Sammy (7707) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 OK, you got me. That is, not one or two but 3 bottles sent by OKBeer. So I shared it out, more reviews and more fame for them. In a word, ovaltine chocolate milkshake. And a 5 on that. Great coco aroma, appearance, creamy taste and aftertaste--I mean 14 hours later, I am satisfied on chocolate. Not cloying, but sweet rather than bittersweet chocolate.
Not for everybody, as many want a balanced RIS, with noticeable bitterness or something opposite sweet.
Bobby, thanks again.
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 Re-rate, 1st batch from 4th week of January 2007 sampled 1 year later: Not much has changed. Flavour has a bit more fruit and raisin to balance out the roast and chocolate, but otherwise identical to my prior rating. I didn’t expect it to get any better, but it certainly has held up very well.
<i>When the Revolution comes, I will be the first to rate it!</i>
341 ml bottle. Completely opaque dark brown colour with a thin but mostly lasting tan coloured head. Cocoa, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and fruity aroma with a lightly acidic note and just a hint of alcohol. Dark chocolate, roasty, coffee, nutty, raisin, and molasses flavours with a roasty, fruity, and lightly acidic finish. Full bodied, chewy but soft mouthfeel. As Imperial Stouts go, this one comes across as a cross between Bieropholie and Harvey’s/A. LeCoq. And it works. Well done John Allen and crew.