bnokk (447) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(1999 and 2009 bottles in 2015) APPEARANCE-
(Both) pitch black. (’99) no head, carbonation is about gone. Fairly thick, and a lot of sediment on the side of the glass when I swirl it. (’09) light carbonation.
(’99) robust scent lacking any sweetness, with notes balancing between alcohol and vinegar. (’09) hardly any scent.
FLAVOR- (’99) extremely dark/robust flavor that I can’t put my finger on. My friend suggested pipe tobacco... maybe. (’09) slow to build, especially compared to the ’99, but it’s growing on me. Tiny bit of anise peeks through the complex and robust flavors.
Perhpas I should have tried it within one year. The complexity of the really old beer intreagues me, but I’m probably not going to seek more of newer vintages out soon.
shigadeyo (3630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1999 Vintage -- Very port-like and vineous, pipe tobacco, raisin, licorice, sherry, red wine, prune, black walnut, cherry, a touch of soy sauce a slightly tart; corked bottle, so very little to no carbonation; black color; I used to really like stuff like this, but not so much any more, but it?s still pretty good. 3.8 ... ... ... 2009 Vintage -- Dark chocolate, significant amount of red wine, prune, leather, black mission fig, black strap molasses, dry cocoa that sticks in the throat through the finish; capped bottle; opaque black color with a small tan-colored head; medium body with enough carbonation left; good, different than the 1999, but surprisingly not as good. 3.6
furthur (849) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - DEC 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, deep black beer, walnut colored head. Aroma is bourbon, raisin, molasses, coffee, dust, sour cherries, vanilla. Taste is coffee, bitter chocolate, broiled grapefruit and rind, shoyu, oak. Palate is a bit thin for an impy, and it’s a bit hot, carbonation moderate. This is very interesting, not sweet at all, in fact it’s very bitter, and sour. Considering my love of dark sours. I’m pleasantly surprised, but also suprised at the hops level in this, and in the end that hoppiness sorta clashes with the malt and sourness.
MrTipple (3182) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: wine, light oak barrel, light toasted malts, chocolate. Appearance: black, small, creamy head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: very light at first, wine, chocolate, dark fruits, prunes, then toasted malts, bitters coming up and intensifying, light dry finish. Overall: not your usual Imperial Stout, unordinary aroma, palate a bit flat. Bottle from brewery shop, Lewes.
Lukaduke (2948) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 Vintage Corked and released by B. United. Pours a dull burnt umber color with a trace of khaki bubbles quickly fading. Lots of oxidized caramel, sherry, roasted grain, silky body, full rich mouthfeel, layers of fig, date, cocoa, prune, nutty caramel.
SHIG (4385) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured black with brown head. Big boozy aroma. Nice sweet molasses and maple, coffee.
Mr_Pink_152 (3476) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Black colour with a deep tan head. Aroma has coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a lasting roastedness. Taste has roasted notes with liquorice. Thick body.
Gerbeer (3028) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
9.3 oz bottle. Pours black with full dark tan head. Aromas of acidic black coffee, metal, soy sauce and dry licorice. Flavors of licorice, molasses, vanilla, and dry dusty burnt malts.
Juha (72) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sweetish sour Rodenbach-style, taste is ever so smooth, chocolatey, no roastiness, slightly sour. Mouthfeel is soft and light without being watery.
sound67 (604) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottled, at the Great British Beer Festival, 2015 - Tutored tasting with Roger Protz] - Harvey’s London Imperial Russian Stout, pitch black with a small beige head. Sour yeasty aroma, anilla, strong licorice. Full body, oily. Very sweet licorice start, with a sour yeasty note on the side. Finish is very much licorice, sweet malts, alcohol.