BrewTom (373) - - NOV 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The strong alcohol smell & taste spoil this beer for me. I think Mik has become overly ambitious with this beer trying to produce an exceptionally strong beer rather than a smooth, quaffable beverage an Imperial Russian Stout should be - disappointing.
Rated by BrewTom
teorn88 (3489) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog rating. Bottle from Grand Cru, Rimini. It pours a.deep dark brown color with a large mocha colored head. Aroma is very bold and complex, with grinded coffee beans, dark chocolate, caramel malts, sweet toffee, boozy kick, vanilla pod, cedar wood, liqueur. Taste is again really sweet and complex with sugar syrup, cognac, vanilla, cocoa, licorice, Full bodied with sticky mouthfeel and good carbonation. Finish is slightly more dry with roasted malts and alcoholic bitterness and stringency. Overall, big and bold in flavours but really sweet
brianza_ale (163) - ITALY - NOV 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
37,5 cl teku. Pours a beautiful, abundant and dense brown/very dark head; black as hell. Smells sweet roated, with very nice chocolate/cocoa notes, vanilla, chestnut/dried fruit, wood, Hops; quite like anything I’ve smelled. Tastes top quality roastiness, malty, chocolatey, caramel, espresso; --like in the best IS bitter and sweet notes become almost a unique thing--. Obviously flavour goes towards bitter at the end, but not as much as other IS, I would say more than medium bitterness: it’s there but it’s very balanced out by other flavours. Some umami fermented/soy like notes come also through; got also some sour hints as soon as you take the sip. Toasted, licoricy/coffee and quite clean, overall finish. Full bodied, oily texture, not that soft carbonation as you would imagine, mildly long finish leaves the palate quite clean. Apart from the fact that your body temparture quite increases, you wouldnt tell it’s 13% vol, fairly nice drinkability, awesome aroma: complex and smooth. Dunno if would buy again, probable, but man that was NICE
Cimbasso (328) - - 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 (719) - 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 (79) - 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 (131) - 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 (21) - 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 (566) - 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.