Benzai (13591) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Almost pitch black color, thick lacing brown head. Great smell; hops, roasted, lots of (dark) chocolate. Taste (dark) chocolate, lightly roasted, lightly coffee and bitter. Soft mouthfeel. Decent carbo, full body.
Nate (4170) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. Rum raisin, fig and molasses, light bitter roasty notes with some coffee and chocolate. Some phenol and light acidity, with no discernible hop aroma. Deep dark black, opaque, with thin foamy cocoa colored head with light lacing. Medium-heavy body, not quite oily, with medium carbonation and alcoholic warming. Starts rich and sweet, with tons of raisin, chocolate, fig, vanilla, and rum-like sweetness. Alcohol, light phenolics, carbonic acidity. Medium to light hop character, overshadowed by the huge malt character. Finishes sweet with mild bitterness and is surprisingly thin considering the alcohol content and associated sweetness. Very nice finish with a non-cloying after. Tasty stuff.
LinusStick (3223) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice imperial stout. Aroma was nice and full. Dark roasted malt and burnt chocolate. A strong alcohol presence as well. Pour was a nice deep dark black with a one finger tan head that stayed halfway through the beer. Taste was good, just a little thin. Dark heavy roasted malt filled the mouth. Bitter coffee weaves in and out with a little off flavors that are phenol-like. This flavor seems to to come up through the sinuses after the swallow. Slightly boozy, but still a nice beer. Would love this on a cold winter night.
Svesse (7765) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, Arendsnest, Amsterdam, 17 July 2011) Black colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with roasted malt, dried fruit, raisins, prunes and strong sweet espresso. Malty, roasted taste with notes of dark chocolate, dried fruit, raisins, dark rye bread and a slightly vinous finish with hints of sweet sherry. Full body, fairly sweet, with a generous coffee bitterness. Lovely beer!
SaintMatty (6734) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml Bottle - Very dark brown in colour. Chocolate,coffee and some soapy hops in the aroma. Roasted coffee,plain chocolate and soapy hops in the full-bodied,but nicely balanced taste.
MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy, extremely dark and with encouragement, a nice tan head. No light gets through with an LED flashlight. ZERO. The head is slow to dissipate and is clinging to the glass. Aroma of roasty malts, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. Medium sweetness, coffee, mild bittering on the finish, and a slight tart note. Definite char coffee flavor with a slightly chalky finish. Mouthfeel is wicked. Creamy, sticky but not to the point of cloying. Not much carbonation as is typical for the style. This is a well balanced beer with a bit of a punch, but honestly, I would never guess it is 11% ABV. As it warms up more, I do get a bit of alcohol on the nose. Tasted from the bottle @ 60F.
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33 cl from erzbierschof.ch. Black with thin brown head. Aromas of roasted-burned, toffy and licorice, chocolate and hop. the taste is syrupy of coffee, raisin, prune to alcohol, licorice, molasses, complex with ashes ans a bitterness present of citrus. Bitterchocolate in finale.
FatPhil (13581) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle - shared by SaintMatty - thanks!
7 Slightly coffee-ish roasty aroma, some hops come over too.
4 Very dark black, almost no head. Anna had a lump of poop in her glass.
7 Did get a fair waft of alcohol in the retronasals, coffee too. Taste is mostly a really rich stale coffee, but still quite beery, and covernig the alcohol well.
4 Very full palate, as I go don the glass it gets slicker, and is almost slimey at the end (that was anna’s glass, with the poop). Finish has a touch of nettly hops, and a whole load of stale coffee. There is a
15 Very solid imperial stout. A bit stodgy, not quite as crisp and biting as son of nekron, for example. However, it’s packing much more heat thank SoN.
gnoff (9543) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 First rating
Draught at Pikkulintu on July 23, 2011
Very dark brown to black color, light brown head. Hoppy, sweet, chocolate, roasted, alcohol taste. smooth mouthfeel, medium to high bitterness. Very warming alcohol. Hoppy and sweet scent.
Feels more like a dark double IPA than a RIS, still nice though.
Bottled at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg, during the Porter Week on October 16, 2011
black color, small brown head. Sweet, malty, alcohol scent. Sweet, smooth, malty, alcohol taste. Raissin aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
Braudog (6286) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. The milkshake head on this thing made it look like a dessert, and I wasn’t disappointed! Thick, milky, creamy, and rich with dark chocolate, this is a dreamy, warming beer, and an excellent way to cap the evening during this downpour that’s knocked out my satellite reception. Could be a new favorite (except it’s a little pricey here). Exceptional.