Theis (13284) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Tim’s Place. Black - offwhite head. Burned, fruity, nice bitterness, nice hoppy, nice roasted, licorice, light coffee, berries, milk chocolate, light light smokey notes.
lliams (196) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
lots of barrel characters about this. shiraz barrel aromas plus vanilla coffee nuts same again on the palate. great length on the palate. great stuff
jonno (2274) - JAPAN - APR 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Compared to some of the other worldly big porters/stouts I tried at RBJG this came off very much second tier. All the classic flavours are present but it seems a bit flat, dare I say lifeless and certainly not overloaded with charm. Solid, but not much to get excited about.
AndySnow (2857) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBJG 2 Grand Tasting, thanks Unm4rk3d. Dark brown colour with a small beige head. Minimal lacing. Aroma of coffee, dark fruit. Sweet caramel, fruit flavour.
TimE (3100) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
sweet unbalanced but ok depth of nuts and chocolate. Decent, but too cloying and sweet.
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle- Nice black colour with a good tan head. Lovely coffee aromas. A great beer.
Stew41 (1725) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
$12 schnooer at Deja Vu
Bloody hell this is good. My immediate reaction was to suggest this is a best local beer I had ever tried! Not quite, perhaps, but a fantastically high powered choc porter / stout in amazing balance and slurpability. Clean, clear lines of chocolate and choc orange and a hint of buzzy minerals to finish.
stoutnick (448) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2013 Smell is rich coffee-choc. Not so much of the chocolate though. Taste is same with bitterness in tow. Bitter palate. Overall a good beer, but love to see what happens with it next year.
fletchfighters (1036) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ML bottle
Pours cola colored but settles black with some ruby hints. Good dark mocha colored head. One finger head that has good lacing and some spotty lacing.
Earthy dark fruits, bitter coffee, and vanilla bean nose. A little more earthy and gritty but lifted but the fruits quite well. Does soften up to a more dark coco powder nose.
astringent coffee taste mixed with chocolate and coco powder. Highly bitter at first but does soften up. Slightly earthy and dirty but does grow more earthy and dirty as it lead to palate.
Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Reasonably slow drinker due to the really astringent coffee feel and over the top bitterness mixed with sourness. Good imperial porter. Better than what the rankings say but the price point is rip off
ComradeK (986) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a medium beige head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. The aroma has some similarities to an abbey dubbel, with soft toffee and faint port notes in there, as well as coffee and mild vanilla. Very mild herbal hops up front blend surprisingly well with the added vanilla, which is the dominant flavour leading into a body of coffee and cocoa. The coffee is a strong factor leading into the finish, where the Belgian malt makes its presence felt in a smooth port flavour, which blends well with both the vanilla and the coffee. There is a slightly bitter mocha aftertaste. This is a beer that could have very easily gone wrong, imperial porter being a style that is hard to get right to begin with, without adding coffee and cocoa to it. The addition of vanilla and the use of Belgian malt and candy sugar really elevate this beer to another level, however, slightly sweetening and softening it to give it a lovely soft, rounded feel. A really quality piece of brewing.