Stine (1645) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Inky black pour. Peanut butter, date syrup, mocha rich nose. Heavy swirls send out bright red fruit lasers. High fruit sugar flavor with pomegranate, date, and green banana. Dripping in milk chocolate. Low patent black flavor is overwhelmed by gently layered, softer malts. Shades of hops are present but hard to distinguish from the saturated tangy fruit flavors. Big and bright throughout; oily palate can get a little washy and a lack of tannic balance for these flavors is unfortunate. There is good composure to this, but the powerful sweetness is ultimately too much for me.
androman (804) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 fl oz bottle @ home from De Molen. Pitch black color, small brown creamy average lasting good lacing head. Nose is rum and brownie, Aroma is dark chocolate, mild coffee, toast, red wine, soy sauce, alcohol is noticable. Taste light to medium sweetness, heavy bitterness, hint of sourness. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation, long lasting roasty bitter finish. Excellent dessert beer, bit too much alcohol flavor.
edwardbass (621) - Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown color with a dark tan head of 1/2 inch or so with a vigorous pour from a 12 oz bottle. The aroma is dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and booze. The taste is dark chocolate, some coffee, deeply roasted malt, some dark dried fruit and a bit too much booze....JUST a bit too much, this is an imperial after all. Quite sweet, but not cloying. This is an excellent beer that bridges the porter/stout boundary quite nicely.
jaghana (4477) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33cl, a dark beer with low head and carboination. Nose is intense on dark malt, dark chocolate and plum. Aroma is also very intense and complex, dark coffee, dark malt, sweet caramel, plum, fig, light oxidized, dry grapes, smooth body, alcohol is burning. Very long roasted aftertaste with cherries that were stored in brandy notes. Again a nice beer from this brewery but this one is a bit too alcoholic to be very pleasant.
gripweed57 (911) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Dense black color with a small creamy tan head. Rich espresso malt nose has notes of prunes and smoke. Wow, what a huge wallop of rich decadent roasted bittersweet malt that greets you with first sip! So much going on here. Espresso and bittersweet chocolate are there along with currants, resiny hops and warming alcohol. This stout is complex and huge; nothing "Lil’" about this brew. Sticky mouthfeel and chewy finish. Not for the faint of heart. I loved it!
Unde (541) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark as night. Black beer with cinnamon coloured smallish head and some lacing. Aroma has coffee, roasted malts, syrup and some berries. Taste has roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, some chocolate and fruits. Full body and low carbonation. With just a little bit better aroma this would’ve been near the 5 mark.
ljthiessen (646) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black pour with a mocha head. Sweet dark chocolate aroma, some subtle dark fruits and coffee notes. Silky texture and tons of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit notes, a hint of marshmallow. Hugely flavourful and just a touch boozy.
jd543 (418) - SCOTLAND - SEP 5, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roast malt, bread, yeast. Taste is light sweet, really well balanced, bitter finish. Full body, thick oily texture, low/medium carbonation. Very good beer.
Theydon_Bois (12101) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Craft Holborn, 27/08/14.
Pitch black with a dirty tansville covering.
Nose is big bitter roastings, dark chocolate, dark malt,spice, toffee fudge, booze fumee.
Taste comprises much the same, big, bold, bitter and brashville.
Full bodied, soft to fine carbonation, warming alcohol at the curtain call.
Decent impy jobbie.
matthewjk (966) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, very happy I took a gamble on a single 12oz bottle of this tonight for Labor Day celebration. This porter they concocted is sweet, thick, and malty as hell. "Lil" surprised how sweet this is, but damn if I don’t like it! ABV is very well masked.