Dredd (742) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent beer. Jet black with thin tan head. Some slight hints of berry in an otherwise coffee led aroma. Flavour is viscous, oily with coffee and mocha flavours with again a hint of berry sweetness in there. Finish is long, powerful and smooth. Wonderful stuff.
mkel07 (4541) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle. Thick and black like oil with a big fluffy head of dark tan foam that takes a while to settle. Surprisingly mild aroma for such a big beer however the flavour more than makes up for the aroma.
spittye (2) - - OCT 1, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer. Full of carbonation and flavor. Had a slight winey note from the pinot barrels, but it fit right into the beer.
DeliriumT (405) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted caramel and chocolate malt flavour balanced well with good bitterness. No discernible hop flavour.
flatmatt (1317) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 mL bottle. First of all, guess I should have thought a bit when I saw the bubbling as it warmed up. Anyway, cork blew off and left a mark in the ceiling as I was untwisting the cage, then the requisite foaming onto the floor (and fortunately not my keyboard). Pours black with a foamy (obviously) tan head. Creamy cocoa aroma leaning toward vanilla, coffee hint. Coffee and cocoa with a definite tartness. It’s still pretty decent, even if it’s not supposed to be like this.
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours black, with a ton of chocolate colored head. Might be a bad bottle. Nose reminds me of a smoked wine, which is pleasant. Medium body, roasted coffee flavors are complimented by the Pinot noir. Lingering aftertaste reminds me of drinking a wine
bluevegie (3069) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with lasting tan head. Aroma is a bit too in your face, strong wine notes then some dark fruits and smoke notes. Taste is better, coffee coming through now, sweet dark fruits then some chocolate followed once again by smoke. Certainly drinkable once warmed up.
StuartCarter (21) - Alabama, USA - SEP 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: A deep, dark black/brown as you would expect with a RIS. A moderately heavy pour produced a finger-deep tan head which subsided to a thin coating at the top of the beer.
Smell: oh yum. Coffee, sweet fruitiness, a slightly earthy funkiness underneath the surface smells.
Taste: dark coffee bitterness, some alcohol, subtle dark fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: silky, but enlivened by lively carbonation. It almost dances on the tongue which is very unusual - and pleasing! - for a RIS.
Aftertaste: lingering hop bitterness with distinct coffee overtones.
As it warms: the bitterness subsides, leaving a rich roast coffee flavour with subtly sweet notes.
Note: this beer is corked and caged. This is for a reason. This is a RIS that is carbonated like a champagne. If you bear this in mind you won’t have so much collateral damage to your nerves or your ceiling when you open it :P
fletchfighters (1298) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
A-- Poured a dark cola color, settled midnight black with just touches of ruby here and there. One finger mocha colored brown head that faded to a nice film, then collar. leaving a few streaks of lacing. Half finger of head when swirled. No more, no less.
S-- Got oak and wine when popped the cork but when in the glass not a whole bunch really. Some roasted notes and some oatmeal character. Maybe some faint chocolate. More lacking for nose than anything else.
T-- Thin, quite thin. Watery soy sauce, watery mocha, watery roasted and scorched malts and oats. Flashes of wine and oak.
M-- Oatmeal stout like in the front and mid and sweet char and ash in the back and finish. Candied ash tray. ICK. Smooth but very thin body. Medium and slightly perky carbonation with a thin, weak body. Does pick up once warmed and get a lot of acidic coffee to hide the thiness in the feel so giving a few points more.
O-- Bad Imperial stout, bad imperial stout. At least the ABV is hidden well and drinks more like a 6% stout. Too thin and too weak.
notalush (5516) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First, a note on the price - I bought this 375ml bottle for 4.99 - so, this means the 750 price would be 10 bucks - 10 bucks - in Colorado - for a barrel-aged imperial stout from FUCKING NEW ZEALAND - in contrast, I can’t even get a BA impy stout made in the same CITY I LIVE IN for less than 20 bucks - anyway - the cork shot out of this sucker before I even got the cage off - scared the hell out of me - so, highly carbonated - I had to let it sit and "gas out" for about ten minutes before I could pour it - understandably, it pours with a huge, frothy, lasting head - probably the best retention I’ve seen on something so high in ABV - nose has a ton of Pinot notes - a lot of oak and tart raspberry acidity - this works quite nicely with the deep bittersweet baker’s chocolate aromas of the malt - light sourness - the carbonation is a bit rough, even after prolonged time in the glass - strong flavors of black raspberry, cherry, oak, tannins - the acidity is a bit high, but is somehow a bit more bearable due to the light sour character of the beer - strong baker’s chocolate and moderate char on the tail end - a light dry mineral note - bittersweet finish - an interesting brew, with a fair amount of complexity, but the acidity and high carbonation keep me from enjoying it as much as I could - still quite like it, though.