theisti (3584) - Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle provided by Indra for the 10/18 tasting. Albert Le Coq 1999 Vintage. Totally still black and ruby pour. Aroma of oxidization and black licorice, some black cherry dark sweetness. Taste is flat, black licorice, oily, and ashy. Soy sauce pretty big component. All of these flavors were melded together nicely. Palate is slick, oily, and and mouth coating. Interesting, and held up well for the age.
Lukaduke (2764) - 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 (4045) - 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 (2439) - 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 (2567) - 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 (70) - 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 (595) - 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 (15280) - 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.
pintbypint (3070) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBAG 2015. Sampeld from an 11.2 fl oz brown bottle. 1999 vintage, I think? Poured out deep brown and headless. Nose has almond, soy sauce, chocolate. Taste of soy, nutty undertones, faded roast. Medium bodied and oily in the mouth. Alcohol wasn’t really present. It was interesting to try, but didn’t really work for me.
dfearnley (1412) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to taster at RBAG 2015
Caramel, smoke, bacon, booze. Dark black, no head. Oil, tar, sour. Good.
Ferris (8929) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Soy sauce, light booze and dark chocolate. Jet black with no head. Minty and herbal notes with some soy and a long finish.