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.
Arve_Christian (2459) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Økern. Black color , ok foam. Some roasted aromas, malt, leather, licorice and coffee in the aftertaste. Medium/ full body & high complexity . Some sweetness, good balancing bitterness. Very enjoyable
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visionthing (2088) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
37,5cl bottle shared by Arve_Christian. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruits, some vinous notes and hints of cacao and licorice. Medium sweet with lots of roasty flavours and a slightly dry finish with a balanced bitterness. Smooth and warming!
BillHick420 (372) - North Dakota, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a brown, dense head. Nose is a blend of chocolate and black coffee, some fruityness? Aroma is vanilla, chocolate, roasted barley, some sweetness. A good drink.
Buongiorgio00 (83) - - DEC 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Una imperial stout incredibile. Il torbato sostiene con magistrale capacità organizzativa ogni altro sapore. Coordina ogni sfumatura di questo prodotto molto complesso senza lasciartelo definire solo come una semplice "imperial stout barricata". Questa birra, per gli amanti della torrefazione ad alto grado è una chicca da non lasciarsi sfuggire. Una pietra miliare di questo stile.
Vells (416) - LATVIA - NOV 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ouch.. surprised by huge hoppy aroma. Really nice balance between roasted malts, choco and hops. Bit vanilla, wood. Maybe not so intense in any of aspects but very solid huge, well balanced brew.
Quite sweet with moderate bitterness. Light warming alco, bit dry finish
Melnis (37) - LATVIA - NOV 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Melns. Salds. Augligs. Bieza puta arii atstaaj segu. Salidzinosi stiprs apinu aromats. Liekaats dor- blue zaljsh apinis, bet labs :) ari jutams pegarsaa bet atri pazuud. Maza gaaze. Price performance rly labs.
stecken (68) - SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2007 at Smöf 2013. Black with light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel. Sweet taste, full body, long warming finish.
Niller (339) - Hammel, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap@Mikkeller Bar, CHP. Black colour with a medium brown head. Aroma and taste of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, hops, licorice, coffee. Well balanced. Great mouthfeel.
Beertobealive (30) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown forehead with thick foam of large bubbles. Foam remains brown after settling. Aroma is humus. Texture is sweet and very dense with toffee aromas. The blend of ingredients is well balanced so that none is overwhelming the others while one almost does not feel the alcoholic strength. Overall a great beer and extremely nice surprise.
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rdixon77 (351) - Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow...great imperial stout. Super dark pour. Nothing but black. Off white head. Nose of chocolate, black licorice, caramel. Taste was pretty big booze with a heavy sweetness. Lots of dark chocolate. Definitely a heavy beer and a sipper. Great beer though.