portableparty (2025) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
8.5oz. bottle to snifter. Pours oily brown black with a wispy film and soapy khaki head that fades. Aroma is very sweet with dark fruit of plum fig and warming booze. Taste is again very sweet with subtle bitterness and chocolate dark fruit and long lingering booze and coffee flavors. Palate is full and sticky with a syrupy dry warming finish. This is super sweet and warming, but enjoyable in small doses. Good thing my wife is here to help out!
probstblueribbon (3275) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.25 L bottle from Bieropholie in a nice tin canister, served cool in a tulip glass. Brewed 03/07/2008, BB 03/07/2018.
App.: Fairly deep brown-black with no head whatsoever.
Aroma: Sweet and very deep/dark, a little booze, goes deeper/darker than chocolate, coffee or molasses, almost black pepper, an odd bright note with some acidic black coffee, something that makes me think of bbq sauce (maybe smoky? Molasses? Spicy?).
Palate: Medium-full body, nearly still, a little syrupy.
Flav.: Quite a lot of coffee, very sweet, chocolate and molasses, a deep/dark/resinous note, more coffee, plenty of booze (not in a bad way though); sweet with a LOT of booze and a long finish of dark malts and coffee...lots of coffee.
Seems to have held up well.
Theydon_Bois (12569) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split outside Mikkeller Viktoriagade, thanks to Craig, 03/05/15.
Pitch black topped with a dirty tan swirl and edgeing.
Nose is big dark fruits, spice, raisens, sweet notes, sherry tones, light coca notes.
Taste comprises sweet licks, chocolate dipped raisens, dates, fruit cake, dark chocoalte, charr, molasses, liquorice.
Full bodied, oily feel, warming alcohol in the close.
Solid impy, drinks well for 15%.
Macegan75 (749) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from my cellar after shoveling snow. Pours jet black with with large bubbled head that faded quickly. Nose is earth, funk, leather, smoke, and port wine. Firs sip is HUGHLY sweet with molasses, brown sugar, espresso with sugar, some mild cherry, and roasted barley. Finish is nice like the sip of coffee where the sugar didn’t completely dissolve.
tmrmwel (1231) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, batch 373, enjoyed 6,5 years after bottling, and it’s a story about cellaring success! Pours black, with a minimal creamy mocha head. Aroma is dark roasted malts and notes of port, with tobacco, dark fruits and coffee, as well as notes of burned wood, lactose, cocoa, molasses and liquorice. Full, creamy body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet roasted malts, with tobacco, muscovado, dark chocolate and oak, as well as raisins, prunes and dark fruits, coffee, vanilla and earthy notes of heather and honey. Beautiful finish with notes of wood, dark fruits and sweet coffee. A sweet bugger for sure, but never even close to cloying or over the top, as the sweetness sublimely blends delicately, and close to perfection, with the dark notes of roasted bitterness.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. $13.99 for a small 8.5oz bottle packed in wrapping paper and a tin. Pours a dark brown with minimal head. Murky. Earthy aroma, dark chocolate, and some roast. Heavy mouthfeel. Bam! This is very sweet. Molasses, brown sugar, slight leather. It’s just so sweet that all other flavors are somewhat drowned out. Very smooth velvety mouthfeel.
phaleslu (7419) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8.5 oz. bottle that I think I bought at WIne and Cheese Place when I was living in St. Louis. Pours an inky deep, opaque brown with almost no head, just a little beige wispiness that departs not long after it shows up. Rich aroma - roasted malts, coffee, cacao nibs, molasses, earth, and ash. The flavor is sweeter and not as roasty, with molasses, cacao nibs, fudge, syrup, cola, coffee, and a bit of ash at the finish. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, coating mouthfeel and low carbonation. Probably a bit too much on the sweet side, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy this quite a lot.
XaenDovet (1221) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share. Thanks GothGargoyle! Pours a clear, deep burnt amber. Aroma of green pepper, alcohol, muted dark fruit, wet coffee. Taste is dank sweetness, an odd sourness.
Tsekouratos (463) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - NOV 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
250 ml bottle thanks to Gunnar. Black as night body with dark brown head. Aromas of milk chocolate, liquorice, some coffee and alcohol. Taste is pretty sweet, maybe sweeter than the other vintage versions, with milk chocolate, vanilla, liquorice, some oak, maybe some dark fruits and coffee. Sweet aftertaste, pretty sticky mouthfeel. Medium to full body with low carbonation. My kind of Imperial Stous.
jackl (5601) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample @ CK. deep brown with a small head. Nose
Is ink cartridge. Pepper, dark cocoa. Taste is super sweet. Damn. Burnt brown sugar. Chocolate. A bit of soy sauce. Acidic roast coffee. Full body, oily. Meh.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from tube. Orange paper inside, pour is no head, thick and syrupy taste is more of the same, big sweet beer with raisins and the like, minimal roasty flavor, almost chewy.. good body I love imperial stouts that make it known they are big heavy beers.