Boutip (5025) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a large dirty brown foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing as well. Aroma of roasted malt provides some coffee notes with black chocolates and light dry raisins also noticeable. Taste is a very well balance mix between some dry coffee notes with some clear notes of black chocolate and some dry raisins ester. Vanilla is also noticeable and is very well balanced with the creamy texture of the full body. Carbonation is great and alcohol is not detectable. Very well done and somewhat different then most imperials stout which may be due the grain bill use.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Feb 2009 bottle. Dark brown; thin head. Strong aroma. Salty woody licorice flavor. A little on the thin side. This is a fine drinking beer, but Iím somehow underwhelmed.
jtclockwork (9999) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 Bottle with many thanks to tytoanderso. I couldnít wait to try this one! Pours black with small tan head. Full nose of roasted coffee, roasted chocolate, roasted malts and vanilla bean. Ultra smooth roasted chocolate and roasted coffee taste with some vanilla and roasted malts. Lovely brew!
KolonelKlink (65) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favourite beers of all time! Pours black as hell with a large, lingering tan head. Aroma is all malt with chocolate, coffee and roasted malt smells. Palate is much the same but with a hint of warming alcohol thrown in. A small resin cameo from the hops too. Bitterness is spot on. Thereís a little sour edge to this too which is interesting. This has to be one of the best Imperial Stouts going around. I have one in the cellar. Canít wait to try it in 5/10 years time!
wyzzywyz22 (2066) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. After sitting on this little belter for 2 years, moving into a new house seemed like a worthy occasion to break open what was a real treat and well worth waiting for. Mes had informed me that this was pretty spectacular to drink now and he certainly wasnít wrong.
A dense supremely dark pour with a medium biege head. Nose was damned fine; heaps of dark chocolate clambered up the nasal pipes and mingled seamlesly with hazelnut, roasted malt, coffee and marzipan notes. Iíd have been surprised at this point if the flavour wasnít top notch and thankfully I wasnít let down. Thick and creamy mouthfeel and so much to savour All the elements of the nose were present and then some. More treats revealed themselves with each warming sip. The bitter and roast notes were just Bob on. Surely up there with the very finest Imperial Stouts. Canít wait to drink this again. Let the good times roll!
drowland (6591) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8/6/10. Huge thanks to fata2683 for this! Completely opaque black pour with a nice dark brown head that lasts forever. Rich, sweet malty smell with chocolate and hints of anise. There is also a touch of alcohol and dark fruits. The flavor is rich dark chocolates with undertones of dark fruits follwed by nice coffee and more chocolate. A wonderful dry finish follows.
KyotoLefty (7112) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewery. Pretty tan head, bubbly, almost rocky. Black. Aroma of burnt malt, coffee, cream, plus a fruity sour edge. flavors also include chocolate, lots of coffee, and a strong, fruity, balancing sour edge, with berries, especially currants. A flavorful, nicely balanced big stout.
imdownthepub (11086) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle conditioned 330ml at In de Wildeman, Amsterdam. Black with tan head. Initially quite dry and bitter, bag loads of dark malts drying away at the tongue, bitter chocolate then a spruce like woody note with coffee husks and coffee sacks as well. An exceptionally good beer and rather early in the day on our Amsterdam trip.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jet black pour with a half finger tannish brown head. The aroma is massive chocolate brownie with a huge vanilla and caramel profile. Molasses, dark fruit, and booze also come through. The flavor is huge chocolate, huge espresso, huge charry roast, and huge dark sugar. I truely adore this brew, and it has reaffirmed my recent lack of love for imperial stouts. The palate is epically thick and viscous with a punishingly charry finish. So fine....
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Monkís with Vin. Pour is the most epic Iíve ever witnessed; the cork popped and erupted a thick, craggy, deep tan head that actually filled an entire pint glass! Beer is pure motor-oil black with a shiny, reflective surface after the fade of the head. Aroma is massive and complex; roasted, sweet malts and pepper lead to smoky oak, char, and vanilla finishing with a deep honey, slightly boozy dark chocolate note. Full, thick, luciously creamy body with a palate as silky and smooth as velvet. Finishes with a hearty, soothing, thorough burn through the chest. This brew is as epic as itís name implies. Definitely one of the best Imperial stouts in the world. Canít wait to taste my cellared bottle in 25 years.