3fourths (7767) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Sampled in a blind 25 imperial stout tasting, Feb 2008
Fruity and sweet candied nose of cherry, plum, and some grassy hops. Thick, resinous and frothy, mildly hoppy/bitter, with some mildly sweet chocolate syrup, black cherry flavoring, and overall low levels of roast/char/ash, which I prefer. The chocolate note had me guessing Foothills, but I was wrong. One of the better showings in the tastings.
7/4/7/4/15 = 3.7
JorisPPattyn (7673) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge beige head; jet-black beer. USA C-hops; dry, grapefruit, grapes, hop bales. Hops, liquorice, meaty esters, dark roasted grains, ending in drop and very dry. Well-bodied, slick and viscous; tinge of alcohol. Dry à souhait . Very good, American-typed (hyped?) Imperial Stout.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This unctuous Imperial Stout creates a very enjoyable sipping experience with its fruity molasses and hoisin sauce-like sweet spiciness that seamlessly leads to the synchronized splash of roasted malts, piney hoppiness and alcohol warmth.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy layer of foam laces atop the dark brown-tinted blackness.
-Carbonation is quite soft, letting the plump dextrins take a lot of room on the tongue.
-The sweet spiciness is also redolent of vanilla.
-I found the last half of each sip (that aforementioned splash) is more compelling than the first (mostly body and sweetness).
-The aroma is a tad too simple for my tastes, and does not showcase that last half of each sip much, focusing on light chocolate and molasses.
-Malt flavors could be more complex, even though their caramel develops interesting spicy angles when paired with the yeast and hops.
-The finishing bitterness lingers nicely.
Bottle; best before 07/05/2009.
jercraigs (7294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011-01-29. Black body leaves an oily film on the glass, modest foamy tan head. 4+ Modest roasty aroma, light alcohol, sweet malt. 7+ Flaovur is fairly bitter, both from a bit of roast and a good helping of hoppy bitterness. Malt core takes a back seat to the hops, but it has a lovely caramel/sweet malt moment in the middle somewhere. 7+ Smooth average palate. An enjoyable imperial stout, somewhat simplistic at times but fairly drinkable. Bottle via trade with Vertical Bacon Strips
Rune (7221) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
250ml draught at Plan B, Copenhagen. Short brownish layer over a deep ink-black body. Very rich in aroma and flavour. Dark fruits and notes of liquorice in aroma. Dark hopped flavour paired with bitter chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Spices play a part, too. Winey mouthfeel and full bodied. Pretty masked alcohol. A real pleasure to drink this one (02.06.2008).
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Papsoe: Mostly opaque pour with dark mahogany edges and a spotty, full-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel malt with some earthy piny hops and a touch of roasty dark malt. Body starts with some sticky sweet dark caramel malt and some earthy flavor hops along with a nice, earthy, rich, lingering dark chocolate finish. An enjoyable and well-balanced imperial stout.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 A Mes rate: Bottle @ Københavnske Øldage.
Opaque black with a tan head and plenty of chunky lace. One of the best looking beers I have seen. Wonderful rich aroma of spicy dark chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Flavour is sublime. Incredible balance with both malt and hops in abundance. Liqourice and dark chocolate, roasted coffee, more spice and a glorious smoky note. Body is about as full as you get. Totally over the top but so mellow, refined and smooth. Alcohol is there but only a slight hint. Finish is more roasty coffee. Stunning beer.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, BB 5/7/09. Poured near black with a thicker cap of tan head. The aroma was heavy with dark chocolate, licorice, and soy.. heavy roast with a brighter, earthy hoppage on the back of the nostrils. The flavor found well-roasted coffee, chocolate, and licorice at the core with a good deal of the hoppage present on the edges (earthy, citrus, and floral notes all came through).. the finish had some oaky sourness and more licorice. Heavier-bodied with moderate carbonation and great balance from the bitterness.. lenghty, enjoyable finish.
Fin (6881) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that the brewer kindly gave to me when I visited the brewery in Denmark back in Sept 08, along with the shirt off of his back, many thanks to Mr Raasted youre a gentleman. Pours pitch black with a light beige head, mmmhhh this is wonderfully hoppy and fascinating to try straight after the Brewdog Isle of Arran. There is a nice juiciness from those North American hops that gets stuck straight into the roasty bitter snap. This stuff like the Brewdog beer is very thick leaving an oil slick down the glass. You drink this and wonder whether in the way that you get garlic breath from partaking off too much garlicky food whether this could happen with the hops, I do a hoppy burp and ponder that one, great stuff. A 7 A5 F8 P4 OV16 4.0
DruncanVeasey (6800) - NUNEATON, Top 5, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Briskeby Vinmonopolet, Oslo. Oily pitch with a yellowy rim. Aroma coal, Marmite, carbonised toast, oaky sweetness. Deep, mellow and thoroughly roasted with an underlying apple yeastiness, custard on burnt toast, lingering pistachio cinders. Clinging and burnt, some retronasal high alcohol and tongue-numbing booze. Earthy and burnt, but mellow.