BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dense black with a tan head, wrecking ball looks great in the glass. Aroma is spectacular, bringing smokey roasted coffee with deep malts and burnt toast. The flavor is what throws this stout off for me being its way too hoppy and lacking in balance. The palate / finish are near perfect, its too bad it was over hopped.
Leighton (11319) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the Great British Beer Festival 2014, Day 1 - London. Thanks to James! Pours black-brown with a creamy, tan head. Earthy, with old grapes, burnt malts, roast, alcohol. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish with strong char, bitter cocoa. Not very cohesive.
Bricks (606) - Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smell of sweet coffee. Dark, little head, good lacing. A little bitter on aftertaste, but great taste.
thb (689) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black. Barely any head (light brown, quiet). Aroma gives toast, nuts, cacao. Have a sip and you get the same, plus dark fruit. Nicely dry for an imp. Stout. Rich, bittersweet finish. Very drinkable for the abv. Good.
jgb9348 (4771) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black coloured body with a two centimetre tall deep brown head and literally no light at all passing through the body - 100% opaque. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, hops, vanilla, molasses and a bit of raisins too - very nice and pungent, but still relatively subdued. Full-bodied; Rich roasted malt flavours with hints of cascade hops, alcohol, oak, soy sauce, molasses and even some whiskey at the end. Aftertaste shows a more rounded flavour of chocolate and figs with a lot of bitterness from hops, oak and roasted malts, but only a light alcohol burn hits on the palate and this time from a very nice whiskey flavour. Overall, a well balanced imperial stout that is still showing some hop notes and leads with a complexity that hits hard and doesn’t overburden with alcohol - nice indeed and well worth bringing back and keeping on hand for a year to mellow out some of the flavours. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon on 27-September-2013 for US$6,23 sampled at home in Washington on 05-October-2014, just over a year after purchasing this one.
Bought: 27-Sep-2013 // Sampled: 05-Oct-2014 // Brewed: ???
Itzjerm (1307) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Am I missing something? Why the low rating? This beer is incredible. NoLi. A wonderful chocolate beer. Chocolate aroma and chocolate taste. Very sweet and yet balanced one of the best chocolate beers I've had. Creamy mouthfeel. Thin head.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
CelticBrew (827) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours from 12oz bottle an opaque black with thick, frothy beige head; good retention and lacing. Aroma of cocoa, roasty, graham crackers, light vanilla, bready, earthy and a touch of coffee. Flavour is dark fruit, ash, cocoa, a bit of anise, licorice, bitter and burnt oats. Creamy and smooth with a complimentary bitter mouth feel. Wow, well made.
fiulijn (14978) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Haggen’s Grocery, Woodenville
Mild roasted malt aroma, more pronounced roasted malt flavor, cardboard, milk or lactose, and too much liquorice; moderate residual sweetness.
It plays too much with the liquorice and oxidization, hence it’s a bit heavy for me.
mcberko (6697) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan / light brown head. Nose brings out roasted barley, chocolate, and some muffled roast notes. Flavour is... what the hell... very astringent with loads of nasty earthy off-notes, roast, and very bitter cocoa. There is some licorice in there too. Nasty stuff - undrinkable to me. I wonder if there’s something wrong with the bottle, as the high rating seems questionable to me. Not a good one.
Theydon_Bois (9109) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at GBBF ’14, day 1, 12/08/14, big thanks to JF.
Black with a moderate tan swirl and edgework.
Nose is light roast, lactic vibes, faint liqourice, spice, chocolate.
Taste comprises rich chocolate, earthy hop notes, dark toffee fudge, light roast.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok impy, simple enough but tasty.
Iphonephan (3347) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and licorice. Flavors of dark chocolate with a bit of coffee. Smooth rich mouthfeel. Bitter roasty finish.