smmaaren (177) - NORWAY - MAR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
37,5 cl bottle. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is citrusy, caramelly, smokey. Texture is oily. Taste is sweet. Complex and good stout.
tmzl (74) - SLOVENIA - FEB 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Look: Medium sized, thick, mocha head with good retention. Think but thick layer stays on top for the ride, leaves quite a lot of fine lacing. Dark, dark brown, can’t see through. Looks good.
Smell: Some dark fruit, black berries; dates connected with sweetness. Roast stands out the most with light dark coffee, milk and bitter dark chocolate notes. A pleasantly balanced mix, nothing really overwhelms. Something refreshing about it, like it a lot. Light alcohol notes come up, when it warms up, but nothing too distracting.
Taste: Medium roasted sweetness with milky chocolate that goes into dark and light coffee. The light sweetness that comes through is surprising and does it good. There is a sour part that keeps it fresher. This part is most noticeable right before the end - very smooth and appealing light sour with black currant, black berries. Also some tart, maybe with some help from the high alcohol contend (alcohol itself hardly to detect). Ends with medium roasted (and some light coffee) bitterness accompanied by light-medium sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Full, smooth, creamy, light carbonation. Gets almost sticky when time goes by.
Overall: Was expecting it to be a lot sluttier, but the balance and flavors were smooth and in line. The specter of notes is rich already, would really like to taste some barreled version of this one. A fine example.
Bottle 2 years old.
Finn (3759) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaske 0,375l fra Vinmonopolet, Tromsø Langnes. Drukket i Skibotn 25 Des 13. Svart. Høyt mokkafarget skum. Tett lacing. Kraftig aroma av nøtter & mørk frukt. Lukter skog. Smaken det samme med en voldsom fylde. Sjokolade & syrlig frukt. Smaken varer og varer. Rett og slett et toppøl. Alkoholen merkes ikke.
DrSilverworm (5022) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Snifter on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Pitch black color. Thin khaki head. Good dots and ropes of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Sort of sticky texture. Bigger bitter taste. Kind of a spicy bite, a little more biting than I hoped. Huge, big ashy roast malts. Some molasses. Licorice. Dark fruit. Very light spice. Some cloying sweetness. Interesting beer in that it’s so big, but it doesn’t really carry it at first, or mask the ABV so well. Good lightly smokey aftertaste, with a good dark chocolate flavor in the finish. Good chewy texture to it, gets more noticeable as it warms up, the good texture. Wow, gets a lot better as it warms up, way less bite as it warms up. Amazing. Night and day from when I first started, so much better than when it was cold, much more chewy, more complex aromas come out, some vanilla even. Cake batter. This beer was was an emotional roller coaster for me (and Steph, whom I shared it with)
k92488 (165) - NORWAY - FEB 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Backlog fra Ticks Jeg ticket alle de øllene, men så at de da ikke kom med på Statistikk, så nå blir det sånn ca... Etter best evne...
Men, masse aroma, kaffe, malt, smaker all over.. Kanon god...
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour. Pours a dense black with a khaki head of foam. Aroma has big notes of chocolate and big dark chocolate. Some peanuts come through as well. Taste is or on the brash end of sweetness. Thick body with lower carbonation. Tasty stuff.
tony_gorilla (147) - Fiskum, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from vinmonopolet enjoyed at home. Pours black with small brown head. Not so thick that i thougt. Bitter as hell! And some coffee.
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, from Cotts, 01/02/14.
Pitch black with a well appointed dirty tan head that soon dissipates to a thin covering.
Nose is big roast, earthy cocoa, light booze, hop backnotes, metallic edge, earthy, dark fruit resonance.
Taste comprises, sherry notes, coffee cake, tobacco, bitter roast, booze, dark chocolate, hoppy backnotes, molasses, earthy.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying boozey close.
Decent impy, booze evident but not too head, rich flavours.
bubbleflubber (1709) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just gorgeous! Thanks to my lovely wife for this gift! Pours an oily black into the glass, with a sparse chocolate head that dissipates to a thin ring of tan suds across the fringes. The nose is vinous notes, coffee, smoked grains, and sweet malt. Flavors are very sweet, molasses, coffee, caramel, toffee, plums, raisins, figs, licorice, grains, dates, rum-raisin, a hint of perfectly-integrated alcohol and finishes with a figgy-date raisin goodness. Dark fruits galore, this is a perfect impy stout for a single-digit temperature winter night. A warm sipper for sure, it goes down smoothly, with a hint of fine cognac to the palate. Again, just a gorgeous brew. One of the best out there!
Doghair (241) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sweet and malty. Minimal carbonation. Taste is sweet malt with sort of a cola flavor. A little medical. Almost too sweet. Not what I expected. It’s a green bottle with no date. I’m thinking my bottle was bad. I’ll need to find another.