Cimbasso (290) - - NOV 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Cardinal, Stavanger. Rating based on my notes taken at the time. A very dark, very powerful and very characterful beer. There are aromas of coffee and roasted barley. Quite a sour hit when initially tasted, with some vegetal overtones. Strong espresso coffee tastes and other roasted flavours. Also tastes of vanilla, and, slightly strangely, hints of pears and paprika. A complex and fascinating beer.
gopherfan99 (656) - CROATIA - NOV 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle; pours nearly black with a thin coffee colored head; aroma bitter hops, roast coffee, and dark chocolate; taste is initially sweet with chocolate, malt, and alcohol; then becomes bitter with coffee and hops; finish is a dry bitter; excellent Imperial
Distance_Runner (76) - BELGIUM - OCT 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black and intense! 13,1%. I was a bit expecting the taste of Emelisse-White Label but nope. The thing is with some beers some of the characteristics are distinctive like the aroma is amazing or the taste is amazing but with this one I feel like everything is well balanced. I will drink again
UrbanCaveman (89) - Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.7 oz bottle (Green glass? Really?), poured into a snifter at approximately 65 degrees F.
A: Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black. No sunlight gets through the beer once poured. The pale tan head dissipates fairly quickly into a ring with a cap of patchy islands, a foam archipelago. I saw no lacing to speak of.
S: Booze and coffee are the first impressions I get from the aroma, with the coffee seeming more like a medium roast than an espresso or anything darker. Raisins are also present in the scent, wreathed delicately around a combination of rich earth and toffee-caramel malt.
T: This drinks remarkably similar to a wine, a dark red wine. Raisin and grape flavors abound as it opens, wrapped around a core of light coffee and roasted barley. The toffee flavor comes through towards the middle, carried upon a wave of sweetness that brings vanilla with some black licorice hints. More fruit and coffee strike at the finish, which closes with some nice boozy burn.While there is some earthy bitter to this beer, the malt-sweetened coffee and dark fruit flavors are left to star.
M: In mouthfeel, this brew is oily slick, perhaps not as chewy as one might expect for a stout.
O: An enjoyable experience, quite possibly one which could be used to draw a wine geek into the world of beer appreciation. I might have liked a little more body to the brew itself, but the flavor profile is spot on for a sweetness-loving malthead.
john-hansen (24) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is dark with medium to thin brown head. Body is super smooth with a medium-long finish. Taste is high bitter and low sweet. Aroma is coffee, alcohol, hop, fruit, mint, chocolate, roasted.
TheGoldenChalice (18) - The Garden of the Beer Gods, North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma - Not many smells coming off this one other than bitterness. Bottled 04/13, so, I kinda expected the aroma to have died down at this point.
Appearance - this brew has a very dark appearance; you cannot see through it even when holding it up to the sunlight. Light brown, khaki-like, frothy head that resembles that of a creamy porter. Head does not dissipate.
Taste - the taste is ideal for a cool fall day: bitterness on the forefront w/ dark fruit, semi-bitter chocolate, and raisins on the finish. The coffee, however, has dissipated. Medium-full bodied stout.
Palate - this is decent on the palate. Despite the high ABV, I envisage this brew being more substantial when fresh.
Overall, despite the high ABV, I envisage this brew being more substantial and bold when fresh. Although I can taste some coffee, the coffee flavor did not hold up--as expected--over time. That said, I did enjoy this beer very much.
Mjp12 (485) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, heavyweight beer. Aromas of liquorice, cocoa and sweet malts, with a hint of summer berries in the background. This is beer to be slowly sipped, the thick mouthfeel and thump of alcohol come through hard, although there is a slightly bitter finish, making you come back for more . Amazing.
HoppyBudgie (757) - SOLA, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with medium brown head. Aroma is sweet with burned malt, liquerice and alcohol. Flavor is quite vinous and sweet with burned malt, chocolate vanilla and liquerice. Finishes bitter
mgajdaczewa (646) - Katowice, POLAND - OCT 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
W aromacie nic nie zwiastuje risa, mało tego, nic nie zwiastuje ciemnego piwa! wyczuwalne bardzo przyjemne brzoskwinie tudzież morele, nawet po ogrzaniu brak czekolady i kawy! Trochę mało. W smaku już wyczuwalna paloność, kwasek od słodów, finisz lekko przyprawowy z muśnięciem kawy, bardzo delikatny. Brakuje gęstości, brakuje czekolady, alkohol silnie wyczuwalny... Słabo! Choć piwo raczej smaczne.
ghendrix (125) - Cardiff, WALES - OCT 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brewdog Cardiff, 1/3 pint. Black with a brown head. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, liquorice, raisins, slightly tart red berries. Taste is medium-strong bitter and light-medium sweet, spicy warm alcohol. Heavy body, slick warm mouthfeel. Delicious, strength apparent though, less balanced than the best impy stouts I?ve had. Still great.