jdjuice (497) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - MAR 31, 2016
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro. Pours with thick, creamy tan head and pitch black body. Head is so creamy and milky, slightly sweet, but also with considerable hop bitterness and good roastiness. Flavors are again sweet but not cloying, roasty, with a hoppy punch that keeps this from being too dangerously easy to drink. Even with the hops, this goes down a lot easier than its 10.2% suggest.
Msdrbeat (494) - East Lansing, USA - MAR 26, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap nitro at Hopcat. Amazing. Dark smooth and boozy, all at the same time. Save forever.
jamestulloch (3486) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black body with a dense beige head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of vanilla pods, milk chocolate, raisins and biscuit. Flavour of cocoa powder and herbs with a peppery finish. Medium body with a creamy texture. Soft fizz. Rich, creamy and very drinkable. I like these bottled nitro beers.
dambor (429) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a beautiful creamy head. Aroma: very subtle and pleasant aroma of a chocolate milk shake. Taste: first smooth and then burstling with coffee and chocolate, followed by a nice roastiness and hoppy palate. Great.
rondphoto (4094) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque very dark brown color, creamy tan head, wide lace bands. Taste is dark chocolate and malt that has overtones of coffee and anise. It grows through the palate to a long, alcohol-warmed, straight hop bittered finish. Big, no doubt. Also milky smooth. Quite satisfying.
migwell (277) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Not what I was expecting. Got a bottle as an afterthought since I often like nitros, popped it and admired the very smooth, balanced taste and had to read the label to check the ABV, since the 10% is not noticeable. Naturally it’s a pitch black stout that retains a pale brown head, aroma of dark malt. I would say that this is a complex brew, with vanilla, chocolate, malt and dark fruit, but the complexity and flavors are very subtly mixed into a creamy delight. Very nice slightly sweet stout.
maley1 (1176) - Calgary, CANADA - FEB 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro version on tap. Black pour with large creamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, caramel and lactose. Taste of creamy fudge, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, hint of licorice and lactose. Full bodied, soft creamy mouthfeel, perfectly balanced. Delicious!!
flying_pig (1431) - SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from Good Spirits Wine & Beer (Glasgow):
Strong with lots of flavour, although it was a touch thinner than expected & not as complex. There was some nice roasted malts but the dark fruits coupled with the vanilla sweetness were what came out on top. The beer was definitely a nice one with good balance but it’s probably not quite on par with some of the better imperial stouts out there if I’m honest & as such I’d probably not pick it up again; it was still a good beer though & I wonder if the regular version would be any different from this nitro one.
commonmac (1056) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Stanley’s Blackout with commonshawn. 8 oz pour. Dark, dark brown...essentially black. Creamy, light tan head...almost a full finger. Served too cold which is slightly annoying. Aroma is subdued but brings to mind a raisin sweetness with maybe some roasted nuts. Smells like a dangerous stout. Taste has an interesting blend of dark fruits like raisins or prunes, dark chocolate bitterness, and a healthy dose of alcohol warmth. Commonshawn remarked it’s more like a Belgian variety with imperial stout tendencies. Hard to disagree with him.
scottm2588 (178) - SCOTLAND - JAN 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours black with a small lasting off-white head. Aroma is chocolate, raisins, roasted malts. Taste is plums, coffee, creamy chocolate, liquorice, slight bitter cocoa. Smooth and creamy with low carbination. Slightly heavy on the alcohol taste but overall an enjoyable drink.