rarbring (1025) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: Smelling of bread, dates, coffee, chocolate and oak.
Appearance: A dark black colored beer. A brown head with some lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting sweet dark bread, figs and dates, vanilla chocolate, coffee and orange peel.
Palate: Medium carbonation, a soft and oily texture. A big body with a good dry finish.
Overall: Can a stout really be much better?
Note: Bottle 650 ml at home. Reviewed 2014-01-22.
SirLimpsalot (1909) - SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
@Stordirren: mycket stor doft av mörk, bitter choklad. Smaken är stor och kraftig med samtidig så mjuk och len. Tydlig kaffe, choklad, lite vanilj och grädde. Inte så store havretoner som jag hade väntat mig.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
superspak (2121) - Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/25/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dark brown head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, char, toast, raisin, molasses, oats, dark bread, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate hop/raisin notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, char, toast, oats, dark bread, molasses, raisin, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, char, toast, molasses, oats, dark bread, raisin, herbal, pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance, complexity, and robustness of intense dark/roasted malt flavors with moderate raisin and hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and moderately chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding imperial stout as expected. Fantastic complexity and balance of intense dark/roasted malt flavors with moderate raisin/hop presence; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
circinus (138) - SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 65 cl from Systembolaget. Black with a nice dark brown head. Coffee, chocolate, slight vanilla, slight dark fruit. Full body, low carbonation, very silky smooth, creamy, bitter finish. Very nice!
vikage (165) - SWEDEN - JAN 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Intense chocolate and vanilla aroma
Pitch black with beige head
Taste is full of roasted notes, begins in chocolate and ends in a bitter coffey finish that lasts really long. There is also some marshmallow sweetness in the taste
Really full body and creamy with soft carbonation. never had a beer with such full body before
Fantastic, had high expectation and still got impressed
Odysseyalien (38) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m a barleywine and double ipa lover that’s falling fast in love with imperial stouts. This one is brewed with oatmeal to boot and it’s super smooth goin’ down. Read some of the other reviews for a spin on taste. For me, this is just what the doctor ordered for a cold winter Friday evening in NJ. It’s damn yummy.
kryon (1073) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with low brown head
Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits
Taste has oat, creamy chocolate, coffee powder, biscuits
Nice medium bodied palate, somewhat creamy. Good bitter fininsh
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BeerSkull (1074) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle). Fine scent of mostly chocolate but also fruit and roasted malt, even a little licorice. The flavor is quite fruity, tangy but also has the dry and smooth tone that oats give. Of the flavors the most noticeable is heavily roasted malt and chocolate. The aftertaste is dry dark chocolate and cocoa with some bitterness, and some salty licorice. For my part, I think they should have ignored the raisins, they give too much fruity sourness in the flavor. I want my oatmeal’s more dry and smooth!
tfratzke (43) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of chocolate and raisins. Jet black with brown sugar colored head. Tastes of more chocolate, roasted coffee beans, raisins. The star of this beer is the palate, compliments of the oatmeal. Thick, oily, syrupy. This is awesome.
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle served in a snifter
Bottled July 16, 2013
A - A hard pour reveals a thick black liquid forming 1 finger of dark espresso frappa on top. The dark head forms a milky cap with a strong collar speckled lacing weaved around the vertical legs.
S - Rich roasted malts, creamy chocolate, coffee, roasted raisins/dark fruit, charred oats/grain, hickory wood, smells sweet but dry at the same time. Intoxicating aroma.
T - Semi sweet bakers chocolate, malts are roasted and robust, creamy cherries, sweet center with charred molasses, then back to charred oats, smokey, vanilla, notions of dry wood with earthy hop bitterness taking it home to the extremely dry finish.
M - Thick and decadent, as full bodied as they come, the oats really ad some heft here, velvety and creamy feel, coats the mouth, super dry finish.
This is an oatmeal stout! Lots of oat presence added to a stellar base beer with the raisins only showing up in the nose for the most part. Just a big bold stout that hits all the right notes. An excellent brew to celebrate on this International Stout Day!
Serving type: bottle