jesperhammer (3495) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
14-NOV-2013, draft @Mikkeller, Black Sensation night.
Dark, dark brown almost black with low brown head.
Aroma is sweet roast and rye. Is this a rye porter? It is quite bready. Taste is loads of sweet roast - somewhat dusty with a lot more hops than in aroma. Long smooth roasted taste with a surprisingly soft carbonation for a Westbrook brew.
merc7186 (2568) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Dark Coffee Beans, Dark Roasted Chocolate Malts
T: Coffee, Sweet Chocolate, Dark Malts
M: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Bitter, Mildly Sweet
Overall, pretty damn solid but the coffee comes out a lot more as it warms out.
JulienHuxley (4241) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque black pour, thin brown foam. Chocolaty, roasty aroma, cold brewed coffee/chili, cinnamon. Taste is chocolaty, nice cold coffee flavor, roasty, a tad green, quite spicy finish. Palate is not too heavy, light-med carbonation, pretty drinkable. Nice IS.
stoutnick (732) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2013 Dark with tan foam. Aroma is vanilla to the max, and some dark malt. Biscotti vibe comes out from vanilla and chocolate and coffee aromas. Smells frickin sweet! Flavour is same when chilled - Too Sweet! As warms becomes more balanced with malt coming out. Finish is sticky sweet with lingering malt bitterness. Good dessert stout, but definitely not one of my favourite beers.
Azand222 (171) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber pour. Thick dark brown color with a dark tan head. The aroma is rich and malty, heavy on the coffee but almost chocolate. The taste is rich and malty to start. Very full body with a sweet bitter malt finish. Overall very rich and heavy, great imperial stout.
Garlic_of_Doom (569) - SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a espresso coloured head.
Aroma has lots of sweet notes (honey?), vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee, slight alcohol on the end.
Taste has fine dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, slight salt, chocolate mousse, slight alcohol.
Silky smooth mouth feel.
Bitter and dry dark chocolate ending
Everything in both aroma and taste was very balanced. Imperial Porter? I’d say Imperial Stout but what the heck. Great!
XaenDovet (1222) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at apex. Pretty much black. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, hay, dark fruit. Taste is roasted milk chocolate, dark fruit, coffee. Very nice and quite pleasantly malty.
JStax (3776) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a thick, viscous black with a khaki colored head of foam. The aroma has roast, coffee, vanilla beans. Taste is a big, syrupy sweetness with a lot of vanilla coming through. Heavy on the palate. Lingering chocolatey sweetness. Smooth coffee.
AndyW68 (1217) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with off white head. Aroma is hazelnut mocha. Taste follows nose, but ends a little to bitter for me.
tmoreau (2933) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bigby’s Pour House in Addison, IL., presented as Imp. Biscotti Break Natale. Dispensed to a snifter with a murky, black/ brown hue, brownish tan froth to the head, and wavy lacing. The aroma was roasted, with a touch of smoke, rich chocolate, mintiness, anise hints, some nuttiness, and toasted, wafer-like scent to the malt. The taste was similar notes, full bodied, softly carbonated, with a subtle creaminess to the mouthfeel, and alcohol that was not boozy, but comfortably buried in the complexity. Very impressed!