Cuso (5977) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from BenH as part of European local swap, many thanks. Vintage 2012. Almost black color with thick beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, licorice, vanilla, wood. Coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, raisins, caramel in taste together with alcohol and wood. Tasty, well balanced sipper.
Homer321 (2744) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk. pour is like black ink with nearly no head at all, only a thin film of oil and faint floaties on top. Nose is chocolate and vanilla with a strong wood tannin aroma, like oak. Taste is chocolate and wood, just straight wood. Not much vanilla, and tastes almost a bit drying and astringent from the wood. Still a slick, full mouthfeel, accentuated by a lack of carbonation. Not still, but petulant, maybe. Overall, I think the wood steals the show here, but without any spirit character to bring it into the realm I enjoy, which is boozy. In this case, the wood doesn’t do a huge favor to the beer, in my opinion.
jtclockwork (10809) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, vanilla, caramel and lightly charred oak. Medium body.
GenDV138 (3358) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2011) during the hotel lobby share after the RBWG 2015 bus tour. Dark brownish black with tan head. Aromas of caramel, spice, chocolate, dark fruit. Tastes of chocolate, roast. Medium-light body with a dry finish.
stoutnick (729) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle in trade (thanks Erik!). Black with no head. Aroma is phenomenal - rich sweet tobacco, stewed dark fruits, mild aromatic anise. Taste is perfect balance of sweet and savoury - dark fruits, molasses, mild soy sauce, little oxidised but works for it; mild charred barrel, some easygoing port qualities coming through (it’s still beer people!). Medium carbonation on the palate but not full bodied. Overall, great beer - was expecting something totally overhyped in the usual British beer tradition, but they nailed it!
rdixon77 (1581) - Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at RBWG post-grand tasting. Last beer of the night…probably didn’t give it the respect it deserved. Black pour. Extremely rich. Boozy, ashy, dark chocolate, sweet chocolate, leathery. Excellent.
DrSilverworm (8541) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted during RBWG post-grand tasting shit-show hotel-tasting. Small bottle. Black color. Minimal off-white head. Bits of lace. Bigger body. Kind of slick. Light carbonation. Bigger roast malt, some dark fruit. Bigger sweet taste, lighter bitter. Mild heat. A pretty solid english imperial stout.
djd07 (6055) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 bottle thanks to Colin! Pours a black with small beige head. The aroma is oak, cocoa, booze, ash, char. Medium mouth, nice roast, char, light bourbon, smoke finish, very impressive.
AdiBeer (2089) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: intense chocolate, dark cacao, sweet, ripe berries, black forest cake. Appearance: black, no head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: dark chocolate continues, very sweet, cacao, very light coffee, soft carbonation, full body. Overall: exceptional Imperial Stout, chocolate flavours in aroma and palate are remarkable. Bottle from the brewery via Eebria, Diss.
hackobock (2181) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
January 31, 2015. Bottle at home,vintage 2012. Received in a trade with Beersiveknown, thanks Steve!
Black with a very small brown head quickly dissipating. Aroma is dominated by wet oak with chocolate, soy, vanilla, licorice, dark fruits and hints of peat in the background. Taste is medium sweet with dark fruits, vanilla notes, bitter chocolate, salty soy and licorice notes. The wet oak notes takes over in the finish. Medium to full bodied, average carbonation. Too heavy on the oak treatment.