FaithHealer1 (358) - - NOV 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 Bottle from Beer Ritz. Pours a pitch black, with half a finger of dark tan head. Aroma is a lot of ginger (Fentimans Ginger Beer), gingery cake, a bit of cinnamon. It gave me flashbacks to International Arms Race, and set me up for a disappointment. Taste came as a wonderful surprise. Rich sweet barleywine malt, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, a little bit of spice (from the ginger and chipotle?) and a tiny hint of raspberry. Sweet upfront, but a nice coffee bitterness and a little (but genuine) spiciness, tempered with a touch of alcohol heat balances it really nicely. Complex as hell. To answer gyllenbock’s question "Who buys this junk?" (not entirely sure what he’s looking for - this has complexity by the barrel, and is maturely made and tasty as hell), I do. And I f*cking love it.
gad905 (49) - - SEP 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased 18 months ago at BD Birmingham. Hazy dark brown pour with barely discernible head, some UFOs/bits of barrel. Aromas of Christmas cake, caramel, ginger, dark dried fruit, tart berries, licorice, smoke. Slightly boozy still. Rich dark caramel sweetness, licorice, prunes, chipotle smoke and a touch of heat rears its head. Lots of ginger and more dark spices, cloves. Still some acidity from the fruit, and a little bitterness on the end. Full bodied, sticky, almost completely flat. This beer’s mellowed out nicely with age, for sure. It’s still boozy but also surprisingly easy-drinking
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A small big-bubbled ashy blond head, covering an unclear deep burgundy body. Mild ginger and chili tones hit the nose at first, then a whiff of rounded alcohol-soaked dark malts. Hint of fruity acidity. Full body. Thick, juicy and warming mouthfeel. Taste has a refined malt-sweetness, nicely balanced by the subtle ginger and chili additions. No disturbing alcohol. Nice spicy malt finish. A fully balanced and elegant BW. Nice sipper. [Corked and wired half champagne-sized bottle from Vinmonopolet Nettbutikk. Cellared for a year, enjoyed at home]
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, light berry fruit, sweet toffee, caramel, light smoky spiciness.
teddybeer (2224) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown, almost black, color without head and carbonation. Aroma has notes of red fruits, molasses, candy sugar, toffee, barley malts and caramel. Flavor is quite the same as aroma standing out hints of molasses, ripe red fruits like berries, some wooden notes, notes of honey and sweet red wine. The final is moderate sweet, no cloying with a low presence of alcohol that is hidden by caramel and toasted malts notes. creamy, dense and smooth on palate.
Marheb (2049) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Des sucres féroces, sucre candi, chocolat, mélasse suivi d’une astringence à peine piquante qui dissipe la corpulence massive en entrée de bouche. Inintéressante créature de dégustation lente.
SlackerMads (1613) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown to black with a small dense good lacing beige head. Minty nose, a bit like After Eight but with some dark berries as well. Full and fat with low carbonation. Again mint notes and something like wintergreen plants, almost perfumy like air freshener with chocolate and sugar. Alcohol heat. Soft and sweet wtih some bitterness and alcohol to balance it. Long spicy and light astringent finish. A bit much.
Lore (1064) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep dark colour, practically no head, only some lacing, which also disappears within some minutes; aroma of biscuit, toffee, hints of chocolate, spicy notes, and dark berries; taste of biscuit, toffee, dried berries, some bitterness and spicy-peppery aftertaste; cool barley wine
Arve_Christian (3070) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Black color, some foam- high viscosity . Aromas of malt, dark choclate, dried fruits: high aroma intensity- light chili influence. Full body & high complexity . Immediate sweet, Then good bitterness. Very enjoyable
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Odense catch-up from the cellar. Black with a tiny off-white head. Aroma of licorice with a strong ginger note that appears very unusual for an imperial stout. Sweet and ginger dominated flavour with licorice, dark chocolate and fresh roasted coffee. Overwhelming ginger, but quite interesting
_angst_ (2782) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours reddish black with a small blackish beige head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and spicy with biscuits, ginger ale, alcohol, raspberry jam, hay, black pepper corns, roasted malts and hints of bitter chocolate, honey and smoke. Taste is sweet and spicy with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, ginger, cardamon, black pepper corns, cloves, biscuits, caramel, hay, smoke, charred wood and hints of raspberry jam. Mouthfeel is round, cloying, sticky sweet, spicy astringent and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, tiny bitter and spicy with roasted malts, ginger snaps, raspberry jam, caramel, bitter chocolate and smoke. A terrible mix drenched in ginger. Doesn’t work out at all...