Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, - AUG 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
On keg at the BrewDog bar. Had this alongside the Cognac and Tequila versions. Pours a black colour with a thin tan head. Softer aroma of red wine, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Flavours of coffee, chocolate and roasty malt. Lingering oak. Light carbonation with an oily mouth-feel and a bitter finish. Alcohol quite present throughout. Very nice.
KingCecil (1807) - DENMARK - MAR 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home... It pours pitch black with a medium creamy tan head....The aroma is roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and oak.... The flavor is very nice, roasted malt, coffee, light vinous, vanilla, hops, licorice and chocolate Very nice.....
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
17th June 2012
Opaque black beer with a short lived mid tan head. Softish and semi dry palate, smooth. Rich dark malt smoothed out by mellow wood (but no sweet vanilla oak here). Mild chocolate and milder coffee. The red wine is subtle but definitely there and a nice counterpart to the rich malt. Finishes smooth and dry with a little zing.
Godisabogun (2) - - FEB 23, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
OMFG. Now, I LOVE this beer, it fills every single tiny box of what I expect from a porter; and I would make wild passionate love to any of its female relations - but you just have this sense that maybe, just maybe, there’s more to come. One day a porter will beat this, but probably not in my lifetime, MY GODS - time to drink myself into a stupor and believe that Nirvana is chocolate honey with a head.
johninmelb (1005) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1547) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades at a normal pace.
S - Dark chocolate and dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, molasses, black licorice, oak, vanilla, red wine, some dark fruit, and some booze.
T - Dark chocolate and sweet dark caramel malts, roasted coffee, black licorice, molasses, oak, red wine, vanilla, and some dark fruit, some citrus and pine hops and a bit of bitterness, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming and sweet finish.
D - Nicely balanced big imperial Stout. Nice body and mouthfeel. Red wine adds some nice depth and complexity.
ACD (337) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle. Pours pitch black with thin mocha brown head; light lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, brown sugar, booze. Taste follows suit with plenty of deep roasted malt, dark chocolate, mocha coffee notes, dark fruit, slight oakiness; big booze note as it goes down - plenty of warmth. Red wine barrel note only really becomes apparent in the aftertaste, pretty subtle and adds a good bit of depth. Full mouthfeel. Pretty well balanced and complex - nice.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home (BOE) 25/12/12.
Pitch black with a decent tan head that collapses to the edge and leaves a film.
Nose is dark chocolate, sweet sugars, dark malts, light wood and booze.
Taste comprises roast malts, bitter dark chocolate, wood tones, molasses, touch of liqourice, booze.
Full bodied with soft carbonation containg a touch of fizz, boozey sweet finish.
A more than decent big and complex imperial stout!
northropfrye (1352) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate, milk, wine, bread aroma. Taste of coffee, wood, chocolate and wine. Dark black with beautiful brown head and nice lacing. A really nice stout.
jbeahler (34) - USA - NOV 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7 oz bottle. Poured a dark black with a thick 3 finger dark brown head. Aroma is red wine mixed with a heavy imperial stout, very unique and interesting. The red wine barrels add a character that I haven’t had in any other stout. Taste is exquisite, starts with red wine, then chocolate.coffee rich dark malts and slight hop bitterness. Flavor is amazing like chocolate covered raisins. Silky smooth and heavy mouth feel. Great, excellent beer. Deserves a try from any one looking for a unique and tasty.imperial stout.
rarbring (659) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: The smell is dark and burned, candid sugar, soy and dried peas.
Appearance: The brew is black brown, a small tan head, little lacing and good curtains.
Taste: A taste of sweet dark bread, sweet tropic fruits, balanced with some sour oak, a warm concluding chocolate bitterness.
Palate: Little carbonation, a soft and sticky feeling, a good body and warm dryness.
Overall: A round well balanced nice stout.
Note: On-tap at De Klomp tasting. Reviewed 2012-11-01.