Torrefacto (532) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color negro intensamente negro. Aromas de licor, chocolate, maicena y frutos rojos. En boca es densa y sedosa. Comienza con un dulzor tostado que evoluciona hacia um amargor intenso, seco y acafetado. Espectacular!
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Almost smoky aroma and dark, lacing pour with a sharp but balanced taste and warming mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
johnnnniee (2278) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received in trade from Bencooper27, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours thick and black with a small tan head that needs coaxing to even appear. Smells of brownie batter, chocolate, licorice and smoke with hints of alcohol and dark fruits poking in from time to time. The flavor is really sweet with thick chocolate cake batter mixed with cherries and plums with a bit of smoke and a lot of anise. Mild alcohol is present but not too distracting as is a hint of oxidation. Thick like oatmeal body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. Nice imperial stout, I enjoyed it.
craftycarl21 (2214) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Churchkey. Ultra thick black pour with a dense, deep brown head. Nose and flavor bring gigantic flavors of chocolate ganache and truffle, milk chocolate, heavy cream and sweetened espresso, bits of fig, and rich sugar. Incredibly viscous and coating mouthfeel, not super complex but decadent and tasty.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle, 2012 batch. Served at cellar to room temperature.
Pours very thick black with a two finger very dark brown head that holds a nice cap and leaves impressive lacing behind. Purty.
Aroma is full of rich dark chocolate, anise, black currants, dark fruit, coffee/espresso, roasted malt and a decent bit of alcohol. Very good strength.
Flavor is tons of dark chocolate, tons of it, fudge brownies, gourmet coffee beans, some underlying dark fruit especially on the finish, fairly sweet, mild bitterness, some alcohol on the end but not too bad. Really rich and tasty!
Mouthfeel is super-thick, sticky, chewy, moderate carbonation.
Freaking expensive ($11/12oz), but freaking delicious too! Extremely rich, decadent Imperial Stout. A treat!
Cunningham (4426) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Sinful dark black color with a creamy big beige head. Longs legs. Sweet shoulders. Good lacing. Lovely curly hair. (I did not write big titts)
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee and a bit vinous.
Palate: Thick oily body. Slightly sweet and a mild bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Coffee, chocolate. EARTHY. Vinous, and complex heavy stuff.
Overall impression: Tasty and powerful ale. This one made me understand what earthy means. When it got to warm it reminded me to much of sherry. I have do drink faster. But anyway, after a solid Peroni in The Vatican CityÖ..anything taste like hell afterwords.
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with Nisse666
pinkie (457) - New York, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured thick and black. Completely opaque, no light around the edges at all. No head. Just a scant dark mocha ring that formed around the glass when I tilted it too look at it. Slight shimmering lace when I drank but left the glass completely clear. No legs either. Mystifying. Nose is sweet milk chocolate and a light note of cherry that disappeared as the beer warmed. Raisin and date.Plenty of coffee, rich and roasted but not burnt. The malt is burnt sugar and molasses. Itís a touch boozy and there was a light soy quality. Taste is very rich. Creamy, milky chocolate starts over the palate, nothing bitter about it. Then you notice the huge fat malt. Itís so big that the beer seems to travel especially slowly across the tongue. The cherry is gone but there is a tiny floral to remind you. Warming to the back palate. Rich cocoa and booze. The coffee steals the show in this one. Itís laid in so well, bold, dark and roasted flavor without bitter. Intense. Mouthfeel is heavy, viscuous and creamy. Finishes dry and with a touch of char. That char is not the least bit loud or assertive. A touch of hop bitter is left to help the aftertaste linger.
This stout is so smooth that there are no prickly edges on it at all, itís well balanced and has a flavor that is not complicated. Simple and smart. Quiet about it self and has all itís aspects in perfect balance. It was aromatic and abundant in flavor.
BeerandBlues2 (9585) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Maxís. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy brown head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, earthy coffee, roast malt, dark fruits, earthy hops. Flavor is dark malt and fruits with light hops and bitterness with light alcohol and a sweet finish. Full body and light carbonation.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
THOUGHTS: Could smell this one the second the first hiss escaped from the bottle as I began to pry the cap off. Hid alcohol very well for the high ABV. It was noticeable but not at all harsh. Very intense but rather smooth. Even better tasting as it warmed.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with a small, light brown head that was almost reddish and nearly fully diminished. The aroma had heavy roasted malts, coffee, chocolate syrup and very dark chocolate; hints of banana; raisin; prune; cherry;port; hints of smoke and wood; light alcohol; and dark fruits. The initial flavor was moderate to heavily sweet, and slightly bitter and acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately bitter and ever so slightly sour. There was chocolate syrup, dark chocolate, dark fruit, hints of bacon, alcohol, prune, raisin, roasted malt, coffee, cherry dark fruit, and burnt malt. The full body was oily and sticky on the lips with soft yet rather tingly carbonation and a slightly alcoholic finish.
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pour is one of the blackest, darkest beer I have ever poured. Also a deep dark brown head. Aroma is loaded with roasted malt, licorice, brown sugar, Vietnamese coffee, and faint fruit. Very well balanced aroma. Flavor is rich roasted malt, vanilla, brown sugar, and faint sweetened coffee. Really a lot better than I expected. Extremely big, but also very well-balanced. Love it.