superspak (3750) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.5 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 7/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Large amount of herbal/pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, dark bread, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from roasted bitterness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky, and lightly silky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Russian imperial coffee stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Klimaet (978) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Systembolaget. Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head. Aromas of coffee, fudge, roast, vanilla, dark fruits, tannic. Taste is roasty, bitter dark chocolate, malt, vanilla, tobacco, fudge.
Gurthnar (3833) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Black night 10/2015. Aroma lots of coffee, even sourness. Astringency. Almost black colour. Very intense coffee in flavour, quite simple, with astringency and leftover spent coffee character. Enjoyable, but falls short of greatness.
Cuso (6609) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Black night, kindly shared by MisoW. Very da k brown color with medium white head. Strong coffee aroma with roasted malt. Taste, strong coffee, roasted malt, spices. Tasty.
MisoW (2528) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from robinvboyer, my secret summer Santa 2015, many thanks. Pours dark brown color, beige head. Aroma of strong coffee, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is sweet, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, caramel, vanilla. Nice.
linusb (211) - SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with a small, nice nougat coloured head. Lots of coffee on the nose. Chocolate as well. Tastequite bitter and some tartness to it. Sure is coffee. And very nice.
thomashall (368) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Darkness. Dark black pour, little head. Strong coffee chocolate aroma. Taste follows with dry bitter finish. Pretty good.
thestossman (12) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mama said knock you out. Another fine example of one of the 4 things french Canadians have done well. So dark, cocoa, vanilla, coffee, a bit chewy...may even steal the crown from that Star Wars wookie.
willisread (1301) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks Jonno! Cellared for 5 years. Pours a deep brown to black with a small tan head. Cacao, espresso, roasted malt, chocolate covered biscuit and dark fruit all over the nose. Sweet but not overly so. Flavors are well-balanced and each one shines on sip after sip. Some chili pepper on the finish. Wow. Fantastic beer.
furthur (546) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, black beer, big light almond colored head, thick lace. Aroma toasted barley, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit. Taste is coffee, chilies, chocolate, cherries, molasses, sprucey hops. Finish almost dry. Palate is rich, not thick, carbonation moderate. This is good, but not sure it lives up to the hype...