lillunken (30) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
KŲpt pŚ norrlands, Uppsala. Svagt rostade toner, en del kakao i bŚde smak och doft. En bra imperial stout men inget speciellt.
Frozer (181) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nitro. Huge creamy off white head. No aroma due to massive head. Malted chocolate. Low carbonation. Smooth and refined. Amazing lacing.
sturmthis (819) - Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On nitro. Black with fluffy beige head. Coffee, wood aroma. Coffee, dark fruit, roasted malt taste. Very nice beer.
tectactoe (2952) - Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Inky black with a highlight of dark brown at the very edges; thick & viscous pour with a fine mesh of leathery-tan bubbled grouped up top. Aroma contains huge bouts of unsweetened dark cacao beans, bitter espresso, huge roasted malt with the lightest underpinning of burnt brown sugar sweetness. Flavor is a bit more complex, opening up with 86% cacao dark chocolate, raw cocoa powder, charred & ashy malt, roasted nuts, bitter coffee with a woodsy & earthy undertone, heavy herbaceous & leafy hop scores towards the back-end, & a kiss of smoky anise in the finish. Lingers forever & coats the palate with flavors of herbal wood, smoke, coffee beans, & even some faint tobacco leaves. Dry & bitter for the style, heavy mouth feel. Really good stuff.
CharmCityCrab (190) - Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma primary of raisins, prunes, and coffee, with a very slight foresty or hoppy smell. Pour is nearly pitch black, maybe a little brown, with a lot of initial carbonation. Taste is dark coffee grinds with licorice and a hint of dark chocolate (Minus the sweetness) and roasted flavor. Familiar stout flavors in there as well with that harsh warming taste that youíd get in craft stouts of all varieties, probably from the dark malts. Strong brew that would be perfect for winter. Iím drinking it on maybe the warmest day weíve had this spring, and I was a bit anxious to try it, so I only let it cool in the fridge for maybe an hour or two, because, you know, I wanted to drink it. I think chilling the beer longer on a chilly day might get it a bit closer to perfection, but I like it as is. This is a manís beer (Or a really ballsy woman, donít want to be sexist!). Uber-stout. I remember maybe a decade ago when I first started drinking regularly, a friend foolishly challenged me to drink a Guinness in a bar knowing I was a novice drinker and had never really had anything more complex than a Budweiser- and I, of course, being Irish, quickly downed that in seconds and held out my hand for payment having won the bet (My red beard should have been a clue not to make a bet like that with me)- and that was simple, Guinness is very light and smooth for a stout. This is more the kind of thing college kids might challenge each other to drink and that some of the lightweights might have trouble with drinking on a bet, and that mature drinkers might savor like a fine wine, swishing around in their mouths to get the full taste. Complex and with difficult but rewarding and warming flavors. Legend has it that Catherine the Great drank this style between dalliances with horses, hence Russian Imperial Stout. :) This is the sort of thing thatíll never go mainstream, but will have fans who absolutely swear by it. Itís challenging and not a fruity or candy beer, despite some of the fruits I used in the description. Itís for guys with long beards in cold winters. Glad I had a chance to try it! :) I can actually see salmon as a potential food pairing for this, though Iíve never tried that combination, so caveat emptor on that suggestion, but I wanted to try including more food pairing in these reviews than I used to, and that is jumped to mind. Maybe some rye bread, too?
Werckmeister (534) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAR 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
from bottle at Braukunst Live, Munich. black color, coffee colored head. light smell of coffee, chocolate, dried fruity. full body, tastes coffee, chocolate, cacao, mulberry, light malty sweet, roast aroma, oily texture, nice slick mouthfeel, malty roastiny / dry chocolaty finish. great beer, smell was lacking a bit on my sample.
TheSilentSaint (77) - Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with light brown head. Smells caramel and chocolate. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Tastes of caramel, raisins and chocolate balancing the bitterness of hops. Overall good imperial stout.
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MyPorterHouse (10) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Chocolate, caramel , roasty beginning, deep dark color, carbonated, heavy body, bitter finish, foamy brown head. Paired great with an egg/jalapeŮo/bacon burger!
geeklimit (229) - USA - MAR 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque black with minimal carbonation and a healthy creamed-coffee head that laces the glass. Deep and rich aroma of licorice and roast dark chocolate. Pronounced flavor of bakers chocolate on a thick palate. Large martini alcohol burn in the follow-through on a base of bakers chocolate. Lighter mouthfeel than expected.
EdKing (2075) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from GBBF 2014. Opaque swirling very dark brown with a tan head. Nose is roasted malt, coffee grounds, some liquorice, molasses, Marmite (yeast extract), dark chocolate, and then something a little like red wine vinous or brandy just at the edges. Taste is malt dominant with lots of roasted malt, burnt malt, black coffee, dark chocolate, dry texture and then on the other side of things thereís a brandy, alcoholic fruitiness, dark fruits, raisin, prune etc and finally some of that salty, savoury Marmite, which Iím not so keen on in my stouts. A very solid imperial stout with some nice elements working in harmony and some nice complexity but as someone else has said below, doesnít have a wow factor for me.