phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Stoutfest at the Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. Perfect pour, dark black with a lasting tan head, Flavor is complex, a nutty maltiness and creaminess comes through in the aftertaste. A top notch beer, among the best I’ve ever had.
ippopotamo36 (300) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014 At the Hoppy Pub in Thessaloniki - Greece on tap. Pours black, brown medium foamy head. Nose is terrific: nutty, coffee, cappuccino. Mouth: cappuccino, milk cream, round final dry feel. Great one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
RickFifty (405) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color, light brown head. Roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate, dried fruit, licorice, alcohol, hint of vanilla. Roasted malt taste, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, hints of alcohol and wood, sour note, dry finish. Full body, average to soft carbonation, warming alcohol. The serving temperature is essential, this should definitely not be served cold. Personal stats: Rating #400
llkc (455) - århus, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
holdbar til 10-7-16
duft. vanilje. sød rosin. karamel. meget tyk duft/ kompleks.
smag: sød lidt karamel. lidt flødekaramel agtig. lav på co2
denne nye genbrygget øl er på ingen måde på sammen nivo som de tidligere black hole
drsordr (1206) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pour opaque black with thick tan head. Nose sweet malt, milk chocolate, coffee, cherry, and hint of alcohol. Taste starts with more dark fruit flavors then the chocolate and coffee. Mid palate bounces between bitterness from the hops and chocolate flavors with alcohol. Nice interplay between sweet and bitter. Light roast on the finish. Syrupy mouth feel.
hackobock (1558) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
October 4, 2014. Bottle at SBWF. Pours dense black with a small tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, sweet malt and dried fruits, caramel malt, slight alcohol. Taste is sweet caramel, fruits with a light roasted bitterness,. Light bitter coffee and some malty sweetness in the finish. Oily, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation.
BrewTom (309) - - 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 (2382) - 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 (137) - 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 (186) - - 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 (559) - 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