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 it’s 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 doesn’t 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. There’s a smoky tobacco quality as well. Superb in every respect.
Mouthfeel is just as fantastic - lighter than expected, with a more active carbonation that’s still soft and light on the tongue. You just don’t want to stop drinking this thing. Almost no alcohol presence, fantastic mouthfeel, delicious flavor - can’t 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.
Fujimo2000 (87) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark chocolate as expected, aroma is leather. Taste is chocolate and leather. A big smooth beer and quite representative of the stouts.
FunkyF (835) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från ölbutikken. Svart med ljusbrunt skum. Tung doft av choklad och lite karamell. Lite stickig med choklad och kaffe.
raphael (1153) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can someone tell me why this California brewery (& it’s partner Port) have their beers for sale in Washington but not in Oregon--the beers have to come through here? Happy to see this beer at the Oregon brewer’s festival. Think I’m posting this review on the right version--11% abv, but according to the program part aged in bourbon barrels. yum yum. dark beer with dark head.Aromas of molasses, alcohol, dark rye.Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, brown sugar & oak. so smooth, a little slick. Thank you.
Xenon (129) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JUL 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very boozy. A strong molasses and mild coffee flavors. Not very memorable honestly but not because of anything bad in particular. Nose has almost a eucalyptus note to it. Most memorable part of the beer
OminouSC2 (424) - SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color. Roasted malt aromas, caramel and chocolate. Very balanced taste, bitter dark chocolate with sweet elements of vanilla and caramel. Roasted finish with lingering chocolate cake. Solid Imperial Stout.
BucannonXC5 (1411) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Type: 750-ml. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: Barons Market in Alpine, Calif.
Purchased: June 18, 2016
Consumed: June 25, 2016
Misc.: Received from Rachel for Father’s Day; No BOD on bottle; Cork and cage top
Got this and another good one from Rachel for Father’s Day. Surprised that I had never had this one. I always think that the Los Abbey is a bit pricy across the board, but I thought I would have tried this by now. Have some high hopes. Bummed that there was no bottled on date.
Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Very serene setting. Lovely. Good-to-very good spotty lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)
Smelled dark cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, almost a chocolate cake feel, toffee, caramel, roasted coffee malts, light molasses and hints of licorice. (Smell - 4.50)
Taste follows the nose nicely, maybe not quite as good. Chocolate cake, milk chocolate, dark cocoa, roasted nuts, bitter dark roasted coffee (but not overwhelming), roasted toffee, molasses, black licorice, char wood, malt chocolate and dark espresso. Not boozy at all. (Taste - 4.25)
Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)
This was very good, much better than I even thought. Would recommend it to anyone. (Overall - 4.25)
4.33 96 A
belgis (430) - - JUN 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Kept it in the basement for 2 years! Have to say I was just a bit dissapointed. It is superb beer but if I compare it with other stouts around that strenght and density this one seems a bit empty. Sure 2 years helped to get out some interesting notes of dried fruit, but overall besides good nothing much came out of me! Would mind to meet again!
AdolfoCC (153) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - JUN 15, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Servida en un Spiegelau Tulip. APARIENCIA: de color totalmente negro, no pasa nada de luz a través de ella, corona de espuma color marrón de mediana retención, con burbujas compactas y algunas abiertas, y “alcohol legs”
AROMA: destaca el chocolate amargo, granos de espresso, muy licorosa, frutos oscuros como cerezas negras, dátiles, ciruelas, melaza, ligero caramelo y toffee, cuero.
SABOR: al tocar el líquido la boca se siente algo ligeramente dulce, ya en trago notas a chocolate amargo, cocoa, granos de espresso, atrás frutos oscuros como dátiles, cerezas negras, melaza, ligero dulzor. En el retrogusto un amargor medio con persistencia del gusto a chocolate.
SENSACIÓN: Cuerpo medio con ligera sensación untuosa, baja carbonatación. El alcohol bien enmascarado, sólo se siente una ligera sensación cálida en garganta al correr el líquido.
RESUMEN: una excelente Imperial Stout que tal vez no tiene todo el reconocimiento mundial que merece.
kerenmk (4035) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Lost Abbey/ Port Brewing Taproom San Marcos, 23.4.16. Black with a tan head. Roasty, woodsy with a little bit of cocoa in the nose, bitter, vanilla, a little medicinal, a little bit of iodine in the mouth. Full body, smooth texture, a little bitter finish with vanilla and wood.
Antonio369 (145) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
75cl bottle, served in a snifter glass. Poured black as night on a moonless night with a two finger creamy mocha tan head. Aromas of roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits. Taste is absolutely fantastic: Roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, roasted nuts, caramel fudge, licorice, toast, whole wheat current bread, dates, raisins. It also has lots of vinous qualities. Very creamy texture, thick & sticky on the palate. Slightly bitter. A full body with a long roasted espresso & chocolate bittersweet finish. This is an absolutely amazing Imperial Stout!