Jur (284) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lovely dark brown pour with with modest of-white head.
Not a very big nose or taste though.
I miss some roastiness and itís fairly sweet. Not a bad beer, but expected a bit more.
kidmartinek (3623) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2008
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I had this a the brewery tour in boston. I remember it was quite strange. I poured almost black with no foam. It was runny like water. The taste was sharp and very dry and bitter.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at EBF on 2/10/07
Dark brown with dull greyish-black hues and just a hint of violet on the edges. Light tan head is medium-sized and sticks to the top of the liquid. Well-conditioned and showing medium-high clarity despite the darkness of the liquid. Light lacing in patches is left on the glass.
Smooth medium-dry chocolate in the nose is polished with light, tastefully done lactic notes and strong cocoa powder. But it dosent come off powdery, as rather a sticky, lightly vinous/liquorous dark fruitiness mixing with sticky caramel helps keep things more sumptuous. It stays moderately dry, with a touch of breadiness and acidity on the finish, flecked with more dry chocolate and vinousness. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma that really opens up with warming. Unfortunately, a bit of sharp alcohol vapors are detectable as well, quelling some of the maltiness in the nose.
Dry, well-attenuated, but equally well-malted flavor incorporates more of a dry porter-like profile than that of an Imperial Stout. Though itís not heavy on the roastiness, all of the dry chocolate, anise, and lactic-like notes really donít make you think of the sweet, extremely layered maltiness of an Imperial stout. Light vanilla and cocoa, with a very delicious streak of chewy chocolate/caramel-covered dark fruitiness (grape-currants-elderberry sort of thing). Some light lacquer-like alcohol notes towards the end slightly strip the palate of its depth and take things probably a little too dry. But itís not glaringly obvious. Medium carbonation keeps it tolerably drinkable. Yeast is too clean, a nice lager bite on the end would be appreciated.