rood (32) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - JUN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks berntholer, for sharing this one. If you would like to smell & taste chocolate, nesquick, oat, dates, this is your beer. OK mouthfeel. A good bitter aftertaste. An okay brew to me.
Sarlacc83 (766) - Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. From notes.
A: Lazy lightless black. G,ood mocha head on this one.
N: Big dark cocoa, licorice, caramel, coffee. Some oxidation, since this is an older draft for 2008. Malt layering is quite intense.
T: Really, really, really sweet, to the point of being cloying. Not a speck of hop to be supped.
M: Thick motor oil. Low alcohol presence. It is 10-50.
O: This is just too much sweetness for me. I prefer a backbone of bitterness to level out the cloying malt. Though it avoids the soy sauce trap of Dark Lord.
Maarten1993 (315) - - JUN 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank in Waalwijk 21-6-2014. Liked ik. Typical standard stout. Rich taste. Aftertaste is fading, too bad.
Brandon1989 (240) - Euless, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pure black with a thick khaki head that left a lot of lacing. The aroma was sweet chocolate, nuttiness, and roasted malts. the taste is complex, it starts with bitterness and slight alcohol. then you start to pick up roasted malts and some cherry and it finishes with a sweet milk chocolate aftertaste.
Stuu666 (2324) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours black, aroma of dark fruits, roast chocolate, taste has chocolate, liquorice, fruit, rich and smooth, hides its abv well.
bpar73 (476) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can. Pours black with a generous creamy tan head. Big chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hops and a bit of boozy burn in the aroma and taste, Top notch Imperial stout.
Frank (2888) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2014 I once shotgunned this for a gentlemanly contest of sorts but have not taken the time to properly examine it until now. For what it’s worth, it is easier to shotgun than a normal American beer even though it something of a monster. It’s deep black in color, completely opaque with a small fine-bubbled head that leaves little splotches of lace for the whole glass. The nose is mostly chocolate and raisin. My can is about six months old (I purchased in June not realizing it’s a winter seasonal) and it has started taking on some pleasant sherry-like oxidation at this point as well, mostly in the form of a bit of nuttiness. This is definitely a sweet beer but there’s a good bit of tartness and a lot of bitterness to balance. The end result is sort of a vinous, chocolate cherry taste. This is definitely a beer that lends itself to slow sipping and a very full body and mild carbonation. Thankfully, it also lends itself to drinking a full serving and does not cloy as it warms but rather becomes more fruity and chocolatey. The finish lingers w/ a soft sweetness and a solid bunch of bitterness. I definitely want to rate this a bit fresher sometime but it seems to be doing quite well w/ some age on it. I have to shotgun the other three in this four pack first though.
pikeysdoggy (20) - - JUN 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finished off an impromptu session with this.
Hunter S Thompson would have stripped to the waist and bare-knuckle fought for a snifter of this fine behemoth of a beer.
Had I imbibed more than a snifter, I would probably have ended up doing the same....
Darkmagus82 (1424) - - JUN 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-23-12 -
Poured from can into snifter
Appearance – Pours a pitch black color with a deep brown head. The brew was think and hearty even from the look. The brown head faded slowly over time to give some nice lacing.
Smell – Lots of great aromas here. The aroma is heavy of dark chocolate and dark malt. Sweet aromas of caramel, toffee and raisin are present as well. Furthermore there is a hearty presence of bourbon giving it a very warming boozy smell.
Taste – The taste follows the nose very well with tons going on. Big bold chocolate and roasted malt create a strong base up front. Up front there is also a good deal of sweet caramel and toffee and hints of creamy sweetness which when mixed with the cocoa/chocolate create a milk chocolate taste (or maybe more aptly considered milkshake taste due to its thick body). As the taste advances some of the caramel and toffee flavors give way to dark fruit flavors of raisin and some hints of molasses. As was detected in the nose, at the end, a bourbon flavor really starts to develop. This mixes with the sweeter chocolate and malt as well as a nice smoky flavor leaving a pleasing aftertaste in the mouth and bringing the taste to its end.
Mouthfeel – Creamy and thick just as the look forebode. It coats the moth like a jacket, clinging to the tongue and penetrating every taste bud with its huge flavors. It carbonation, being on the lighter side only accentuates the creaminess and mouth coating feel, overall giving a great mouthfeel.
Overall – The only imperial stout I ever had delivered in a can and it was fantastic!!! A huge and wonderfully delicious stout.
Buongiorgio00 (779) - - JUN 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Imperial stout davvero degna di occupare un posto d’onore nell’olimpo di questo stile. Corpo cremoso e coloro nero impenetrabili, soffice schiuma color nocciola. Gusto estremamente caffettoso, con note di cioccolato e tostate così intense da rasentare il limite con l’affumicato. Intensa e golosissima. Presenza alcolica appena percettibile.