orangesol (656) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on nitro-tap at Al’s of Hampden into a nonic pint.
A - Pours used motor oil black with a thin, almost non-existent, head leaving thin rings of lacing down the glass.
S - Plenty of dark roasted malt blends well with the coffee, chocolate, and a faint hint of dark fruits. Some vanilla and cream sweetness helps keep things balanced as much as possible. Very nice nose.
T - Flavors are very similar to the nose. Rich coffee and cocoa dominate this one with some vanilla sweetness offering a bit of balance. Very rich, dark malted texture in the finish lingers for some time. If anything it was a bit thin, and given the nitro serving I can’t see how that can happen..maybe too cold? Either way I have had this before, it is one of my favorites, and I will have it again. Hopefully those will be better than this one...
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation for being on nitro. Not the thick, creamy, stout I was expecting to receive when I ordered it to say the least.
D - Still very high. Even with the carb issues this is still one of my go to stouts. I was more disappointed in the pour than I was in the beer. I will have to re-review this one at a later time...
Lizardking3 (42) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells great. Pours huge brown head with blackish hue. Tastes roast and smooth. Delicious
cmiller54hr (35) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black with minimal head into a snifter. Smoky aromas with chocolate and coffee undertones. A smooth taste for 9%abv. Taste the dark roasted malt flavor. A great stout. My go to stout in fact
lesifflebiere (1186) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Un liquide noir comme la nuit, mais assez léger et pétillant ; un nez de grains fortement torréfiés, de vanille et de boisé. La bouche est plus épaisse et complexe qu’il n’y paraît, alors que du chocolat, du café au lait et un tranchant houblonné viennent tour à tour se manifester. La texture est toujours, cependant, légère, ce qui rend presque mystérieux le fait que de si riches saveurs puissent se cacher dans un liquide mi-mince. En termes de stout impérial, il est assez accessible, mais ce n’est pas un défaut.
Stuu666 (1371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Pours black, nose of light smoke and chocolate, taste is smoky, chocolate, rich, liquorice, bitter and dry.
Scottishchris (157) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at the bat. Black, creamy light tan head. Ethiopian coffee beans (?!), bitter chocolate nose. Sweetish middle with fruity bitterness throughout. Lots going on, can see why it gets raves.
darb85 (45) - Canton, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good. woody front notes. Smooth with minor bitter finish. Very good profile over all.
SarkyNorthener (1679) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from stirchley wines. Shared at Richthevillan tasting. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate and dark fruits with some licorice. Good.
RichTheVillan (2415) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Stirchley wines via SarkyNorthener; dark brown pour with a creamy tan head, aroma has dark fruits, taste has light coffee, blackberry, roast malts, smooth mouthfeel. Quality impy.
Lubiere (9728) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark imperial stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with dark fruits, coffee, licorice, alcohol warmth, classic. In mouth, a nice bitter sweet chocolate malt with light coffee, licorice, molasses alcohol warmth, very nice. On tap at Empire Brewfest 2014.
Rperez (126) - Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazing beer! Dark, rich and complex. It gets better as it warms up a bit, would recommend to everyone!
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