mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
[7967-20151212] 500mL bottle. Roasted chocolate malts and hints of wood and dark fruits in the aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy brown head and some spotted lacing. Bitter chocolate and grainy roasted potato skins flavour. Full body is rich and hints at a little booze. Delicious and very well balanced. (9/4/9/5/16) 4.3
(@ Bellwoods, Toronto, ON)
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle bought off the shelf in December 2015. Pours a deep, inky black with a persistent tan head. Aroma is definitely a bit oxidized. But still good bits of chocolate and espresso. Taste is chewy bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Lasting sweet mocha taste. Lots of lingering espresso bitterness.
alex_leit (1592) - Minsk, BELARUS - DEC 25, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (2014). Black color with a tan foam. Aroma: floral hop, burnt and roasted barley malt, coffee, chocolate, brandy, vanilla and chocolate, ice cream. Taste: strong, sweet port wine, brandy, coffee, roasted, prunes, liqueur, warming. Excellent!
drmet (705) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Drank on Christmas Eve, but not in a NYC Hotel Room
-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a medium,frothy,khaki head
-ash,coffee,tobacco,pepper,molasses,smok the nose plus nuts,fudge,a slight acidity,toasty finish
-low to medium carbonation
-medium to full body
Perfect Imperial Stout,even without Barrel-aging
ryanhunter_4 (198) - La Crete, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle poured at home. Pours black with a tan head and some lacing. Malty smell with a hint of pepper. Taste is not what I expected. Iím getting a little bit of chocolate doused with a good bit of chili powder. Like Clown Shoes, the chili flavor is off putting.
IloveIPAs81 (59) - - DEC 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours dark, with quite a bit of carbonation taste was not as I was expecting from what I read. Think I'll have to give it another try as it tasted nothing as the reviews.
lightbias (436) - USA - DEC 24, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím not usually a fan of "everyone is doing it", but the label just reeks of "do it now". Itís Christmas Eve. Letís do it.
- The pour into the snifter is rich and oily, thick and burnt umber in color. The foam, soft and porous, fades gracefully into the beer leaving a deep, milk chocolate ring skirting the inside of the glass. Wispy islets drift lazily in circles, no barrier to the aroma, flush with chocolate, dark roasted coffee and overripe black plums. Hints of vanilla toy with the chocolate as I bring the glass to my lips. The flavor teems with old leather, smoky ash, milk chocolate and coffee, the beer edgy and bitter; the harshness that could be forceful just isnít. The only real burn or bite is deep in my throat, after the swallow. Completely drinkable, tasty and comfortable, but the body falls apart with any degree of warmth. This has a very full body, but is heavy and oily and although itís flavorful with the buzz of the carbonation, as soon as itís too warm, thereís no real fun in it anymore. The finish is nice, but the end of the bottle, if not enjoyed with some urgency, is disappointing.
- Christmas Eve starts out with a bang, buts ends with a fizzle...or no fizzle. Depending on how you look at it.
StilleStorm (1311) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
DAA; Bottle 355ml, from Vinmonopolet. Pours moderate to large, black with a frothy creamy, lasting and lacing tan head. Nose is moderate to heavy, roasted malt, coffee, moderate chocolate and light liqorice. Taste is heavy chocolale sweet and moderate bitter with a lasting roasted, dark chocolate, coffee finish. Body is medium to full, texture is is oily to thick, carbonation is soft. Merry Christmas.
Mister_Li (684) - GERMANY - DEC 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dunkelbraun mit durchschnittlicher brauner Schaumkrone. RŲstmalze, Karamell, dunkle Schokolade, leicht sŁŖlich bis bitter.
haukur (1623) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - DEC 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown with no head. Aroma is molasses, dark chocolate, hint of mocha. Roasty malty finish with almost complete lack of carbonation. Still very nice though.