HV (4) - Utrecht, - NOV 1, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Appearance: pours a very dark, nearly opaque, with a nice reddish-brown foamy cap that unfortunately quickly dissipates
Aroma has prunes, malts, and a little orange.
Mouthfeel: this drinks like a classic milk stout. The body is incredibly creamy – beautiful.
Flavour: is again lots of prunes, with a chocolatey/coffee malt layer underneath, and a hint of orange peel at the end. I was pleasantly surprised to find hardly any toasty notes here.
Drinkability: this could be a beer you’d love one glass after another. It could be, if there wasn’t the 10.2% alcohol in it. It’s such a sweet, creamy, tasty, drinkable beer.
kapusil (885) - HUNGARY - NOV 24, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
0.33l bottle. Black body, brown head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, figs and dates. Taste of chocolate, caramel, floral hops, vanilla, reisins and dark rum. Full bodied with a creamy texture. Awesome beer!
Zlotta (570) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33 l bottle from ’De Bierkoning’ as ’Heaven & Hell’ at 11.9% abv, bottled in September 2014 (over one year old). Clear, very dark red to black with a medium large, creamy, stable, brown head. Roasty-malty aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, dark ripe fruits and minimal hints of alcohol. Sweetish, roasty-malty taste of dark chocolate and coffee, later joined by dark ripe fruits (raisins, prunes), followed by a medium long, roasty, pleasantly bitter finish with notes of dark chocolate and coffee again. Full body, very creamy mouthfeel, very soft carbonation. Absolutely harmonic, wonderfully creamy and totally balanced. A bit simple though, lacks a bit of complexity.
IOzh (27) - Kyiv, UKRAINE - NOV 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle. Pours black with small tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, raisins and caramel. Full body with soft carbonation. Complex taste of coffee, chocolate, raisins with great bittersweet balance. Very good RIS.
superspak (3747) - Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/6/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a thin dense dark tan head with solid retention; that reduces to a patchy lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, molasses, raisin, prune, licorice, vanilla, char, leather, light smoke, herbal, wood, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of big dark/roast/bready malt; with light-moderate dark fruit, smoke, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, molasses, raisin, prune, licorice, vanilla, char, leather, light smoke, herbal, wood, and roast/smokey earthiness. Good amount of herbal and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toasted dark bread, raisin, prune, licorice, vanilla, char, leather, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/roast/bready malt; with light-moderate dark fruit, smoke, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this was an awesome Russian imperial stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/roast/bready malt; with light-moderate smoek, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
stoutnick (791) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour. Aroma is hops, big sweetness, dark malt. Taste is nice bitter chocolate, roastiness - drinkable and interesting; some complexity. Very good imperial stout.
Tide (2438) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beergium. Black color, brown head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, coffee, nuts, vanilla, leather, wood and chocolate. Bitter finish with roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, wood and chocolate. Exquisite imperial stout.
RaijinSen (217) - POLAND - NOV 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap, Multitap Pivnica in Kielce. Pours deep black colour, a bit hazy with a decent, tan head. Quite a lot of fruits in the aroma, cholocale somewhere in the background. A hefty punch of dark chocolate in the taste, liquour, a touch of coffee, plum and cherry in the aftertaste. Rather dry with nice and strong bitterness. Exceptionally drinkable beer as if it was dry stout not RIS, thus treacherous as... hell. Not a bad word about this one.
markoijelena (1426) - Belgrade, SERBIA - NOV 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0.33l at Majstor za pivo Belgrade Serbia. 24.09.2015. Pour it dark thick black color with no head.Aroma little bit smokey, wooden note.Taste of dark chocolate, dark dried fruit, wooden barrel, vanilla, botterf finish and roasted note on the back.Nice
Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
English label version with 11.9% ABV. Medium sized, moussy, lightly lacing, yellowish beige head over a pitch black beer, reddish-brownish burgundy on the edges. Dense and rich, very typically RIS-like aroma of coffee grounds and espresso, bitter chocolate, cigar ashes, charcoal, bayleaf, whisky, black pepper, wet leather, black tea, salmiak, roasted peanuts, concentrated caramel, wormwood, dried plums. Concentrated, candied sweetness opens the palate, Belgian chocolates spring to mind, but restrained by sourish and umami-like accents of brambleberry, black olive and beef stock; soft carbo perfectly fit for the style, allowing the thick layers of malt to shine, with a fat, oily, viscous mouthfeel; a deep structure of caramel, bitter chocolate, toasted bread, roasted chestnuts and - eventually - strong and refined black coffee fills the mouth cavity and continues down the throat, where it is perfectly balanced by peppery, spicy, drying hop bitterness along with warming, whisky-like but well-controlled alcohol. Another great RIS from the king of this style in the Low Countries, as far as I’m concerned. Opening a bottle from this wonderful brewery is always an adventure, though this, in comparison with some of their more exotic experiments, is very classic in terms of style. It has the thickness, blackness and bold roasted bitterness one expects from an imperial stout, cast in a very well-balanced, rich structure. Exemplary in every way.
McWorta (1136) - LUXEMBOURG - OCT 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black, toasty-tan frothy head and good lacings. Aromas of dark bitter chocolate, espresso, earthy, woody, dry leather and a hunch of lime-herbal notes combined with light smokiness and lightly rum drenched raisins. Fine carbonation, slick and full bodied. Roast malt sweetness, chocolate-coffee astringency with a hunch of floral-herbal bitterness. Lasting toasty bitter dry chocolate finish. Pretty ace.