JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle into snifter. Huge thanks to buckeyesox for this one - I believe itís about a year old.
Pours opaque black, with a one-finger very fluffy dark brown head, settling down into a denser, but thin, brown cap that doesnít want to go away. The head is fantastic for this beer.
Nose is equally fantastic - a nice mix of espresso, rich chocolate, and vivid dark fruits, with the emphasis on the dark fruits and cocoa. The nose is just so rich but still supremely balanced and integrated.
Starts off with just a huge, delicious espresso presence right off the bat, with a secondary note of rich cocoa, and lots of licorice and dark fruit swirling around in there. Thereís a smoky tobacco quality as well. Superb in every respect.
Mouthfeel is just as fantastic - lighter than expected, with a more active carbonation thatís still soft and light on the tongue. You just donít want to stop drinking this thing. Almost no alcohol presence, fantastic mouthfeel, delicious flavor - canít say enough about this beer. Hits on all cylinders.
As a note, the alcohol starts to warm you up about halfway through, and comes out a bit more as the beer hits room temperature, but never detracts from the flavors or body of the beer. Still an A+ effort.
TheGB (501) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Oskar Blues. Black with a nice brown head. Light aroma of malt and coffee. Taste is nice with a good balance of roasted malt and coffee. Palate is very nice for such a big stout.
Tide (1688) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Hazelís beverage world. Black color, brown head. Bitter taste with coffee, chocolate, nuts, vanilla, roasted malts and licorice. Very smooth body, the high ABV is very well hidden. Bitter finish with chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, oak and licorice. Exquisite imperial stout.
chinchill (1711) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery in San Marcos.
Pours black with a short-lived head that leaves little lacing.
Aroma: moderately strong and dominated by dark-roasted malts.
Flavor: more funky and less fruity than the aroma, but not challenging to drink. Lightly bitter finish.
Feel: medium body; medium-light carbonation.
O: good, not great. High ABV is too obvious.
bigda83 (130) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked 2013 bottle. Pours a deep and dark brown/black with a tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, some coffee, roasted nuts, and earth. Taste had a good amount of alcohol, with notes of chocolate, black cherry, roasted coffee, and vanilla. This was a full bodied and thick beer. Very good.
devman171 (911) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours thick black with tan head. Aroma is roast and dark fruits. Taste is thick black roast with a nice dark fruit balance, bitter roast finish. Nice
pilsnerrogge (2467) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a large, brown head.
Aroma is roasted malt, char coal and licorice.
Smooth and rounded mouth feel.
Taste is anise seed, licorice and roasted malt leading to a warming finish.
Really good! But I think beers this strong should come in smaller bottles.
hackobock (1202) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Lots of chocolate in the aroma, dried fruits, coffee, caramel, nuts and light vinous notes. Taste is medium bitter roasted chocolate, sweet caramel and licorice, finish is smooth roasted bitterness and salty licorice. Medium to full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation.
ACHops (654) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Bambinoís. Pours thick inky brownish black with heavily lacy mocha colored head. Aroma is big dark chocolate, with boozy notes of port and bourbon. Taste is super dark charred malts, sharp hops to balance the sweetness, lingering notes of leather, oak, and a bit of raisins. Lingering dry oaky port flavors on the finish. Incredibly heavy mouthfeel, quite boozy - easily taste the 10%. Maybe lacking the barrel-aged character of similar beers, but otherwise this is a massive imperial stout. Another winner from Lost Abbey.
RexTalionis (2356) - FINLAND - JUL 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black in color with a brown head. Roasted malts, hazelnut and chocolate in aroma. Quite delicious. Roasted coffee, dark fruits and vanilla with hints of sweetness in taste. Smooth and tasty.
djd07 (3372) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy tan head that lasts leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is strong roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate. Thick mouthfeel with roast, chocolate, and light dry finish. Very good.