Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Great British Beer Festival 2013. Poured a vicious black colour with a big, dense tan head. Complex aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, liquorice and with some sweet fruity notes. Full, velvety mouth feel. Bitter coffee initial flavours with dark fruit and vanilla not far behind. Fruity hop notes on the palate with burnt malt finishing with warming alcohol.
Wolfbass (944) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Molto particolare, di un color scuro tonaca di frate. Naso molto complesso, e in bocca fa una buona figura.
fiammanghilla (730) - Genova, ITALY - SEP 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spina @ villaggio della birra.
Scura impenetrabile con schiuma eterna.
Impegnantiva, corposa una sorta di imperial black IPA.
Buona ma davvero particolare, da bere con molta calma.
harrisoni (14608) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Gbbf 2013. Very dark brown beer lasting tan head. Vanilla aroma. its amazing. I mean I don’t like imperial stout in general but this is fantastic. Not stupid barrel aged good intense chocolate. Good imp stout.
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 08.08.2013, 0,33l bottle @ home:
Small brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sweet, dark malts, dark sugar, chocolate, licorice, coffee, cellar, mold, rubber, leafs. Taste is rich and sweet, dark malts, dark sugar, hops, oak, alcohol, licorice, coffee, grass, leafs, dark fruits, cellar, ashtray. Longlasting bitterness, dry and sligtly thick mouthfeel. Lots of Sorachi hops in this one for sure, really nice!
MarcoDL (2596) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Weird beer, in a good way. It’s a typical great IRS with a taste of roasted malt and roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Yet, it also has some distinct hoppiness of th Sorachi Ace hop. Great balance.
mile (3313) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown - almost black, average and fully diminishing dark brown head. Full malty and sweetish aroma, roasted malt and some chocolate, some oak - vanilla and light licorice. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, roasted malt and some coffee. Finish is average to long, malty and sweetish, roasted malt and some coffee with light salty licorice, light vanilla and light hoppyness with light alcohol. Nice roasted IS, not too sweet (considering 11%), not too much coffee.
The_Osprey (2781) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chilled bottle, poured into a snifter. Not that thick a pour. Head dies down quickly to form a scum but a little swirl brings it back up. Smell is hoppy, spicey, hints of lime and apple, boozey, lots of toilet cleaner/urinal cake in there too. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly foamy. Taste - some harsh chemical flavours here from the Sorachi Ace, which I think has been overused. There is a hint of some pleasant lime and coconut but it’s overpowered with chemical. Harsh and unbalanced. Very interesting, but the end result isn’t good. I would normally recommend drinking a hoppy beer nice and fresh, but I think that this one needs a long time to lose all of this harshness.
CraftBeerNick (1134) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Arendsnest, Amsterdam, chilling by the canal 20th June 13. Elegant on the pour, fair head on it, needs to rest. Hops on the nose, thiner palate and lighter than the barrel aged versions . Very drinkable, but prefer the BA
PriorL (2459) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2013 33cl bottle at home. Shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, huge mocha stable head.
NOSE: somewhat hoppy, little coffee, but the hop is mostly overruling, very weird for a IRS.
TASTE: coffee, lots of chocolate, the hops are a lot less prominent in the taste.