Darkmagus82 (1998) - - OCT 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-31-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a black color with a small foamy brown head. The head fades rather fast leaving a light level of sticky and streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma of the beer is big of dark chocolate with a nice big smell of caramel and vanilla. They are joined by some other aromas of a roasted espresso and some light dark fruit smells. With a mild warming boozy aroma the mix of smells gives a very nice chocolaty and sweet dessert like aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with some milk chocolate and a nice roasted malt taste. Right from the start, there are some sweeter flavors of vanilla and caramel mixed with some lighter dark fruit flavors. As the flavor advances some of the sweeter flavors dwindle, transitioning the milk chocolate flavors to a more dark chocolate nature. Along with these changes, so too comes some coffee flavors to the tongue. They start out more mild in the middle, but as the flavor advances to the end they become more bitter and roasted taking on a more espresso like nature. Some sweetness seems to return to the tongue at the end, and is joined by a light char and boozy taste to leave a nice mix of chocolate, sweet, coffee, dark malts and booze to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is average. While a slightly lower carbonation may have been a bit better for the style, the thick body is quite fantastic for the flavors coating the mouth in all the nice dark and sweet flavors.
Overall –Overall the brew had a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, sweet, roasty and malty. A quite tasty and enjoyable imperial.
Lemke10 (888) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally drinking a bottle I’ve have in the fridge for a few years. This pours a pitch black color with a slight brown head. The aroma is filled with coffee, toffee, and robust tones. The flavor is big, bold, and full of flavors. This is a sweet, robust beer that delivers in the flavor category. This brew has really held up over the years I’ve had it. Maybe a little bourbon aging with help this beer *hint hint Jim Koch*
klas (358) - SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with brown rather big head.Aroma and taste of roasted coffe, chocolate and malts. Some sweetness and a bit alcoholic. Powerful and smooth at the same time.
alex_alkis (419) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s sad that a beer that smells so strong and beautiful didn’t had more to offer in the taste.
VastActiv (3940) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Janoinen Lohi, Helsinki. Originally rated 26052012. Colour is black with small head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.
rollsrace (65) - - AUG 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong alcohol start, bitter aftertaste like dark chocolate. It’s not creamy. Seems rather expensive for what it is
BillHick420 (440) - North Dakota, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a tight brown dark head with some lacing. Heavy chocolate and coffee on the nose. Sweet coffee, caramel, chocolate, Bailey’s, some alcohol. A bit too sweet for my liking, to little coffee aroma. Let’s see how this pairs with Rocky Patel 1990 Maduro...
bjakk (486) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - JUL 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with dark brown foam. Sour, caramel coffee in the aroma. Malt, caramel chockokalate with clear alcohol sweetness in the burned corn aftertaste.
zoucrew102 (864) - - JUL 6, 2014
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle, thanks Sevenhokie! Subtle coffee aroma followed by a hint of dark chocolate. Pours black with a thin light brown head and decent lacing. Thick, oily mouthfeel with dark chocolate to start. Roasty coffee flavor dominates the finish with that same coffee flavor lingering on the palate. Not a favorite.
Lawger (231) - SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rather muted in the beginning, then a reasonably dense aroma of coffee, japanese soy sauce, dark bread and dark chocolate. The palate is medium bodied, semi-sweet with a light bitterness. Slightly tame and lacking the kick of the best Imps.