daje (3469) - - JUL 21, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar july 19th 2012.
This is a beer I’ve wanted to try for quite a while, and I’m happy to say I wasn’t dissappointed in any way at all.
It has a massive black body, with a thick lasting tanned head. Very nice aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, herbs, roasted malt, prunes. It has a high viscousity, and complex tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, anis, roast, earthly hops, vanilla, very well camouflaged alcohol for the strength. Finish is bitter with coffee, caramel, herbs, lasting a good time. This must really be the best imperial stout I’ve had for a long long time.
libertine (376) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with almost no head. Lots of roast in the aroma. Notes of bitter chocolate, caramel, anise and dark fruit. Lots of dark roast in the flavor as well. Notes of caramel, anise and dark fruit. Full body. Creamy texture. Alcohol is well hidden. Lasting bitter finish. Fantastic.
emusche (165) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a beige head, clingy lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, espresso, chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, sweet malts and roast. Very good.
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beastiefan2k (3335) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I probably had this for the first time around a decade ago. I bet this has come around a few tastings in life. I always thought I enjoyed this beer. Have had a few of the variants on tap as well. But I saw this beer on tap at Chuck’s for 6.50 for 16oz and was able to use my little growler (a gift from McBerko and maybe the best thing he has ever given me). I thought this is my chance to really check this beer out again. I am highly disappointed. It tastes like sweet chocolate syrup with a bug burst of roasted and acidic malts. You can see the sweetness covering up a lot of the acidity. It comes off as cheap Hershey syrup but thick. You know how that cheap chocolate syrup has a tartness to it, well that is present here from the acidity. Really messes with the palate. An alcohol heat is present as well. Again, the sweetness covers it up but it peaks through anyway. Again diminishing the beer. I can see why in a small burst, at a tasting, and a decade ago I could have loved this. Or maybe the beer was better a decade ago, I am sure Alesmith has gone through some changes. But at the moment, this is not the the imperial stout I am searching for.
djkatt (47) - - JUN 21, 2016
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This Imperial Stout is okay and obviously made with malt and hops. There is also maybe some coffee and some sort of alcohol in it.
MatusBeer (339) - Košice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at beergeek. Aroma of nuts,caramel sweets. Taste of plumbs, roasted coffee,nuts, higher % of alcohol.
odinstyr (716) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick oily black with no head. Smells of dark cocoa, coffee, herbal hops. Taste is bitter, moderately sweet - all dark roast and thick.
AdolfoCC (130) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - JUN 16, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Servida en un Spiegelau Tulip. APARIENCIA: de color totalmente negra, no pasa nada de luz a través de ella; corona de espuma color beige de buena retención, con burbujas compactas y algunas abiertas.
AROMA: es dominante el café tostado, chocolate semiamargo, algo licorosa, caramelo, toffee, melaza, ligeramente algo de frutos oscuros como dátiles y pasas.
SABOR: en boca se siente ligeramente dulce de inicio, seguido de puro café tostado y sus características torrefactas, además de chocolate semiamargo y eso lo que domina, atrás notas de caramelo, melaza, nuevamente los frutos oscuros pero sólo de manera sutil. El retrogusto un amargor medio con una larga permanencia del sabor a café y muy ligeramente dulce.
SENSACIÓN: cuerpo completo con una gran sensación untuosa, baja carbonatación. El alcohol se llega a sentir ligeramente en boca y en garganta de manera cálida, nada agresivo.
RESUMEN: Excelente imperial stout con un impecable uso de adjuntos.
Punkero (245) - FINLAND - JUN 15, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, faint foam. Roasted, sweet, licoricy and strong aroma. Well roasted. Dry. Full body. Slightly sweet with roasted, almost burned aftertaste. Slightly boozy maybe.
Unde (810) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow beer #800. Dark brown colour with beige head going to the sides of the glass. Aroma has dark roasted malts, dried fruits, dark chocolate. Taste has dark roasted coffee flavours and malts, Full body and medium carbonation. Sadly nothing special here.
wekker84 (2140) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle a black colored beer with a beige head aroma roasted malts coffee chocolate caramel dried fruits spicy and bitter hops flavor roasted malts spicy dark fruits caramel dried fruits coffee mocha chocolate citrus spicy and hops