DutchDrebus (4020) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opague, pitch black colour with a light brown head. Smells chocolate, coffee, roasty. Tastes chocolate, roasty, bitter. Full body, great aftertaste.
Benzai (8234) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Joes Tasting shared with Joes and Dutchdrebus. Black opaque color, small brown head. Smell roasty, malts, coffee. Taste coffee, malts, roastyness; nice. Good carbo, medium body.
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at Biero. Full marks, I absolutely love the slightly salty taste. Aromas of coffe, butter, chocolate, mussels, with hints of alcohol. Taste has a sweet start, with salty notes, and bitterness taking over for a very long finish. Palate is velvety, and full bodied. Black, with a frothy off-white head.
harrisoni (13737) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brought all the way from the land of the Aussie by ndon. Thanks a lot Nick. Pours black as hell with a thin tan head. Decent intense impy stout aroma, lots of roasted malts thick creamy malts on aroma. It’s intense in the mouth. really lovely intense choc. Dark Belgian choc. Dry finish. hides the alcohol well. Is this the best Australian beer I’ve ever had? Well possibly. Fresh Little Creatures in Freo takes some beating. It’s a big beer but there is a reasonably amount of drinkability. Just a touch of newspaper on the swallow. Bit too roasty dryness on the finish? bit of fish oil in there somewhere too. Still it’s a pretty good beer. Cheers NIck.
mcsimmo (30) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Jet black in colour.
Rum and dark fruit predominant aromas.
On tasting, the flavours come on strong but nothing overpowers and it rounds out nicely in the finish. I get a better sense of the bitter chocolate and as expected there’s a slight alcoholic kick.
It’s a big beer that goes down smoothly, full-bodied and with a nice oily mouthfeel.
Lived up to my high expectations.
ogiergrove (120) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pleasant savory aroma, Rich but not cloyingly sweet like many Imp stouts. Little soy sauce flavor.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[bottle] shared by skyview. Pours clear, almost black, with a really dark head. One of the darkest heads I’ve seen. Aroma is roasted malts, a touch of soy sauce, powdery chocolate, artificial vanilla. The flavor is really rich and full, chocolate, roasted malts, chalky, and earthy flavors.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Skyview for this taste. Holy soy sauce batman! A little chocolate in the aroma. The body is a dark dark brown. The body is a bit more complex. Still has some soy characteristics, but there a little nuttiness and the dark chocolate.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
black body with a medium tan head, good cap and retention, ok lace... milk chocolate and cocoa nibs, a touch of chemical alcohol on the finish, but very solid... wow, I finally found a really good Australian beer, tastes exactly like an imperial stout should, cocoa nibs, bakers chocolate, and little roasted character, very complex and tastey, however, its a bit overcarbonated and the chemical finish from the nose presents again... gladly drink again
maneliquor (3112) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2014 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Love at first sight. Almost gluggs out. Pours jet black with no light coming through. Has a small tan head which eventually becomes a small ring of heavy tan around the edges. Aroma is huge. Very dark chocolate, vanilla, some sweet roasted malts. Notes of bourbon and oak. Taste is superb. Big, dark chocolate mixed with espresso-like coffee, sweet vanilla-like malts, wood, and some hopppy bitterness to finish it off. Woody bourbon tones linger throughout the entire brew. Loved it so much I put a few bottles in my cellar and plan to keep them there for a few years at least... if I can resist them that is. Re-rate as the newest vintages haven’t been as good as the first few. Will try some aged ones soon