sayravai (4700) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2009 (Bottled) Very dark brown with a large, beige and foamy head. Roasted-sweetish-malty aroma with licorice and quite a bit of hop bitterness. Roasted-malty, sweetish, bitter flavor with licorice and notes of oatmeal sourness. Alcohol is well hidden, but warming. Quite full, sticky body with slightly astringent bitterness and soft carbonation. This is like Slottskällans Imperial Stout with added roast and bitterness. Good stuff!
(Bottled@Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Very dark, almost black color with no head. Quite mild aroma with sweetish malt. Very, very malty, coffeeish, quite dry flavor (for an imperial stout) - but with a sticky and sweetish finish. Full-bodied, creamy-smooth, low-carbonated palate. A very nice, dryish imperial stout.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the first Imperial Stout I ever tried, had it a few years ago that turned me on to the style and haven’t had it since for some reason. So I decided to pick it up and see what I thought of it now. Pours an opaque black color with a decent tan head. Not much retention, but it does leave a bit of lacing. Aroma is brimming with dark chocolate and coffee flavors with a bit of sweetness in there as well. The flavor is a bit mild with chocolate and coffee being at the forefront and a bit of hop bitterness as well. The alcohol defiantly comes out the more this one warms. This has a full-bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation. Overall a good imperial stout but there are plenty out there that I would prefer.
arsenal (10) - Orange, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
i’d opened this gift on a hot summer afternoon, with not a bite in my stomach. rich head, a pleasant bite to the black-roasted malt, foreboding of copious amounts of alcohol in the aroma. made for a pleasantly wobbly evening.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2005 Pours like ink with a one-finger off-white head. Very appetizing aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Surprisingly smooth, with just the right amount of bitterness around the edges--balances the malty sweetness nicely. Alcohol is barely perceptible. Excellent.
Goblincat (398) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black. Nice nose, full of roasted malt and coffee. Taste comes off a little bitter, but overall smooth malty-coffee goodness with a slight chocolate aftertaste. A top notch stout.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich brown head on a black body, nose has hints of fruit, coffee, and generous amounts of malt. A little bit more bitter than other stouts, but the chocolate comes in late and holds the flavor. The aftertaste is malt but the very last part of the finish is the coffee. If you don’t mind the opening bitters, this is a solid effort.
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 12oz bottle. What a dark pour. Crisp carbonation, once that settles your palette is in for a complex beer. Deep, roasty coffee and bitter chocolate taste that lingers for a long time. You can tell this one has alcohol in it, but the 9% isn’t too noticeable.
xray (50) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m not a big fan of stouts but this ain’t bad. Pours black with small beige head. Alcohol aroma. Suttle bunt chocolate taste with a tinge of alcohol.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. uh, this aroma is amazing! Big coffee presence and loads of roasted malts. pitch black with a small off-white head. The flavour is to die for, this is a big complex beer. Tons of bittersweet chocolate. velvetty-smooth texture. The roastiness lingers for a few minutes after drinking. This is a phenomenal beer. I’d sure like to get some more of this.
Thanks to mustang3 for the bottle!
jde123 (768) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic. Chock full of flavor, complex aroma leads to complex taste. Very black, coal black, definate chocolate and strong coffee flavor, very bold! Very nice, i need more of this one!