Hateball16 (102) - - DEC 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle aged one year. My first aged beer!!
Appearance: Completely black and opaque, thick rocky brown head, which takes about a minute to reduce by half.
Aroma: Chocolate is unmistakeable in the aroma naturally as they use actual cocoa. Vanilla is also immediately noticeable. Surprisingly not finding it easy to pick up the cranberries in the nose (after letting it warm a little the dark fruits came through beautifully). Hop aroma not evident.
Flavour: Wonderful roasted bitterness (perhaps hop derived or maybe from roasted barley) balanced by a malty chocolate flavour, definitely some dark fruits (now I think I’m getting the effects of the cranberries!), almost port like in the aftertaste with a lovely warm alcohol feeling that creeps up after about 15 seconds.
Mouthfeel: Low to moderately low carbonation, smooth and silky, finish medium dry, warming.
Overall: Very satisfying to have waited a year for my first aged beer and have a result like this. Decadent. And getting drunk! :-)
Note: This beer scores very well, but I notice that it does not score well to style. I disagree, in that the definition of an Imperial Stout is " boasting high alcohol by volumes and plenty of malt character. Low to moderate levels of carbonation with huge roasted, chocolate and burnt malt flavours. Often dry. Suggestions of dark fruit and flavors of higher alcohols are quite evident. Hop character can vary from none, to balanced to aggressive" (Beer Advocate)
jdobbs (225) - New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Palate is on the heavier side of medium bodied with good carbonation. Taste is slightly sweet at first before getting a sweet dark chocolate kind of bitter and a hint of cranberry bitter/sour at the edges. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and long lasting. It’s just as advertised.
GothGargoyle (834) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 vintage. Aroma is chocolate, cranberry, dates. Reasonably light on the palate, fruity finish. Taste is cranberry, chocolate, dates. Not sure it really works.
MrFecesious (657) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle share taster. Deep brown, with oatmealy cap. Aroma of raisin, alcohol, chocolate, wood smoke. Taste is sweet and tangy. Thin finish.
shorlin (557) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is so great, deep roasty chocolate tones with fruitiness. You get the cranberry, but it also seems like cherry to me. Taste is good very strong and rich. It’s a little thin I think, but there is a very good big boozy aftertaste.
BiereLuc (658) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bouteille 750ml, bouchon de liège) - Bière noire, peu mousseuse, au doux parfum de chocolat. En bouche, c’est encore la douceur du chocolat qui mène le bal, supportée par une présence chaleureuse d’alcool. La bière a beaucoup corps, mais elle se laisse boire sans lourdeur. Alors que les saveurs enrobent la langue, celle-ci farfouille pour goûter chaque parcelle de ce merveilleux sucre résiduel. La canneberge n’est pas très perceptible, à moins de lui accorder les mérites des légères pointes d’acidité. Elle se révèle avec plus de fermeté au fil des gorgées, mais ne semble jamais atteindre son apogée. Très bonne bière au sommaire.
merc7186 (1490) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Black Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Mild Bitter Fruit, Mild Milk Chocolate.
T: Milk Chocolate, Mild Cranberry, Mildly Bourbon
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Sweet.
Overall, a nice balanced stout but the taste was somewhat balanced.
Bov (8837) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
from Mondial de la Bière 2013, Mulhouse - very dark brown beer with no foam; pralines and cacao aroma; effervescent, medium-bodied; artificial sweetness, residual sugars and a lactic sourness; long chocolatey aftertaste; the cranberries shows up at last in the finish
maley1 (552) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and a hint of cranberry. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, slight coffee, cranberries and a hint of cherries. Full bodied and beautiful carbonation. Hint of sourness and very low hop bitterness. Almost tastes like black forest cake, delicious!! Going back to get a couple more bottles to age.
bulldogops (821) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big swingtop bottle, 8%. Espresso coloured pour with a weak tan head that caps nicely. Aroma is heavy roast malt and coffee. Taste is heavy on roast malt and coffee flavours, very mild sweetness and a tinge of cranberry that blends well with the chocolate flavours. Alcohol disguised and balanced well.
Jokine (51) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Superb stout. The cranberry takes a while to kick in, but when it does it blends really well with the chocolate aftertaste.