shigadeyo (3612) - 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 (821) - 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 (3105) - 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 (2923) - 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 (4382) - 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 (3388) - 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 (2979) - 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 (71) - 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.
Leighton (17802) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home in London - picked up at GBBF in 2011. So, I would assume the vintage on this is around 2011. Pours rich, oily red-black with a dense, creamy beige head. The aroma is crazy, with lots of dark malts, subtle funk, ripe and tangy berries, old leather, earth, soft cocoa. Medium to heavy sweet flavor, a little syrupy, with oily chocolate, more decadent, sugary ripe and lightly tart berries, raspberry, cherry, some musty leather, old bread, hoisin sauce, blackberry preserves. Full bodied, chewy, with light carbonation. Warming, sticky and oily on the finish, with gooey chocolate character, more jammy blackberry, other tart berries, some charred wood, moderate earthy bitterness, brownies. Lingering dark malts and leathery, tangy dark fruits in the aftertaste. An incredible beer. The layers of complexity are impressive. It probably isn’t the most drinkable beer around, but for its dynamic aspects it earns very high marks.