Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Lizardville sampler. Pours a deep dark brown with a very mocha thick head. Aroma is big burnt/roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and hint of vanilla. Taste is much the same with the big roasted malts dominant, dark chocolate bitterness, some coffee and a hint of sweetness such as vanilla or sweet milks. Moderate mouth, bitter dark chocolate finish. Mild carb. Well rounded and big roast all around.
jercraigs (9537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015-12-12. Black body with a nice foamy brown head that fades leaving very light lace. 3++ Aroma is interesting mix of dark malt, roast, cocoa and chocolate and muted alcohol. 7++ Flavour is fairly rich, nice dark malt core, bitter roast and dark chocolate. Lingering bitterness but lovely sweet core. Big but surprisingly subtle. Bitterness masks much of the alcohol presence which sneakily builds, warming the palate. Medium to full bodied palate, good carbonation. 3++ Deceptively simple but very nice. 7/4/8/4/15-16+ Bottle at Bellwoods, Toronto.
tsd08460 (709) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: roasty, chocolate, coffee,
Appearance: black with a brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle shared in a snifter. Pours thick and black with a short-lived tan head which persists as a steady film of brown atop the oily, black liquid. Aroma is strong burnt malts, sweet dark fruits and candy sugar. Taste is powerful alcohol heat (not excessive) with upfront sweet and a quite severe bitterness. As it warms the more subtle nuances begin to emerge with the almost tobacco like earthiness complementing the dark cocoa and very little sweetness to back up the bitter notes. A real winter warmer and one of the better and more extreme imperial stouts I have tried.
samsmith33 (772) - - DEC 12, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at maxs. Cells point. Aroma is Dark fruit. Dark malt. Look is Dark black, medium head. Taste is raisin, plum , pomegranate, dark chocolate coffee. Very nice.
Humlehode (551) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with nice thick tan head. Well balanced complex aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, hops, roasted malt. Intense, smooth, full bodied.
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crazy_cat_lady (343) - - DEC 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at beerbistro. Aromas of cherry, chocolate, coffee, hint of leather. Very dark with dark tan head. Strong anise flavour, with coffee and chocolate and cherry, hint of smoke. The lingering bitter leather and anise flavour just doesn’t work for me.
mambossa (264) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to little tasting snifter, dated 23/2/15. Opaque with mildly retaining wet sand head with loose lacing. Nose of smokey cedar, chocolate, light sweet lactic notes, date, maybe a bit of cinnamon, mocha/toffee, and alcohol. Flavor is more chocolate and dates, coffee essence, oily and sticky, medium soft carb. Really interesting, but this 4 pack will surely not be guzzled. I’ll keep some for holiday occasions.
23Skidoo (68) - SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So... I loved the fresh version of this one, but right now I’m holding a glass of the 2014 vintage in my hand (if the 231:14 bottle marking means what I think it means [day:year]). Blackest black, nice big beige head. After a year in the cellar it developed a powerful tomato juice note in the aroma; never had a beer that smelled like this. I like tomato juice, so it’s a plus, but YMMV. Also hot chocolate undertones; tomato aroma grows weaker as the glass warms up, but still very noticeable. And a bit of a boozy bite and some coconut. Shoe shine. Body: thick, viscous, velvety, heavy. Taste is bitter coffee and roasted malts with hints of soy sauce and molasses. Finish: dark chocolate, but more bitter; greenleaf. Conclusion: still very very good, but would love to do a vertical with the current (2015) vintage.
UXO (1353) - CANADA - DEC 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: solid, unrelieved black with one finger of dense mocha head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: boozy, dark roasty malt, liquorice, dark chocolate, coffee, dried cherries. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Palate: full oily body, moderate-low carbonation, lingering boozy finish. (4/5)
Massive and boozy. And that name? I seriously started humming “Fairytale of New York” and tearing up. But I’m a soppy drunk, so the double digit ABV probably had something to do with that too… However: Jeppe? Sorry, but Mikkel’s Beer Geek stouts are better. Way better. Feel free to discuss over what I’m sure are incredibly awkward family events. (15/20)