Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 vintage poured into my Canadian Breakfast Stout snifter. The pour was an oil like black in color. A half fingers worth of dark cocoa colored head. It’s opaque with very little head retention. The nose is comprised of bakers chocolate, anise/black licorice, coffee roast, rich malt, and some light oak. The taste starts out bitter coffee and sweet malt. It gets dry and oaky mid palate and finishes nice and chocolatey. It has a medium to full body with a lingering finish. It’s dry, but has a smooth texture. The carbonation is perfect, it is soft without being still. This is just about a perfect beer for me. In my opinion, it has some of the best depth of any straight forward imperial stout out there. I can’t wait until they release this years batch so I can grab a case or two of it.
alex4r (82) - - NOV 14, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours almost pitch black with a small brown head, very impressive color. On the nose I get chocolate, roasty malts, licorice and resin hops; just beautiful. Full bodied with nice viscosity coating the glass. Taste is excellent; chocolate, a nice sweetness, very powerful. Alcohol is present but the heat is just right. Superb Imperial Stout.
LoFi (1708) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black, dark brown head, some lacing.
Aroma: chocolate mousse, cream, coffee.
Taste: chocolate, salty licorice, bitter coffee, quite heavily roasted, ashes.
Another great one from Founders.
Svesse (7724) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 8 Oct 2011) Black colour with brief head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of strong black coffee, cocoa, liquorice and hints of soy sauce. Malty, roasted taste with dark chocolate, coffee, hints of liquorice, some brown sugar sweetness and a generous cocoa bitterness in a long finish. Full body, slightly oily mouthfeel. Very tasty stout and very well balanced for its strength. Impressive and quite excellent.
Clyx (208) - SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Chocolate and espresso. Some hops are in there and is messing ut my receptors.
Taste: Anise, sherry, coffee, molasses, grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: Dry, full body
NapoleonSolo (4) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Craft Beer Co. in London. Very dark, practically black, with a small but pronounced brown head.
On the nose there’s loads of rich malt, chocolate, some coffee,light oak, and a reassuring but not overbearing whiff of alcohol.
Taste is deep and complex, develops nicely across the mouth with the sweet notes not too cloying and followed by a pleasant warmth from the alcohol. Finish is smooth and long-lasting with a surprising lack of bitterness. Like rich, smooth coffee liqueur in the mouth.
An excellent example of an Imperial Stout, and far more refined than most.
oh6gdx (24903) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled@Man In The Moon, Stockholm. Quite much pitch black colour, small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, mild roast, some ashes and overall quite sweet. Flavour is raisins, liquorice, roasted malts and quite evident alcohol as well.
Scopey (11954) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the CP&K thanks to Duff the hermit. It pours jet black, with a decent dark tan head. The nose is milk chocolate powder, roasted malt, smoke, sticky varnish, dark cherry and toffee. The taste is initially sweet notes of milk chocolate, toffee and salted caramel, then transitions with more savoury flavours of roasted malt, smoke, oak, peated malt, varnish and alcohol warmth, with a bitter roasted malt finish. Full body, fine carbonation, sticky mouth-feel and good balance. Tasty.
charlotte (5160) - rødovre, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle.Pitch black colour with thin dark beige head.Aroma of dried dark berrys,rosted coffee and licorice,feels sweet and oily with full body and sweeet rosted finish.
larsniclas (6609) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at GBF11
Black with a bubbly beige head.
Milky chocolate, dry cocoa. Low bitterness.