larsga (6500) - Oslo, - MAY 11, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 Medium coarse dark brown head. Utterly opaque black body. Intense chocolatey vinuous aroma with alcohol and milk notes. Initially dry and burnt chocolate with acidic notes. Complex and hard to analyze. Intense. Full-bodied. Sour burnt chocolate and vinegar aftertaste is beyond intense. Didnít really enjoy this, I must confess. Smaller sips work better, somehow. Too sour. The pilot batch we tried at the brewery was much better than this. (0.5l bottle, wine monopoly, batch #207. Also rated #195, which was more sour and infected, and generally undrinkable.)
pentaz (1254) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a dark brown small head. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, alcohol, roasted malt. Taste is near heavy sweet and bitter. Body is full, texture is smooth and carbonation is flat. Finishes roasted with chocolate and alcohol.
superspak (3140) - Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into snifter; batch 210, brewed on 1/20/2009. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark brown head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, light smoke, light licorice, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity of dark/roasted malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, light smoke, light licorice, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, light smoke/licorice, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
Florya (624) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
How: Bottle. Appearance: Black with a tan head.. Aroma: Malt, herbs, some smoke . Palate: full body, smooth carbonation.
Patrickctenchi (4514) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purple-black, small brown head.
Strong diet cola, chocolate/cherry aroma.
Tart, cherry malt, chocolate taste.....a bit of smoke.
Very different for the style.
shrubber85 (8492) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cola, coffee, dark chocolate malt, and green grass aroma. Dark brown-black with moderate brown head. Sweet tangy red cherry/raisin, dark chocolate malt, and light astringent flavor. Body light especially for an imperial stout. Pretty good but not a typical impy stout.
RickFifty (611) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black color, brown head. Coffee nose, licorice, dried fruit, roasted malt, chocolate. Espresso and dark chocolate taste, licorice, fruity, bitter finish, well hidden alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation, oily texture, warming alcohol.
AgentAle (944) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is deep rich malts, brown sugar, dark fruits and light smokiness. Taste is sweet malts, complex fruits and candy sugars. Finishes with slight liquor warmth and slight bitterness. Well balanced. Appearance is black with a medium dark brown head that retains fairly well.
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong notes of soy sauce and alcohol. Beautiful brown sugar-like foam, endurant and slightly pesky palate with red wine-like feeling. Good. A bit too powerful at impact, and slightly ephemeral foam.
Andrus86 (128) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOTTLE. Black with thick brown/orange head. Sticky molasses on the nose, which rolled into burnt malts & toffee with a big thick finish. A meal in a bottle.
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slowrunner77 (6576) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
"man, this was a complex brew. tasted and smelled barreled...chocolate, coffee, tar, molasses, hops, roasted malt. super good, super smooth. smoke in the aroma and flavor. 11% not detectable!"