bnoel09 (416) - Elk Grove, California, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber into an English pint. Dark brown, almost black pour with a thick, creamy mocha colored head. Aroma has some caramel and chocolate sweetness, and a lot of ashy roasted notes. There also seems to be some fruit, almost cherry in the background, but I think the head is filtering a lot of it out. Flavor is really dominated by those roasted malts, with a little sweetness coming through as well, and some heat from the alcohol on the finish combined with some nice bittering from the hops. There also seems to be an almost oaky/vanilla element that blends into the roast. Mouthfeel is suprisingly thin, but the boldness of the flavors and heat from the alcohol let you know there is much more to it, and the finish is about as long and dry as they come. Overall this is a really nice imperial stout, but the roastiness just seems too dominant and masks a lot of the complexity. I’d be really interested to try this aged.
Lupulcious85 (10) - - JUL 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black as the dark side of the moon. Motor oil dark. Thin caramel colored head. Dissipated fairly quickly with the boosted alcohol. Pleasant roasted malt profile. Coffee and dark chocolate all around. Catch a littlw raisin in there too.. I assume I got some of the freshy freshy as I detected some major hops under the cafe latte background. Booze was also fairly high, adding to subtle astringency. I like it, but Im happy Yeti is readily available in town.
Bosbouw (1134) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - JUL 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Zwarte kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt gebrande mout, koffie, chocolade. Smaakt iets gebrand, koffie.
DutchDrebus (3876) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ camping ratebeer 2014. Pitch black clour with a small off-white. Smells sweet, chocolate, roasty, coffee. Tastes sweet, chocolate, roasty, coffee, slightly sugary. Full body, thick, soft carbo.
rodenbach99 (3097) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Embouteillée le 13 août 2013. Bue au mois de juillet 2014. Une robe brune profonde avec une mousse brune. Un nez de chocolat et de grillé. Des saveurs rôtis impressionnantes et mordantes. Une bouche amère et sèche. Une finale sur l’amertume puissante.
SlovakSniper (3048) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Embouteillée le 13 août 2013. Une bière assez foncée pour être perçue comme étant noire. Une belle mousse généreuse qui laisse d’épaisses traces derrière elle. Les arômes ne sont pas exceptionnellement développés. Ça sent le brun et le noir avec une pointe d’alcool. Les saveurs m’intéressent davantage. Le café, les notes rôtis et le caramel sont les trois éléments que je réussis à identifier. En bouche, je peux dire que l’impression est fortement agréable. Le corps est dense, la texture bien crémeuse et le pétillement souple. La finale me plaît beaucoup avec son amertume de torréfaction bien construite et justement longue. Bon impérial stout. Simple mais efficace.
fishonmyplane (416) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
10-month aged bottle. Thick creamy grey head. Roasty and bitter. Most of those added sugars have fermented so there isn’t much sweetness left, but there is a nice chocolate malt flavor. Pretty smooth for the ABV.
Joakgust (847) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Opaque dark brown beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, chocolate, wood, herbs and cream. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, licorice, chocolate, wood and herbs. Very nice and balanced.
tmzl (82) - SLOVENIA - MAY 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Taste-off: Santa’s Little Helper (S) vs. Santa’s Little Helper - Bourbon Barrel Aged (SBBA)
S: Pours with a huge, thick, creamy, billowy mocha head, has a good slow, equal retention (breakdown of medium sized bubbles). A very thick, medium-sized, creamy layer stays on top. Dark brown, heavy pour, fair amount of lacing.
SBBA: The head is a lot smaller, higher degree of medium/big bubbles, mocha head a bit lighter. Has a faster retention, mostly diminishing. Looks a bit more transparent and watery.
S: Cherry, dark fruit on opening, dominating roast, coffee and milk chocolate, stuffy, mostly dark malt driven. Light sourness, bit salty, soy sauce and some cookie dough.
SBBA: More dark fruit esters on opening, then goes to rum-kokos Casali chocolates with a lot of oak, vanilla. Roast, milk chocolate more on the side here. Alcohol with booze feeling, oak the most dominant aroma here.
S: Light acidity and molasses, burned sugar start with fruity forest esters. A bit rum-like transition into milky, dark malt medium sweetness that ends with medium dark coffee bitterness, it’s well developed. Small boozy spike towards the end.
SBBA: Bourbon oak dominates this one. Medium molasses, burned sugar sweet start with acidity turned down, the middle, which is overrun with oak dominance, a bit of milky backbone felt, but a lot more subtle. Ends with strong bourbon oak spike that dominates the after with turned down roast, coffee bitterness and alcohol.
S: Full, light heavy body, soft carbonation lingers on the tongue, quite pleasant.
SBBA: A bit lighter on the body (higher alcohol), light warmth, no carbonation to detect.
The non-barrel aged version is a lot smoother and very drinkable. Solid, not too demanding take on imperial stouts. The bourbon one is a lot sluttier, the oak is (too) heavy and goes down a lot slower. The age in barrels didn’t make it better IMO.
Darkmagus82 (558) - - MAY 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-28-12 -
Served in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served with a black body and a small brown head. The head faded relatively fast giving a moderate to light amount of lacing.
Smell – The smell has a dark-bitter chocolate scent with some burnt coffee aromas of a ever so light sweet dark fruit aroma.
Taste – A bitter roasty malt flavor of dark chocolate and a light amount of dark fruits are the tastes initially meet by the tongue. As the taste advances there is a roasted coffee present that becomes more prevalent as the taste goes on. The bitter-roasted flavors continue to the end where a lighter smoke flavor comes into plays and leaves a somewhat pleasant and warming taste in the mouth.
Mouthfeel – A nice creamy body with a medium carbonation level. It complements the strength and the style of the beer quite well.
Overall – This brew has some very nice taste and mouthfeel qualities, although I do find it a little one dimensional in taste as it only gives way to more burnt-bitter flavors. It is worth a try especially if you are looking for a roasty imperial.
hermanw7 (28) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: What a RIS should look like. Aromas: vanilla, roasted malt. Taste: Starts with the vanilla, finishes off with bitterness and coffee. Christmas cake. Palate: medium to heavy body, medium carbonation. Loved it!