arminjewell (8617) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark thick black pour with big dark brown head, aroma brought notes of dark fruit, slight acidic red fruits, hints of dark chocolate, baker’s chocolate, roasted malt, not much in the aroma. Taste is better, nice dark chocolate, roast, coffee notes into a bit of dark fruit, some slightly acidic malt, spice, finishing fairly bitter, slightly sweet.
AirForceHops (4508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage 750 ml bottle, thanks to Phatdog1. Dark black with incredible tan head with great retention. Nose is strong roasted malt with a nice Belgian yeast funk. Taste is rich dark chocolate, espresso bean, light vanilla, earthy funky yeast. Subtle funk. Secondary fruitiness and residual sugars. Mouthfeel has a creamy texture. Great stout to sip.
AdamChandler (3588) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at a small tasting. Enjoyed in a snifter, 2012 vintage and 75CL split 4 ways.
A - Pitch black, oily and nice 2 finger coffee coloured head.
S - Smells very nice.You get a standard stout of coffee, chocolate and roasted coffee. Green pepper nose and the farmhouse yeast adds a belgian orval nose to it
T - Taste is pretty standard. There’s licorice, smoke, chocolate and dry oaky notes. The flavor is spicy, bread and sadly the two styles just don’t meld too well
M - Big body, sticky flavors that hang out for a long time. Creamy and heavy carbonation
O - Good beer, the original I still think is better than this one.
swegepe (25) - SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grymt skum som är det svartaste jag sett. Tydlig rostad ton, kaffe, och i ytterkanten en doft av salt hav och diesel. Underbar.
larsniclas (6123) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled from Systembolaget
Pitch black with a huge, brown head.
Juniper-berries and a lot of roasted maltiness in the aroma.
Chocolate and coffee in the flavour along with sourish notes.
Light and fresh with a light to medium bitterness.
Beerheart65 (1116) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black enough, thin beige film of head stays long. Sweet aroma has some bitterness also, licorice, bit milky notes, some coffee, medical herbs, dark ripe fruits. Full body and feel, bit oily, roasted bitter, french roast coffee, long roasted finish, potent carbonation, milk chocolate, sweetness nicely balanced by roasted bitterness and carbonation. More like smooth liquid black metal, good balance, flavors and character. Not that aggressive, more nuanced and pure. Good job!
Yorker (1580) - Herning, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a little sediment and a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, and a little funk - with a bitter finish.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1/23/2014. 750 ml. bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, spices. A bit peppery with yeast, chocolate and spices. Not overly bitter. Good balance. Very nice.
ARH (829) - 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 that’s 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. There’s 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. There’s 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 that’s over-powering or overwhelming.
DrewFace (947) - 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.