venom666 (531) - Elche, SPAIN - MAY 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black color with medium beige head. Aroma has lots amounts of licorice, dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Medium to full body. Intense flavour, great balance between roastiness and sweetness, with dark chocolate, caramel, coffee beans, sugary and locorice hints. Ashy and bitter, with brown sugar aftertaste.
mintzmeet (320) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, clearly dark as shit. Smells chocolatey. Ooh tastes quite chafey. Still delicious. Roasted malts off tha Aaaa.
bigda83 (375) - Jamestown, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a jet black with a bubbly tan head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and smoke. Flavor was roastiness, coffee, dark chocolate, smoked wood. A full body with a creamy texture. Bitter coffee to finish. Took me a while to try this even though readily available. Solid imperial stout and bonus being year round and easy to find.
spatenfan (47) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Aroma is metallic with a hint of dark roast.
Appearance is jet black with a nice two finger off white head that sticks around.
Taste is typical to an RIS with heavy roastiness. A little too bitter on the back end for my tastes.
Definitely a slick creaminess on the palate.
jc1762 (155) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pitch opaque black with not even any sense of transparency. Very sparse spots of foam.
The nose shows a big mix of old coffee, soy sauce, moss, and a lot of old/aged aromas. (It’s a fresh bottle so somewhat strange)
The palate is medium bodied, gentle carbonation and a lot of weight. Coffee notes with a slight coffee tartness and bitterness at the finish. Distinct steel tank notes are also present throughout the beer. The bitterness also has some burnt notes that aren’t entirely pleasant but slight enough not to cause issues. Notes of red bean also appear at the finish but the beer is completely bone dry and no residual sweetness shows.
This one is a gentle sipper but the 9% definitely shows in its entirety.
BiiruBierBeer (500) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2015
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Smell is hops and peppermint, oddly enough. Taste is way too hoppy. Some malt in there, but the hops overpower everything. Medium body, mediun carbonation, and some foam.
jmturner5 (1) - - MAY 3, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my top beers! Aroma to taste, won’t let you down. Just a solid job by North Coast!
Savage_Night (58) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a nice frothy brown head. Head retention is great. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, caramel, smoke, vanilla, caramel and slight alcohol. Bold flavors of chocolate, smoke, vanilla, caramel, slight hop bitterness, raisins and a bourbon alcohol feel. Amazing complex flavors, great taste and feel in the mouth.
tfontana (80) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Hannaford Exeter Supermarket. Aroma is roasted chocolatey yeastiness. Appearance is opaque black with massive light brown head with decent retention and foamy lacing. Taste is boldly moderately bitter with sweet balance. Like aroma but with hint of coffee. Palate is creamy full bodied with enough carbonation to keep it from feeling like syrup but it is not really noticeable. Finish is long and bitter like chocolate covered espresso beans. Overall, this beer is pretty much as good as advertised. Aroma and taste could be a little more complex but are such rich versions of themselves that it is hard to find fault.
angel77 (1285) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella de 33 cl en el momento el 29-04-2015 en cimmeria. Color negro intenso con poca espuma beige bastante oscura aromas y sabores ligeros maltosos y cafés amargos, algo herbáceos y con algo de cacao. Toques amargos secos, ligeramente resinosos y regaliz con algo de especias. Cuerpo medio a intenso con 9 vol, alcoholico y ligero en boca sin mucha espuma y densidad. Bastante buena.