of rum cake, vanilla, and wood smoke on the back end. palate is rich and smooth with just a trace of carbonation and a lingering, fruity, roasted finish. overall, an oustanding imperial stout.
Hair6a11 (1454) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle; #225; Pour is murky brown with a hint of amber; a beige head is present; this was a ridiculous gusher; the cork crashed through the kitchen and the foam wouldn’t stop. Anyway; the aroma notes are dark fruits, chocolates, and booze. The flavor profile is aged well, but not quite couplex, either. Bready malts, dark fruits, chocolate, anise, caramel, and toffee rounds it out.
VsXsV (3814) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2012 33 cl bottle at Monks Porter House. Pitch black liquid with brown hue and huge tan head that lasts long. Aroma is roasted with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malt, dark fruit, pumpernickel. Very balanced and delicious. Taste is also roasty with lots of chocolate. Light to medium dweet with light to medium bitterness. Full bodied with smooth mouthfeel and ok carbonation. Overall, delicious and one of my favorite, non barrel aged imperial stouts. 8/4/8/4/18
Re-rating 2012-05-29. 750 ml bottle from 2009. Thanks to Countbeer for this one! Opaque, black liquid with almost no tan head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, port, caramel, smoke, licorice and light vanilla. Taste is light to medium sweet with medium bitterness and loads of chocolate and dark roast coffee. Really nice and complex. Full bodied with low carbonation and velvety, smooth mouthfeel. Delicious. Less boozy than the younger ones and has some nice oxidized notes as well.
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle, received as and extra in trade. Thanks! Pours a jet black color with a massive tan head that just keeps growing. Over carbonated. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol. Heavy on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, Boozy, with a bitter coffee finish.
WhiteWolf (7) - ITALY - AUG 16, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate and malty smoothness, very little carbonation. the Aroma is bitter, roasted and chocolate.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Brasserie 4:20, courtesy of Alex. A bounty of rich chocolate malt and deliciously smooth.
popery (1865) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 bottle, ~3 years old. Very little carbonation left. Pours a dark brown, cloudy, no head. Vinous aroma. The beer has faded into fruity roast malt notes, which is more negative than positive compared to a fresh bottle, imho. There’s still some of the big dark chocolate note left. Feel is thin. Some roast in the finish. Interesting changes but I’m going to enter an old numbers-only rating of a fresh bottle and just leave the aged rating here in the comments - 7/3/7/2/15.
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2008 vintage. Ive been hanging onto this for 3 years after finding it in the Pizza Port bottle shop. Still plenty of carbonation; pour yields a reddish brown head that caps off pitch black color. Lots of lacing. Heavy nose of chocolate, figs, smoke and blueberry. Flavor is solid! Sweet dark chocolates mix with cappuccino and dark fruit. Good bitterness on the back end; a touch of dryness lends to the European imperial stout style. Alcohol is still quite hot after three years.
tderoeck (7663) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
15/07/2011 33cl bottle @ Klaas’ &Tims collaboration stout tasting - bottled: 22/06/2011 (2011-332) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!
Dark brown beer, clear not cloudy (?). Small irregular shaped beige head. Aroma: fruity hops, peaches, probably due to it’s freshness. On warming up: mocha, coffee, roasted malts, meaty and even some smokey notes become noticeable in the aroma. MF: light carbon, medium body. Taste: red berries, caramel, mocha and coffee, alcohol. Aftertaste: bit sour, very bitter from both hops and roasted coffee bitterness. Not my cup of stout.