Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery in San Marcos. Pours a black body with virtually no head. Just a bit of brown around the edges. Aroma is quite sweet with lots of dark fruits, licorice, bittersweet chocolate, and soft roasts. Some light pine and vanilla with a bit of a Belgian yeast. The flavor is very similar with lots going on from beginning to end. Very rich and sweet with a subdued roast. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, bready malts, and a tad sour. A good amount of assertive woody hops, but very balanced. Finishes partially dry with lots of lingering richness. Palate is medium bodied and very silky. Has a real cask conditioned feel to it. Overall, a damn good Imp Stout. Lots going on here. It doesn’t attack you like a lot of Imp Stouts, but stays balanced and edgeless. Delicious.
treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours completely opaque black - held it up to the light, and nothing shines through. Ring of thin tan head and some lacing. Aroma is roasty malt & alcohol. Thick, creamy mouthfeel, leaves a coating on your tongue and roof of mouth. Full bodied flavor of sweet dark malt throughout, with slightly bitter finish. Some coffee flavor and a hint of smoke.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of goryskewych. Pours completely opaque black with a light brown head. Intensely sweet aroma of hard roasted malt. Quite full-bodied, sweetish hard roasted malt and coffee with notes of chocolate also. Discreetly mat bitter finish. Yummy. 010509
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2009 Pours opaque black with an incredible thick brown head forming that lasted for nearly 20 minutes and showed no signs of going away! Smells of chocolate are intense but gives way to other aromas such as dark fruit and licorice. Mouthfeel is a little oily yet creamy as well; body is full. Beautiful tastes of bitter dark chocolate are most notable. Other glorius flavors such as roasted coffee, sweet fruits, and toffee are also available. Finish is slightly dry and hoppy. Very smooth, easy to drink, deeply complex and easy to enjoy! A beautiful stout!
malrubius (2421) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at RnH Drink for Charity. Thanks to everyone who brought great beer to this. Even me, I brought this. Black with dark head and lace. Espresso smoke ash wood fruit aroma. Rich roasted bittersweet dark chocolate and espresso bitterness. Very rich and smooth. Excellent. This is the kind of imperial stout I like. Rich and robust with minimal fruit.
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black colour with a huge fully lasting light brown head. Rich complex aroma and taste of roasted malts, coffee, valilla and chocolate. well balanced.
robforbes (2129) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a jet black with a small brown head, and good lacing.
smell of cocoa, some coffee, sour malt, a touch of vanilla, and a whiff of smoke.
taste is thick and creamy, chocolate, strong coffee in the back, licorice, a touch of smoke, and some sour malt, end is dry
j12601 (9100) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum. I brought one and there were 2 others, so I’m not sure whose bottle it was. Pours a dark black with a thin tan head. Chocolate, and plums on the nose. Thin to medium bodied with a touch of alcohol before a pile of roast comes through. Finishes with more roast, plums, chocolate, and a little licorice and wintergreen.
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown almost black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of chocolate and toffee and roasted malts. Flavour is chocolate, toffee, roasted malts with some hoppy dryness. Very creamy, full bodied with a nice long dry aftertaste to balance the sweetness from the toffee.
thewolf (11841) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
[my 4,700th rating]
Pours very deep brown, almost black. Impressive, creamy, brown head. Great duration and it leaves some fine lacings. Powerful and dry aroma, lots of coffee, roasted malts, bready and some grassy hops. Great creamy mouthfeel, lowish carbonation. Flavour has chocolate, some cold coffee (minus the bitterness), mild viniousness, quite sweet; especially in the finish. Aftertaste has more bitterness with some dark chocolate and warming viniousness. Good.