SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
opaque black, thin dense tan head, full body, medium high but harsh co2.
aroma: very sweet, lots of dark fruit, licorice, slight silage, creamy hops, hints of molasses and sweet bran muffins.
taste: sweet charcoal, herbal hop bitterness, alcohol burn. not roasty or chocolate, not really much coffee even. gets a little fruity as it warms.
this is imperial in the sense of "lets kill us some taste-buds", not "lets make it doubly delicious."
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Aroma- Malty sweetness, some dark fruit, sweet almost barley wine-like alcohol, a hint of roast. Appearance- Opaque dark brown with moderate tan head. Flavor- complex, strong roastiness that pushes the envelope toward harsh, dark fruit in the background. Some chocolate. A little sweet at first but quickly dries up due to the roastiness. Finishes dry and bitter. I detect an almost cardboard flavor at the very end. Full smooth mouthfeel with a little alcohol warmth.
AshtonMcCobb (2923) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml bottle. It pours a completely opaque black colour with a nice cappucino head. Most of the head disappears in a couple of minutes but a thin skim remains to the end. The nose has gorgeous black chocolate, plums and kirsch - this is Black Forest Gateau in a glass. The taste is initiallay smoke and dark chocolate, then hazelnuts, but there is a massive alcohol burn on the finish which I have to say is unpleasant. The palate is rich in structure and texture, but the alcohol finish and general lack of any elegance in the finish makes this beer massively unbalanced. Overall, a big unbalanced beer!
Ragnampiza (523) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - JUN 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle from Passione Birra. Dark brown with some ruby red highlights, very small light brown head. Grassy hops aroma, lots of roasted and smokey flavours, some chocolate and alchool. Very low carbonation, nice burnt, warming aftertaste. Not a summer beer for sure, but it was nice.
Kristall-König (2312) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JUL 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Angenehm harzig-orangiger Geruch, vorwiegend hopfenaromatisch aber auch teerartig und nach Mokka. Im Antrunk fruchtig-aromatisch, harzig. Ab der Mitte malzschokoladig und nicht mehr so dichte Struktur, verdünnt. Abgangs zuerst marzipanartig um dann fruchtig-bitterschokoladig auszulaufen. Geruchsaromatrisch sehr gut; geschmacklich kann dieses hohe Niveau jedoch nicht gehalten werden. Trotz alledem nicht schlecht.Test vom 27.4.2010, Gebinde: Glasflasche
abemorsten (2900) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2011 Bottle at home. Pours black with a small, creamy, brown head. Coffee, dates, prunes, booze, roasted and light wooden notes on the nose. Coffee, alcohol, roasted notes and bitterness in the mouth. Full body. Medium carbonation. Alco warmth.
GTAEgeek (1286) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle at the Nook. Pours dark and opaque with a thin tan head. The aroma is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, molasses, dates, and raisins. The coffee mellows out as it warms, giving a more subdued and less roasted profile. The flavor is very sweet, with light roast and smoky notes. Very little sourness or bitterness. The palate is heavy, a little grainy, and a clean finish. Overall, this is an understated and delicious beer.
ADesenberg (630) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: it pours a dark...dark... Dark brown with a dark tan head. It looks delicious. Aromas of pine hops, as it warms up some licorice, And a little bit of roastiness. The flavor isn’t as overpowering as I thought it would be from the appearance. It has the obvious roastiness and slightly bitter chocolate. It’s tasty, but I wish it was stronger flavored, I think...
jonttix (46) - -, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Doft: Typisk porter, kaffe, mörk chokad.
Färg: Mörk mörk brun, oljig och fin
Smak: Mycket jord, lite lakrits och kaffe.
bryanm18 (48) - Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good. Tastes a bit like chocolate with a little bitterness at the finish.