thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with brown head and good lace. Aroma is dark coffee, chocolate, roasted malt., slight alcohol. Taste black coffee, bitter chocolate, toasted malt, light sweetness, full body, long dry bold coffee finish
ABT_S54 (137) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500cl bottle shared in a snifter at Pure Bar, Birmingham. Aroma is typical Imperial Stout with copious amounts of malt. The taste and mouthfeel somewhat belies its moderate (for the style) ABV and was of a much higher standard than I expected. Highly rated and was the last of three sampled on a rather heavy day. Probably would have scored higher had I sampled it earlier on. Overall though faultless and considering it is not BB aged (as many of my favourite are) a very good example.
Pastyle (1) - FRANCE - AUG 15, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong, powerful and bitter beer which mellows out as you drink. Full of deep rich flavour
pkomar (32) - Poznan, POLAND - AUG 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle into glass, bought @ Centrala Piwna, Poznań. Aroma rich in chocolate and coffee, roasty aromas in the background. Pours clear black with a decent head, leaving nice lacing. Taste lightly sweet, full of chocolate and roasty malts accompanied by coffee. Alcohol warming the throat nicely, rather low carbonation.
To sum it up quickly: Amazing imperial stout - definitely my favourite beer.
oliodnb (272) - ITALY - AUG 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a thick creamy beige head. Smells of roasted malts, some coffee, light sweetness. Taste is coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, licorice. Bitter coffee and chocolate aftertaste with a pleasant light final acidity.
Stuu666 (1988) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours black, aroma and taste of chocolate, liquorice, sweet.
AirForceHops (3099) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 500 ml purchased at Julio’s Liquors. 2012 vintage. Maybe should have consumed this before now but... So many beers, so little time! Used motor oil color with a tiny ring of tan head in the snifter. Aroma is old coffee grounds, deep roast and ash. Light anise when warm.
Flavor is earthy premium coffee beans, tobacco leaves, roasted malts and a bitter chocolate to help balance the sweet flavors. Fuller body with a lightly creamy texture with a hint of ash. Lingering chocolate and bitter roasted notes after the sip. Jeez, this is really easy to drink and a solid stout. Wonder what a bourbon barrel treatment would do to this? Overall, a nicely made stout that did just fine sitting in my cellar after 2 years.
Phillies08Champs (686) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Bottle from Matt Capone. Pours black with some head that fades. Aroma is leather, deep roasted notes, burnt sugar and coffee. First sip is similar with a pancake syrup finish.
matis (97) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUL 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Creamy, tan colour head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee liquier, toffi, brownie and leather. Firstly roasted black malts but than heavy bitter contra. Some smoke, some peat, some ash... perfectly ballanced taste. Creamy body, rather dry - excellent RIS.
vanelst (122) - AUSTRIA - JUL 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma: dark chocolate, coffee, burned roasts, plums. Taste is moderatly sweet with a bitter ending. Chocolate, dark fruits, citrus, caramel, smoke, coffee roast. Pretty intense, gives you a glowing alcohol warm feeling. Christmassy beer, bit weird drinking this during a summer heathwave.
monk191 (874) - California, USA - JUL 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great imperial stout. Pours an incredibly deep black with a thick brown head. Smells of vanilla and toffee. Taste changes drastically from start to finish. Starts very smooth, with some vanilla. Finishes smoky, with a slight tartness to it. Very good. Had in the bottle.