Hateball16 (105) - - 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)
MrHangover (2070) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Dean to Mouth tasting, courtesy of worldbeertaste. Impressive box for an impressive beer. Pours a pitch black beer with a small, tanned beige head on top. Aroma of coffee, caramel, fruits, chocolate. The cranberry is present in the background. Flavor is bittersweet, with the chocolate on the front and the cranberry present as soon as the beer is swallowed. Nice and complex beer with different layers to discover. Nicely balanced between the chocolate and the fruits. Nice brew!
Benzai (6244) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle @ The Hague tasting. Nice black color, small light brown head. Aroma of malts, chocolate, mocha, some bitter. Taste malts, massive chocolate, a hint of cranberry. Medium body, nice carbonation.
Zer0 (1126) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at THT. Pours very dark brown. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roast, red fruits and caramel. Taste is moderate sweet. Medium bodied.
jmgreenuk (3253) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the "Lets celebrate the fact that Dean is already the Mayor of M&S Den Haag even though it’s only been open for 24 hours tasting!". Poured a deep mahogany with a frothy tan head. The aroma is malt, a little chocolate a over ripe fruit. The flavour is strong bitter with an oily creamy alcoholic liqourice bitter palate and a short bitter finish. Looked great but kind of lost it’s way a little. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
dEnk (3371) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is big molasses, chocolate, roast. Flavour is creamy chocolate, roasty malt, liquorice. Nice.
sic1314 (2403) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured deep dark brown with a tan ring. Aroma of bitter chocolate and roast malt. Full body, flavour of the aroma, light sweet berries, perhaps a slight hint of the cranberry.
kermis (4190) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at the "Lets celebrate the fact that Dean is already the Mayor of M&S Den Haag even though it’s only been open for 24 hours tasting!". Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of milk chocolate, malt, caramel, fudge. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Creamy thick mouthfeel. Medium bodied with very soft carbonation.
deanso (4495) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample @THT courtesy of Worldbeertaste.
Very thin white head. Clear dark pour. Chocolate and cranberry. Nice.
teddybeer (2056) - Madrid, SPAIN - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colour with a minimal and quickly diminishing light tan head. aroma has strong coffee notes, with black chocolate, slightly burnt sugar and burnt malts. Flavor has notes of coffee beans, chocolate, roasty and toasty malts with ripe red fruits. Slightly bittery final with notes of burnt sugar and roasted malts.
Masterkush7 (338) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown/black with a half-finger, tan head that thins out to a film. Aroma has notes of chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, coffee, and some slight fruit. Taste has notes of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and cranberries on the finish. A touch of coffee bitterness as well. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Full and slightly creamy in the mouth but still easily drinkable. Overall a really nice beer. Exactly what it says it is. Chocolate, cranberry, roasted