sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, - JAN 6, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottled, rated 2010-12-14) Almost black with a firm and lasting, light brown head. Intensive aroma with softly licoricey Impy meeting sour-wineous port. Red wine is emphasized in the sour, oaky-tannic flavor. The fine original beer is perhaps even too hidden, but nevertheless this is awesome stuff! A sophisticated and warming beer with no booziness.
Theydon_Bois (12113) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Chriso Easter tasting, thanks to the Chriso cellar, 04/04/15.
Pitch black with a dirty tan covering that quickly dissipates.
Nose is a rich roast base, light spice, dark fruits, woody notes, chocolate tones.
Taste comprises rich roast, ashen tones, dark chocolate, spice, dark fruit rinds, tangy red berry, winey/port BA resonance.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with subtle warming alcohol.
Solid stuff, has aged very well.
madvike (3061) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - Pours dark cola color with a tan ring of head. Nose is boozy, sharp, and sweet, with dark ashy malt. Taste is smoke, ash, dry dark malt, and a light sweet booziness and a warm finish. Thin, slick, and low carbonation. Pretty limp.
Svesse (6854) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Black colour with frothy, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with black coffee, oak wood, liquorice, port wine, raisins, red fruit and dark chocolate. Malty, roasted taste with notes of black coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, roasted malt, oak wood and a finish with balanced coffee bitterness and a warming and vinous touch of port wine. Full body, with a certain sweetness. The barrel ageing works exceptionally well, the port wine character is clearly evident, but quite balanced, adding complexity to the beer rather than taking over the show. Lovely beer!
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a short-lived, rich mocha head. The aroma picked up lots and lots of near-burnt coffee and Port wine.. pretty much as expected, with spicy, older vinous notes on the edges of the nose (well-aged).. the barrel cut through the sugars and roast well.. very nice! The flavor opened with tangy barrel and vinous notes, with well-roasted coffee following.. vinous warmth rose as the drink progressed.. finished with lots of burnt coffee roast, lightly-tangy Port barrel, and belly warmth. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation.. this wasn’t quite brilliant, but it sure was very good.
Cunningham (5326) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pitch black color with a small tan head. Some lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, oak, roasted malt and coffee.
Palate: Medium + body. Slightly sweet, and an ok bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Chocolate, fruity, mild acidic, oak, coffee and mild roasted malt.
Overall impression: Pleasant and tasty imperial stout with a fine balance.
Personal stats: Bottle @ Yngwie
jsquire (3693) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with some garnet colors around the edges when held against the light. There was no pop when I released the cork, and the beer itself was was pretty still. Big sweet malt profile with molasses and brown sugar.
This is a very dry beer with some grassy hops, some red wine/port flavors and a long dry finish. This beer is better warmer. The alcohol is well hidden until the end, when it kicks you in the head. Nice specialty beer.
HenrikSoegaard (11278) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and hoppy wonderfull aroma. Heavy bitter powerfull complex flavor. Long great heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate.
saxo (14457) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Gallafest tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, chocolate, coffee, hops, alcohol and hops. Long bitter finish.
mcberko (8707) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375mL bottle, courtesy of Nisse666 (thanks a lot, Tomas), pours black with a medium tan / brown head. Aroma of port wine barrel, subdued roasted malt, and charcoal -- very heavy and liqueurish on the nose. Flavour is dominated by the port barrels, bringing out notes of port liqueur and red wine, followed alcohol and subdued roasted malts. The port barrels have totally overtaken this, and not for the better, as boozy liqueur notes dominate making it a bit difficult to drink. The complexity of the base beer seems to be obscured by the barrel aging. Still, nice effort, but not too enthralling.
olio (7345) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle.
Originally rated on 20110101.
Pours black color with a small beige head. Aroma of licorice, dark roasted malts, vanilla, some dark chocolate and some tangy wine notes. Flavor of licorice, roasted malts, chocolate, tar and vanilla. Excellent.