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.
wrlangin (133) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Hawthorne cellars. Pours pitch black with dark tan head the dissipates quickly. Almost no aroma. Taste is coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt. Smooth, silky mouth feel. Very enjoyable.
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mrjez (407) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pitch black, oily pour, very fine tan head. Really modest yet wonderfully melded aroma, like rum and raisin chocolate, gentle booze, leather, rich and dark. Similar flavour, has a woody earthy malt beneath rich bitter chocolate, plenty of sweetness. Full-bodied, oily mouth-coating texture, long drawn out chocolate bitterness. Really lovely stuff.
Scotchy (23) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer has everything, nice head, thick malty mouthfeel, and a subtle hop balance. Rich and creamy. Truly outstanding.
danlo (2383) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Beer Cartel, Sydney. Pours black with a brown foam head leaving lacing and aroma of roast malt, coffee, earthy, powdered chocolate, fruity, raisins. Flavour is smokey roast malt, dark fruits, chocolate & coffee, raisins, with yeast, booze & grassy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, full bodied, soft carbonation, dry roast bitter finish. Nicely sippable.
teddybeer (3304) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with a beige head with short duration. Aroma has notes of roasted malts with chocolate and liquor plumbcake. Flavor is slightly sweet, coffee beans with licorice notes, dark fruits and roasty mouthfeel. Light bitterness on palate with coffee beans notes.
Wim (3551) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on holiday, black colored body with an off white head and a roasted chocolate malt liquor aroma a roasted malt chocolat sweet fruity hop alcholic bitter taste with a alcholic bitter finish
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Blipp’s going away tasting. Pours a deep black with a thick tan head. Big roast on the nose, chocolate and cocoa. Medium bodied, roast, chocolate and cocoa. Slow cocoa. Roast, plum and prune, warming alcohol.
mikem409 (1972) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep black tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and some smoke. Taste is chewy smoked fudge
allic (1) - - MAY 4, 2015 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The tasting notes are spot on. Aromas of strong dark chocolate, a little fruitiness from the hops and yeast and some rumminess from the alcohol. The flavour is an intense hit of mocha – bitter dark chocolate bordering on coffee. Some malt sweetness but an aggressive hop bitterness and roast grain bite to balance. And then there’s the mouthfeel
stdc (1) - - MAY 4, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Complex beer whilst being balanced. Hides the alcohol content well. Matches well with bbq red or smoked meats or chocolate