Leafs93 (1896) - 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 (17635) - 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 (766) - 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 (3083) - 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
Brandman (2460) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black body, briwn head. Aroma has tobacco, berries, medicinal hops. Flavour adds chocolate alcohol and some sweet berries. Bit coffee on aftertaste. Thinnish.
Brenhophead (656) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle with cork cap. Pours thick black with a small mocha head atop and a very enticing mocha/fruity aroma. Amazing flavour for a stout, has a rich coffee/licorice with an underlying fruity spiceyness.
rosenbergh (8690) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
375 ml bottle. HBF 2013, Helsinki, Finland.
Dark reddish brown colour with a small tan head.
Alcohol, malt and brown sugar in the aroma.
The flavour is roasted malt, mild grassy hops and some chocolate.
Warming but quite thin. Not very impressive for an Imperial Stout. Disappointing.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Corked bottle and served in a tulip: Pours near black with a frothy tan head and killer tan lacing upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of charred smoky malts, roasted coffee, caramel and bread, plum and raisins, with a slight soapy note as well. The taste is malty but not sweet, seems a bit too roasted and not enough sweetness for my liking. There is some dark fruit, red grapes and mineral qualities to this beer as well. The mouth feel is lively and okay, somewhat ashy and a bit medicinal. With all the Imperial Stouts on the market nowadays, this falls short.Not meaning it is bad nor a drain pour but just not want I want anymore from this genre.
Erasmus_ro (1923) - Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ HBF2013. Pours black with a small, mocha-colored head. Aroma is funky, a bit yeasty with marzipan. Taste is semi-dry, lightly sour. Roasty with coffee. The Pinot Noir-aging brings in some red wine like flavors, a bit sour, a bit astringent. Palate is full, not much carbonation.
nimbleprop (6063) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375ml bottle I picked up for $5.99 at Total Wine in Sterling. Pours a watery, although opaque black with some initially frothy, lacing beige head. Nose is interesting, dusty, dried grains, chocolate, grape jelly, some paint thinner. Flavor is better, plenty of red grape juice, some vanilla, some berry, a little coffee with cream, malt, slightly soured almost like pomegranate juice. Surprisingly thin on the palate and surprisingly easy to drink. Kind of a head scratcher.