Freaky_tiki (710) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Settles into the glass a thick, oily black with a slight cap of dark cherry foam that settles to a subtle ring. First thing you notice is how dry this imperial stout is. Many interpretations of the style devolve into a sticky sweetness, while this one comes off like a pure shot of espresso -- not too bitter, like in the hands of an artisan barista. It’s not clear from the babbling copy on the label if real coffee is involved. Alcohol at 10% is in the house but almost in the shadows. Not as muscular or complex as some of my favourite imperial stouts but quite enjoyable to drink on a Friday evening in the icy dead of winter. Recommended.
Beergaard (175) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitchblack beer with a big beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffe, some floral hop notes, some sweet notes of prunes and vanilla and roasted malt - no real alcohol pressence. The taste is dominated by roasted malt, loads of bitter coffe and hops, dried fruit. Alcohol is well-hidden tastewise as well. Very nice beer and one of the absolute top contenders from Hornbeer.
Fluxing (491) - POLAND - JAN 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Warka do 02.01.2024. Kolor nieprzejrzyscie czarny. Piana obfita, brunatna, powoli opada do cienkiej warstwy, prawie nie oblepia szkla. W aromacie wanilia, kawa, lukrecja, orzechy, czerwone owoce, sliwki, rodzynki, suszone morele, drewno, lekki alkohol. W odczuciu nisko wysycone, pelne, gladkie, zawiesiste, maczyte. W smaku podobne jak w aromacie, mocno palone i czekoladowe, lekko slodkawe, miodowe, smak moglby byc bogatszy, ale nie jest zle. Goryczka srednia, ziolowa, ziemista, lodygowa, delikatnie zywiczna i cytrusowo-kwaskowa, lekko alkoholowa.
magicmn (120) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some coffee and vanilla with grassy hop in aroma. Looking really dark with deep brown foam. Medium body what isnt good for an imperial stout, bitternes dominate in this beer - both hoppy grassy one with light citruses and some roasty with espresso notes. Overall american styly imperial stout. Just above average.
kevinsenn (1357) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from LCBO. Aroma of dark fruit and coffee. Dark fruit (figs, cherry), roasty and chocolate notes, with a dry bitter finish. Gets smoky as time goes on. Very nice.
damwal (2) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 1, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0,5 bottle at home, Aroma: coffee, chocolate, roasty, litlle licorice. Black color with nice brown head. Full body with long oily feel. Low alcohol finish. Low carbonation. Good beer
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours black with a small-moderate light brown head that fades to a thin cover and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has huge coffee and roasted malts, along with smoke, subtle chocolate and a hint of hops. Woody notes come through as well, but these are very subtle. The flavour is fairly well balanced up front between moderate coffee bitterness and a slightly more subtle chocolate malty sweetness. As it lingers on the palate, the coffee bitterness takes over, along with smoky roasted malts and bitter hops. Liquorice is present, though mild. The finish is long and roasty, with a nice coffee-hop bitterness that lingers. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a smooth, milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a very respectable imperial stout with a huge coffee character despite having no actual coffee to my knowledge. Very well done. 2014-12-31
kermis (6422) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Craft, Covent Garden. Pours near black with a beige head. Aroma of big roast, coffee, caramel, molasses, dark chocolate. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
jksipa (477) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Dark dark brown with a small dark beige head with minimal lace. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, licorice, berries, dark fruit and some wood all make an appearance in varying degrees. Medium light sweet chocolate leads to a medium heavy well integrated bitterness that manages to control the high alcohol content. Medium creamy mouth with soft carbonation/ Smooth and disturbingly easy to drink.
LordBrew (43) - Ziemnice, POLAND - DEC 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stunning aroma - very complex, roasted and hoppy. Ideal head - dark creamy. Taste - beer geek orgy! Heavy roasted taste balanced by monstrous bitterness. High(too high for RIS imho) carbonation made it harder to enjoy this beer. Radical beer made for toughest of beer geeks. Still impresive