neongolden (542) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(On tap at VilleValla Pub, Linköping, Dec 4 2014) Pours pitch black with small tan head and no lace. Aroma has dark chocolate, a melange of dark fruit/berry aromas that recall a fortified wine, some coffee that has a pungent smell but isn’t particularly strong, touch of vanilla, moderate roast, and a reasonably sweet dark malt/burnt sugar sweetness that supports everything. On the palate, a bit rough and hot when cold, warming essential. When warm, rich sweetish dark chocolate, a port wine dark fruit vinousness, touches of bitter coffee, a little leafy character, moderate to strong roast. The sweet core persists into the finish, as does that fruitiness and chocolate, but the roast adds a bit of ashy bitterness and there is a touch of the earthy kopi luwak. Much less alcohol heat when warm than cold, oddly. Full bodied and reasonably thick with very soft carbonation. I like all imperial stouts on the warm side but temperature seemed essential for keeping this as a smooth beer. It lacks the super-full creamy oatmeal character and outright pungency of the Brunch Weasel and is merely very good rather than transcendental, but that’s still pretty high praise given the point of comparison.
BRW (1135) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black colour with no head. Coffee, roasted aroma. Roasted, coffee, dark chocolate taste, slightly sweet. Medium to full body.
Nickls (1886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep dark nearing black body. Coffee, slight sugar, and vanilla and oak in the aroma. Flavor is similar, touch sweet, and lots of oak. Thick body.
bytemesis (3503) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours opaque inky black with a large creamy dark brown head that dissipates slowly and laces well. Aroma is roasty, coffee, cocoa, anise, molasses. Flavor follows, medium sweet, medium bitter, a bit of ABV burn. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Certainly not as overtly coffee as other Koppi stouts I have had, but a pretty tasty effort
Muggus69 (1270) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small pop on opening. Holds a small dense brown head atop a oily black body.
Aroma is brooding - even smells dark! Chocolate liqueur, Kahlua, cocoa, burnt toast, some roast meatiness in there, dark fruits - blackberries, currants, raisins - earthy coffee undertones, some faint floral fruity complexities (coffee!?).
Low carbonation, wow! The texture of it - oily, thick, chewy, sticky, very nice.
Liqueur-like on the palate; dark roast coffee, darkest of dark chocolate, raisins, sweet dates and prunes, dark brown sugar, there’s this earthiness again - kind of fruity - like an exotic fruit character, like durian, well maybe not that exotic, but very unique. Moderate bitterness, loooong finish, some citrusy hop, sweetness lingers, sticky, lovely boozy embrace.
Tremendously well intergrated coffee character in this - properly good. Yum, etc, you get the idea!
FatPhil (9594) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 7, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga)
Black, no head. Eww, poured a lump of poop into my glass :-(. Generic sweet roasty aroma, more the former than the latter, really not getting much else. Sweet, but strangely thin palate, tingly carbonation. Tastes of almost nothing, spooky, just some dry ashy burntness. Huge waft of alcohol up the back of the nose - hot! Does have some coffee hints in the finish, but the ashiness completey dominates. Gonna need to get a chimney sweep in to decoke me after drinking this. Bitterness very dry and biting. Not as awful as Black, but definitely not an enjoyable drink. Sub par.
JulienHuxley (3460) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bishops Arm’s Folkungagatan. Oily black pour, completely flat. Aroma of brandy, winey and chocolaty notes, light roast. Taste is rich, really winey, light acidity, port like, nice roastiness, gets really good while it warms. Palate is flat, but nice and winey. Really nice.
tom10101 (3074) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (330 ml) @ Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan. Pitch black with no head and no lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, alcohol/brandy, winey notes, light fruitiness and roasted notes. Taste is winey with chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol and moderate fruitiness. Full bodied. No carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. Vinous. Good complexity. Nice sipper. Port like. Interesting.
Idiosynkrasie (4090) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Jet black colour with late awakening, small to average, thick, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting, superbly lacing, tan head. Rich and complex, roasty and spicy, dark malty aroma, notes of coffee, leather, hints of treacle, liquorice, red pepper, soy sauce, a smoky touch of ashes, remnants of citrusy hop leave a cursory impression of chocolate-captured grapefruit. Taste is slightly spicy, roasty dark malty, bitter hoppy overtones, notes of coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, clammy ashes, sweetish hints of Marsala, bitter and herbal hoppy overtones, remnants of grapefruit, etc. etc. One of those complex, oscillating Imperial Stouts on whose description you could spend hours, adding lexeme after lexeme on the list of flavours (a task you may be able to finish); but you’ll become desperate if you try to arrange them into an order illustrating their succession. Maybe there’s no ’objective’ succession of flavours, just an individual (if not idiosyncratic) sequence of instances of focussed sensation. In any case: excellent beer!
Osprey87 (2028) - WALES - OCT 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle brewed at Fano, no date, into snifter. Black, small tan head forms but doesn’t endure. Aroma is very perfumey and hop-forward with pine, earthiness and citrus, steam room. I was expecting a lot more coffee! Body is medium, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste is smooth malt, soft coffee, more perfumey hop, definite liquorice mustiness, tangy alcohol, bitterness is quite soft but builds. A hop-forward, softly coffee-ish imperial stout. Nice stuff. I’m sure it would improve over a couple of years too.