BrettTaylor (649) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2015 Poured from 12 oz bottle on a dark and dreary August day that is more like mid-fall than August. Dark dark brown in the glass with a minimal, tan-colored head. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is mostly rich dark chocolate with dark coffee, leather, butter, alcohol, and a touch of hops (pine) underneath. Taste: obvious alcohol presence at 10.5%, but dark coffee, caramel, coffee, chocolate and wood - maybe even a touch of charcoal. The texture is very silky as it passes over your tongue - very rich and full. Finish is medium and a pleasant mild "burn" from the alcohol at the back of your throat. Eat this with a rich beef stew on a cold winter’s day and you’ll never be happier!
-------- notes: poured from growler into snifter. Dark dark brown color with milk chocolate brown head that was slow to form, got about 1 finger, then falls to a thin resilient layer. Head leaves lots of lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, licorice, and coffee. Taste follows the aroma with coffee and dark malt taking the forefront. Lively carbonation on the tongue and a very long finish.
drpimento (2533) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured at cellar temp with a small, long lasting brown head and some lace. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, anise, leather, old furniture. Flavor’s like nose, with bitter dominating sweet and tang. Finishes with cocoa. Very smooth palate. Too easy drinking for its strength.
linusb (162) - SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Thick one finger head, pitch black! N: Coffee, chocolate, cherry, plum T: Chocolate, coffee, plum, dark fruit O: Strong bitter sweet taste and quite boozy. Warming and pretty nice!
milo91hd (168) - Lecce, ITALY - SEP 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottiglia, colore perfettamente nero con una schiuma marrone fine e mediamente persistente, aroma complesso con cioccolato, caffè e toffe, in bocca si ripresenta come al naso, tuttavia non ha un amaro molto prepotente come mi sarei aspettato il che facilita la bevuta. Corpo strutturato e molto oleoso, carbonazione bassa. Birra favolosa.
DroolYeast (522) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Basement Beer Bar in Aalborg. Aroma of coffee, alcohol, roasted malt. Black colour, tan head, none lasting. Alcohol sweet, moderate sweetness, malt bitterness, light bitterness. Full body, creamy texture, avg. carbonation, sweet roasted malt finish.
FMP (14) - SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with small and quickly fading brown foam, very thick beer. On the nose I find different kinds of sugars (burnt, deep molass, candy). Distinct and style typical soy aroma. Choclate and coffee (which I struggle to find still). On the tongue there is a balanced taste of sweetness, bitterness and umami (soy). The fact that this has been stored for a while may affect the taste.
Rich71 (82) - Rijnsburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Donker bijna zwart van kleur, mooie caramelkleurige schuimkraag. Ik proef zoet, bitter waarvan vooral bitter in de nasmaak blijft hangen. Topper !
Benfi (653) - DENMARK - SEP 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black color with thin totally diminishing light brown head and no lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol and candy sugar. Taste starts sweet rich and smooth malty with strong coffee note.
Borresteijn (5574) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
35cl Bottle, thanks douberd! Pitch black colour, brown head. Aroma of pumpernickel, coffee, ash, caramel, roasted malts, some dark fruits. Flavour is deep roasted malts, ashy, dry, chocolate, a lot less sweet than expected, caramel, light fruity, hoppy, firm bitter finish. Full bodied. Very good.
Theodopilos (63) - - AUG 29, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought 2 bottles from the wine emporium Brisbane, poured straight into a cognac glass, coffee and chocolate aromas, rich thick and satisfying, exceptional imp stout
klm1 (567) - - AUG 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black with stable brown creamy head.
Aroma: alcohol is mild medium noticable (oak whiskey), with vanilla, chocolate, mocha notes.
Flavor: alcohol is evident, but not in a disturbing way. Namely it is very well balanced with malts (notes of oak, tobacco, vanilla, mocha, hint of chocolate) and hops (esters of dark fruits and pine).
Malt sweetnees is medizm to high, hop bitterness also.
Body is sticky, finish is long lasting.
This imperial stout is proper to drink only fresh, namely it is not proper for cellaring.
I tried both: fresh and matured-and only fresh is really mervellus