Roonai (305) - - JUL 7, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Derek. Pours very rich chocolate brown w a dark brown head leaving a marble swirl film. Nose is BIG roasted malts chocolate and coffee and grains and an undertone of the rich cognac. Taste is that same massive layer of flavors; roast grain malts chocolate coffee... Loads going on with some cognac throughout. A TAD Much but tasty.
deyholla (7713) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours an oily black with a thin dark brown head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma has a good amount of bitter dark grains and roasted malts with a hint of coffee and warming cognac. Flavor is bitter chocolate and roasted malts that are joined by a nice cognac warming note. Extremely smooth.
jackl (5477) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mikkeller & Friends. Deep brown with a very thick dark tan head. Very attractive beer. Good head retention. The nose is strong roast. Loads of dark malt, ashy earth. Burnt forest. Fat caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Soft boozy heat. The taste is quite tangy. Rum raisin, dark forest fruits. Ashy bitterness. More char, dark bitter chocolate. A bit hot, boozy. Quite sweet on the finish. Plenty of caramel, a bit of vanilla. Full body, quite viscous and thick, oily. Overall, pretty nice stuff. A bit hot, but tasty.
Theydon_Bois (12101) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at CBC, big thanks to Bruce for this impy, 26/06/13.
Pitch black with a dirty tan head that clears to the edge and leaves light spotting.
Nose is big roast, booze, oaky woody notes, dark fruits, light smoke.
Taste comprises light coffee, roast malts, walnuts, dark toffee, cognac, dark fruits, brown sugars.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, boozey finish with a good roast bite.
Decent BA impy.
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Black, looks like oil, no head other than a thin tan glass ring.
Aroma: Bitter chocolate, brandy, treacle, liquorice, slight spice, roasty, very, very, slight undertone of peatiness.
Taste: Medium sweetness, medium/high bitterness, liquorice, treacle and slight sourness.
Palate: Thick body, full mouthfeel, coarse/thick texture, low carbonation, quick dry astringent finish and warming. Then in the aftertaste the astringency hits the tongue and mouth again as does the alcohol warmth which has a spice heat to it.
Comments: Lovely, very, very satisfying, I definitely want another! Left a short lived glass lace.
RobertDale (4099) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 cl. bottle. Thanks Mike! Pours a thick black with a very small tan head. Aroma of roast, dark chocolate, and cognac. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, cognac, licorice, dark fruit, and wood. As good as I expected!
Yorker (1479) - Herning, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a small dark tan head that leaves virtually no lacing. Aroma is roasted, almost burnt, malt, vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, dried fruit, and cognac. Flavour is roasted, almost burnt malt, bitter chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit, liquorice, and some warming alcohol – with a bitter finish.
barn0216 (485) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Coffee/cocoa, very roasty. Tempered by the cognac aging. Flavor also has that noticeably cognac booze edge. Some cherry sweetness plus the imperial stoutitude. Fairly restrained alcohol considering the 12 abv. Bitter finish from the roast. I want to really like it but something is a little off.
brnandersen (2405) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
25 cl. bottle poured in to a snifter. Pitch black with a small, tan head. Sweet aroma with rich, roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, cognac shows as a mellow alcohol note with oak, dark dried fruits. Hints of licorice and vinous notes. Excellent. Taste is heavy sweet. Full body, oily feel and a flat carbonation. Perfect palate for an imp. stout! Long lasting bitter finish with rich, roasted malts. Alcohol shows as a pleasant burn. What an excellent experience!
BeerBaboon (1730) - FINLAND - JUN 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate, soy sauce, dried fruit, licorice and cognac. Flavour is roasted malt, soy sauce, bitter, sweet, dark chocolate and licorice. Thick and oily texture. This is fantastic.