buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - APR 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black black black with a thick brown head. Quite neutral on the nose, perhaps a bit of liquorice; as it warms more of an alcohol waft floats by. In the mouth the salty liquorice comes through a bit more, with some rough-edged coffee notes, but still very mild. Smooth and very drinkable; the 10% alcohol warmth flows nicely around the mouth and down the throat as the bitterness fades. Nice; not a "rock star" Imperial Stout, perhaps even too smooth for a standard stout, but nice.
GoufCustom (1306) - HONG KONG - FEB 6, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2016
500 ml bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.
Looks: Opaque deep blackish brown with a thin traceof yeast sedimentsNear zero head with residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 5 seconds. Good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant and sweet full dark malt, with nice strong oak, strong caramel, raisins, alcohol, coffee, cream, chocolate, sugar, yeast, very light lemon and thin grass.
Taste: Strong sweet dark malt, with very strong roastyness, roasted nuts, caramel, light toffee, strong burnt toast, black coffee, light chocolate, quite strong alcohol, liquorices, sugar, dry biscuits, yeast, lemon, very strong bitter hops and sharp grass.
Body: Medium body; Thin but very slick palate.
Mouth Feel: Very solid dark maltyness in a pretty watery background. Lack of carbo certainly doesn’t help that thinned feeling. Strong oak barrel flavor with slight smokiness dominates, so much so it overwhelm much of the nice roasted nuts and caramel, leaving the naked booze. Lots of burnt toast, black coffee and hops which boost the bitterness, which taste quite good considering the strong sugary sweetness. Strong lemon to round. Quite alright.
Alcohol: The 10.2% booze is upfront but doesn’t scream often, quite easy to go down with liquorice and slight knock-on. Not bad!
Hoppiness: Very light lemon and thin grass in nose, and much stronger taste. Bitterness is very strong and boosted by the malty burnt toast for a lasting, very high astringent sweet-bitter finish.
After taste: Quite dry. Roasty, sweet and very bitter to mouth.
Comments: This one has got most of the style’s attributes, yet it was hampered by the lack of carbo and thin body which plagued Moa’s Reserved series. It’s tasted a tad too thin for my liking, and it’s not sophisticated as it should. The French oak somehow overshadow everything. Quite drinkable but also pretty disappointing.
rayaron (1060) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at troubles’s place. Thanks Tom L. Deep brown with brownish head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, roast, some wood and wine. Sweetish flavor, woody, some roastiness, notes of coffee, soy sauce and red wine, bitterish, dry. Medium to full-bodied. Very pleasant.
DSG (10144) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at troubles’s place. Thanks Tom L. Black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, wood, some dark fruits, a bit of alcohol. Great sweet flavor, with chocolate, roast, wood, some dark fruits, and a bitter finish. Full-bodied. Really good.
Savage_Night (306) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with minimal/no head. AROMA: rich malt, vinous, earthy, floral, dark fruit, woody, bready, molasses, grapes, boozy, mild sweetness, phenol, and light herbal hops. TASTE: rich malt, vinous, earthy, floral, dark fruit, woody, bready, molasses, grapes, boozy, mild sweetness, phenol, low carbonation, spices, light chocolate, little citrus, hop spice and slight peppercorn. AFTER TASTE: vinous, hop spice, dark fruit and woody with a medium thickness boozy finish.
BlackBeerPG (148) - Darien, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste of toasty smooth barrel aged malt, some coffee, dark bittersweet cocoa notes.
Black, opaque and Medium /full body. warming mouthfeel.
jimtheeagle (1) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 19, 2015 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bit of a wollap, first glass was fairly averagish, the second really bought out the chocolate and plums and that punch from a 10.2% By the time I finished the 500ml bottle (NZ $6.59) I was a convert. Full bodied, full flavoured and great aftertaste. Sits well in my 8oz glass like a 1983 Mobil.
value for money... look no further!!
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated based on notes taken 6 Nov 2012 -- The barrel aged wine flavor adds a unique layer. Definitely interesting.
tsd08460 (515) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: oak, coffee, chocolate, vanilla
Appearance: clear black, brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, coffee, chocolate, roasty
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
R4N5H (525) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beerfest Asia, Singapore on 25/06/15. 50cl bottle, shared. Clear dark brown in colour with a frothy beige head. Medium to full body, medium to soft carbonation. Sweet aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Good flavour profile - coffee, malt, berries, and a little chocolate and oak. Sweet, slightly oily with a nice bitter aftertaste. A pretty well balanced imperial stout.
fredfa (184) - belo horizonte, BRAZIL - JUN 21, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Encorpada, potente e licoroza com pouca formação de espuma. Aroma é muito bom. Percebe-se um pouco do alcool. A Nova Zelândia tbm faz boas cervejas. Uma das melhores RIS que já provei. O custo benefício não é bom.