buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, - JAN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with HUGE amounts of brown head; too much head really. Rich chocolate ice cream aroma. Body is very light for the weight of bitter rum’n’raisin that follows. I guess you could call the body "silky" but the amount of head and lightness of the body means that despite the darkness of the flavours and colours it doesn’t *feel* like a stout, let alone an imperial one. It’s good, but not quite there. But, mmm, in the meantime the very rich chocolatey, creamy aftertaste is very drinkable. A winner on everything but palate.
stevoj (2649) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Bitter Phew, 2012 vintage. Beautiful from the start. Aroma wafts up and provides signs of great things to come. Black slippery body with oil skin beige head. Taste is equal parts roast grain and woody flavors. High ABV is masked by all of the other sumptuous characters.
anstei (188) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Warners at the Bay. Pours black with little head. Coffee and chocolate aroma, caramel. Taste of dark chocolate, roasty, bitter.
ANZUShophunter (33) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle (like the cat woman on the label). Pours black velvet. Rich taste with strong chocolate and some coffee notes. Well balanced and enjoyable.
redknob (36) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very smooth, great balance. Dark and wild. Roasted coffee and bitter without being offensive. Lovely.
madmitch76 (17146) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
23rd November 2014
Opaque black - brown beer, good tan head. Palate is airy and mildly dry. Mild fine carbonation. Nice dark malts, light in feel but rich in taste. Little dark malt cream and smooth mild dark chocolate. Finishes smooth and pretty dry with the malts turning slightly bitter. Interesting and tasty.
Leighton (13275) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London - thanks to Paul. Pours rich black-brown with a foamy tan head. The aroma holds mild char, dark fruits, some toast. Medium to big sweet flavor, some burnt caramel, earth, burnt wood, dried dark fruits. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Rich chocolate on the finish, moderate roast, dark fruits. Solid.
mR_fr0g (4734) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share for Colin’s 40th. Opaque black dark caramel clouded pour with a halo of Tam head. Aroma is booze, caramel., nutty toffee, flavour is nutty caramel, booze, woody, toffee, nice raspberry berry fruit.
Scopey (8329) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to me. 2011. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is rich coffee, chocolate, earth, cake, gateaux and general filth. The taste is rich, roasty, coffee, dark chocolate, dirt, ash, burnt wood, treacle, filth and muck with a dry, sweet finish. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Rich and filthy.
Shark_Pants (375) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours darkest brown with not much carbonation, small mocha head that quickly recedes leaving a soapy brown film. Aromas include charred steak, mocha coffee and some caramel. Taste is bittersweet dark chocolate, a little toffee, then coffee bitter and dries out with peppery charred meat in the finish. Didn’t get any of the purported rumminess or fruitiness. Nice full body and mouth coating. Good Australian imperial stout.
orange_3084 (127) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours near black with a thin golden brown foam ring that clings to the edge of the glass. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, coffee and chocolate. Full bodied and rich. Lovely sweet taste coats your mouth with enough support from roasty bitternes and alcohol warmth, which leads into a satisfying finish.