MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from AJ’s Arcadia. Huge, giant head of tan foam! Wouldn’t quickly dissipate, either. Once I got thru the foam, a big aroma of red wine, black cherries, plums, slight sourness, coffee & chocolate hit me. Flavors almost exactly the same- big, in-your-face dark fruits & vinous characteristics. Followed closely by some chocolate, coffee & roasted flavors taking a backseat. In the finish, I get more vinous tartness & a good hop bitterness. Very interesting stout. Would like it more if mellowed out a bit & way less carbonation. Otherwise, a great, great brew!
tsd08460 (226) - 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 (291) - SINGAPORE - 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 (77) - 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.
Homebrewilly (8) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 25, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2015 Outstanding! Looks like motor oil with a very small tan brown head. Smells like a fruit salad. Chocolate up front, and then more chocolate with coffee in the aftertaste. Very malty, only slightly bitter with very fruity hop flavour. Cherries, plums, peaches, basically a fruit salad of hops. Warm going down, and very drinkable for such a strong beer. The oak tannins are slight giving it a slight wine taste. At $6.99 NZ for a 500ml bottle at 10.2% alcohol this is a steal!
Tognetta (336) - Campinas, BRAZIL - MAY 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Totalmente negra, espuma bege, espessa, duradoura. Aroma licoroso, mais café, menos chocolate, alcoólica. Paladar adocicao médio, amargor médio. Aftertaste de café, bem dosada no álcool. Corpo médio, carbonação flat.
trentacle (12) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beer to eat rather than drink. Pours scary. Taste/mouthfeel/palate overwhelms, dominates, subdues, almost. Not for those too protective of their tastebuds. Richer even than you expect an imperial stout to be.
tombutlin (86) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2015
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2015 Disappointing. This beer tried to do too much, and it became a chore to finish. I really enjoyed an 8 Wired iStout last week, so gave this a lash based on that experience, but wasn’t happy. Coffee, smoke, caramel, liquorice and spice all fought like a bus full of sugar-fuelled 7 year olds, rather than entertained. It was a pain to pour - had a ridiculously frisky head, which is great if you’re into that, but I didn’t have the patience. Massive bubbles, ending up the size of peas. Odd.
mtangel (10) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with slight tan head. Rich aroma with a smooth and sweet oaky flavor. Drinks like a fine wine. My favorite stout in NZ
waiake (440) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle poured black lacy & malty oak aromatic with rich caramel roasty malt red wine hops spice & smoky flavours all coming through well with the alcohol barely noticeable
Cavie (4042) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed at BTBF 2015. Dark black color. Dark roast the aroma, malty and sugar sweet. Roasted flavor, malty flavor and brown sugar.