inbirraveritas (1300) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.355 l bottle from „Csakajósör”, Bp.
Pitch black coloured one with a two finger thick, creamy dark brown head.
Intensive nose and aroma ruled by coffee escorted by chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, dried fruits and alcohol in the background, mouthfeel is thick, oily and sticky.
Long and warming tartbitter finish with earth, tart fruits, licorice and some spices.
Robust, well done brew.
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thick and dark brown body, thin creamy head that dies quickly and aromas of bananas, chocolate and a little peat. Flavor is heavy with the banana flavor up front and late in the finish with chocolate, vanilla and a little peat in the mid-section. Not bad, but not great.
scarletfire65 (1056) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 Shared with John before the Furthur show. Jet black, big mocha head. Full of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, sherry, toasted malt flavors and aroma. Super smooth palate, really creamy.
Nisse666 (4707) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SB cons 2012-04-13 Göteborg
Ar: chocolate, coffey, vanilla beans
Ap: dark dark brown, high frothy brown rockey head
F: bitter coffey, chocolate, vanilla fudge, clear roasted malt, bourbone barrells
r464 (1979) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark with a brownish tan head. Roasty and toasty with malty tastes coupled with a bit of coffee. Nice full and crisp finish.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Pours the typical pitch black colored body expected from a stout. Putting this bad boy up to the light yields none of it coming through. The tan colored head is a little disappointing, only two fingers with lowish retention/lacing, but it’s no big deal.
S: There’s some coffee, and good coffee too - but it’s a little mild in its strength. I do smell some chocolate, as well.
T: The strongest flavor here isn’t coffee - it’s licorice. Notes of chocolate, roast, a hint of hops, and the tiniest amount of booze also exist; oh yeah, there’s some coffee, too. As a straight-up imperial stout, this is excellent, if somewhat unbalanced favoring the licorice. As a coffee stout, it falls short. It needs some more coffee character to counteract the roast and licorice; they could support it easily without upsetting the balance.
M: A little thin bodied, but it’s super creamy with low carbonation. The finish isn’t as dry as I expected (definitely not as dry as Founders Breakfast Stout), yet I still get some of the coffee texture on the tongue, so extra brownie points for that.
O: All in all, solid. Unfortunately, solid doesn’t quite cut it next to Founders Breakfast Stout, as it lacks its immense drinkability and character. I hate to make the comparison, but given the quality of FBS, it’s hard not to, unfortunately. Still, I’d definitely give it another try.
kryon (1565) - SWEDEN - APR 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with no head. A bit carbonate pops up which is not that usual for an imperial stout.
Aromas of oak coffee liqourice and some pepper
Palate is too mild slightly bitter it has sweet tastrs of coffee and some chocolate. An ok imperial stout
caesar (5530) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled @ home. Dark color, medium lasting brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, biscuit, chocolat, roasted coffee. Creamy texture. Bit sweet, fairly bitter, roasted coffee. Bit dry finish. Decent coffee stout.
hackobock (2007) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours black with a brownish dense fast disappearing head. Mainly coffee in the aroma but also roasted malt and alcohol.Taste is quite sweet with a very mild bitterness to it. Medium body and carbonation.
Thisis12ptfont (941) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense aroma of alcohol, raisins, oats and burnt caramel, almost similar to the aroma of a barleywine. Deep blackish purple in color with no foam. Taste is heavy alcohol and coffee upfront yet, remarkably smooth. Overall, a big beer with nicely balanced flavors of alcohol, coffee, caramel, raisins, black liquorice, oats and bread. I’d give this an B+ rating.