keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
No bottling information, looking at ratings I’d guess it’s from September 2010 though.
Appearance: The body is a muddy chestnut with almost no head, only a thin tan ring.
Aroma: The aroma leans sweet and intense with port wine and chocolate notes, hints of coffee and figs. Very fruity, the fruits are stronger than the coffee and chocolate.
Taste: Huge port wine notes are interwoven through out with cherry and figs being strong. The coffee is barely here but it adds an odd earthy coffee aroma, maybe it’s not odd maybe it’s how it plays with the wine notes. Chocolate notes are throughout, they are subdued though and from the mid-taste to the finish the beer has a pretty strong medicinal flavor. The aftertaste is like cherry Robotussin. Now that I think about it, maybe it’s black licorice giving the medicinal presence.
Palate: Thick, but a bit thin in presence, if that makes any sense. Carbonation is low to non-existent.
Overall: The price knocks this down a few notches in the overall department, very cost inefficient. This was probably great fresh, now it’s this very fruity and medicinal beer. Pass on this.
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
250 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2010. Pours pitch black color with a small foamy tan head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lace. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, toffee, light char, molasses, and roasted earthiness; with some slight booze. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of coffee and roasted/dark malt notes; and good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, toffee, light char, molasses, tobacco, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, molasses, tobacco, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of intense dark/roasted malt flavors with coffee; with zero booze or cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a creamy, slick, syrupy, and fairly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden for 15.5%, with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial coffee stout. Very nice intense and balanced dark/roasted malt flavors with coffee; and definitely a sipper to enjoy slowly. A very enjoyable offering.
RobertDale (3712) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle. Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, malt, fruit, and alcohol. Taste is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, fruit, and brown sugar. A bit too sweet, but still very good.
Fspirit (45) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle aged for some years. No head at all. Fantastic aroma of dried fruits, cocoa heavy dark chocolate and liquorice. Complex taste of the usual chocolate, coffee and liquorice, but then you get that fruity, warming and spicy taste. No carbonation, but still the mouthfeel is magnificent . Pure magic!
Aniela (2462) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black beer with a minimal head. Malty, coffee, licorice and chocolate aroma. Sweetish, brown sugar, dark dried fruits, chocolate, licorice flavour with some smokey notes.
Plovmand (6611) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a small beige head. The aroma is coffee, roasted malt, booze, dark fruit and dusty hops. The flavor is very sweet roasted with notes of coffee and chocolate. Too sweet.
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Kingi (496) - - JUN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is insanely strong coffee which covers everything else, might not work for most but works for me. taste is coffee medium sweetness. Finish is sticky heavy sweetness that sticks in ur mouth. alcohol burn at the very end but doesnt affect my rating.
k0mpsa (1366) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JUN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,25l bottle brewed 03/07/2008, batch 373, bb 2018. Almost black color, hint of red. Some white bubbles. Extreme aroma of licorice, coffee, alcohol. Taste is licorice, coffee, some hops, alcohol. Extreme stout, worth tasting.
Smaskifa (124) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Beer Palace, Oslo, on their 20th anniversary. I had this one along with the fourth edition, which was an interesting experience. Pours pitch black with a minimal beige head. The aroma is very fruity and malty, malt extract, brown sugar, sugar syrup, coffee. The taste is dominated by sweetness, almost to a sickening level. You feel the brown sugar, malt extract, sugar canes, a wee bit of prune. The finish feels like black coffee mixed with sugar, and reminds me a little of Baily’s as well. Very sweet finish but you also get a nice kick of some proper licorice which is nice. The palate is pleasant and full on, well carbonated for the style. I’ve got a bottle which will be left to mature for a little while still, so maybe it’ll develop some new characters in a few years. Generally this one is too sweet, I guess you can easily share a 0,25 bottle on four people.
Beerdedone (2743) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark black with a thin tan head. Aroma of coffee beans, roasted malts, rich chocolate, brown sugar and alcohol. Flavor was very sweet and intense with brown sugar, dark fruit, molasses, chocolate, licorice, coffee and had a touch of smoke with a nice warming semi dry finish.