HV (4) - Utrecht, - JUL 31, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Appearance: no foam. This is the first beer I’ve come across that has absolutely none. No lacing, hardly any carbonation. Colour and opacity are as one would expect to seen in an imperial stout. It’s dark, very dark. Tipping the glass shows lots of sugar in the beer.
Aroma opens with dark dried fruit, prunes and currants, with something vaguely citrusy lingering (candied peel ?) in the back.
Mouthfeel: first sip is like drinking port. This brew is incredibly syrupy.
The flavour is very well-balanced, slightly malty with overwhelming dark fruit, prunes, cherries and currants. There is a recurring touch of fruit, and friendly bitterness - like orange marmelade on slightly blackened toast in the aftertaste.
Drinkability: go easy on this one. It’s heavy in flavour and mouthfeel, but also heavy on the alcohol. Drink slowly and enjoy (I’m sure you will!)
Overall impression: great beer - an impressive imperial stout, if perhaps slightly low in foam. Otherwise, it’s superb.
rouhlas (79) - GREECE - JUL 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle at home. Almost black color with nice beige head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate, hazelnut, coffee, a little bit peaty. Aroma is sweet, malty, some chocolate again. Medium to full body, oily feel, soft carbonation, nice bitter coffee finish with a little alcohol.
Koning_Daan (117) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours black as the night, no head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, malts. Tastes so incredibly good. I crave for another one just thinking about it. Such a nice creamy, balanced taste of coffee, chocolate. Amazing beer.
mzaar (1549) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska @ ALEhouse, Riga. Mörk, mörk brun, nästan svart öl. Mörkt smutsat skum. Dofter av torkad frukt, kaffe, kakao. Smakinslag av kaffe, läder, lakrits, mörk choklad och ek. Fyllig kropp. Lätt beska som passar in så väldigt väl.
furthur (147) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour, graham cracker head, opaque black body. Aroma is malt and grain and caramel and milk chocolate, dried cherries. Taste is raisin, dried cherries, cinnamon, bourbon, coffee. This is kinda boozy. Finish is bitter sweet. Palate is thick, carbonation is moderate. Nice balance.
giorgos_gtc (39) - GREECE - JUL 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Imperially stouty beer. The pefrect example of this beer type. I would prefer this a bit less bitter but the dark bitter chocolate makes aleays the taste come through everyone s tongue. ..
Iznogud (627) - CROATIA - JUL 21, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at La Mes Petita, Barcelona. Pours black with creamy brown head. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts flavor. Bitter finish. Full bodied.
MayumiH (58) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is amazing. Rich and Smoky coffee aroma. Taste is strong espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, raisin possibly. Bitter sweet finish. Top notch.
oliodnb (262) - ITALY - JUL 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Absolutely black, thin beige head, some lacing. Sweet smell, light roastiness, plums, red berries. Taste start with a thick milky sweetness followed by a lot of roasted malts, coffe, bitter chocolate fading into some light acidity. Thick creamy finish, very long ground coffe aftertaste, very light final burnt bitterness. Excellent.
umich03jm (1865) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Feb 2012 bottle from trade with Rightcross55. Thanks! Pours deep black with almost no head, just a tiny ring collects on the edge. Awesome aroma of rich, chocolate cake, raisins, caramel, toffee, and light coffee beans. Tastes slightly sweet up front with chocolate syrup, caramel, and soy sauce. Finish brings in tart raisins and light bitter coffee. Medium body but absolutely no carbonation. Overall, great aroma and taste but this could really use some carb.
dinkle50 (943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pout with a huge double finger espresso head. Lots of lace. Raisin aroma and a little sugar. Mouth is on the lighter side of what I like from RIS. Bitter finish with a lot of sweetness at first. Long bitter end with tons of roast.