thornecb (4787) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black into a snifter. Tan bubbly head recedes to hug rim. Dark pit fruit and espresso aromas. Medium bodied with sweet dark chocolate syrup and mild yeast front to back. Hot lasting espresso finish.
BenH (2930) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma of chocolate licorice and wood. Taste of licorice, wood. A bit thin with a clean finish. Pretty good.
cgarvieuk (17018) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home ... bottle at home .. deep black ... soft roast .... light chocolate ... dark malts ... soft roast ... sweet chocolate ... dark roast ... big chocolate ...ligth meatyness.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 10, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In bottle at Craig’s. Pours a very dark brown colour with a thin, light tan head. Aroma of whisky, oak, chocolate, soy sauce, coconut and alcohol. Similar flavours with lingering coconut, chocolate and alcohol again. Mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel.
HighWine (955) - 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 (4559) - Freising, 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 (4872) - 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 (11044) - 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 (501) - 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.