rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
275ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled in May 2011.
Pours pitch black with a dark tan half finger head that is pretty fizzy and quick to fade. Head retention and lacing are both lacking with just a ring left around the top of the beer.
The aroma has much more of a fruity character than other RIS I have had. Lots of dark fruit and licorice that really reminds me of many English ales, just on a stronger level. Really not much roast at all just a lot of fruit and yeasty esters. It works, though, and nothing is offensive whatsoever.
The flavor is where this beer really shines. Much like the aroma, dark fruity esters dominate at first. Somewhat sweet with quite a bit of yeast character. Not extremely impressive but about halfway through the taste, something magical happens. Almost out of nowhere tons of roast comes shooting in along with some coffee and dark chocolate. This marries magically with the dark fruit leading to an intensely complex finish. Moderate bitterness with a lot less sweetness than many other RIS with a pretty dry finish.
Overall, probably the best RIS I have had. Extremely complex flavors and an absolutely amazing mouthfeel with alcohol being extremely well hidden. A definite world class beer.
heavy (2663) - Split, CROATIA - JUL 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A 0.275 l bottle. It poured almost black, red hued body with a small brown head. Strong aroma of licorice, roasted malts like coffee and cocoa with some sweeter fruity notes. Flavor was lightly sweet, also a bit bitter, all from roasted malts where the coffee dominated. Cocoa, brown sugar, some licorice made it up as well. Medium complexity, I thought it would be higher. Medium body with longer, sourish coffee finish. Okay, a correct and enjoyable imperial stout, although quite an average or sub-par one. Also overpriced.
Tognetta (675) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - JUL 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2016 Totalmente negra, turva, espuma marrom cremosa de média formação e boa persistência. No aroma mais chocolate, avelã, nozes, malte intenso. Torrado aparece mais no paladar mas de média intensidade, mantém o equilíbrio com o dulçor médio/intenso. Corpo licoroso, média carbonataçao para o estilo. Final de média/longa persistência mantém o equilíbrio do dulçor achocolatado,cacau, toffe em menor intensidade. Muito boa, mas não chega a ser uma referência no estilo.
mkel07 (4983) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from The Wine Emporium 101116. Little bottle that packs a big punch. Holds the alcohol really well and you wouldn’t know that that was a 10% ABV beer by just drinking it. Dark and deliscous with everything that is good about beer packaged into this one bottle.
thewolf (11986) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown to black with a small, fizzy, brown head. Aroma has heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, lovely licorice notes. Light vinious. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good malty sweetness, chocolate, a touch of rubber, light milky, light coffee. Good, lingering warmth. Very elegant.
Andrus86 (350) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUN 23, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BOTTLE. 2013 Vintage bb020926. Black syrup pour with solid mocha head.. Thick dark syrup malty nose, molasses/vegemite as well??.. Thick dark malt body throughout, some dark fruits and a touch of sweetness at backend, no way it was 10%.. Sourced RW
wrlangin (133) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 edition. 275 ml bottle from Hawthorne Cellars. Pours black with small tan head that persists. Fantastic Africa flavours of toasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee. Good balance of sweet and bitter flavours. Very enjoyable.
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kerenmk (4014) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 28, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thanks Nimrod R. 2012. Murky dark brown. Raisin and cocoa powder aroma, bitter and tons of cocoa, dry, powdery. Full body, rich, some dry fruit finish. Great beer.
maley1 (1074) - Calgary, CANADA - MAY 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of malts, chocolate, coffee, faint fruits, lactose and fudge. Taste of chocolate fudge, lactose, espresso, roasted malts, faint fruits and slightly smoky. Full bodied, soft carbonation, roasted bitterness on the finish, well balanced.
Trolleo (1240) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 5, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, big brown head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, some booze and cocoa. Chocolate liquor taste, alcohol, thickness and oilyness. Creamy, medium body, soft carbonation. Yes, very good. //bottle at Craft Room
BlackHaddock (6085) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
275ml bottle (2012 vintage) at home on 7th April 2016. Poured into ’Gordons’ thistle shaped glass, it is very, very dark, the head a wispy light tan colour. Rich, smooth and boozy with coffee and dark chocolate esters oozing through the brew, raisin like flavours abound with a wild berry undertone. Very drinkable.