HighWine (946) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to snifter. Almost still black pour with intermittent bubbles floating to the top in small groups. Light brown head faded quickly releasing an almost intoxicating aroma of whiskey soaked wood and caramel macchiato. The taste is sweet and smoky but extremely well balanced and blended. While not boozy, this drinks like an elegant after dinner liqueur. I am loving the burnt caramel sugar character to this very robust and oily stout. Extremely well done.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(From notes 14 Oct, 2012) Bottle, 2012 vintage (12.0% ABV). Head is brown and thick, settles quite quickly. The beer itself is an inviting pitch black. Aroma is malt, coffee and a bit of wine. Flavor is overall very sweet; a bit of sweet soy sauce, close to that of BrewDog’s Tokyo, with some added bitterness. Calm carbonation, resulting in a pretty smooth mouthfeel. Finish is bitter & sweet.
Overall, a great imperial stout. Nothing to complain about, really. The pervasive sweetness sets this apart from others.
jfb (3679) - GERMANY - OCT 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle, rating #2000) pours a pitch black colour with a creamy brown head. aroma of green apples, vanilla, chocolate icing and ashy toasted malts, chocolate fudge, light alcohol and a hint of bubble gum. flavour is mostly the same, heavy dark chocolate, ash and roasted malts, slightly savoury, with notes of toffee, bread dough, vanilla, a subtle sweetness and a light roasted-bitter finish, alcohol is well-hidden. relatively light-bodied with soft carbonation.
JohnnyJ (4217) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid black pour, small tan head. Chocolate, raisin, chewy dark malts, bourbon barrel, sweet, vanilla, and dark fruit. A heavy BA stout for sipping. Good.
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bootle. Almost black. Caramel, toast, maple syrup and bourbon in the aroma. Velvety mouthfeel. Bourbon flavor. malty sweet, boozy. Hints of ash and roast. Licorice, but the whisky dominates. Lovely!
barn0216 (385) - California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, creamy tan head disappears quickly leaving the glass clear. Semisweet chocolate smell. Very heavy flavor, chocolate, coffee, cherry, almond, alcohol. Starts sweet, gliding to a gentle bitterness. There are some very nice elements here but it comes up a little short.
Yorker (1089) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with some sediment and a large tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is liquorice, vanilla, toasted malt, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, and some port. Flavour is bitter chocolate, liquorice, vanilla, and some warming alcohol. Not as bitter as the original and more smooth.
marcus (6300) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours nearly black with an attractive tan head and a chocolate aroma. There is an intense chocolate and dark molasses flavor with a dry satisfying finish.
sheep (93) - FINLAND - SEP 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle, best before 2015. Black as hell with a small, big-bubbled mocha head that doesn’t stay on for long. A little bubbly lace on the edges. Aroma is sublime, lots of sweet malt, toffee, vanilla, slight roast, chocolate, bourbon and a hint of port. I could smell this forever. The taste? Starts off with the sweet malt, backed by an almost raisiny presence, bitter chocolate, sweet, dark fruit, big roaaty finish. Not quite as complex as the nose, but good. On the palate it’s nice and chewy with medium carbonation, slightly sticky and real velvety. Real nice.
thebeertourist (4755) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Cask Pub, Pimlico. Black with a tan froth. Lovely vanilla and whiskey orange aroma. Chocolate , marcipan, vanilla and a hint of fruit in the mouth. Close to perfection.