Nisse666 (4211) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from bottle at porterveckan at BAJT 2011-10-16 Göteborg
AR: trufel, caramel, coffey, sweet nice aroma as the espresso but not that evident
AP: pitch black colored body, wee beige head
F: sprity, coffey, chocolate, white grapes, plums, this was as well to bitter vs the espresso but not to that extension
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Imperial Russian Stout
Pours predictably black with a thin oily tan head and good retention of the meager head. Aroma is big roasted malts with coffee, mild choco and mild booze. Flavor is big roasted stout that hides the alcohol (12%) very well. Coffee and a little soy sauce all there. Surprisingly subdued alcohol character.
andrejes (32) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 33cl, half year old, nice brown head, color nice black, so appearance was good, smell was not good only the acohol in beer i smell, taste was heavy with hop. Overall is not the best stout i drink maybe to young.
Martinus (2818) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with an amber hue. Small fluffy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark fruit, light coffee tones. Flavour of sweet malts, bitter burned malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee. Smooth oily texture. Finish roasted malts, some lingering bitterness.
(Bottle @ Café Jos)
BelgBeerGeek (1298) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ borefts festival 2011
Head: thin creamy, off white
Colour: dark brown
Smell: flat , sweet, malts
Taste: boozy, roasted, malts, coffee, bitter, earthy end .... not that impressive ....
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black. Brown head. Tons of roast, light cocoa. Flavor is bitter, toasty. Harsh. Not so great.
Geokkjer (5750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with tan head. Aroma of peach, roasted malt, coffee and caramel.Flavor is sweet and warming with some coffee and roasted malt.Medium body, average carbonation.Nice imperial stout
olio (6194) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle. BBE 03/2013
Originally rated on 20110123.
Pours pitch black colour with nice foamy beige head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, burnt chocolate, mild licorice and toffee, light fruits and a bit of vanilla and coffee at the end. Flavour of roasted malts, dry ashy chocolate, espresso, vanilla and notes of caramel. Full-bodied, a little alcohol on the nose and aftertaste but nothing disturbing. Very balanced and complex brew.
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - SEP 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10/09/2011 Brasserie 4:20 (tap). Nera, densa, impenetrabile, bel cappello di schiuma color cappuccino scuro, morbidissima e discretamente persistente. Aroma forte e un po’ invadente, vaniglia, liquirizia, cioccolato e caffè. In bocca non è ben bilanciata, ma nonostante tutto ha un bel carattere. Malti tostati, cioccolato, liquirizia. L’alcol si sente un po’ troppo, e al palato risulta un po’ grezza, troppo dolce e appiccicosa. Non la migliore imperial stout.
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my Corsendonk XMAS Ale glassware: Pours a deep brown with some amber highlights topped by a small frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of molasses, d4 Candi sugar, sugar plums and fruit cake, Cavendish pipe tobacco, leather, old oak, and even a little sea salt. Pretty much no hop presence on the nose but also less alcohol than expected which is a good thing.
The taste is full bore sweet malts, dark fruits and dark sugars along with a moderate earthiness that screams old school production. Again, with the exception of some coffee like bitterness and grainy astringency there is little to counteract the heavy sweetness. Honestly I came into the tasting expecting something with a sour acidity as seen very often in Belgian styled Impy Stouts... but this has very little of that. What you are left with is a sipping nearly cloy big arse Impy and I am happy with that outcome. The mouth feel is oily, syrupy, sticky, lush and moderately warming just like an olde skool Impy should be.
Well the final verdict is this, I am happy with this and shocked honestly. I would be more than happy to drink again and next time with a fine cigar. Mikey Likey!