Doghair (257) - Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured into a tulip glass dark brown almost black. Started with about 3/4 inch of dark foam that dissipated to a lighter ring. Nice lacing all the way to the bottom. Smell is coffee, roasty malt, caramel and maybe a little vanilla. Wonderful sweet malt, coffee and caramel taste. Not too sweet, just right. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Overall an excellent beer. Very flavorful but not overpowering. Easy to drink for a bigger stout.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1950) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles, thanks Beerism! I am happy to finally try this - 2012 A dark black pour with a filmy beige head. Roast coffee and molasses. Full bodied and silky soft the taste is hugely coffee with a sweet milky coffee taste. The 2013 is a similar dark cola pour with a slightly thicker beige head. It has a similar aroma as the 2012 almost identical but with a bit more of a fudgey caramel quality to it. Chocolate, milk sugary coffee taste. Sweeter than the 2012 but the differences were incredibly minimal.
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Saeglopur (306) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - AUG 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pitch black, oily liquid, with a small, creamy, tan head. Amazing, rich, complex aroma with all kinds of different chocolate and coffee notes, vanilla, caramel, some alcohol, even some vegetables. Taste is more of a straight stout, with coffee, wood, smoke, dark chocolate, dark dried fruits, earth. Mouthfeel is medium, oily, with a medium carbonation and it finishes bitter, roasty, dry, with coffee, wooden and dark chocolate notes. Tasty stuff! Just one little complaint, that the taste doesn’t fully keep what the wonderful nose promises. But nonetheless a delicious Stout that even is quite easy to drink despite the ABV and the richness.
Alengrin (1258) - BELGIUM - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
American oatmeal stout enriched with Sumatra and Kona coffee. Thin, beige head, black colour. Spicy coffee beans in the aroma, like a ristretto, smoked accent, charcoal, chocolate, some caramel, some vanilla. Strong chocolate maltiness in the mouth, soft and silky thanks to the generous appliance of oats, powdery, very full mouthfeel, caramel and cinnamon hints, smokey accent again, finishing in a strong roasted bitterness. Not sure I’d have this for breakfast as the name suggests - but a very good stout in any case.
demondeacon09 (43) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 bottle poured into a snifter. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bliss. Opague black with a small off-white head. Tastes of chicory, dark chocolate, the essence of earth. This unbelievable imperial stout will change someone’s life. Or twice.
magpieken (49) - - AUG 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle. Poured a brown so dark that it borders on black, with a brown head which quickly diminished to a ring, minimal lacing. Aroma of chicory, espresso, dark cooking chocolate, smokiness and vanilla. Medium roasty bitterness combined with some sweetness. Medium, smooth body with some astringency and a mildly warming alcoholic finish.
Sebilinz (479) - Linz, AUSTRIA - AUG 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black body with tan not very long lasting head. Aroma is malts with chocolate, coffee and dried fruits. Taste is wonderful balanced between roasted malts bitterness and coffee, vanilla, cocoa sweetness. Palate is rich, full, oily. Aftertaste is perfect balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Wonderful.
flying_pig (933) - SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£4):
Strong with oatmeal & chocolate, some coffee & some milky notes plus a little sweetness. Good roasted notes & bitterness feature, offset with some sugar. Despite the strength the alcohol is masked by the chocolate & dark malts.
Black with a thin, light brown lacing that covers the surface & holds until I start drinking.
Strong chocolate, subtly sweet with light bitterness & strong coffee, some oatmeal too. There is some espresso like flavours & lots of cocoa with roasted malts & darker fruits, sugar & vanilla. Complex & great tasting.
Full bodied & smooth, the alcohol content is almost completely hidden with only the slightly warming feel giving an indication as to the strength of this one. Strong sweetness with the occasional bit of bitterness; frighteningly easy to drink too.
An exceptional beer from Founders, definitely the best I’ve tried from them and up there with the best I’ve tried from any brewery for that matter. Excellent stuff from the start & one I’ll be picking up the next time I spot it anywhere.
varanid99 (491) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with a minimal tan head. Aroma jumped out of the bottle - coffee, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, roast. Big, bitter chocolate and coffee flavour up front, burnt toffee, sweeter chocolate note comes through, a little vanilla. Amazing beer
Stuu666 (2122) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, this was too bitter coffee for me, deserves a re-rate.
MattH (642) - California, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma of chocolate and cocoa nibs. Flavor is chocolate. Body is smooth. Light carbonation.