yankeefan21 (129) - New York, USA - AUG 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a deep brown almost black color with a finger tall tan head that doesn’t linger for very long. The aroma is roasty chocolate malts and molasses with a touch of alcohol. The taste is not what I was expecting. It’s a little salty with smokey roasted malts really dominating and really no sweetness. It’s actually lighter in body than you would think with a slick texture and sort of flat in the carbonation category and has a dry finish.
Overall I liked this beer but didn’t love it. This is rated as an imperial stout but really feels more like a regular stout. It just didn’t have the malt backbone I was looking for.
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Alex. Thanks! Pours pitch black with a two finger tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, espresso, with a touch of oxidation. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Taste follows the nose and has a ash and char note as well. This is a very tasty brew and one I’m glad I got to try. It is very good.
Beergeek23322 (2220) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4/30/2012. From bottle. Black with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas with chocolate and licorice. Bitter flavors, robust and thick with a long finish. Very good.
Finn (4134) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaske 0,33l fra Systembolaget, e-beställning. Beksvart. Høyt luftig skum med litt farge. Varer. Litt lacing. God lakrisaroma med innslag av røyk. Smaken er sjokolade og litt søt lakris. Myk munnfølelse. Va bra!
Rune (7948) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle, 7 % abv, at Bishops Arms in Luleå. Pours a tan-coloured head to a pitch black body, fragile lacing to the glassware. Pleasant aroma of cocoa with fruity notes. Similar flavours of cocoa powder, a little smoke, and dark fruits, mid-tart berries towards the ending. Well bodied. Pleasing (shared with djoeye, 25.05.2014).
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle poured into snifter. Opaque, near-black color with a modest khaki head that settles into a ring after a few moments. Requisite roasty coffee, toffee, chocolate and dark fruit aromas. Flavor is lightly sweet with lots of roasted coffee character with a slightly astringent bitter finish. Overall this is considerably drier than my nose had me expecting. It’s an interesting contrast to the sweeter, fuller-bodied imperial stouts I’m accustomed to, but I’m not sure I prefer it.
djoeye (1380) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown 0.33L special bottle ABV 7%;
beige film, black-brown body.
Aroma of apple-hops, caramel liquorice, fruitiness, choco-malts.
Tastes lots of berries n fruits, peel of green apples, sourness, coffee, chocolate,
distinct lingonberry notes.
Fruity on palate with lively carbonation, which puts lingonberries forward.
Chocolate finish, mocca cocoa coffee, nice indeed. No killing over-bitter imperial disturbance here.
As a very tasty stout.
(shared w Rune @The Bishops Arms (Luleå) Su25May2014)
czar (4261) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle shared by VT, thanks bro. pours unclear dark brown witha small light beige head, some retention and lacing. bitter chocolate, slightly powdery, cups of bitter coffee, fresh grains - as though it’s hard to believe there’s no coffee grains in this brew, smoky and woodsy, moderate sweetness - molasses and vanilla, touch of spices. moderate to low carbonation, light body - oily, balanced by an assertive smoky-grassy-resinous-bitter coffee finish. smoky. foreign. tasty.
nuplastikk (4321) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Watched the bartender dump 5 ounces down the drain getting me 9. Thick brownish black body. Massive beige head. Pleasant in the lowish ABV. Almost has some lactic milk stout traits. Doughy bakers chocolate. Different and unique from most Imperial Stouts. I’d be pretty comfortable classifying this as an export/sweet stout. Nice. Lingering brown chocolate finish.
radagast83 (4544) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a nice black-brown color with a large brown head. Nice light chocolate character, roasted malts. Flavor was decent chocolate notes, some roast, light mint/leafy notes. Pretty tasty.
Sparf (112) - Östersund, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stor doft av rostad malt, choklad, vanilj och en aning lakrits. Rund och mycket mjuk arom
Fullständigt svart och ogenomtränglig brygd. Ett bra, tunt, varaktigt skum.
Samma aromer återkommer i smaken, men med mer lakrits och lite salt samt en tillsats av kaffe. Särskilt i den långa eftersmaken lyfts kaffetonerna fram med viss elegans. En framväxande värmande känsla kommer också tack vare alkoholen.
Kroppen är på ett för stoutens karaktäristiskt sätt inte helt fyllig. Välavvägd kolsyra.
På det hela taget en alldeles utmärkt imperial stout, men personligen tycker jag att en bra, ordinär stout är elegantare.