GlassBrass440 (309) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours near black with a short lived brown head. Big, nutty, coffee aroma. Continues to what I’m interpreting as dried chilis, but is most likely the toasted coconut mixing with the figs. Flavor is of chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, coconut and dried fruits. In addition to the fig, I get dried cranberries, dried apricots, and raisins. The experience continues to a smooth and toothsome mouthfeel with light carbonation.
Dogbrick (10018) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew pours black with a medium creamy beige head that diminishes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Roast malt, dark fruit and coconut in the nose. Medium-bodied with flavors of roast coffee, malt, figs and coconut. The finish is roasty with a coconut coffee aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at elbernays wedding. Black as you like, coffee tan head, nose is roasted malts, figs, coffee, sweet notes. Flavour carries all the aromas, big body, soft carbonation, lush mouthfeel, no sign of the big ABV. very enjoyable indeed.
elbernays (1003) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at wedding. Cheers ciaranc. Big body. Rated from memory. Great stout. ====+++++//
Muggus69 (1685) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL Champagne bottle
Deep mahogany ale, holds a dense tan head.
Plenty to the nose; coffee bean, dark chocolate, dried fruit, fig jam.
Palate starts quite rich, smooth but dries out a fair bit, subdued carbonation.
Serious quantities of coffee on the body! Like chewing on a bean, add a touch of cocoa & fig skin to the mix and you’ve got a pretty intense flavour sensation. Bitter, slightly acrid finish.
Probably trying to do a bit too much with this beer, good, but coffee too dominant.
Niksko (535) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with small tan head. Nose is heaps of coffee, a little fig jam, milk chocolate, toffee. Flavour is much the same. Mouthfeel is smooth but not a particularly heavy body or creamy mouthfeel. Amazing flavour, but let down a little by the body.
StevieT (1168) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle. Pours black with not much head, big coffee aroma and very rich bitter coffee flavours, not overly thick with no hint of the alcohol. Great stuff.
mkel07 (4540) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle from Archive Beer Boutique. Rating from March 2014. Shared with my wife as this beer is made with her favourite New Zealand coffee. Poured a dense thick black with a foaming tan cap. Aromas of coffee beans, toffee and malt. The was a dry finish with a faint fruitiness from the fig.
Rangi (662) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice full flavoured imperial stout. Big coffee aroma dominates the stout. Couldn’t get a whole lot of the fig but there was a real pleasant sweetness that may be related? Regardless this was an awesome beer full of flavour.
sulawang (775) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Visual: Pours ultra dark brown with smallish very foamy lasting head, some lacing, a bit of activity near the surface.
Nose: clean roasted coffee without much burntness, soft aroma. (lvl-5)-pungency
Attack: dark malts, silky texture
Mid-palate: fizzy-micro-tingly, (MAIN) big roasted coffee, fig dark fruitiness, cacao, thick malts
Finish: coconut nuttiness, roasted coffee exhale, malty sweet coffee bitter finish.
Summary: Big roasted coffee and figgy flavour with just enough ABV, body, texture and zero sourness. Composed and poised. One of my top 3 favourite stouts out of all the 50+ stouts I’ve tried.