ARH (859) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle poured into brandy snifter. A sweet passion fruit smell with some grassy spiciness and a mild cheesy aroma start this one off, but a little longer reveals quite a bit of complexity occurring in this. Some other subtle notes that poke through are raisin, cereal, mild milk chocolate, woody/piney, and a bit of alcohol every now and again. A brown espresso-like head starts out very abundant, but recedes to a light layer atop a dark, brown-red beer thatís not quite opaque, but close. Small bubble cascade down the side of the glass rather than lace. Initial, generous, tart cherry and melon sweetness tastes comes through with some piney spice. The pine spice turns somewhat bitter and is then accompanied by moderate bitter roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. Thereís a also a very mellow sour dairy (spoiled milk) taste of the yeast in the background. The last taste as the drink is swallowed is a cola-like sweetness. Thereís an above-average level of carbonation for an Imperial Stout (although nothing overwhelming) but it keeps the beer relatively thin (again for an Imp Stout). The mouth is coated with a combination of a smokey/ashy chocolate/coffee bittering, along with some pine spice, which disappears fairly early, and a very soft, mild brie-esque flavor replaces it. The cheese flavor, when it appears, matches the smokey chocolate mouth coating stride-for-stride for awhile - probably pairs really nicely with mild soft cheese - before a milky, creamy coating begins to wash and mellow out the smokiness. Unique complexity with nothing thatís over-powering or overwhelming.
DrewFace (950) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. deep dark blackish color with brown head. Chocolatey, roasty, sweet, and a little boozy aroma. More choco and big roast flavors light metallic and get a little bit of farmhouse yeast character.
Homer321 (2843) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A touch of funk in the nose with some roast and coffee. Pretty tasty considering all the other crappy jester king beer I have had.
erickok (4322) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black, smooth creamy stable espresso like head. Rich aromatic yet concentrated and punchy roasted malts, coffee as espresso shot, dry, dark chocolate, cheesy. Amazing aroma. Taste is dark again, concentrated, plenty bitter. Aromatic, characterful, perfect carbonation. Wow, this beer is so well developed, this must have taken time. And itís better than the original, much more developed and complex. Amazing beer. (On tap at the brewery)
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I wasnít happy with this one. Nose is spice and pepper with some chocolate and roasted malt. Black with beautiful big brown head. I lose the plot on this beer in the taste. Disjointed with mostly yeast funk and roast, with spice that doesnít blend in. Big mouthfeel is too over the top.
rosenbergh (8690) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Batch #15. Bottled Aug/27/2013. Shared with mjs. Thanks!
Black colour with a small tan head.
Biscuits, mild roasted malt and sweetness in the aroma.
Sweet malt, roasted malt, wood dryness and mild bitterness in the flavour. Not bad at all.
bytemesis (4747) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2014 Bottle - thanks Brian! Pours pitch black, medium tan head, dissipates fairly quickly, some lacing. Aroma is roasty, anise, chocolate. Flavor is lightly tart, typical JK funk going on, roasty, anise again, somewhat medicinal. Fairly bitter and acidic. Medium light body overall.
barn0216 (515) - California, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black brown, no foam. Root beer aroma, very pleasant, unexpected. Roasty, chocolate, good flavor, maybe a little thin. Overall, it is decent.
JBPortland (1208) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle pours almost flat brown-black with a few bubbles. Nose is dark chocolate and some dark fruit. Taste is dark roast bakerís chocolate and some fruity grape/berry notes. Finish is bitter roast chocolate and subtle berry. Would have liked a touch more carbed. Interesting and pretty good.
Lordcheezus (1) - Bowling Green, USA - JAN 4, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black as motor oil, thick and rich. Very malty and roasty. Itís incredibly delicious.