abstractbeer (241) - NORWAY - MAY 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gigantic bottle, acquired in a trade with ClubGonzo! Pours an expected very black beer, with a nice little light brown head. I can immediately smell chocolate, something strawberry-like and some leather notes. I’m already pretty sure this will be great. Oh yeah. The flavor is long, long, long and complex! We start out in a bitter kind of chocolaty leather landscape, then we move into licorice, and finally, as the finish slowly dawns on me, a glorious coffee flavor reveals itself, surrounded by nuts and chocolate. Now ain’t that a pretty picture? Oh, and there’s some fruitiness dancing around as well, during all this. A slight hint of red berries (raspberries?) and perhaps some pear. And some roasted flavors as well, yeah, definitely. And vanilla notes too, in the aftertaste. Wow, this one just keeps on giving! The aftertaste just won’t go away! Lovely mouthfeel as well, kinda oily/creamy, but not too much. I appreciate the soft carbonation which I think is very appropriate here. My only "complaint" is that it’s maybe a tiny bit too bitter, but I’m quite sensitive when it comes to bitterness so that’s probably just me. It doesn’t bother me though. All in all: A great imperial stout, if you ask me! Complex, great flavor and surprisingly easy to drink. I never would have guessed this one packs a healthy 10 % abv!
chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber. dark and smooth. pretty delicious. dig this winter seasonal.....wish it wasn’t seasonal. appreciate the long bitter finish.
Sparf (239) - Östersund, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mjuka kraftiga rostade toner, men inte så stor doft. Aning kaffe och choklad. Alkoholen slår igenom en aning.
Så gott som ogenomskinlig vätska med dragning åt en vacker rödbrun färg i botten av glaset. Tätt skum med lång halveringstid.
Rejält besk och mycket kraftig rostning. Även viss rökighet. Små bubblor i en tämligen rik kolsyremiljö ger en silkeslen känsla och fyllighet.
Torr avslutning i klassisk stout-stil, men med längre och beskare eftersmak än vanligt.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate, burnt malt, hint of spice and licorice. All the makings of an excellent imperial stout, but it all falls short on the thickness and fullness of hop malt balance. Oaked Yeti is the standard of readily available outstanding imp stouts in my book and SLH heads in this direction but unlike the little engine that could never gets past the "I think I can..." Many thanks to WeeHeavySD for this and other San Diego treats.
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unimpressed compared to the ratings. Not a very strong aroma and compared to many imperial stouts.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours such a dark brown that it appears to be black. Very nice. One-finger coffee colored head of foam. Minimal retention and not much lacing, at all.
Nice big roasted malt nose with big woodiness, also. Lots of dark fruit notes, cherries and figs, mostly. Scents of coffee mingle with chocolate and caramel. Very slight booziness.
Very nice roasted malt flavor with a slight caramel sweetness. Big chocolate notes with a fair amount of roasted coffee flavor. Notes of fig, with hints of raisin and cherries. Very mild spice bite. Traces of wood smoke and molasses.
Nice and complex. Very tasty.
Nice medium bodied brew. Not quite oily, but getting close. A little heftier body would greatly enhance this one.
For me personally, this is a very drinkable brew. Then again, I love Imperial Stouts, though. This one is a good solid example of the style, flavor-wise.
aleph (231) - - APR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Black pour, thick coffee head with some hints of red-brown. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, malts, all with a bitter finish. Medium-full bodied, low carbonation.
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle, pours black with enormous dark tan head and excellent lacing. Taste of sweet roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, molasses and toffee.
BrianWillum (229) - Præstø, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fra Ølsmagning: "Naturlig mørk cremet aroma, dufter af nyt bøgetræ. Kulsort øl med tykt skum der forsvinder moderat. Rolig, tyk øl og bestemt anbefalelsesværdig."
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked some up at the release of Older Viscosity. Pours black with a moderate creamy tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, some dark fruit, but just a little. Taste, it starts of with lots of bitter sweet coffee and then comes a booxy sort of bittersweet chocolate. Nice mouthfeel and very nice overall.