DeanF (2199) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Retired, jou sayz? Well, I bought one just last week at Sherbrooke. So, perhaps itís not brewed no longers but still is being sold at a few select fine locations. Oh, there it is: bottled Jan. 2013. So thatís like, uh, three years ago. All aged and stuff, right? Or skunked? Am I supposed to know the difference not having tried it before? I mean, if I buy your beer and itís skunked, Iím gonna say your beer tastes skunked. Moral of the story: donít let your beer get skunked. Good bedtime story for the kids, will help íem grow up right.
I keep my house cool these days, about 10c, so beers can be set on the shelf and tasted without refridgeration. Works well, keeps the heating bill down. This one has amazing head and a great blackness to it, very appetizing indeed, fudge sunday kinda stuff at 13.5 celcius (hey I brought it into my warm computer room). There is this cherry sundae aroma to it, chocolate and cherries with sweet coffee, black forest cake thatís it. Like a kid at a birthday party stuff, Safeway special, paper plates and all. Flavour pulls back into sweet barley, still lots of maraschino on there, not bad but not as symphonic on the mouth. A little muddled. Great start, good opening, needed a bigger punch in the flavour department but nonetheless still is one to remember.
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I recall this beer being really hot and sweet when it was first released... Now after three years this is a super nice black licorice porter aged in barrels. Finish is almost tart oak with bitter black nibs in the background... Somewhat of a dry finish... Super complex and delicious... Definitely a share bottle though.
jtclockwork (12845) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2015 Bottle. Pours black tan head. nose/taste of gin, spruce, black licorice, milk chocolate and sweet alcohol -medium body
vtafro (5902) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Dark and roasted malts, chocolate and caramel toffee aromas. Dark dry malts, roasted and dark tones. Very bitter finish.
Bahumat (148) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 20, 2014
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Aroma: 7/10. Very interesting notes of apple and bread in this recipe. --
Appearance: 5/5. Dark black brew with a pale mocha head that lingers. --
Taste: 3/10. Oh jesus christ what has science done. This tastes like someone dumped apple juice and licorice in here. Not black licorice. Red licorice. The sourness is entirely overpowering to this beer. Itís like someone dumped crappy cider into a mid-tier porter. --
Palate: 4/5. Nice consistency, a little thin. Faintly green-apple astringent and with a lingering gentle coffee. --
Overall: 5/20 -- What were they thinking, accepting this batch for sale. I donít know whatís to blame for the awful appley sourness, but this might just be the first imperial porter I pour out instead of drinking. :( Very disappointing offering from two stores I ordinarily respect very much.
sulawang (894) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Visual: Pours jet black with a large lasting foamy head, extreme lacing, a thick layer of retention, some streams if you look closely.
Nose: pukey sour, light smoky malts. (lvl-5)-pungency
Attack: incoming gueze sourness
Mid-palate: high yet manageable sourness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) pukey barnyard, roasted malts, mild oak
Finish: lingering sour roasted malts
Summary: Initial sip = this is f*ckiní weird! Quite interesting, certainly and idiosyncratic brew. Barely any alcohol detection. This drinks like if you mixed a geuze and porter = sour porter. Iím not getting much of the juniper from the barrel aging but just a bit of oak and the malt. Last sip = this is still f*ckiní weird!
AgentAle (1379) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is of straw and grass. Taste is a rich maltiness that is met with some tartiness and even sour vinegar tastes. Some dark sugars are slightly apparent. Body is a dark amber and a thin bubbly head that retains fairly.
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, dark ruby brown with a small tan crown. Strange aroma...... cold coffee, undetermined sweetness. Taste reminds me of a dirty ginger ale. Mild coffee, grape, tartness builds. The longer I drink the more vinegar I pick up. Tartness is a pleasant surprise. Ok brew, no faults, nothing awesome either.
DuffMan (8801) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Very dark brown with a lively light brown head. Aroma features molasses, aniseed, light oak. The palate is full of prunes and raisins, molasses, vinous character, aniseed in the finish. Oddly drinkable for its size. Glad I captured a bottle of this back in the spring.
GothGargoyle (2113) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with a massive beige head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is liquorice, molasses, dark grapes, dates, hint of smoke and leather. Creamy mouthfeel, interesting blend on the palate - subtle hints of sour, salty, fruity sweetness, and smoke. Taste is chocolate, red wine, salty liquorice, dates, juniper, hint of coffee.