Scipio (726) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a full, frothy tan head. Aroma is mostly vanilla, along with some cocoa and chocolate. The taste is very pleasing. It smoky and chocolaty with some earthy malts and vanilla. What makes this one different and somewhat surprising is the grapefruit citrus impressions that are here as well. This is very noticeable in the aftertaste, which is a delicious blend of the grapefruit, smoke, and chocolate. Full bodied with a thick, oily texture. This is very good and I really enjoyed this. I don’t find this very Christmasy, but that really doesn’t matter. Its an excellent stout without any negatives that I can find.
Nijstrom (80) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a large, off-white and frothy head. Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate and a tiny bit of liquorice. Moderately sweet and slightly acidic with a long, dry finish.
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 22, 2015
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Poured from a bomber into a snifter on 01.21.15.
A: Cocoa, brown sugar, and milk chocolate.
A: 3 finger light brown foamy head that is retained. Nice bubbles wash up like it’s on nitro. Midnight black body with no red in the glass.
T: Light cocoa and brown sugar dominate. Vinegar and a lingering nuttiness are subtle.
P: Who cares.
O: The vinegar flavor is there enough to distract from the other flavors. Maybe it was Acetobacter? This was a drain pour.
Alengrin (2584) - BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Christmas stout, black with mahogany edges, under a deep beige, medium thick, moussy head. Quite powerful aroma of cured meat and smoked bacon, espresso, bitter chocolate, meat broth, candied figs, banana, vanilla, dry madera wine, grandmother’s sticky candi syrup I still associate with pancakes, black pepper, tobacco, candi sugar, wet leather, chocolate cake, mocha ice cream, blueberries, soy sauce. Refinedly sweet onset, candi syrup accent, candied fruits, pointy and tangy, soft carbo, smooth, oily and thick mouthfeel as usual for the style, yeasty and meaty, wheaty sourish touch and a certain hint of saltiness like liquorice candy, after which thick layers of maltiness unfold, nutty, bitterly chocolatey and roasted, especially in the finish where a thick coffee-like bitterness is confronted with a peppery, spicy, pungent hop bitterness and bourbon-like, warming alcohol; the liquorice-like ’saltiness’ lingers a bit too deep in the background. In all, nothing surprising in the context of its particular style, but - as usual from this brewery - very well crafted and satisfying. Ideal sipper for a cold winter afternoon.
kespecial (57) - - JAN 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A tremendous beer, if something of a palate wrecker. Huge aromas of chocolate, licorice, coffee, brown sugar. Sharp initial hop attack, followed by those flavors. A touch of booze, in a nice sipping way. Made to pair with dessert or as late night sipper.
SoberDave (166) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice spicy aroma with a hint of cinnamon. Pours dark with a foamy light brown head. Full of flavour. Dark malts, chocolate, smoky roast nuts and black licorice. A little overwhelming by the end, not the most pleasant mouthfeel.
MrBlueSky93 (105) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Brewdog, Online.
Dark Brown, with red tints. Big off white head.
Smells of Coffee, liquorice, alcohol. Tastes much the same with dark chocolate also and roast malts.
nudiebear (148) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Shared with @Meilby. Thanks!!!
Poured a clear dark with a fair brown head. Smells of coffee and delicious darkness. Tastes oily, balanced and slightly sweet with a slight bitterness at the end. This is excellent.
tandembrauer (335) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Cardinal Den Store Juleøl Testen 2014. Pours black with small beige head. Aroma of liquorice, roasted malt, alcohol. Oily mouthfeel. Taste liquorice, salt, roastiness, sweet, alcohol.
MickieDee (24) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
659 ml bottle. Pours jet noir with a nice light tan head and lacing. Very well balanced. Taste oats, vanilla, licorice, raisins, caramel, and chocolate. Very tasty.
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78samh (181) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle pours dark, thick black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Taste is rich and thick. Toasty and smokey. A descent bitter aftertaste with a little booze burn. Very good imperial stout.