laiti (3930) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle as ĒHarveys Imperial Extra Double StoutĒ @ Olutravintola Pikkulintu. Rated on 4.12.2010
Aroma is slightly sour with roasted malt, licorice, hints of coffee and alcohol. Flavour has slightly salty licorice, some coffee and herbs. A bit too thin and close to Foreign Stout Ė although too strong to be one. I liked the aroma here, but flavour does not fit my mouth.
ClubGonzo (2707) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, shared with (and courtesy) of Gahrsen and a bunch of other home brewers @ Vestbrygg, Bergen. Thanks man! :-) Pours a massive beige cloudy head (apparently this one is bottle fermented with brettanomyces, so it figures...) above a tar black body. Nose is bretty tart leathery tones, licorice and hints of dark chocolate. Taste is sour bretty tones again - more prominent than I would figure - papery leather tones, ashes, dark chocolate and hints of licorice. Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation (despite the gargantuan head). Interesting profile on this one, with sour and dark tones interacting but in the end I canít really say I liked it a lot. A fun beer to have tried, though.
libertine (143) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2012
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
pours opaque black with no head.aroma of soy sauce and port.flavor is flat witha smokey sweetness that is quite unpleasant.finish is long and bitter.no carbonation.this taste like the kind of thing your mother gave you when you were constipated.im sure im making the same face.of all the beers ive had in my 47 years this is truely the worst.
watson1977 (2291) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 bottle...Pours black with ruby hues and a thin mocha head. Aroma is dark fruity/winey. Flavor is smoky...like jerky...with mild dark fruit and ash. Mouthfeel is medium and finish is smoky...very jerky like.
maekchu (1090) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 vintage. Thanks to KyotoLefty. Burnt wood, ash, thick roast malt flavors. Dark with a thick tan head. Wonderful blend of sweet and smokey flavors. Very thick body. Really well integrated and not over the top.
2000 vintage rated in tandem with the above: 6/3/6/2/13 = 2.9. Prune juice and soy sauce aroma. Black-purple, completely flat. Flavors of fermented prunes, salt, and wood. Flat, medium body. Strange, past its prime, but not unpleasant.
edgallow (1086) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle pours black with no head. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Taste is nice roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. It however is missing something.
jesse1303 (5) - ypsilanti, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2012 What the hell is this? A sour? A stout? Both?Idk.
Itís thick and creamy right out of the gate. Nice head, and preminiscent of the beer itself, also thick and creamy. It Dissipates nicely and leaves little legs on the glass.
Itís nose is sweet and... Figgy? I take a sip, and raisins? No... Figs... No... Wait, thatís not just a sweet fruit taste, thatís a sour beer flavor! A sour stout?? I canít figure this beer out, but itís amazing in all itís unique attributes. I might cellar a case of this and see how time treats the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BoBoChamp (4186) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
28cl, as (Harveys) Imperial Extra Double Stout, English brew, from The Bottle Shop Canterbury, very complex Stout, roasted/vinous and slightly woody/fruity, not too heavy, very balanced, hazy, good head, top class!, yet expensive!
swollinshuteye (2) - Mansfield, Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2012 does not count
1.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
2001 bottle. Worst soy sauce since triple bock. Total drain pour. The aroma and appearance gave me high hopes.
rangerred (663) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 vintage. 9.3 oz bottle poured into a snifter. 9% abv.
Appearance is pitch black with a decent one finger dark brown head. Decent retention for a beer of this strength.
Quite a bit of cherry in the nose along with wood, dark cocoa, and red wine. Almost a slight sour, lambic smell to it.
Taste has a lot of cherry at first along with some other dark fruit. This then leads to a sweet, almost milk chocolate flavor along with some roastiness. There is a light tartness on the tip of the tongue along with a strong warmth from the alcohol. Mouthfeel is very slick and finishes quite sticky.
Iím sort of torn on this beer. There are many complex flavors but the whole package seems a bit overwhelming. The alcohol is more present than the 9% would lead one to believe and the sweetness comes close to being cloying. Not sure I would get it again but Iím glad I tried it.