Benzai (9428) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with Tkrjukoff, tried at ‘Zieke Zuiden Tasting II’. Pitch black, opaque color, small brown head. Smell coffee, roasty, smoke and burned malts. Taste coffee, roasty, bitter and actually a lot more: complex taste. Very nice carbonation, medium to full body.
Bricks (672) - Delaware, USA - OCT 29, 2011
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Smells like a typical stout w/ emphasis on coffee. Dark in appearance as expected. Taste and palate were really rough with a dull cough syrup essence that becomes stronger throughout. Not a favorite.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, slight hard roasting, slight lactose, and the tiniest hint of alcohol. Poured pitch black in color with a tiny, tan head around the edges only. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, coffee, light chocolate, hard roasting, light tar, and slight lactose. Medium body. Lightly oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, chocolate, slight tar, coffee finish is dry. 9.5%ABV is a tad noticeable in the aroma, but nowhere else.
after4ever (6466) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500. Pours black with no head or lace after a few minutes of hanging out. Big soy nose, inky, dark, roasty, very much a formidable beast to contend with. Slick, thick, heavy body. Soy, ink, roast, and tar on the mid palate. Dense roasty salty finish. Not that craziest or most innovative impy to come along, but a big beasty that’s fun to drink.
Reynolds314 (2661) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a translucent dark brown with minimal head. Appearance is a little meh, but fortunately you dont taste beers with your eyes. Aroma is amazing rich coffee and bakers chocolate with sweet toasty caramel. Taste is medium sweet and light bittering with a bold coffee bean flavor. Really tasty stuff.
Ernesto987 (4288) - Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma alone this brew is amazing. Tons if coffee in this beer or coffee flavors if no coffee added, can’t read Swedish. Amazing stout, it’s like if your born around the Baltic sea you can make an amazing stout.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark murky chocolate brown out of the bottle and setlles in almost black with a small tan head that leaves some bubbly residue around the edges.
Aroma is sweet but roasty. It’s got chocolate, vanilla and especially coconut on the sweet side which is balanced with lightly roasted chocolate malts.
Taste mirrors the aroma and is sweeter than I was expecting with that same coconut character coming out up front. The roasted malts form the backbone but it’s fairly subtle. The finish is dry and almost chalky with bakers chocolate and charred malts.
The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but probably a little lighter in feel than a world class impy stout. Kinda watery for the style.
This is a solid impy stout but lacks the depth and heft to be great. Still, it’s tasty.
GT2 (9064) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500mL from Whole Foods Bowery Place in NYC. The pour is a deep mahogany, cloudy, looking black in the glass. A dense, but small red-tinted creme head emerges with tight density like a nitro pour. Requires quite a bit of encouragement for the head to form. Not too much retention or lacing. Nose is hoppy with soft cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla cream, coffee- cappuccino. Also gains some fruitiness like tangerine and fresh strawberry. Taste- more of a porter in body with some tangy acidity. Nothing too standout for me like the 1/2 Idjit’s Bailey’s Irish Cream profile. Not really more intense than the 1/2 Idjit in body either being very drinkable, hoppy, richer, but not sweet or dense. Easy to put down like a hoppy porter with small lemon. Pretty decent but nothing overwhelming.
fbm115 (184) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
big thanks to clyx for this 25cl bottle. pours a dark brown color and has a huge tan head that holds up for quite some time leaving bits of lacing as it falls. smell is like swissmiss chocolate milk with alcohol and malt roast but not overly sweet. blasting with chocolate and mild notes of dark fruit. taste is more singular than the smell. Roasty bitter with a bit of stale coffee. touch of chocolate compared to the smell. light notes of acidity. ends with a light soy sauce. mouthfeel is medium body with moderate to high carbonation. not much alcohol to taste or feel, but it’s there. overall an enjoyable offering.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from a bottle at the Stone 15th Anniversary Celebration. The appearance is a brown/black hue. The flavors and aromas are tobacco and smoked malts. Not overly smoky. Some nice dark fruits. The mouth is dry and medium to full bodied. Pretty tasty brew.