DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had at Glunz Global Beer Expo XIX. Poured black with a tan head that dissipates to nothing. Had aromas of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. A strong roastiness comes through on the tongue. Was very sweet as well, and had a decent amount of bitterness on the end. Medium bodied beer, and left a strong dark chocolate aftertaste. Very good.
superspak (3082) - Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, plum, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, plum, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/spicy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, raisin, plum, light licorice, light smoke, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, balance, and complexity of big dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English imperial porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/roasted malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Bork (387) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bold and boasty, with a heavily roasted, almost burnt nose and a highly complex taste with notes of coffee and chocolate. Slightly alcoholic near the end, but not so that it is disturbing.
DwarfeD (1352) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle at home. Pitch black with a medium off-white head. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Quite sweet with nice bitter tones. Dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malts, hops and spices. A very tasty dark brew.
tderoeck (5642) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10/I/15 - 33cl bottle from a trade @ home - BB: n/a (export to US version of the label) (2015-33) Thanks to teorn88 for the trade!
Clear dark brown beer, creamy irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: bit greenish, malty, charcoal, cocoa nibs, coffee, very roasted. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: roasted, bit of caramel, sourish, coffee, something "greenish", hoppy. Aftertaste: green coffee beans, bit metallic, sourish, very roasted, burnt malts, earthy, green hops, some dark chocolate, pretty hoppy finish.
andrepintado (1739) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - FEB 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle thanks to ruigo. Dark color with thin brown head. Taste is light sweet, medium bitterness. Aroma is spicy, chocolate, herby, woody.
pivnizub (9159) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - JAN 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bouteille: As black as ink, small & stable tanned; solid sweet-bitter roasty and " leathery" nose, some unexpected chocolatey to nutty traces underneath; solid bitter-sweet flavour, full bodied, unfortunately not very soft; lingering bitter-sweet chocolatey and toasty finish, some dried fruits in the background. Delicous…
hohops (434) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance is black, with a beige foamy covering. Aroma- fudge, chocolate, vanilla hints, coffee, roast malt. Taste- big coffee, dark chocolate, roast malt, chewy toffee, vanilla, burnt malt, quite a thick mouthfeel. Very good indeed.
Niko100 (2143) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, & some hops; Flavor of smoky/roasted malt, dark chocolate, hops, caramel and coffee; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Very good.
teorn88 (3489) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle from Grand Cru, Rimini. It pours a dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head. Aroma is cocoa powder, biscuit and licorice root. Taste is medium sweet and lightly roasted with a nice dry finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, really tasty
Eritarka (9) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 13, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle as a nightcap after dinner. very roasty but still smooth. long lasting, pleasant aftertaste. highly enjoyable, one to sip by the fire.