lusikka (7119) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with a small beige head. RIch mudcake aroma with molasses and licorice. Rich flavour of espresso, mudcake, strong grassy bitterness, mild fruitiness, cacao powder and bread. Full bodied. Extremely dry mouthfeel. A rather unique take on this style. Great.
laiti (7264) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle (9,75%) @ lusikka, ”Special release February 2014”. Thanks Jason!
Aroma has intensive chocolate tones, some sweet cocoa and hints of licorice. Flavour has dark chocolate, some tobacco, mellow ash and salty licorice tones. Rather dry palate for the style. Salty licorice tones grow stronger rather quickly and start to disturb. Nice, but I must say I expected more.
tiong (4736) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Special release February 2014 - Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of chocolate, espresso, roasty malts, coffee, mocha, dark ripe fruits and toffee. Taste is smooth, roasty and chocolatey with some notes of coffee, mocha, espresso, molasses and hints of berries. Finish is roasty and malty with notes of dark chocolate, molasses, coffee and cocoa. Quite balanced and heavy.
jc1762 (230) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at Birch & Barley - Shows dark with coffee rims and foam
The nose shows a lot of roasted malts, milk chocolate, caramel hints, molasses , and a little bit of coffee
The palate shows medium body and high but even carbonation. A slight lactose sweetness, Heavy chocolate background throughout, intensely high bitterness bordering on overwhelming, pine like hoppy bitterness but with dark chocolate flavors also, extremely long finish with a lot of bitterness.
luttonm (3291) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Churchkey, DC. Clean dark black with small creamy tan head. Spicy, lively body. Dark, tart cherry and mocha. High carbonation. Rich and tasty. A little spicy chocolate, bittering. Balanced, tasty.
Kyle77 (37) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From site: A cocoa infused Imperial Stout – Opaque black in color with a dark brown head. Big chocolate aroma with notes of espresso, blackstrap molasses, dark sweet toffee and dark fruit. Smooth dark chocolate backbone with complex notes of coffee, dark toffee and dark fruit.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
GRM (3305) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample, draught, during the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 2 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of brown head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, roasting, coffee, light bittering hops; mouth: roasted barley, roasting, coffee, light bittering hops, slight ashy, alcohol, alcohol warmth, pepper, finale in alcohol with presence of pepper, full body, average carbonation, mildly bitter, mildly sweet, alcoholic texture; overall: fine
Échantillon, en fût, lors du Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 2 octobre 2014; œil : noire, opaque, minuscule anneau de mousse brun, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, torréfaction, café, léger houblon amérisant; bouche : orge torréfiée, torréfaction, café, léger houblon amérisant, très léger cendré, alcool, chaleur d’alcool, poivre, finale en alcool avec présence de poivre, corsée, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement amère, moyennement sucrée, texture alcoolique; en résumé : bien
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ya, this stuff is wicked good. Oh, I’ve made better IRS myself, but it was 3 YO before it reached the heights. This pours inky black, dark brown head, the aroma is sweet wickedness. I don’t get the coffee in the aroma as much as I expected, but the bottle was a few months old. Bravo.
tmoreau (2935) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bomber poured to snifters, displaying a black/brown hue, with some ruby highlighting, bubbly, brownish tan head foam, and spotty lacing. The nose was roasted, cocoa, dark fruit as prune, with a touch of sweetness. Medium bodied, with low carbonation, the taste was roasted, with coffee showing up, continued cocoa, and a hint of tartness. No complaints. A nicely done Imperial Stout.
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"This is a beer that I really liked, that I wanted to love. Oddly, it’s only real flaw is self inflicted - not enough chocolate. I was expecting decadence, a river of chocolate. What I got was a really really nice hoppy american imperial stout with notes of chocolate, coffee, & bitterness (from the cocoa and hops). As you will see in my score, I think highly of this beer, just baffled that a beer of this name would fall short on the chocolate aspect. It was there, but not really in more amount than many impy stouts that don’t have chocolate in the title. "