DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from Cask n’Flask, San Jose, CA. Pours filthy, burgundy-edged obsidian (impenetrable in the glass) with a decadent grey-khaki coloured mousse. Huge cocoa, mocha, cinder toffee and dark leathery prune aroma with yeasty backnotes more Marmite than farmhouse. Fine, bittersweet, punchy imperial profile not shy on the roasted front; notes of bitter chocolate, sweet cocoa, peanut M+Ms, ash-flicked espresso with red apple and sourish heartburn undercurrents firmly ensconced in the Belgian camp. Prickling carbonation losing some head as it warms. Bovril-like, slightly salty Baltic streaks beneath the chocolate and acidity. Tasty but for me neglects any stout’s most essential ingredient- drinkability.
rejtable (1236) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This really works for me. Pours pitch black with an initial huge frothy beige head, no lacing. Nose is some espresso, some fruit. Notes of espresso, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and a decent amount of tart notes in the finish. Taste is medium sweet, med/light bitter and light sour. Medium body with a pretty dry finish. Very drinkable and dare I say "refreshing" for a 9pct stout?!
stoutnick (456) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice look - foamy and black. Aroma is yeasty and mild funk. Taste is very carbonation heavy - farmhouse style comes in afterwards. Decent stout, but nothing to get too excited about.
dfinney23 (1596) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Even better than the original, IMO, thanks to the bit of funky fruitiness from the farmhouse yeast. Dark and oily with coffee and chocolate.
conway (1332) - - NOV 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a thick chocolate milk colored head. Aroma is fruity with a chocolatey backbone. Taste is fruity up front, almost like raspberries, finishing with prominent notes of fudge, roasted malt and smoke. Medium mouthfeel and strong carbonation for the style. Incredibly unique and delicious.
Ontape (230) - Valley Village, California, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Solid big stout with slight funk. Jet black, brown head, nice lacing. Smell is roasty cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and a touch of farmhouse yeast. Taste is big and rich with stout flavors up front and a touch of funk at the end. I was hoping for something a bit more wild, but it’s very good as a stout -- just slightly disappointing if you’re looking for something more challenging.
RichTheVillan (2510) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; pitch black pour with thin tan head, yeast and roast malt aroma, taste is rich roasted malts, chocolate some, bread with some saison notes.
hopwine (273) - Bend, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, large tan head. Dry chocolate, espresso, fruity esters from the farmhouse, and a pronounced nutty quality. Super dry and light on its feet. Really interesting take on the imperial stout style, definitely both unique and well executed.
Rastacouere (6123) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A large pale tan head covers the pitch black pour, seemingly viscous. Spicy phenols provide peppery notions that add texture and punctuate the otherwise beefy dark malt aroma - chocolate, charcoal, almost inky malts. Not much fruitiness for all its farmhousey connotations. Plenty of small sediments in the bottle though. Its yeast manages to amplify the apparent attenuation, making for a dryish impy. Thick impy, an impression that the high carbonation and low residual sugars manage to tone down, but still plenty of roasted malt bitterness. Whilst this is something I would normally appreciate, it feels as if the malt complexity suffers and to me, there is not much point to drinking a 9%+ ale that is not either very focused or captivatingly complex.
Errl (1518) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap..Pour is dark black with a nice tan head..Nose is nice chocolate, light sweetness, spices, alcohol, earth...Taste is nice chocolate, light spices, sweetness, caramels..