ineedbeer (417) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from January 2011.
Aroma has a moderate fruitiness to it with raisin, fig and plums. Moderate chocolate and medium light roast notes also present. Hints of alcohol and a touch of a wet cardboard oxidative note.
Pours black with a moderately thick mocha head with fairly decent retention that sticks to the edges and leaves a thin film in the center once it does recede. Light lacing and moderately small legs.
Flavor is fairly sweet with a lot of chocolate character. Moderate roast notes with hints of coffee as well as some vegetal matter and a light ashy note. Some medium light fruit notes of raisins, figs, plums and prunes. Medium tobacco and leather notes as well. Moderate bitterness without any hop flavor. Light cardboard oxidation note. The ashy vegetal note in the finish is not super appealing. Lingering dark chocolate and coffee flavors as well. Alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low but present astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall a decent stout, especially for the price but the vegetal and ashy note was really disappointing; I’m not sure if it’s always present or a function of the beer’s age.
Beergeek23322 (1660) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11/5/2011. 22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and spicy aromas. Hoppy flavors with all the goodness coming together in near perfect harmony.
hopwine (62) - - OCT 21, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge roasty sweetness balanced by strong bitterness. The strong hopping adds extra depth compared with the chocolate/coffee flavor profile that is typical of imperial stouts. Burly, huge, but really refined and controlled.
BillHick420 (372) - North Dakota, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought from Systembolaget. Pours pitch black with a dark brown head. Nose of coffee and sweet malts, some caramel and a smidgen of alcohol. Powerful coffee malts, some dark chocolate, and a backdrop of caramel. Dry finish. Thick mouthfeel, hints of citrus. Good.
Senap (175) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fantastisk fyllighet och bra bett. Absolut en som man måste uppleva. Helt klart en av de bättre i klassen!
vikage (118) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Rotary pub, Göteborg
Nice heavy chocolate aroma with some coffe and traces of honey and vanilla
Really black with nice beige head
Starts sweet with a taste reminding of marshmallows and chocolate taste. The taste then quickly turn to coffe with a nice coffe bitter finish
Medium to full body and pretty dry
A nice, but a bit to sweet, imperial stout
jbdpsu82 (94) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an almost syrupy black with very little toffee colored head. Strong malt aromas dominate. Smooth mouthfeel. Strong malt front with a caramel and coffee aftertaste. Excellent brew
Seffle (74) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Systemet.
Pours a tarlike treacle body though with a weak head. Overwhelming taste of hardroasted coffee and dark chocolate and then an excellent bitter hoppiness. Simply the ultimate imperial stout!
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Jorn69 (309) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
@ Havregatan. Flaska från Systembolaget (32:-). Massor av kaffe, espresso, mörk choklad i doften. I smaken finns massor av kaffe, kaffebönor, choklad mm. Fyllig, nästan oljig i munnen. Bra beska med en lååång avslutning.
TheHopster (671) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle) Pours a black brown with tan head with ringed lacing on the glass. Aroma is a sweet toffee and cocoa. The piney hops differentiate this rich Imperial Stout but the flavor is well roasted coffee, toffee and malt. The palate is smooth but hops reduce viscosity. Extremely well done!