snoworsummer (2323) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle shared by BeerandBlues2. Pours very dark brown with a thin, tan head. Tastes like thick syrup, toasted bread, sweet chocolate, and slightly astringent booze. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like booze, chocolate, syrup, and light earth and ash.
sonnycheeba (3678) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2011) shared by beerandblues2. Pours dark, cola brown with thin, creamy beige head. Aroma is lightly roasted malts, chocolate, light oak, light port, some fig and raisins. Flavor is roasted and chocolate malts, light booze, light spice, dark fruit esters, and some earthiness; smooth roasted finish with faint notes of dark wine. Full body and medium carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (9997) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 Bottle via trade with cgarvieuk. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate, and coffee malt, earthy and spicy hops, dates and figs, light vanilla, and light paper oxidation. Flavor is dark malt dominant, dark fruits, light hops and bitterness with alcohol spiciness and light oxidation and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle (2011 version) @home. Pours black and thick with a dark brown thin-ish head, superb lacing. Nose is chocolate, red wine, oak, vanilla, sherry/port, dark fruits, cherry, plum and licorice and i would imagine many more that i just did not get. The taste is more of the same, the alcohol is big but its warming not burning. It has a sweet but not overly so finish, hugely complex but with a balance that is wonderful. In fact this could have just been a one word comment, Wonderful.
HonusWagner (1531) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Consider me highly unimpressed. The nose has a nice richness of cocoa/roast but the flavor is really heavy on oak and fruity notes, making it kinda a confusion of a thing, like a dark Belgian strong ale that sat in a fresh oak barrel with some cocoa nibs. But the flavors aren’t nearly as pleasant as I’d hope for in a really fruity stout like this. Huge thanks to CGarvie, as this was a longtime megawant and I’m extremely grateful to have tried it, but it’s definitely not my thing.
Finn (4363) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske 0,275l. Gave fra Fin&Loz. Svart. Flott mokkafarget skum som varer en liten stund. Ingen lacing. God aroma av mandler & frukt. Myk munnfølelse. Smaken er syrlig frukt, sjokolade og lakris. Innholdsrik. En ekstra porsjon sjokolade i avslutninga. Veldig bra øl - som hadde eldes med verdighet: Drukket 3 år etter utløpsdato. Kveldens høydare. Another thank you to Fin&Loz. Deltok med denne i Mass Online Tasting 3 Des 13.
maneliquor (3209) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Scopey’s 5000th rate. Wanted to try this for ages so cheers to Paul for this one. Pours black with a very sticky tan rim. Nose is pure dark chocolate, sweet vanilla bean, balanced liquorice and loads of dark fruits. Taste is fudge like caramel and chocolate with some spice, aniseed and doughy bread. Plenty nutty with nice oak characteristics. Touch boozy with a dry and powdery feel to it. Very clean and smooth finish. Very nice
tderoeck (5030) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/II/14 - 275ml bottle @ Vintage Tasting, Brugs Bierfestival - brewed: 16/XI/09, BB: 16/XI/19 (2014-160) Thanks to the person who contributed this bottle!
Clear dark beige to black beer, creamy beige irregular head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: coffee, dark chocolate, some banana, dried fruits. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: quite some banana, caramel, dried fruits, alcohol, mocha, dark chocolate, little sour. Aftertaste: dried fruits, chocolate, coffee, caramel, red berries, little sweet, fudge, bit of overripe banana. Very nice beer!
cpetrone84 (1480) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 on the bottle. Pour is jet black with a small amount of very tight caramel brown head. Nose is full and well balanced, lots of oak with hints of vanilla and a nice brownie batter aroma. A bit of booze in the back. Taste has much less barrel, a sweetness in back that wasn’t there in the nose. Light wood, some rich malt mid palate and berry sweetness takes over. Very full bodied with a boozy finish linger and fairly assertive carbonation. Quite a dry finish with a touch of sweetness lingering.
AdamJackson (2802) - 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 couldn’t 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 I’ve 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 Stone’s IRS and Goose Island’s Cherry Rye. I’d say that’s a solid place to be. It’s not mind blowing but it is integrated, smooth and, at 11% ABV, it’s perhaps the most flavorful imperial stout in that range. Very much enjoyed and I could drink this often.