dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A beer drinker’s beer. Pours a sultry, thick mud brown with thick and chocolate head a with legs and lace. Nose thick with chewy raisin and molasses. Thick mouthfeel with lateral sour bite as a caramel, raisin, and fruit cake move down the middle leaving a bitter, biting, alcohol finish.
angel77 (46) - oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella de 65 cl en el lupulo. Un par de veces durante el verano de 2013. Alucinante cerveza. Cuerpo medio con increíble sabor amargo, tostados y quemados muy bien combinados. Muy recomendable repetir.
berntholer (544) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
light beige head disappears without lacing. coffee coloured. aroma yeasty, bit spicy like saison, roasted malts. taste like aroma, bit coffee, slight bitter. rather thin mouthfeel, too much carbonation. bottle 65 cl
RobertDale (2608) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Thanks Dave! Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, and dark fruit. Excellent balance. Excellent American Strong Ale or whatever.
EdKing (1556) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle care of Paul Unwin at The Kernel. Very dark brown, tan head, opaque. Nose is brown sugar, dark chocolate, lactic, vanilla, alcohol, dark fruit. Taste is rich chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, oak wood, sweet and sugary, treacly.
zenkis (397) - Ogre, LATVIA - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle @ALEhouse, Riga
Funny why this beer is in this category cause to mee it is typical stout or strong porter with roasted backbone and hoppy side effects. Pours opaque black with tan-brown thick top. On nose dominant roasted malts plus some herbal hops touch at the end. Taste is average+ bitter, almost no sweetness to me. Medium to full bodied, dry finish. Casual stout with well hidden degree of alcohol.
maltdog (609) - Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber into tulip. Darkest brown; thick, poofy mocha head. Smells of dark chocolate, marzipan, leather, metal shavings, cherry and blackberry. Predominant dark ryebread and charred plum flavor… hugely roasty, bitter black malt, plasticy phenols and solventlike alohol. A bit one-dimensional. Where’s the oak? Creamy, sugary palate. Espresso finish. Why isn’t this called imperial stout? Totally off the mark for ASA. In pursuit of a super black, super alcohol beer, some quality was lost.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at The Kernel - this one I’d had in the ’ol cellar for nigh on three years. Pours clear, dark brown with a frothy, beige head. The nose has rich bread, ripe dark fruits and soft vanilla. Medium to big sweet flavor with fruit cake, chocolate, dark fruits, bread. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with semi-dark malts, light chocolate, cake, dark berries, light dirt, vanilla, more heavy bread. Lovely, rich and well balanced. Delicious.
shoulderbroken (1501) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Craftheads. Big night... Dark brown black, golden bubbly head. Aroma is oaty, smoke and spice, darkness, whiff of booze, black treacle.
Taste is lovely. Treacle, chocolate, cocoa, bit of coffee, smoky, oats. Finish is dry and long. Lots of malt. Really nice. Smooth and dangerous, quite thick. When it warms, more bitter. Nice. Light sweetness.
beertholomeus (366) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a large tan head. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and hop aroma. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, oak, hop and dark fruit flavors. Full body and low carbonation. Smooth and slightly sweet mouth feel with just a hint of alcohol. Roasted malt and chocolate finish.
teorn88 (1620) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle at the Kernel, Paul tasting. Thanks to Leoghton for sharing this one. Roasted malt aroma with a slight hint of bourbon or brandy. Black in color with a tan head. Very full palate adds to the experience. Tangy and bitter roasted malt taste hits first followed by solid chocolate hints and roasted coffee flavors as well. Very good.