ansjelaah (1356) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @benzai with dutchdrebus. Black color with a small beige/brown head. Smells and tastes hoppy, smoked, roasted malts, coffee, sweet, bitter, chocolate.
ramboraffe (409) - SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at SOPP 2014. Thick black with small tanned head. Smell is roasted malt and coffee and chocolate. Taste is bitter with caramel sweetness and roasted coffee and chocolate. Thick brew.
SVD (560) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Bierkoning(Edo), black beer with a small head, aroma is a bit of malts, hops, hint of roasted stuff, taste is bitter, hops, malts, roasted stuff. NICE !!
kalervo (684) - FINLAND - MAY 21, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really well balanced, complex and enjoyable imperial stout! The best Finnish beer this far for sure and superb beer internationally too.
Benzai (8126) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 Bottle [thanks to tiong] shared with Dutchdrebus, Joes, Ansjelaah and Martinus @ weekly tasting. Opaque pitch black color, medium to full sized beige to slightly light brown head that leaves fair lacing and lasts for a long time. Aroma is malts, hops, even a touch of fruits, only slightly roasty. Taste malts, light to moderately roasty, superb bitterness, hops. Damn, this is a very nice beer!
DutchDrebus (3966) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @benzai. Pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells hops, dark chocolate, roasty, coffee, green twigs, great. Tastes coffee, roasty, hops, some pine even, sone chocolate. This should be a black ipa. Medium to full body, soft carbo.
kustie (135) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mild chocolate aroma with some roastiness. Very beautiful head. Taste starts with malt and has some vanilla, chocolate and hoppiness. The aftertaste is very challenging and versatile. Excellent beer with many nuances.
deanso (5181) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle via a friends shared with 2 friends.
Hoppy aroma. Thick tan head. Clear black pour. Lovely brew. Very enjoyable
freiksenet (93) - - JAN 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Pitch black with small yellow head. S: Coffee, alcohol, smoke. T: Liquorice that gets into strong smoky taste with bitterness and a pure bitter aftertaste. M: Not that thick for the style. O: Nice and heavy.
panacea (67) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have to say the expectations for this one was quite different from reality. This beer is more of a black IPA than imperial stout. Anyways, clear black with decent long lasting head. Confusing aroma for me (preconceptions) but with roasted/caramel malts and new world hops in perfect balance. The taste is far better than most of the black IPAs I’ve tasted, very balanced. I like this beer a lot! Not surprising it is nr 1 in Finland. Impressive though better classified as a black IPA.