Heathen (1500) - 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.
GenDV138 (5502) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz can shared by DCLawyer, thanks Jason! Black with tan head. Nice lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasty notes. Tastes of caramel, dark chocolate, toffee, toasty notes, roast. Full body with a dry finish.
ElManana (1714) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Beerlover's Bar. Dark colour, brown head. Roast, leathery, smokey, very light coffee and bitter chocolate. Tasty!
eduardovl (1302) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 24, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
660ml bottle served in snifter glass. Purchased at La Mise en Bière - Lausanne.
A: Pours a beautiful absolutely black oiled color forming a small and very solid beige head with good retention and some spotty lacings left in the glass.
S: Sweet, roasted and very fruity nose. Strong notes of roasted malts, dry plums, vanilla, licorice, oak, chestnut, black chocolate, coffee beans, sweet bread, EARTH, toffee and capuccino. Light notes of grassy hops.
T: Sweet upfront. Again, strong notes of notes of roasted malts, dry plums, vanilla, licorice, oak, chestnut, black chocolate, coffee beans, sweet bread, earth, toffee, candi sugar and cappuccino. Becomes quickly quite bitter. Great hoppy and roasted mix. Great bittersweet balance. Grassy hops profile.
M: Heavy body. Creamy and molasses. Looks like black oil. Medium to low carbonation. Roasted, grassy and very molasses aftertaste. Candi sugar.
O: Excellent drinkability. Masterpiece Imperial Stout.
djkatt (46) - - JUN 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, served in 20 cl tulip. Pours black with a moderate dark tan head with moderate retention. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate and alcohol. Initial taste of malts, chocolate and coffee, but it is mostly sweet with little bitterness - not even from the coffee. The aftertaste moves around in the same territory, but has a seemingly more profound booziness. Undoubtedly a well-made, good and drinkable beer, but too sweet and boozy to be really balanced. Cleeeeearly overrated.
Aarslew (24) - - JUN 21, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2016 On tap @ søernes ølbar. Pitch black with a nutty brown/tan head that stays. Aroma of roasted malts, wood, dark chocolate, lactose. Taste is a good balance between bitter and sweet. A bit of salt as well (like light salty liqourice). Somewhat sticky with a full body.
zimbo (871) - SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An absolutely beautiful silky glossy black and rich golden tan treat for the eyes. Inky thick and drippingly sappy in the mouth this has packs of coffee, dark Chocolate and soft brown sugar to taste. Though very full bodied it might have done with more full debdity at its core but still a very impressive effort of a nicely extreme beauty.
Alengrin (4212) - BELGIUM - JUN 18, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Much acclaimed imperial stout made at Westbrook for Evil Twin. Bomber with easily recognizable Evil Twin-style label and a commercial text not hindered by modesty, with an ironic twist to it ("it must taste rare"). Creamy, dense, cappuccino-like, deep yellowish tan head with initially good retention on the edges and forming a beige veil in the middle, but both all but vanish in the very end; opaque ink black robe, not even allowing any light to shine through at its edges; the basic hue appears to be an ochre chestnut brown in the very end - this is going to be a really big beer to pour down. Overpowering, ’heavy’ aroma of molasses (or indeed muscovado sugar), beef stock, bitter black chocolate, roasted coffee beans and cappuccino, cigar ashes, dried seaweed, salmiak, bayleaf you pull out of a stew after hours of cooking, dried sage, brown coal, lots of ’haemoglobin’ or even actual iron, brandy, burnt nut shells, toffee, mocha ice cream somewhere, shoe polish, wet leather, Worcestershire sauce, toasted brown bread, dried fig. Intense onset, first bringing a brief ouverture of candied sweetness (raisin, date), quickly overcome by a heavy umami flavor, as in gravy or concentrated beef stock, with a slight salty touch to it; underneath, the typical ’dim’ sourishness of roasted barley is already palpable and will continue to guide the palate till the end, through a beautiful but tiring journey of deep, dark malts, yielding strong flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted nuts and eventually roasted black coffee bitterness. All the while, carbonation remains justly soft and body - needless to say - is extremely thick and creamy, viscous and feeling almost literally heavy on the tongue. The roasted bitterness is aided by peppery hops and bourbon-like alcohol in the end, the latter stinging a bit on the back of the tongue, but nowhere becoming astringent. Molasses, ’fondant’ chocolate and black coffee grounds remain for a long time after swallowing, a ’filling’ bitterness all around, with that much needed sweetish sugary edge to it. Divine indeed, as the label, with the golden rays departing from the name Jesus in the centre, boasts; this is an intensely thick sipper but thanks to the very creamy body, its thick texture and intensity of flavors does not even impair its drinkability - and that is a keen indication of a world class imperial stout. Highly recommended.
BrettGT (103) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of roasted coffee, licorice, liqour, dark chocolate.
Pours jet black with a great viscous brown head that lasts.
Taste is medium to lightly sweet and medium to highly bitter. Pretty umami forward too.
Starts with loads of roasted coffee, umami and licorice. Finishes sweeter chocolatey and hazelnutty. Hints of booze.
Really full bodied, soft carbonation, super creamy and thick.
Alpha10 (560) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2016/06/17 - Pours a black colour with a thick, fluffy, tan head that slowly reduces and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is chocolate, lactose, coffee, roasted malt, wood, vanilla, smokey meats, molasses and light licorice. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, wood, light smokey meats, molasses, brown sugar, licorice and ample booze. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and oily with smooth carbonation and a sweet, boozy, warming finish. A delicious Imperial stout with a lot going on.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Jimbo2 (140) - DENMARK - JUN 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fine, but not worth the outragous ratings. Solid Imperial Stout, but many others are better and have more going on.