nimbleprop (7176) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle via Summer Secret Santa 2014. Pours a murky, opaque black with a ring of lacing, creamy, beige head. Nose has plenty of licorice and rubber, some black pepper, molasses, some roast mushroom, some pen ink, a little bit of liquid smoke. Flavor has some interesting caramelized onion and barbecue sauce notes, plenty of malt obviously, some molasses, a little smoke, some mild charcoal, some squid ink, some industrial notes, a little burnt plasitc. Full bodied, but not as sweet as I anticipated. A nice, big, roasty, filling stout.
Marduk (6004) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Hazy dark brown color. Small yellow head, disappears. Malty, dusty, hops, sweet notes in aroma. Roast, coffee, hops, pine, dry yeast in taste. Lovely spicy hops mixed with roast in taste. Mind blower. Fantastic beer! MORE!
Alengrin (4329) - BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of several splendid beers inspired by the Pikkulintu pub in Helsinki and probably the first real imperial stout in Finland. Dark beige head, blackish colour and profoundly malty, complex aroma of coffee beans, chocolate, candied dates and brandy; deep malty taste, sharpish, full of character, with sourish accent and powerful roasted bitterness along with warming, but not astringent alcohol in the finish. Powerful and impressive, a great example of the style.
thebeertourist (5175) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Pikkulintu. Almost, creamy light brown head. Roasted coffee, hints of smoke, bitter chocolate. Quite dry finish. Complex.
ansjelaah (1747) - 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 (1786) - Göteborg, 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 (1315) - 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 (990) - 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 (12760) - 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 (5507) - 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.