fletchfighters (821) - - AUG 28, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A-- Poured and settled motor oil black. Thin, half finger of dark leather head that quickly went to a ringed collar. Not too bad a lacing for the size of this. Visually a big beer and a lot of a dark, oily substance left behind through drinking.
S-- Dark coco, oak, dark fruits burnt tires, or rubber, and red wine. Just a huge nose with this. Impressive as heck and very full on.
T-- See above but amped up. Just a full on taste. Lots of chocolate, burnt tires, dark plum and strawberry, red wine, ash and char. Well hidden alcohol.
M-- Full bodied and light to no carbonation. Slick and oily but very velvety and easy to drink. More wine like in a lot of respects with the amount of fruit in the mid and back palate. Finishes quite dry and coating. Almost parching dry. Stunning with it’s balance in the mouth. Just bits of smoke in the back of palate.
O-- Seriously a top 5 stout. Dry as heck monster but easy to drink. More fruit than expected, mixed in with enough chocolate. Well hidden alcohol and only real complaint is not enough smoke. One of the best imperial stouts I have tried in the last 18 months. More European than American due to the lack of sweetness and how dry it was. Pleasure to drink.
MikeJslc (490) - Utah, USA - APR 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/black, brown head. Deep malt, toffee, licorice, dark bread crusts. a little caraway, lightly smoky, some dark fruit, a little leather in this 3 year old bottle. Very tasty.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
brystmar (458) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoked beers: my nemesis! Fortunately, Bar Fly chose the more noble route of well-balanced smokiness than the rigorous assault seen in many of its peers. Rich, creamy flavors and body start to finish. Booze blends particularly nicely in this brew, using itself as a full-blown component of the flavor profile rather than a side product.
A pretty darn good stout, particularly for the style.
TheAlum (4295) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Zwanze Day 2012. Thanks. Pours a richer deep brooding blackish pour. Dark and opaque, the edges show just a faint light of brownish glow. A frothy brown head dies to a film and laces ok. Darker and ominous. Aromas offer roast and toast, smokey malts, cocoa and coffee. Firm heat, vanilla, and oak. Firm full stouty big flavors overwhelm the senses. Initial is bigger bodied, roasty and toasty off the bat with dry cocoa, coffee, and smokey malts. Vanilla, smooth silky malts into the middle with oak, spirit, and gentle heat. Toasty and roasty, cocoa and caramel, toast, smokey and roasty malts. Backend shows firm cocoa, chocolate and powerful smoke and roast. Really dig that. Finish is a bit dry and resiny, some darkness, lingering roast and smoke trail for awhile in the finish with cocoa, roast, gentle heat and really nice lingering flavors on the palate. Really nice offering if you dig the smoke and roast elements. Can see others really not enjoying this.
Huhzubendah (1980) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by craytonic. Thanks Matt.
The beer is on the verge of black, with a wispy, thin beige cap. The aroma is of heavy roast, booze, oak, chocolate, and hints of vanilla. The flavor is toasty, with booze and chocolates. Vanilla and oak flavors are there as well. Soft smokey, campfire notes. The feel is thick, with fairly low carbonation. Booze lingers on the palate, offering a delicate warmth. Well done. While alcohol is present, it’s well integrated into the taste profile and completely unobtrusive. This beer is not the usual imperial stout. Unique and refined. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-08-2011
Marsiblursi (2952) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours super black with small dark brown head. The aroma holds coffee roast, dark chocolate, liquorice, tar, some smoke, wet asphalt, vanilla, dark fudge and some hops. The flavor is near medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic with aggressive roast, dark/burned fudge, vanilla, buttery wood, tart, salt liquorice, mint, resinous hops. The mouthfeel is oily and round with a light to medium carbonation. Heavily roast and resinous/citric hops. Full bodied.
_angst_ (1751) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of rlgk. Pours blacker than black with a small blackish brown head that quickly dissipates without without leaving any trace. Smell is sweet and salty with heavily roasted malts, burnt caramel, vanilla fudge, prunes, cookie dough, peat, charred wood, smoke, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, alcohol, salty liqourice, moist soil and hints of metal. Taste is sweet, bitter, salty and metallic with heavily roasted malts, burnt wood, peat, vanilla fudge, sheet metal, prunes, salty liquorice, raisins, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, burnt cookies, alcohol, roasted nuts, roasted cookies and hints of moist wood and moist soil. Mouthfeel is slightly round, rough, slightly boozy, tiny astringent and full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, bitter and metallic with heavily roasted malts, vanilla fudge, burnt caramel, burnt cookies, charred wood, peat, alcohol and hints of raisins and prunes. What’s up with the metal?
Dazz3 (1251) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours pitch with a small brown head. Smells liqorice, coffee and roasted malt. Tastes creamy coffee, abit salty and roasted mal. Sadly abit to much alcohol.
rlgk (7474) - Skövde, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Pitch black beer with a small brow head. Chocolate aroma, cocoa powder, toffee, caramel, vanilla, peat notes, figs, raisins, smoked notes, oak notes, milky, cream, licorice, hay, metal notes. Roasted flavor, caramel, peat, hay, smoked, vanilla, raisins, figs, milky, soot, ash, bitter, metal notes, oak, warming alcohol, cream, tar, spicy notes, some chili, dry woody. Bitter roasted finish, hay, peat, dark chocolate, caramel, raisin notes. One of the best imperial stouts I have tried. Thanks Freakout!
larsniclas (4999) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at USSkovde
Pitch black. No head.
Dark, milky chocolate, slightly sourish, vinous. Salty and sweet. A bit sourish. Milky chocolate.
tkrjukoff (3362) - SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ rlgk’s tasting. Pours pitch black with a small diminishing head. Aroma is vinous sweet grapes fidges raisins a bit metallic roasted malty acidytary slightly smoked soy. Flavor is as aroma, a bit pungent phenolic alcohol and well bitter. Finishes bitter sweet raisiny and smokey.