bursprak (664) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber shared two ways. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Nose has lots of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolates and some light soy sauce. Taste is dominated by bitter coffee, some light vanilla notes and really dark chocolates. The ABV is not so well hidden. The bitter coffee took over a bit to much in my opinion.
tmm313 (55) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured out of the bottle in slow motion. Most beautiful head I’ve ever seen. Aromas of both dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, rich dark fruits: cherry, plum, fig. Caramel, toffee, slight booze as an accent, tropical fruit and pine.
Tastes of massive rich chocolate accented by dark fruits up front. Vanilla, oak, citrus, and pine join the party soon after. Licorice pops in and out. Finish is a mix of dark chocolate, pine, and dark roast coffee. Nice slightly lingering bitterness.
So far, my favorite beer on Earth.
superspak (2693) - Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/14/2011. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, molasses, char, light smoke, oak, light clove, vanilla, herbal, and oak/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, oak, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, toast, char, molasses, light smoke, oak, light clove, vanilla, herbal, and oak/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, caramel, toast, char, molasses, light smoke, oak, vanilla, and oak/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate oak flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, silky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible oak aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate oak flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Fatehunter (1273) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled Nov 17, 2009, which was just before I bought it. Four and half years later I cracked it open.
It pours a half finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich and complex. Lots of chocolate, raisins, oak and cocoa powder.
The taste is slightly boozy, some roasted malt, milk, chocolate and oak too. It finishes with a bit of metallic bitterness.
The texture is silky and smooth with low carbonation.
Quite good, though I think this bottling has/had hit its aging apex.
gopherfan99 (496) - CROATIA - APR 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap, dark, black pour with a tan head, sweet tastes of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee, has a bitter finish, excellent imperial - one of my favorites
revolution2718 (242) - New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black worn a bit of tan head. Nose is hoppy, roasty malt, dark chocolate, caramel, woody, a touch of coffee. Taste is front loaded hop flavor/bitterness at the start with some malt roast, but as it goes down the finish is delicious roasted malts, dark chocolate, barrel, a hint of coffee. Coats my mouth. I like the aftertaste a lot, but the initial taste is more hoppy than I want in a stout. Aged a year I bet this is really good.
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knickskicks (753) - - APR 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Black pour, thick brown head. Nose is chocolate, wood, roasted malts, coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, wood, light coffee, vanilla. Medium mouthfeel.
markducommun (224) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark opaque black, thick dark brown head. Roasted coffee malts, quite sweet nose, vanilla. Very complex. Bitter dark chocolate notes, with sweeter undertones. Long finish. Quite thick bodied, fairly carbonated. Really well balanced, subtle beer.
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Larsbandasj (2) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 11, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the best; smooth, distinguished, long aftertaste, chocolate, oak a a great beer. If you've got the chance, try it!
Leini (843) - SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle. Nearly black body with a medium, creamy brown head. Dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, dried fruit, roasted malt and coffee. Nice bitterness.