JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2009
2.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle into snifter.
Pours viscous, opaque black, with no real head at all.
Nose is roasty, big cocoa, with a sweetly vinous quality that comes through as rich sweet dark fruits and some alcohol, bit of tar. Bit nutty even. This is not your run of the mill RIS nose. But good - intriguing.
Taste is big and sweet - vinous, sour even. I think this one is a bit off. Nonethless, you still get a peek at the beer underneath - rich, some cocoa and espresso peeking through. But the odd lactic sourness - well, that doesn’t seem like it’s supposed to be there. Lots of berry flavors. Finish is vinous, bitter, lots of sickly sweet dark berry, sour.
Mouthfeel is thick and viscous. This one’s like oil sliding down. Could have used a notch more carbonation, but the huge body makes it just fine as it is - if only it tasted right.
Drinkability I can’t even comment on. I finished maybe half of the 375 ml bottle.
Dfonorow (1419) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at three floyds. Pour is deep black with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor of cocoa powder, coffee, sherry, tobacco, roasted malt, and faint dark fruits. Finish is dry with booze and coffee coming through the most.
Alengrin (1296) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very heavy stout with oat flakes and an anarchistic label representing not much more than... well, a black hole. Thin, milky, dark beige foam, unstable due to the alcohol. Black colour with only a presumption of a wine-red glow under very bright light. Extremely intense aroma of black coffee, bitter chocolate, kahlua, sweet tobacco, Worcestershire sauce, old madera, candied dates, white pepper, raisins, soy sauce. Sharp and demanding, powerful taste of an infinitely profound chocolatey and roasted malt bitterness, soft on the edges though, even a bit sweetish, dark fruits, smoky touch, very thick and viscous mouthfeel, warm alcoholic finish, not astringent, very long and complex and totally satisfying in every sense of the word. Man, what a stout.
Yozora (37) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a tan head. Aroma of molasses, espresso, pine, roasted malts, burnt sugar, alcohol, sweet, burnt toffee, burnt rubber. Taste is licorice, espresso, roasted malts, pine, hops, burnt sugar, honey, cacao, sweet, toasted notes with a boozy, lingering espresso finish. Oily, creamy body with medium carbonation.
tectactoe (1722) - Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Three Floyds: Who goes to Three Floyds then drinks Mikkeller on tap? This guy. Excited to see this one on draft, though. Appropriately named; jet black, no transparency with a lovely, lasting, foamy tan head. Lots of roasted malts in the aroma with a small hint of milky, lactose sweetness. Burnt brown sugar, molasses, mild ashiness, a touch of brash, leafy hops towards the back-end. Nice aromatic balance of roast & sweet. Taste exhibits the same qualities... Mellow sweetness but never overdone. Baker’s chocolate, dense brown sugar, burnt toffee candy, caramel cookies... The backside plays more of a balance with notes of roasted malt, faint charred smoke, & moderate earthiness coming into play. Dark cocoa & sweet cream linger on the palate; voluptuous, relatively creamy body. A damn good stout from Mikkeller.
Holmen2 (816) - NORWAY - AUG 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2014 Black. Small beige head and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, pine and juniper, with a hint of green pears and vegetables. Similar taste, balanced with bitternerss. Very strong, black coffe, some sourness and decent bitterness in aftertaste, for some reason also with a hint of green pears and chili. Low drinkability.
bastarda (66) - Freiburg, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap @Cerveteca Lisboa. Aromas of coffee liqueur, rum-raisins, dark Cake, double Chocolate Muffins and a hint of boletus/porcini cream sauce perfectly harmoniously worked in. Finishes with a hint of espresso and liquorice. Wonderful Imperial Stout!
Bierle (17) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - AUG 12, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Einfach absolut genau das richtige sattschwarze, süffige, sahnige, pilzige, holzige, intensive, weiche imperial stout für einen Abend in Lissabon.
andrepintado (1399) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - AUG 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle from cerveteca. 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.
Kauge (97) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2014 375 ml bottle from Õllepood nr 1 Gambrinus in Tartu (€ 7,90), August 2014. A cool label, for some reason without any indication to the beer’s name - I guess they think the label is telling enough. Pours dark brown, whereas in the glass it’s absolute blackness. Tan, thick, slowly receding head leaves traces. Looks all-around appetizing when poured out in a big wine glass. A mind-numbing myriad of aromas: dark coffee and chocolate, caramel, sweet, boozy, thick, vanilla, warming, brandy, coffee liqueur... Taste is as intense: very sweet, even sugary and syrupy, vanilla, some hop bitterness there too, even mild sourness. Thick body with a sticky, syrupy palate, medium / perfect carbonation. Finish is alcoholic, dry and roasty, yet syrupy. Overall a very sweet Imperial with a strong boozy kick. A thoroughly enjoyable brew for pitch black nights together with some quality literature (perhaps Dostoyevsky’s ’Notes from Underground’).
Klimaet (131) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared from a friend. Pours a jet black with a medium mocca head. Aromas of burned coffee, wood, booze, sweet dark fruits, grassy hops, dark chocolate. Taste is quite sweet up front, burned wood and coffee takes over, quite hoppy finish with a dry burned feel to it aswell.