Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - MAY 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy of Dickinsonbeer, thanks! An opaque black beer, with a small, frothy, creamy, lacing, mostly diminishing brown head. Thne aroma is modeartely to heavily malty and lightly hoppy, with notes of roasted grains, chocolate and some minor hints of smoke, vanilla, citrus, iicorice and alcohol. The flavour is heavily sweet, lightly sour, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, long finish with medium bitterness, lightly to moderately alcoholic. On the sweet side with a nice mouthfeel and a good amount of roasted malts. Not the most extreme or complex example, but quite nice, balanced and without huge alcohoi feel.
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Matt’s tasting. Pours a beautiful deep brown with creamy and slightly bright tan head. Aroma has some solid characteristics that are surprisingly distant. Notes of licorice, chocolate, and chalk. Flavor is strong blend of dark chocolate, sherry, and oak. Oily body. Slightly hot with a strong finish of coffee, chocolate liqueur, and ash. There’s a really good blend of qualities going on here.
johnnnniee (3818) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I received this from the very generous jtrockchalk, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid black with a thinnish tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of licorice, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, spicy hops and a touch of alcohol. Taste Hits first with some roast and chocolate followed by some hops and some dark dried fruits melding into a finish of roast coffee and chocolate. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, low carbonation. This is a damn fine Imp stout right here. I enjoyed this one immensely. Great job Otto!
ClubGonzo (5468) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gift taste from some nice people @ Ølbaren, Copenhagen. Black and oily, with a tiny creamy caramel head. Aroma is thick as a brick; soy, port, cocoa, coffee and hints of coconut. Flavor is more roasty, with some smoky tones coupled with chocolate and some coffee. The palate is very light and highly drinkable, despite the ABV and the flavorful composition. A very well-made stout in the "new school" of American imperial stouts, which focus more on exploring the shades of chocolate and dark sweets. Smoothness is the word.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Black, moderately sized foamy light brown head, very sparce lacing.   Looks serious enough, aged even.   I think I have had this bottle just over a year now?   Heavy roasted malts, sweet, has an Oatmeal sort of sweetness.   Not overly hoppy in the nose, just malts.   Strong roasty malts, sweet, but without a strong hop presense.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Slight sour tinge.   I suspect that after more than a year the hops have faded a bit.   Still enjoyable.   Lingering Oatmeal, lactose sweetness, and roasted malts.   Not an over-the-top Imperial Stout which I like.   Enjoyed this one with some Smoked Salmon, crackers, and cream cheese.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
08 vintage, courtesy of a fine trader whose name eludes me at the moment. very black viscous pour, small brown head, some spotting. the aroma is sweet with a pruney profile of dark fruits, smoke, and burnt malts. the flavor is licorice, some old coffee, some meatyness and smoke, and a very bitter aftertaste. pretty good stuff.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Tiklmelmo for sending this brew my way. I split it with my Bro in law who just retired from the Navy. The bottle poured into snifters produced a nice short lived two finger tan head, that slipped of to a nice lace. The body of the brew was dark as night.
The aromas’ was nice and toasty. Yes, toasty. I got some nice roasted malts aromas’(chocolate, coffee) but also a slight smoke to it. The flavor was really good for a RIS some nice coffee notes with some chocolate thrown in. The funny thing was a got a slight hint of bourbon on this one as well but, didn’t see that it was barrel aged. The mouthfeel was good with slight carbonation.
A great way to finish of my BBQ we sipped at the glasses for some time and were left wanting for more. A must try unique RIS in my book.
douglas88 (8465) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 Bomber. My first Ottos beer, I lament that I didn’t have ratebeer when I lived in State College. I was drinking some decent beer, but no Ottos. Pours a totally black color with a large brown head. Slick, oily. A smoky roasted malt nose with some fruit. The flavor is rich, milky, loads of oily dark fruit, smoke, vanilla, metal. Very damn good. Re-rate: awesome, massive dark fruit, viscous.
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
brune foncée, col moka foncé et épais laissant qcq notes dorée visqueuses sur le verre.
arôme, alcool donne un nez réchauffant, fruits noirs sont très présents.
goût, malt grillé et chocolaté, fruits noirs qui reste présent jusque a la fin et deviennent plus présent au fur et à mesure que la bière se réchauffe. Les notes au palais restent remplies de note d alcool. Poudre de cacao et un finit légèrement sirop.
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from and shared with Madvike...thanks Matt!
This one took me in a few different directions and I still am not sure how I fell 100%. Smelled great! First taste seemed rather watery, but that seemed to go away and the flavors came to life as I had more of it. It was the first beer of the night so I was still with it too. I guess it is one of those I would drink again but not run out to buy.