Benzai (5881) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home shared with Dutchdrebus and Ansjelaah. Opaque pitch black color, average sized lightly tan head. Smell and taste malts, slightly a touch of chocolate, wood, lightly alcohol. Some liquor and dark and lightly roasted malts as well. Those come through a bit later. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Very nice!
ansjelaah (875) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gedronken met dutchdrebus en benzai. Donkerbruine kleur met een beige schuimkraag. Ruikt naar chocolade, caramel en een beetje koffie. Smaakt een beetje naar chocolade, zoet en roasty.
DutchDrebus (3124) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ benzai. Dark brown colour with a small off white head. Smells sweet, chocolate, caramel. Tastes chocolate, sweet, sugary, roasty. Medium body, nice carbo.
ComradeK (861) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a small beige head, which fades rapidly, leaving a little lace. Bittersweet cocoa, mocha and cream make up the aroma. Herbal and slightly discordant citrus hops up front give way to mocha coffee and mild bittersweet dark chocolate in the mid-palate. Black coffee comes in at the finish. This is not a bad beer, but for an imperial stout it is really lacking any wow factor.
MisoW (540) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown color, beige head. Aroma is chocolate, cherries, cocoa, roasted malt. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter, chocolate, cocoa, cherries. Nice bittersweet finish, hints of cherries and dark berries.
Garrold (371) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from York Beer and Wine. Clear, dark chestnut brown. Tan coloured halo on top. Aroma is licorice, dark fruits, a little vanilla sweetness. Taste is initially sweet, in a chocolately kind of way, followed up by a massive bosh of not entirely expected bitterness. One for a year or two in the cellar? Still enjoyable, though.
bluejacket74 (1133) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, bottle #5089. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a quarter inch tan head. Head retention and lacing is decent, and there’s an OK amount of lacing. Aroma is light but nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some dark fruit. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of a bit of licorice and coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, seems to me it’s thin for an Imperial Stout. It’s worth a try once, but I wouldn’t buy this again at $5.49 a bottle. Not a bad beer, but I think you could do better for the price.
Leighton (8791) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at ChrisO’s Great and Powerful Pre-GBBF Tasting - Are You Scottish Edition (London, 2013). Pours clear brown with a bubbly white head. Nose holds lots of baking cocoa, light roast and chocolate cake. Medium sweet flavor with dry, chalky cocoa, light earth, brownies. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Moderately sweet finish with more dry chocolate. Basic character but pretty well balanced and very tasty.
lopisar (127) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark Brown with latte colored foam. Heavy chocolate aroma and taste, Low bitterness but quite strong sweetness.
chrisv10 (9454) - DENMARK - SEP 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #1050 10%. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, medium sweet, hop and medium bitter.