AndySnow (6596) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Black colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Roasted malt. coffee, some chocolate.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, some alcohol,
mateuszk (1707) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black, beige head. Very roasty with some licorice and mollasses and dried fruits. In taste medium sweet, roasty with chocolate and raisins. Finish medium bitter (partially from alcohol) and lightly alcoholic. Full bodied, softly carbonated, smooth.
Alengrin (4456) - BELGIUM - OCT 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2015 Bottle from Malt Attacks, from one of the proverbial ’children’ of The Kernel along the so-called ’Bermondsey Mile’ in London. Very heavy gusher, black liquid flooded out of the bottle neck upon opening. After hastily pouring half of the beer in the glass in an attempt to save as much as possible, the foam kept building up in the bottle till it began creeping out of the neck again. Anyway, I eventually captured a jet black beer with a towering, dense, whipped cream-like, rocky head of tan colour, diminishing but remaining thick and stable for a very long time. Aroma cannot hide the infection which is most likely the cause of the gushing, in the form of a lactic, sour cream- or spoilt goat cheese-like sourishness. Other than that and after this ’lacticity’ has faded a bit, I get the (probably) more intended aromas of cold black coffee and coffee grounds, beef stock, bayleaf, ashes, (strong) cherries, blackcurrant, caramel, roasted peanuts, rosemary, brown rhum, marmelade, cooked green cabbage (but not in the DMS way), cold tea and black peppercorns; in all, not typical RIS-like at all, but interesting and not really unpleasant. A vivid, somewhat estery fruitiness of sweet cherries and sourish blackberry, blackcurrant and even some lime opens the palate, medium carbonated generally speaking but certainly overcarbonated for this style, with a smooth, slick caramelly and toasted maltiness ensuing, suffering a bit from the lactic infection, but less so than I had feared. There is a clear ’dirty powderiness’ to the mouthfeel as well - which undoubtedly has something to do with fermentation (dead yeast) that went out of control here. A strong, mouth-filling roasted bitterness dominates the end phase, a bit ashy, while the lactic acidity and the fruity esters keep fooling around in its shadows. Earthy, peppery hop bitterness is present as well and adds further bitterness to the finish. Alcohol, though noticeable and warming, remains fairly well hidden, all things considered; the last flavour remaining in the back of the mouth, is the ashy roasted bitterness. A rough parcours I’d say, reminding me a bit of some of those new Belgian strong stouts: fermentation clearly failed here and got infected somewhere, but apart from this flaw, this beer lacks body and is too much carbonated for a stout of this strength. Not an imperial stout by any means, this feels more like an export stout. An infected one, alas - seeing the other reviews here, I just had bad luck, I guess.
saxo (16731) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, chocolate, licorice, cocoa, bitter hops and has a nice bitter finish. Full bodied.
Rasmus40 (17427) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Zaklad, Wroclaw. 8.2 % ABV. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and cocoa. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. Oily. 041015
tiong (6387) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Ales by Mail. 2014 vintage. Pours pitch black with a foamy brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, hints of licorice. Taste is sweetish, roasty and salty with loads of licorice, some coffee and cocoa notes. Finish is roasty, malty and slightly salty with some licorice and coffee notes. Okay.
Gary (1842) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2015 (2014 330ml bottle ) (Sam Smiths Imperial Stout snifter ) my second bottle of this tonight , and the ageing has given two thumbs up from Gary . I like to speak in third person , and I like beers like this , they kinda comfort you even when everything is just fine ...like a momentary reminder you could always be doing something more fun that you actually are . An abundance of both rich and bitter coffee roast in up on the palate walls . This beer is smooth , rich and captivating ..like a beautiful black woman...like liquid Aaliyah (rip in peace).
tomekk1978 (1302) - Z±bki, POLAND - SEP 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2015 Aromat: czekolada, kawa zbożowa, paloność, tosty, melonidyny, suszone owoce (wiśnie, śliwki) i lekka nuta wędzona oraz likier.
Wygląd: barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana ciemno beżowa / jasno brązowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, umiarkowanej wielkości i podobnie trwała.
Smak: wędzoność, paloność, czekolada gorzka, kawa, wyraźnie wytrawne nuty. Są także suszone owoce, alkohol i niewielka słodycz. Goryczka w okolicach średniej plus, wzmacniana przez paloność, bardzo drażniąca i długa . Krągła pełnia, niskie wysycenie i wytrawny palono- wędzony finisz z alkoholową nutą. Mocno przesadzony stout w stronę paloności. Liczyłem zdecydowanie na więcej.
rlgk (17976) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Chris and Ruth’s place in London. Opaque black beer with a decent beige head. Hoppy roasted aroma, grassy, licorice, cocoa notes, soot, some figs. Roasted chocolate and caramel aroma, vinous, raisins, cocoa, licorice, some warming alcohol. Full bodied and with lots of flavors.
KW92 (1165) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUL 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2015
WYGLĄD: Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzyste. Piana średniej wysokości, krótka.
AROMAT: Intensywny. Ziemisty-torfowy. W tle kawa, czekolada, alkohol.
SMAK: Kawowe. Gęste/oleiste. Posmak paloności whiskey. Alkohol wyczuwalny, ale dobrze wkomponowany w całość.