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.
mikem409 (1816) - 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
stevoj (2820) - 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 (276) - Zurich, 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 (60) - 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 (17889) - , 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 (13827) - 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 (5248) - 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.