Garrold (4018) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hop Hideout, Sheffield. Clear, dark brown. Messy, bubbly, lasting, light brown head. A bit viscous, and leggy. Alway a good sign. Coffee bean. 70% + dark chocolate. Quite tart, in other words. Some soy. Some savoury. Drinks rich, tart, smooth, with some nutty sweet redeeming qualities. Full bodied, with light carbonation. Finishes dry, light tart, and light, nutty, roasty bitter. Big beer, that’s very drinkable.
jinroh (1102) - ESTONIA - FEB 9, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour pitch black, really dark with a nice foamy totally brown head. Looks like a very well brewed nice coffee. Aroma has some nice deep roast, burnt bread and lactose. Lets wait a bit more, when it’s warmer there are probably more nuances. Taste is soft at first, velvety liquid enters the mouth and then starts showing character. Character is roasty, has some dark bitter chocolate, charred toast, a bit of sweetish lactose. I am not getting much fruitiness and the sweet sensation is also short, giving way to longer charred roastiness. Good example of an imperial stout, very well brewed.
GenkiGonzo (1019) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 22, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Bungalow. Almost jet black, deep tan head with good lacing. Really smokey malt aroma. Flavour is balanced with chocolate sweetness and a slightly hoppy bitter finish. Great stuff.
mR_fr0g (8518) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 10/08/2014 Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell. Aroma is earthy coffee, roasted malts and some smoked malts. Dark caramel brown coloured pour with a lasting loose tan head. Pretty attractive. Flavour is oak, smoke, peat and and vanilla with some berry fruit. Palate is nice full bodied with a velvety carbonation.
jfb (5401) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) black in colour with a frothy beige head. aroma of soy sauce, brown sugar and some light smoked meat, with hints of caramel, pear, cardboard and roasted malts. flavour is more soy sauce, roasted malts and alcohol, slightly oaky, with notes of herbal hops and some more cardboard. relatively light-bodied with soft carbonation.
AndySnow (6520) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: RBESG 14 not so grand tasting.
Appearance: Black colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Soy, chocolate.
Body: Smooth full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Mild chocolate, malt.
rlgk (17309) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBESG 2014 in London, Sunday Tasting at Craft Clerkenwell. Black beer with a nice beige/brownish head. Roasted chocolate aroma, cocoa, leather, vanilla, caramel, some soot. Roasted chocolate flavor, caramel, soot, cocoa, figs, plums, some alcohol. Quite nice.
Theydon_Bois (16470) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at RBESG ’14, day 4 not so grand tasting at Craft Clerko, 10/08/14.
Black topped with a dirty tan swirl and edgeing.
Nose is big roast, light charr, dark chocolate, bitter toffee notes.
Taste carries a faint lactic tone, toffee fudge, spice, rich chocolate.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Nice easy drinking impy, no huge depth to this one but a pleasant enough offering.
Sledutah (6897) - Utah, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBESG, grand tasting part 2
Black with a small tan head, some lacing. Aroma and flavors of dark malts and chocolate
Westkyoto77 (616) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Good lord. What an absolutely wonderful beer. Fully deserves the accolades in my opinion. Sloe-black body, dark tan head. Rich aromas of damp malt, dark chocolate, and treacle.
Luscious without being over-sticky. Flavours of the above, with soy sauce, prunes, and noticeable hop backbone. Quality from start to finish.