DeliriumT (382) - 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 (1258) - 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. Itís still pretty decent, even if itís 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 (3067) - 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 wonít have so much collateral damage to your nerves or your ceiling when you open it :P
fletchfighters (1254) - 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 (5351) - 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 canít 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 Iíve 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 bakerís 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 bakerís 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.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with Carla from Belmont Station. Firstly, the cork shot off as soon as I loosened the cap enough. It poured deep black with TONS of mocha foam. Smells sour with lots of earthy roasted malts and seems like it would be fantastic with chipotle. Tastes strongly of pino witch makes it seem sour and feel dry but taste sweet, also a nice body with pleny of roasty characteristics.
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The cork exploded of this bottle more so than any other beer Iíve opened. Luckily it wasnít a gusher, but it did slowly foam up. The aroma consists of moderate-heavy smoke, light-moderate roast, chocolate, vinous notes, anise, a touch of alcohol, and and fruit. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a large tan head with excellent retention. A pretty thick sheet of lacing is left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate molasses, lighter chocolate, and light anise. Thereís a hint of plum in the background. The finish has moderate smoke, roast, light vinous notes, and the slightest hint of tart fruit. Itís medium bodied with lively carbonation. As lively as the carbonation is, it manages to not come across prickly at all. Overall, this tastes like a heavily smoked stout aged in wine barrels.
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 oz bottle shared with Scott. Pours a very dark cola with w medium sized tan head. Aroma of lightly roasted malts, strong wine notes, light charr and bitter chocolate. Taste is much the same as the aroma.