Prufrockstar (1500) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2015 Blind RIS experiment [Sample 15 of 20, 4/30/2015]
Poured by Summer. Near black, sexy dark brown mocha head, medium duration, some lacing at first, but it doesn’t last. Aroma: Rich. Chocolate and roast/char (need a code name for roast that makes me think of smoke / ash / char but still is actually in the roast category]. Smells nice, right down that line I seem to gravitate toward (on the rich and decadent side, with chocolate at forefront but still with solid dose of thick roastiness and just a touch of soy sauce so I think of slow roasted BBQ with just an undercurrent of coffee). Light marshmallow sweetness under there. Lots of lovely chocolate lasting in the finish of this one. Notably (and thankfully) missing: tin can and pie filling. I’m digging this one, oh yeah. Digging on it hard. Well-balanced taste. I’d guess this is on the 10%+ ABV side, but it doesn’t feel harsh in any way whatsoever. This one is really nice. Full body, good carbonation, smooth velvety texture. Great mouth-coating sweet smooth chocolate syrup that lingers long after the drink is done. Overall: Great. one of the best yet. There have been a few that are "down the middle and boring," but this is "balanced, down the middle, and fantastic."
RB Rating: 8/4/9/5/17.
Observation: It occurs to me my descriptions are getting weaker. Maybe losing steam / running into some imperial stout fatigue? Only 5 more to go. This one came at a good time, though.
Guess: Could be Narwhal. Could be Expy. Whatever it is, I want more.
Would pay: $4/bottle for a regular thing; $5 once in awhile. I sure as hell hope it’s easy to find so I can remain well-stocked.
(1/4/2013) Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, toffee, roasted grains and coffee. Pours motor oil black with small ring of tan head. Smooth, full bodied viscous mouthfeel. Mild bitterness balances the sweetness up front. Really quite nice. [8/4/8/5/17]
Turtles (477) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml can from Systembolaget. Black with a tan, creamy and compact head, leaves nice lacing. Aroma: roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, soy sauce, soil. Mild carbonated, really creamy sweet mouthfeel, full body. The taste is rich and sweet, roasted malt, dried dark fruit, plums, cocca, toffee, milk chocolate, salt. Finish bitter sweet with a light smokiness.
Joakgust (1115) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Opaque black beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, chocolate, molasses, nuts and sherry. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, nuts and sherry. Well balanced.
Vestergaard (910) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can at Burspraks Blind Imperial Stout Tasting. Pours a pitch black with a lovely, brown head. Aroma is very roasty, malty and chocolaty. Taste is smooth with some vanilla, roasty bitterness. Nice, thick sweetness. Sweet licorice. Full body and average carbonation.
Klimaet (702) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can @ Burspaks Blindtasting. Pours pitch black with a medium dark brown head. Aromas of sweet dark fruits, vanilla, roasted malts, fudge, salty and sweet licorice. Taste is roasty, licorice, molasses, vanilla, dark sweet fruits.
Savage_Night (114) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thick brown head. Head retention is great. AROMA: chocolate, coffee, caramel, alcohol, vanilla, woody, smoke, candied sugar, molasses, bitterness, slightly chard, malty and spice. TASTE:, coffee, chocolate, caramel, roasty, earthy, soy sauce, smoke, vanilla, woody, candied sugar, malty, hop bitterness, alcohol, slight licorice, chard, spice and slight peppercorns. AFTER TASTE: spice, coffee, bitter chocolate and caramel with a thick buttery and boozy finish that leaves a nice warmth in the chest.
beeratarian (166) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at whole foods. Poured a full pint ( thank you ) for $4! Nice rich black pour with medium, tight, light brown head. Aroma is black licorice, roasted malt and alcohol. Flavor is nice and rich without being too sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkable. Taste of a nice original imp stout without coffee or chocolate added.
tbunting75 (14) - - JUL 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick and black. Very faint aroma. Hits all the roasted and chocolate flavor notes you’d expect. Not at all boozy given the 10.5%.
vadie (1017) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Un tas de malt torréfié et chocolat dans l’arôme et en bouche. Onctueux, très forte et bien équilibré. Noir sombre avec une petite robe marron.
BroadestTom (151) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma chocolate, coffee, toast, roasty, caramel, licorice, smoke,
Appearance black, brown foam, frothy,
Taste lightly bitter, medium sweetness,
Palate full body, thick feel, creamy, soft carbonation,
Overall a great imperial stout that I would suggest to a friend
MarcoDL (2888) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ ZEBF 2015. Finally I caught the legendary Ten Fidy, it was bound to be a let down. It’s a solid ris with some coffee. I understand why a lot of people like it, but it’s just too decent and middle of the road to be really great.