Cantabrian (974) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is how an imperial stout - a Russian Imperial Stout, as historically developed - should taste like. Lovely aroma of leather, cocoa, a touch of coffee, roasted malts and red wine. Pours black as a shoe, with a cream-coloured head that will hang on for a good while. Flavours of charred malts (the bitter ones), chocolates, coffee, oak barrels - wine - plums, and a considerable amount of salt. Yes, salty, unctuous, this oily beer delivers what it promises. Never mind the winish presentation and marketing. This is the real thing.
Scopey (11740) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at CGarvie tasting. It pours near black/very dark brown with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, berry, varnish, coffee and a touch of spice. The taste is roasted malt, earth, charcoal, alcohol warmth, berry, dark fruit, coffee, ash and chocolate with a dry, roasty finish. Very long finish. Medium-full body, fine-moderate carbonation and chewy mouth-feel. Flavoursome and well balanced.
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- pours a thick black with light red edges and one finger of red tan head. S- coffee and chalk up front with light stinging red wine tannins and cacao underlying the more prominent aromas. Pinot becomes more apparent as it warms. Toasted malts and some very quiet musty hoppiness all tie together. M- smooth and subtle considering the barrel aging with a moderate palate and mild carbonation. T- light coffee and chocolate mixes with flat mineral water in the front. Pinot noir comes next with more faint tannins that do not overwhelming the toasted malts. Chalky and grassy ending mixes with hop notes during the efficient end.
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coreyc1221 (275) - Truckee, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This. Smells. FANTASTIC! I can definitely smell a strong scent of the pinot noir barrels. Darker brown head and almost black color. Punches you in the tounge with nuts, licorice and a twang of wine. Feels heavy. Is heavy. Makes you warm in the jaws. With the heavy wine feel i wanna eat this with Italian food. Damn good. Have only one, unless you’re going big then maybe two before you’ll fall asleep in your pasta.
FatPhil (13032) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle (HBF2013, Saturday)
Basically black, and with a small tight tan head. Lovely rich roast in the aroma. Spicy palate, sharp, almost chilli-like burn. Very interesting. Nicely dry. Finish long and burnt.
Beerenberger (1596) - Fischer, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of coffee, chocolate, and roased malts. Pours an opaque blackish-brown with a mostly lasting tan head and moderate lacing. The taste is dark roasted coffee, bandaids, hints of dark fruit, and a crisp hoppy bitter finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, an excellent imperial stout.
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Leafs93 (2058) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish back with a dense mocha head. Aroma is earthy, vinous, coffee and roast. Very interesting flavor combination that works well together. Taste is bitter with a touch of sweetness, drying wine like finish. I really enjoyed this one.
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan lacing ... deep fruity blueberrry chocolate roast ... dark malts ... heavy roast ... rich and dark ... chewy roast ... dark chocolate ...
zimbo (871) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really good length here. smoke, berry bitter & a chewiness. Coffee, medicinal quality too. Bit of sticky sappiness too. Not bad at all.. Promising.
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks Stu. Very dark brown with tam head. Roasty licorice and chocolate aroma. Taste is quite roasty, little smokey, licoice and chocolate. Bit fizzy. Nice