RobertDale (3345) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a thick dark black with a dark tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and a touch of rye. Very good. Nice sipper.
Ernest (6162) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is heavily malty (roasted/burnt grain, bitter chocolate, coffee), with notes of tar, ash/smoke.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily bitter.
Full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
A roast monster...very clean but the aroma leaves some depth to be desired...I love love the roast, but it needs something to balance that aspect out, like hops or fruity notes or caramel or something. Some chocolate is there of course, but even that is in the bitter spectrum and very hardcore...this is like the black coffee of stouts. Very well-balanced for its type/size...lots of finishing bitterness, this is the opposite of most syrupy sweet fatiguing Impy stouts you find on shelves these days. This would be 4+ with a bit more aromatic intrigue beyond the roast.
budznsudz (554) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick black with a dark brown head. Aroma of toasted grain, dark malts, and light cocoa. Taste follows with a nice hearty mouthfeel. This is a very traditional robust imperial stout.
zvikar (3370) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks DSG. Pours opaque black with a brown head, aroma of fruits, malt and some chocolate, flavor of fruits, malt, chocolate, bitterness, medium bodied.
Enjoyit (3449) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of liqurice, sweets and spice. A flavor of liqurice, coffee, roasted malt, bitter and a nice oily texture!
DSG (5672) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Black with a huge brown head. Heavily roasty aroma with some coffee, a cocoa note and some hops. Dry-ish flavor, roasty, with light sweetness, smoke, coffee (with a light acidic hint), and a bitterish finish, more roasty, with a hoppy note. Full-bodied. Very nice.
mbgrayson (522) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours inky black, with a rich tan head. Somewhat weak aroma of malts and rye. Taste is a little bitter and fairly strong. Notes of coffee and licorice. Long lasting palate. Maybe I’m getting spoiled, but I didn’t like this one as well as several others. Not complex enough, I guess. Still, a clear thumbs up.
suprchunk (2103) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black viscous pour small forced tan head. No lacing. Malty aroma with chocolate cherries and pepper. Taste is the same. Though slightly thin.
StefanSD (2088) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Pours black with a medium brown head that has good retention. The aroma features cocoa, dark chocolates and chocolate liqueur. The taste, like the aroma, has multi-layered chocolates, mocha, charcoal, roasted chestnuts and bitter walnuts. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and bitter. Overall: Very roasty and bitter RIS, not much sweetness. This works.
SlovakSniper (3048) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dans mon verre il y a un liquide bien foncé sur lequel flotte une mousse qui offre une acceptable prestation. Dans mon nez se chamaillent du chocolat noir, du seigle épicé, des grains brûlés et du cuir bien tendu. Sur ma langue s’installent des saveurs sèches de torréfaction et de malts rôtis avec ce petit goût particulier qui appartient au seigle. En bouche se présente un corps de moyenne densité avec un pétillement au ralenti et une texture huileuse. En arrière-goût se dessine un mélange de notes de réglisse et de mélasse brûlée.