Iznogud (1441) - CROATIA - MAY 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 355 ml at Rocket Burger, Zagreb. Pours black with brownish head. Roasted coffee aroma. Flavor is more chocolate sweet also roasted malts and bitter finish. Oily and full bodied.
stevencon (508) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap to snifter at Tavern on Main. Deep black pour with tan head that falls quickly. Chocolate oatmeal and coffee. This beer is simple straight forward and well put together. Well done Founders!
Ragnampiza (739) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAY 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
355 ml bottle from Les Vignerons. Almost black looking, impossibile to see through, with a nice, fluffy and persistent dark beige head. Nice lacings. Lovely inviting aroma, even though not that powerful, from what I was expecting. White chocolate, hot milk with honey, coffee beans and tons of dark malts, toasted and roasted. Maybe a subtle reminiscence of blackberries in the background too. Velvety and luscious mouthfeel, quite sweet in the beginning, but than a moderate bitterness, togheter with a slightly astringent warming sensation, take the lead. Spot on espresso coffee taste, the proper stuff. Sirupy with a moderate/high dryness, relatively good drinkability. Soft to average carbonation, medium to full body, oily texture. These are the Imperial Stouts I really like, under 9% ABV but still packing a lot of flavour and a solid complexity. Great.
tfredvik (1355) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black body with a tan head that ends up as a partially covering film and some foam sticking to the glass. Very inviting and strong aroma of roasted malty, milk chocolate, chocolate sauce and coffee in the back. The strong flavour has the perfect amount of coffee, it doesn’t dominate the beer at all, I actually find it more influenced by chocolate. Maybe the long time spent on a boat from the US mellowed the coffee? I also get faint fruits, some alcohol and traces of leather. The taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Full body, creamy and smooth texture, soft carbonation. Brilliant!
[35.5 cl bottle, enjoyed 2 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Aker Brygge, Oslo]
HammerTroll (792) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black, minimal sized black head disappeared quickly. Aroma is dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee. Cocoa bitter notes with sweetness, just great. Really thick texture, full body, flat carbonation. Long cocoa finish. Awesome.
(Svijet Piva 0,355 bottle)
allienora603 (20) - - MAY 5, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
coffee, chocolate, black, very bitter, full body, Really rich and creamy, great tasting
ippopotamo36 (722) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0,33 bottle shared by mortlach during a great private tasting at my place in Rome-Italy. Thank you. This was a real gem. Pours black oil-like with a dark brown texture, medium brownish coffee foamy head. Nose: terrific! Dark chocolate, mild coffee and a soft feel of alcohol. Pleasant. Mouth: dark chocolate all the way moving to Nescafé with an elegant and sort bitter (neutral) end. The toasted malts and the predominant peculiarities of this beer nerve turn into disturbing (really unique for such a style). I would like to have it with a tiramisu.
skatanarchy (88) - - APR 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
파운더스 브루어리-브렉& 스타우트 8.3% ABV 베이직하게 이것저것 균형잡고 튀어나오면서 도수때문에 알콜기가 높이 치솟는 맥주. 널뛰기 하다 생각이상으로 높이 날아올라 머릿속에 피가 몰리고 빠져나가는듯,
레이트비어 백점인데, 뭐랄까 정전같은 레시피의 맥주라 그런것 같다. 벨런스에 무게를 둔다면 그렇겠으나 스타일이라면? 그런식으로 보면 노스코스트 라스푸틴도 비슷한 계열. 대중레벨에선 벨런스에 박수, 오타쿠레벨에 개성에 박수, 레이트 비어의 이중잣대?
하긴 최상 수공예 오타쿠 계열은 이런 벨런스 다잡으면서 새로운 해석을 던지는 것같기도 하다. 이방인으로선 구하기도 힘든 하늘의 별따기 같은 맥주들. 이정도로 감지덕지 하겠습니다
lillunken (50) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska på norrlands, Uppsala. Doftar sött och lite rostade toner. Smak av kaffe, choklad, lite aska. Ganska runda smaker. God.
Desverger (3554) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap@Taphouse, Copenhagen (12/02/2015) - pours black with tan head. Dark roasted malty aroma and taste, big chocolate and lots of coffee, caramel, dark dried fruit, light vanilla, roasty finish.