Hermod (5146) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle, bbe 12/2015. Pours black in color, thin but lasting brown head. Roasted malty aroma, licorice, dark chocolate, tar. Full bodied, dry, roasted malty flavor, licorice, ash, cocoa notes. Flavorful IS, alcohol well hidden, not very sweet either. Can’t find Sorachi here though.
ej (1066) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with a dark tanned smallish head. Roasty aroma with coffee and dark chocolate. Taste has similar flavors, liquorice, coffee, leathers and hints of vanilla. Moderate to high roastyness. Lasting bitter finish. Full bodied and softly carbonated.
minutemat (3213) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle from Saveur-Biere.fr. Pours very dark with a light mocha aroma. Taste is bright and full of life. Deep, resonating Imperial stout roasted elements brightened by Sorachi’s unmistakable character adding a touch of creaminess to a slick oily feel. Big, bold and flavoursome.
skortila (5002) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. 30cl sample. The aroma has chocolate, roast, hint of grass and citrus. Black coloured beer with a thin beige/brown head. The taste is medium sweet, has some lasting bitterness, roast, chocolate and fruity tones. Full bodied, bit sticky. Nice one.
TaxiDriver (1640) - Stadland, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The smell of dark chocolate, mocca and coffee, malty. The beige head is foamy with a normal size, the duration is short. The body is black. A strong taste of coffee and malt, quite bitter. The body is very strong and creamy-oily, you can nearly chew it. The carbonation is rather flat.
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Brewery Creek; bb 2015-12
Black color, small head. Excellent Imperial Stout, roasty, tarred, moderately sweet, with leather notes; there is also some liquorice flavor, blue cheese aroma, cocoa nibs, light malt sourness; good bitterness level, but not necessarily evidence of Sorachi Ace.
Overall, an interesting, excellent beer.
CapFlu (4957) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a large brown creamy head atop an opaque black body. Nose of coffee and ash. Flavour is nice, smooth, with a slight alcoholic burn. Some of the roasted malt melds with a milky coffee ground leaving a tingle on one’s tongue. Purchased at Metro Liquors University Heights for around $7.
gam (3810) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smallish tan head dark pour has mild to medium carbonation aromas dark chocolate liquorice molasses anise citrus rich fruits smooth coffee the flavours malt chocolate crisp fruit taste rich coffee goodness molasses caramel dark fruits bitter is medium to mild yeast note fruits are superb the finish best aftertastes crisp fruits coffee taste a solid tasting but smooth lovely imperial stout good balance lovely sweetness and bitter notes quality stuff
Shark_Pants (534) - AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Impenetrable black with small mocha head. Leaves a slick film as it swirls around the glass. The expected dark chocolate and coffee aromas, booze, along with tropical fruits (and coconut?) from the sorachi hops. The taste has molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, the tropical fruits, charred meat and the typical sorachi dry finish. Full bodied and sticky. Quite smooth but not quite as smooth as the Makers Mark BA version. Excellent nonetheless.
Cunningham (6228) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 2, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Just really black. Lovely begie head that leaves a fine lacing down the glass. Coffee, mild roasted and chocolate in the aroma. Full body. Unbelivable lovely balance between sweetness and bitterness. Soft carbonation and a creamy/oily texture. Coffee, chocolate, herbal, citric and mild roasted flavor. Dangerously well masked alcohol. What a cracy brew. Hard to describe. So complex, tasty, fresh, heavy and yet easy drinkable. Glad I did not taste just 2cl at a beer festival. Pure pleasure!
[Bottle from a trade with ★ markextrae ★]
Imperial Stout #200