AdamJackson (2689) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 33rd Imperial Stout on RateBeer of retired and non-retired beers. Leighton gave me this bottle in August, 2010 Brew-date and enjoyed in a stemmed glass at 50 Degrees F.
A - Poured an oily pitch black and formed a tiny but persistent espresso colored thin ring of carbonation. Looks like oil in my glass, I couldnít see through even on the pour.
S - Holy roasted chestnuts. Smells like I set fire to a canister of almonds and doused them in oak port barrels then smashed up some vanilla beans, hazelnuts and figs and threw those in the glass. The fig / prune nose is very persistent.
T - Very fruit forward with raisins and other dark fruits. Vanilla in the middle and the finish is an oak bomb lined with milk chocolate. Minor medicinal characters but the most impressive part of this taste is how well integrated every flavor is. Like these are all best friends chilling out in my glass.
M - One of the thickest imperial stouts Iíve ever had. Oily, thick, hearty and the tannic properties stick to my taste buds for about 10 minutes in between each sip.
O - This beer sits around Stoneís IRS and Goose Islandís Cherry Rye. Iíd say thatís a solid place to be. Itís not mind blowing but it is integrated, smooth and, at 11% ABV, itís perhaps the most flavorful imperial stout in that range. Very much enjoyed and I could drink this often.
EdInSaltLake (652) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, licorice, molasses aroma. Similar sweet malt flavor--plus roasted malt.
Gription79 (2282) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle, huge thanks to Doug. This is a big rich beer, raisin, leather, licorice, sugar, soft smoke character. There is a lot going on.
MrHangover (2524) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, courtesy of kermis and jmgreenuk. Drank right after the regular version. Pours a pitch black beer with a pillowy brown head on top. Settles in quickly without leaving lacing. Aroma has massive wood, oak, licorice, roasted malts, caramel and chocolate. The base beer is faded nicely into the background, but the barrel characteristics arenít overwhelming. Same goes for the flavors. Very sweet, oaky, touches of caramel and vanilla. Very boozy and powerful, which suits this beer quite good. Again, smooth as silk mouthfeel. Amazing!
worldbeertaste (1670) - AUSTRIA - JAN 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a brown disappearing, nonlacy head. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of alcohol, Thick full oily body. Defiantly thicker than the regular. Rich chocolate molasses taste with a bitter roast and a finish with a slight bitter. Though in some ways I like the original better this one is more complex and softer for sipping.
Zer0 (1132) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by and thanks to kermis. Pours dark brown to black with a short lasting dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate, wood, apple brandy, booze, coffee, licorice and vanilla. Lovely balance. Moderate sweet and moderate bitter. Amazing beer. Full bodied. Long chocolate finish.
allmyvinyl (3610) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
275ml bottle from cgarvieuk - Cheers Craig! Pours very dark brown with a good, tan head. Vanilla and chocolate aromas, dark chocolate, sherry and dark fruit. Taste brings all this together, with a hint of whisky, oak, more chocolate & sherry/rich red wine. Mmm. Full body, creamy and smooth, long finish. Just cracking stuff. Great sipper on a cold night.
prawlie (1153) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle mail order from Old Chimneys, into an Affligem glass. Black, viscous, oily and with no head. Malty, boozy, light roast aroma, lovely. Roasty aftertaste, lightly bitter, complex. Delicious sipping rocket fuel.
ACD (652) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
275ml bottle (2011). Oily black pour, thin crown of tan froth. Beautiful aroma of chocolate, light vanilla, gorgeously sweet oakiness, roasted malt and loads of dark fruit. Taste is wonderfully luxurious: all the chocolate, dark fruit and sweet vanilla tinged oak combine perfectly. Roasted malt is big and fortifying. Really juicy dark fruits. Lingering oak and chocolate. Velvety. It's not just the new school of British brewing making incredible beer - this is stunning.
Benzai (8532) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ home shared with Dutchdrebus. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma of malts, lightly roasted malts, lightly smoke and wood. Taste malts, slightly peat, slightly smoke, nicely bitter, roasty, liquor and wood. Oily texture, full body, soft carbonation. Lovely beer. Huge thanks to jmgreenuk for getting me this beer!!