beastiefan2k (2082) - Lawrence (formely NYC), Kansas, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into a smaller Corsendonk goblet. When I picked this up for my lady I actually did not realize this is a relatively new beer. I find it funny that the bottom of the label says "Rich Old Style." I have not decided if I like the idea or not. The beer pours completely black with a small cocoa colored head. But at least it sticks around. Aroma is definitely rich, but not old. I get a strong alcoholic Bon Bon, due to some alcohol, sweet dark chocolate with a bit of prune and thick smelling. Lots of roasted malts as well. I like the aroma, it is not too sweet or too alcoholic and definitely rich. The flavor is definitely less rich, bitterness dominates and otherwise its a roasted, very clean and kind of empty flavor. I like the cleanliness of the beer but the downside is that it is a bit industrial (no nuances). The bottom of the bottle is filter-clean. The bitterness of the mouthfeel makes it seem drying and thick yet not actually a thick body. I like this beer but I would love to see a bottle conditioned version of it with less bitterness in the flavor and a bit more malt (not sugar) sweetness.
skoisirius (1200) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yup, another good one to hit when youíre in the sticks, fancy that! Really though, itíll warm ya up on a cold night!
Bamaboy1975 (85) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured this one aggressively into a snifter. I got just a hint of head that disappeared before I could really get any read on it. It didn't even leave any real ring. No lacing tries to cling to the glass. Body is a deep dark brown.
There is a very pronounced head on this one. Dark fruit, caramel and toffee are very "loud" aromas, having been very noticeable as I poured. Roasted malt is present as well.
Dark fruit and roasted malt are up front. These transition into dark coffee, dark chocolate and hints of slightly over-roasted nuts. Booze comes in and plays around the flavors at the end. As the beer warms there is a hint of dark soda (similar to a Dr Depper or root beer) in the transition from dark fruit to dark chocolate/coffee.
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beerdad (396) - Kansas, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours black with beige head. Aromas of burnt malt and pit fruit. Flavors of prune and roasted malt. Beer is acrid from the burnt malts with tang from the fruit esters. Finishes with burnt overtones which detract. Itís just ok
Bragesnak (4646) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Matthews tasting, Aarhus, DK.
Dark brown with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavour with burned edge. Nice palate
mikkellund42 (364) - Vejle, DENMARK - APR 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle @ Torben Mathews Tasting. Pours opaque black with dark brown head. Aroma had heavy notes of Vegamite, but also malt, gain, cereal, grass, horse blanket, licorice, faint fruity and light spicy. Taste is initial medium sweet then medium to heavy bitter in excellent balance. Body is medium to full creamy with soft carbonation. Finish is long with notes of gravy and Sunday roast.
Suttree (4453) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cellar cleaning tick. I think this is a 2009 or 2010 vintage. Black, no head. Smell like coffee and prunes and raisins. Taste is coffee and cocao, plus some dark fruity notes. Dry woody finish.
Lukaduke (1021) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich deep umber black color with a big four finger deep mocha brown foam that sticks nicely... Aromas are chewy dark chocolate, boozy roasted malts and a touch of caramel sweetness. On the palate its well balanced between deep roasty earth notes and sweet caramel and chocolate notes... Nice carbonation and a silky rich body make this stout a winner with no detectable booze in the finish. Nice.
after4ever (5294) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-oz. Pours black with a dense and creamy dark tan head. Lots of drippy lace. Big roasty ashy nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Roasty, ashy mid palate with baking chocolate presence. Drinkable enough, but on the dry side, and goes a bit chalky.
thebusstop (174) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance of this stout is its best quality, it pours a dense almost black with a small brown head. The nose is a bit weak. But the flavor is nice, mostly meaty with undertones of dark chocolate. Itís certainly more bitter, but not overpoweringly so. The palate is also nice, creamy and full, but with some unexpected fizziness.
BlackIPA (720) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apparently this beer gets shit on pretty hard. Lets see if my taste agrees with the general consensus... Pours a thinish deep red, almost black with a brown head that starts out small but eventually builds to a 2 finger size. Aromas of anise, roast, fast food. Taste is bitter malt, little hop presence, alcohol hidden, very dry finish. I like this beer. This may be one of the driest imperial stouts Iíve had to date. Decent.