culchiem (2619) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brownish black with a tan head. Aroma is roast malt and liquorice. Flavour is dark fruit, malt, cheery and dark chocolate. Velvety mouthfeel on a long bitter finish
FatPhil (9589) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2014 500ml bottle (Stockmann, Tallinn)
Initial rating, 2014-02 (7:4+:7+:4:15=3.7++). Basically black, dark tight tan head. Lovely full roast, gently sweet, a touch chocolatey, maybe a little cakey, in the aroma. Smooth palate, gentle carbonation.Slightly raw mialty roast, sweetish, some tangy nettly hoppiness, and a birnt bitter bite too. Hint of stale coffee. Covers 10.7% very well. Does feel a bit young, I look forward to having one in 6-9 months time. (bought 4 bottles, so can stagger over time)
Rerate: 500ml bottle - 9 months later, drunk 2014/11 (8:5:7+:5:16-=4.1)
Gorgeous slightly orangy chocolate aroma, absolutely perfect for an imperial stout. Full and rich in the mouth, but not heavy, raw, or heady. Some heavier fruity esters and of course the chocolaty roast in the retronasals. Great roast dominate the taste, lovely hints of earthy bitterness. Beatifully haunting finish, leaves the chocolatey roasty aspects and the dry bitter aspects tantalising as they float around the mouth like beautiful ghosts. Man, that has aged so damn well. Looking forward to the next one in a yearís time.
Marduk (2967) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pitch black color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Malty, roast, sweet, alcohol in aroma. Sweet, woody, dark fruits, milky in taste. Smooth texture. Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable.
MattiasA (862) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Above average but not outstanding. Fullerís always deliver decent and classic ales, this is not an exception. Hard category to compete in though.
VastActiv (3059) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.5l at Kittyís, Helsinki. Best before end 2023. Colour is black with small slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, hints of licorice, hints of salt, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Nice drinkability.
suurjuust (1200) - ESTONIA - FEB 7, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark opaque brown, small to medium tan head, some spotty lacing. Nose is roasted malt, vanilla, dry and slightly sweet notes, cocoa, coffee. Flavour is roasted malt, fruity hints, licorice, dark chocolate and coffee tones. Ashy, roasted, dry and bitter finish with hops and some alcohol warmth. Full body, creamy carbonation, oily, but light, mouthfeel. Surprisingly easily drinkable. Very nice.
gunnfryd (11186) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate. Flavour is roasted malt, licorice, coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Full body. Very nice beer.
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle, as Imperial Stout Lim. Ed. at 10.7% abv) Black coloured hue with a brown medium-sized foamy head. Mildly roasted malty aroma with notes of chocolate, mocha, liquorice and vanilla, accompanied by a subtle flowery and fruity touch. Moderately roasty bitter and slightly sweet flavour, quite full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Initially dry-ish roasty malt-character with liquorice, dark chocolate and mocha; traces of molasses are detectable towards the lasting roasty and chocolatey finish with a little bit of booze shining through. Very pleasant, even more-ish for such a heavy thing. 06.I.14
EdKing (1979) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Fullers brewery beer shop. Opaque very dark brown to black in the glass, medium tan head which dissipates to thin/no head. Nose is sweet, yeasty Marmite (yeast extract), candy sugar, fruity, prune, raisin, dark chocolate, rye bread. Taste is big, yeast forward, yeast extract, Marmite, salty, fruity, prune, stewed plum, tangy, alcoholic, dark chocolate although right now itís hidden by the yeastiness and saltiness. More yeasty and savoury than I expected. Very good with hard cheese, although I tried it with gouda, which was too buttery. Vintage cheddar would be better.
tlind2 (1145) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@Maltainen Riekko. Black color, tan head. Full, roasted malt aroma with coffee. Smooth, well-rounded flavor with juicy malts, licorice, oak and a hint of smoke. Long, slightly bitter finish. Very full body, medium-low carbonation. A very nicely crafted beer!