Hermod (3054) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle, BBE 12/15. My rating #3000. Pours black in color with a thin, but lasting brownish head. Lovely smoky, Islay whisky aroma, peat as well, covering much everything else. Flavor has peat, tar, smoke, whisky. Can´t remember the other Imperial Stouts from the White Label series were this smoky. Feels quite thin for this ABV. Very smooth. Finishes with some alcohol warmth and peat and licorice candy notes. Love it!
olio (5934) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours jet black color with a small off-white head. Nice smooth whisky notes first thing on the nose, some mild oaky notes, slightly peaty, roasty and malty, faint dark chocolate also. The aroma just keeps getting better as the beer warms up a bit.
Vanilla and peat on the flavor, distant dark berry notes, dry cocoa, faint whisky notes and wood. Smooth, thick palate, almost oily even, leaves a lingering woody and peaty aftertaste. Very refined and complex slow sipper. No whisky overlords trying to overpower other flavors here, well balanced and pleasant. Excellent. Emelisse seems to know it’s BA Imperial Stouts.
SarkyNorthener (1714) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to jmgreenuk and shared by Richthevillan. Dark brown beer with small head. Aroma of peat and whisky. Taste is lots of peat, smoke, whisky and stewed fruits. Very good.
RichTheVillan (2478) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from jmgreenuk; dark brown pour with a thin white head, peat aroma, taste had phenols, smoke, dark fruit a hint of wood and leather, mostly smoke.
mstrcrwly (240) - New York, USA - JUN 8, 2014
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
On draft poured into a snifter..inky black with thin tan head..aroma of alcohol,wood,spices..difficult to describe..can’t really taste the stout..so much scotch/barrel that the balance of the RIS was gone.no coffee,chocolate,vanilla,or even roasted notes..not very good..much better barrel aged RIS available..avoid this one.
Palme (3237) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33l bottle from my Euro Swap 2, Martinus. Thanks man! Tried to share this with my girlfriend, but she unfortunately did not like this. Tasted like sausage she said... I however really enjoy this aroma. The looks is pretty much as dark and black as it should be. Not much of a head to write home about though. What’s there is tiny and rapidly sidestickingy brown. I have to admit that it’s quite smoky on the nose! What I would call rope smoky with both salty licorice and lots of thick oily peat. I can kinda understand what my girlfriend did not enjoy by it, but I most definitely enjoy this aroma. It’s if perhaps a bit one dimensional but definitely nice for on the nose. Reminds me a lot if a door mat with a little bit of oily tarmac. Oh yeah it’s peaty in the taste as well! Loaded with salty rope and thick oily tar. It’s softly, really softly carbonated - near flat and it’s slickly and oily in the mouth. Salty dry licorice with a ton of wood and smoky peat. Packed with flavor I have to say. It’s also a bit sweet I guess. The alcohol is hidden I a way I rarely see. Loaded with flavor in oh so many ways. Just wish my girlfriend could get used to the peaty flavor so that we could share more beers. Now I have to drink her glass as well. Not that that is a bad thing with this one in any way. 03.01.2014
gam (3175) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
No real head some froth and bubble on the edge of the glass dark pour slight oily dark pour mild carbonation or nearly nil the aromas whiskey peat notes liquorice dark chocolate fruit the flavours lovely peat and whiskey taste and so clear roast coffee dark chocolate liquorice medium bitter raisin flavours click so well together a smoke note crispness lovely imperial dark richness good sipping stuff the finish best tastes the whiskey is superb roast note sweetness lasting bitter smoke taste lovely imperial
sebletitje (6582) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille 33cl de HopDuvel, BB 12/2015.
Noire, col moyen voire faible café au lait sur un léger filament doré sur le verre.
Arôme offre de suite ce bouquet tourbe caractéristique. Le tout est renforcé par une base maltée de RIS solide avec pas mal de chocolat noire, dark malts.
Palais est épais et huileux avec une effervescence faiblarde mais qui joue en faveur de la complexité et du volume de cette bière. Le profil tourbe est dominant sans pour cela être surfait. Je note le bon côté de tourbe, cendre sur un malté pâle, cara, choco léger grillé et une petite amertume herbacée des houblons en fin de bouche. La tourbe persiste en bouche.
MarcoDL (2056) - NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intensely peated beer. Body of dry roasted malt, with some bitter hops. Aging made it very smokey and peated, bit too much peat maybe, could use some more balance.
tom10101 (2644) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ L’Express de Lyon (Paris). Black with a thick creamy brown head and good lacing. Aroma is dominated by heavy peated notes, iddine, whisky, alcool, subdued roasted malt and dark chocolate... it’s a fun aroma, but not very complex because the peat take most/all the place. Taste is more complex even if the peated notes are quite important here too... there’s whisky, smoke, dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel... similar to the aroma, but everything except peat is more present. Warming alcohol finish too. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. I have mixed feelings about this one... it’s very tasty and I like it, but at the same time it’s so "peat forward" that I had to reduce my "aroma" and "overall" score. Stil la pretty good one!