Oakes (13538) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Re-rate: Not as vegetal...the beans come through much more cleanly than previously notes. It’s also a fair bit more chocolate and more like Grande Noirceur.
Coffee-flavoured Imperial Stout by pedigree, which was cause for concern because I don’t normally like coffee beers. Almost black. Large coffee bean aroma - not as vegetal as most so that is a good start. Some chocolate in there as well. Oily, smooth body. Alcohol, rich malt (creamy, decadent), with the beans coming through at the end. Slight twang in the finish. Not my bag, really, but much like Speedway I have to respect to craftsmanship.
rlgk (13387) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Haket, Göteborg. Black color, lasting creamy brown head. Cocoa aroma, coffee, salt, quite bitter, licorice notes, hoppy, metal notes, a bit earthy, and with dry chocolate. Chocolate flavor, cocoa, dry bitterness, hops, earthy, with dark fruits and coffee.
brokensail (13245) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: A 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is thick and black as night. There is a small mocha colored head on top.
S: Wonderful, robust aromas of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and a slight bit of alcohol (bourbon).
T: The coffee really comes through strongly on the palate. Also, quite a nice roasted malt and bitter chocolate flavor. The finish has a mild vanilla flavor to it.
M: The level of carbonation is moderate, and the body is very full, thick, and creamy.
D: A dangerously drinkable Imperial stout, the alcohol flavor is practically non-existant. Great coffee flavor and very smooth on the tongue.
Theydon_Bois (12736) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Patrick for an IP trade in Montreal for this one.
Poured from a 341ml bottle (Mar ’12) into a Meantime goblet to a rich black with a very thin brown head that soon thins to a thin film.
Not as strong/an endearing a smell as I had anticipated, definate alcohol nose and a touch of roasted coffee and dark malts, but was expecting a little more!
Taste on the otherhand was excellent!
Sweet espresso coffee, chocolate and hints of vanilla. slightly bitter in the afterstate with chocolate just right and well balanced enough to take the edge off the sweeter coffee flavour. A little dark woodiness in the background.
Mouthfeel was just right, low carbonation and smooth on the palate.
Overall a great imperial stout with a hint of coffee. Will most definately re-visit!
Koelschtrinker (12665) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 29, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Intensiver röstig-malziger Antrunk, bereits hier wird die Malzdominanz im Bier ersichtlich. Die Malzintensität steiget nun deutlich an, darin befindet sich eine leichte Bitterkeit und passende Hopfennoten. Kaffeeartig röstig, der Alkohol ist ersichtlich und bringt sich gut in die Kräutergewürznoten ein. Zum Ende, als der Malzhöhepunkt vorbei ist, sind leichte Zitrusnoten erkennbar. Hier ist das Bier aber weiterhin sehr aromatisch und kann, trotz leichtem Brennen im Hals überzeugen. Etwas nach Lakritz, Whiskeyandeutungen. Ein absolut gelungenes Imperial Stout! 9/12/13/14/13/14
chrisv10 (12653) - DENMARK - JAN 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Body is pitch black with a very small tan head. Flavour is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.
bhensonb (12459) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bottle Trek. Very black color with a tan head that left rapidly. Aromas of coffee and darkly toasted malt. More or less medium body with fizzy/creamy carbonation. The flavor is really dark toasted/burnt malt (but smooth) with something approaching espresso. With time, chocolate notes come forth. Finish is a little bit sweet, and there’s not much bitter other than the burnt malt. Overall, it’s a heck of a drink. Every taste is a fresh experience. It may be the same one over and over, but who cares.
gunnfryd (12416) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted, hop. Flavour is coffee, roasted, smoked, alcohol, hop, cacao. Full bodied beer. world class beer.
bu11zeye (12268) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium-sized creamy tan head. Aroma of strong coffee (good if you like coffee). Flavor of coffee and malt. Creamy, semi-bitter sweet palate. Thanks for sharing TChrome!
argo0 (12121) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 (draft, RBSG05) Big beige head eventually settles from the turbidity atop a red-black body. Aroma is sweet, coffee, roast, some vanilla, smoke, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, coffee, roasty, some vanilla chocolate. But really, it is all about the coffee. Coffee aftertaste that lingers and lingers (in a good way). Really smooth and creamy, full body. (8/5/8/5/17)
(660ml bottle, bottled 11/04, sampled 6/12/05) A soda fizz accompanies the pour, which yields a big brown milkshakish head atop a black body with red edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, roasty, some chocolate -- evokes a rich mocha torte. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, chocolate, some roast. FWIW, I noticed a cigarette smoke element about mid-bottle, but after a couple of sips, it went away. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, though it, accompanied by some herbal bitterness, does reveal itself somewhat in the swallow. Aftertaste is all coffee. Syrupy and smooth full body, very drinkable for a beer with this much oomph. Of course I was well aware of the warnings associated with the bottled version of this beer, but I am not disappointed -- this is a great beer in its own right, and I can only imagine how amazing the brewpub version must be. Only complaint I have (other than the cigarette quality) is not truly fair, i.e., a bit too much coffee. (8/4/8/5/16)