Sammy (9981) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tremendously satisfying and complex RIS, thanks to Maria.no way overhoppy. The taste is mostly of chocolate initially, followed by coffee. Bitterness is there but well managed by the other ingrediants. Black with minor head. Thick and a sipper.
Rune (9661) - 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).
DSG (9317) - Tel Aviv, - JAN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Jacob for this bottle! Black-colored with no head. Alcoholic chocolate aroma with some dark fruit liqueur-like notes. Sweet chocolaty flavor with light fruity notes and a drier roasty finish with some coffee. Flat, full-bodied and oily. Pretty nice.
jercraigs (9041) - 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
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black beer, rich aroma with lots of earthy roastiness in the nose. Very dusty as well. Chewy licorice and heavy roasted malts. Charred malts over a fairly thick but simple base. Seems quite European in style.
Borup (8977) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with a nice big beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and spice.
JorisPPattyn (8795) - Ursel, 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.
3fourths (8795) - 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
MartinT (8736) - 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.
Fin (8699) - 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