Sask89 (418) - Regina, Saskatchewan, - FEB 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2014 Pours pitch black with an extremely frothy mocha head (the bottle almost overflowed). Aroma of dark chocolate, black liquorice, slight coffee and a little oak. Taste is not really sweet, it is rich and fairly bitter, which is nice. Full body, lively mouth feel, over carbonated (not surprising). Overall a really awesome beer.
M82 (321) - Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pure black body sits beneath a slowly fading, creamy smooth, one inch, medium khaki head which eventually falls to a thin ring and a couple dots of lace
A festival of berries, pine needles, and grapefruit rind with dark roast coffee and smokey accents bridging into rich dark complexities of vanilla, treacle, dark caramel, and dark chocolate with a touch of alcohol spice and beef jerky on a heavy, mildly carbonated body offering a burst of spice as the residual opens, melting back to reveal balanced, extended waves of the previously mentioned components, another great imperial stout from Jeppe
12oz bottle code 231:14 09:36 served at 55º into 13.5oz Red Vanilla Lara Brandy snifter
swieca (53) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted dark fruits, licorice. Dark with ruby reflexes and no head, only a ring. Some interesting sweetness in taste, mixed with roasty feeling, coffee and nice bitter finish. Medium body - expected a bit more. Oily texture, very soft carbonation.
SinH4 (271) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2014 Black color with small head. Looking good! Dark fruits, I think it’s like dry apricots rather than raisins or plums. Sweetness, roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Super liquorice and well-balanced. Better than Port Brewing’s Santa’s Little Helper which I had just before. A very good one.
GJF (1275) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Lincoln Wine Bar. Beatiful dark pour. Rich aroma, deep, smooth flavors of chocolate and roast malt. I’d like another please.
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/19/2014. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, light smoke/char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark fruits, and earthy hop notes; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Russian imperial stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, dark fruit, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Leini (919) - SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle.Pitch black body with a medium tan head. Licorice, soy, dark rye bread, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Starts a bit sweet but finished dry. Warm but discrete alcohol presence.
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Jahe (40) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black from Bottle. Small Brown head. Ckocolate Coffe rostad malt. Taste of chocolate dark syrup, Coffe a little sweetness,
Bif (1560) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a virtual black color with a small head and some lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, malts, some dark fruit and bit of spice. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt and spice. Mild bitterness and a dry finish. Medium body, smooth with a nice bit of flair. Good beer fo the holiday season.
BBHansen (163) - Køge, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle @ home. Appearance: pours black with ok off-white foamy head with some acing. aroma/taste: caramel, chocolate, coffee, espresso, wood
and hints of citrus and floral notes. palette: medium carbonation, full body, some caramel sweetness, average bitterness, dry finish, long duration and an oily texture. Overall: nice tasteful stout that just lingers
andysando (46) - SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Loads of dark chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of liquorice. Taste: Dark bitter chocolate, dried fruits, raw liquorice. Superb! One of my absolute favorite Christmas beers!