DominickMondi (13) - - FEB 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, alcohol
Appearance: black, clear, tan foam, minimal head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, well balanced, dry finish
Palate: oily feel, thick feel, fizzy,
Overall: It looks every bit the part of a GI stout. It lacks the smooth, oaky, vanilla finish which for me defines there BCS line, and I miss it here. Dry chocolate and alcohol taste go well, but it is just a little rough on the edges. Which is not to say it is bad at all, it is a great stout, trailing behind only the best, which for me is GI-BCS and Lost Abby - The Angels Share, among others.
AN UPDATE: I made the mistake of reviewing this initially without letting it get to the right temperature. Once it did, the rough edges smoothed, and the flavors became more pronounced. I increased my review numbers slightly as a result.
troupos40 (55) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber to shifter, rich Chocolaty aromas. Sweet on the tongue, rates of cocoa, chocolate and malts. Very nice stout, lots of chocolate.
gruberm (273) - - DEC 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely chocolate cherry smell. Handsome dark ale and an effervescent caramel head
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Doghair (191) - Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What is there to say? Huge coffee and bourbon flavors. Chocolate, caramel, molasses and roasted malts to name a few. Outstanding!
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Boastful chocolate leads to alcohol burn in this rich dessert of an Imperial Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the blackness.
-The flavor profile could be tighter.
-Roasted malt bitterness rides the alcohol wave in the finish.
-This isnít as complex as I like my mammoth Impys.
Travlr (9942) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Extremely dark brown color, dark brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of Hershey bars dipped in edpresso. Taste is smooth coffee, vanilla, cocoa. Very nice.
Bamsen78 (2006) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Scooper Tasting in Ulfborg. Pours cloudy nearly black with small tan head. Clear aroma of coffe, malt, and chocolate. Sweet flavour of malt and dark chocolate, with notes of cofee and clear touches of alcohol. Good, distinct finish of oak barrel aged beer. Very nice.
Meilby (5573) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750ml @ fonefan
Pours clear dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, cacao and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long chocolate and cacao finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
yngwie (11779) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 22oz. It pours a very dark brown body and a dense, light tan head. The aroma has lots of molasses and roasted malts, as well as chocolate and cocoa. Some alcohol notes. Itís quite bitter on the palate, fullbodied and warming, oily and softly carbonated. The flavor has roasted malts, chocolate and some coffee, and a touch of alcohol. Lasting roasted finish with chocolate, molasses and cocoa. Overall, too warming, but sure tasteful and pleasant. A beer to enjoy slowly. 131122
Dedollewaitor (13022) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Invasion U.S.A, Ulfborg 2013. Pours black with a small beige head. Roasted nose and flavor. Chocolate and ashes. Hard roasted and dry. Charcoal and ashes. Bitter roasted finish.
chrisv10 (9449) - DENMARK - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2011, 11.5%. Very dark brown with small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, soy and a little liqourice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, hops, medium sweet, vanilla, wood, caramel, hop and medium bitter.