Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2005 Nice imperial. Maybe just a little sweet and the body is a little thin. Aroma is kind of thin also with notes of toffee, coffee and some caramel. A little too seet up front but the coffee bitterness helps balance it our. Can’t really drink too much of it. Maybe just a bit dissappointing but only because it’s Pizza Port Solana we’re talking about; one of the best breweries in the world IMO. ReRerate 050505 bottle: Better than when I first had. Sweetness seemed to mellow a bit. Be careful while pouring it, it has a very aggressive tan head. Coffee dominates at first, but fades to an outstanding cherry, slightly sour twang. Aroma is burting with purple grape juice, cherry and toffee, and chocolate. Wow,I’m glad I bought a couple bottles.
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.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Vintage. 22oz bottle. Pours a black with brown hues, small diminishing mocha head. lacing is minimal. Aromas are minimal, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Flavors are the similar, coffee, roasted malt, bitter cocoa, some hops, some heat from the booze. Palate is thinner than expected. It will be interesting to try the Barrel Aged version next July.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep, dark brown (damn near black) with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, dark fruits, smoke, and cinnamon
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Capone’s. Nearly-black pour with a thick, fluffy brown head. Aroma is rife with tons of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is just about what you’d expect from the nose. Rich, full chocolate flavor. Coffee is noticeable but not overpowering, and doesnt provide an unnecessary amount of bitterness. Great roastiness. Full, creamy body. Definitely a sipper. Hard hitting but without any hint of the high alcohol. Awesome.
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
spicy cocoa caramel and smoke,maybe a resiny bit of hops...dark brown no light passes through with still and lasting tan head..wow this is strong..espresso,caramel,liquor,cocoa and a tinge of resiny hops..full bodied with a creamy and slightly sticky feel,well carbonated with a lasting cocoa/coffee aftertaste..overall..it tastes good and will warm you up,BIG impy stout
klas (322) - SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget (99 SEK). Very powerful and good, but a bit too pricey.
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Santa’s Little Helper 2009
Pours black with some reddish tinge around the edge of the glass. No head to speak of. Oily as hell. Aroma of teriyaki sauce, molasses, alcohol, dark fruit and a smidge of smokiness and chocolate and whatever else you can throw into it. Flavor is slightly bitter with sweet malt, coffee, raisins and the kitchen sink. Holy shit. Good beer and it reminds me of Avery’s Mephistopheles with less booze. Great value.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Bomber. Thanks to WeeHeavySD. Pours an extremely dark black color with a dark tan head on top. Aroma is full of roasted barley, chocolate, licorice, and roasted malts. Flavor is roasted barley and sweet chocolate mostly. Hints of coffee come in as well as caramel, vanilla, and hops. This beer is pretty smooth from start to finish, only hints of alcohol sneak in. A lingering flavor of chocolate and licorice sticks to the tongue. Wow, this is a damn good Imperial Stout.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black body with a thin beige head. The aroma is very roasty, but there’s a strange celery notes I can’t get past. Some chocolate and coffee as well. The taste is kinda weak, but has hints of coffee, cocoa, molasses, soy sauce, and brown sugar. Overall it’s not bad but it’s not up to Tomme’s level at all.