OminouSC2 (424) - SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Picth black. Sweet aromas, chocolate, dextrose and alcohol. Taste reminds me a lot of Mikkeller Black, very heavy sweet, syrup and molasses. Better balance though, so it gain a few points there. Still not my cup of tea.
nosajhongkong (30) - North Point, HONG KONG - JUL 9, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
0,375L bottle bought at the Bottle Shop Hong Kong.
Appearance: Pours black colour with thin tan head that leaves fair bits of lacing on the glass.
Aroma: Very rich and complex aroma with heavy cocoa , roasted malt, sweet vanilla, caramel, coffee and toasted bread with a touch of honey and liquorice note.
Taste: Medium to heavy hop bitterness and chocolate, caramel malt sweetness. Some berry, spice and liquorice taste are added on to the taste later.
Palate: Extremely creamy and smooth texture, with long and bitter hop finish. The body is very full and alcoholic.
Overall: A very aggressive and heavy imperial stout, but at the same time enjoying it very much. It has combined the sweet, heavy roasted malt and the bitter hops beautifully. A superb stout brewed by Mikkeller .
ElDesmadre (3078) - Mikołów, POLAND - JUN 1, 2016
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Sherry-like mead notes, lots of body, creamy mouthfeel, not too sweet actually, notes of coffee, roasted finish. Alas, the beer is pierced through and through by notes of acetaldehyde, midway between green apples and solvent. On top of that, the alcohol is shamelessly exposed. What a letdown.
rafael52 (879) - Łódź, POLAND - MAY 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Kolor: ciemnobrunatny, lekko zamglony.
Piana: średnio obfita, drobnopęcherzykowa, dość trwała.
Zapach: sporo wanilii, gorzkiej czekolady, kakao, pralin czekoladowych, kawy, trochę ciemnych owoców, wiśni, alkohol delikatnie wyczuwalny, ale nawet ładnie się komponuje.
Smak: spora pełnia słodowa, dużo kawy, sporo gorzkiej czekolady, kakao, wyraźna wanilia, goryczka średnia, kawowa, dość wyraźny alkohol, który szybko odparowuje.
Wysycenie: średnie, w kierunku niskiego.
Marstonlad (746) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 20, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Alko Sello, Espoo. Pours black with a little brownish head that leaves some lacing. The aroma displays various attributes: heavily roasty maltiness is the backbone that supports elements like strong coffee, salted licorice and a touch of vanilla - very rich. Taste offers initially fairly dry and very roasty maltiness that starts quickly to bend towards hoppier regions. The finish is heavily bitter; in fact, nearly everything in this beer is heavy. Flavours include rye bread, espresso and licorice initially, later also some pine and perhaps a faint touch of plum. Alcohol hides behind everything that the malts and hops are able to come up with. The palate is full-bodied and smooth, low in carbonation. Intense, even a bit aggressive - but also very good.
Sjohnh (724) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wait a minute. This is a stout, right? Looks like one - deep black, light brown head. Smells like one - no, wait, it doesn’t, there’s a big hop blast, new world varieties, with lime, lychee, gooseberry, amidst the chocolate and coffee. So it’s fresh, and the palette is light for a 13.1% beer. Stupidly light. This could be a black IPA. Flavour our starts with fruit too - lime, grapefruit, gooseberry - then the chocolate follows. Ridiculously good.
Aarslew (36) - - MAY 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a nutty brown/tan head. Aroma of honey and vanilla. Taste is slightly bitter of hops, with roast flavours/ coffee and some chocolate/honey-like sweetness.
phaleslu (9307) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle purchased from The Wine and Cheese Place in 2010 or 2011. Opened blindly alongside all other variants. Pours a deep, nearly opaque dark brown with minimal tan head that settles into a ring. This one has rich notes of chocolate, caramel, roast, burnt sugar, molasses, and an ash that seems a bit like charred wood. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, smooth, rich mouthfeel. My guess was bourbon; the charred oak note threw me. This was the regular one.
MartyW (107) - DENMARK - MAY 9, 2016
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Draft. Pitch black beer with a thick dark brown, almost black head. Aroma of herbs, roasted notes of chocolate and coffee, leather and some vanilla(?). Flavour is full off coffee, chocolate, roasted herbs, soy sauce, heavy hops and a lot of alcohol which makes all the flavour turn in my mouth. It’s an explosion of flavours including coffee, hops and heavy alcohol (resembling something like the cheapest vodka you can find), which is too much for me to handle. Unbalanced. Undrinkable.
Turboninja (478) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@home, from Alko Anttila, Tampere, Finland. Strong slightly sour aroma with syrup, honey, licorice and alcohol. Pitch black color with small light beige head. Strong, balanced taste dominated by honey and dark fruits like plum, some roasted malts, coffee, licorice and alcohol coming slightly trough. Wide taste spectrum and long aftertaste with roasted malts and dark fruits. Medium body with medium/light carbonation. Overall, high quality, complex product with very distinctive twist. Like a combination of IS and imperial dark IPA. Way too light mouth feel for this percentage.