kustie (790) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Opaque color with tanned head. Aroma has ripe fruits, malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste is malty with long somewhat bitter and a bit sweet aftertaste. Flavors of roasted malt, caramel, salted licorice, coffee.
Aherbelste (72) - - MAR 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great Imperial Stout. Pretty unique... Samuel Smith’s style. Right in the old tradition... just pure barley malts, bitter hops, and just enough roasted malts to create the characteristic aroma and color.
Sni (17) - AUSTRIA - MAR 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with frothy, brown foam. Slight caramel aroma. Medium sweetness, lightly bitter. Full creamy, body, lively carbonation, long finish.
Bubeer (303) - - MAR 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Impenetrable dark brown. Thin brown head with low retention. Aroma intensity 3.5/5. Notes of toast, butter, malt and chocolate in the nose. Medium sweet with underlying bitter. Full body. Interesting structure
Kauge (1530) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Uba ja Humal in Tallinn (€ 3.60). BB Nov 2016. Pours chestnut brown, appearing black in the glass, with a beautiful, nicely lacing and retaining thick tan head. The aroma is roasted malts, a bit sweet of the sugar, chocolaty in a way like cocoa powder, nutty. Between 6 and 7. Gets somewhat buttery even, so 6 it is... Tastes sourish sweet with little bitterness, roasty and chocolaty. Again, 6 to 7... Body light and nearing watery, too bad about that... No residual sweetness, which is nice, but lacking strenght, oomph, kick... Carbonation near flat. Dry ashy finish. Some alcoholic (or aniseed-y?) vapours arise when it’s lukewarm. Overall? Might be a classic, but I’m hardly a fan of such ’tame’ and dryish Stouts with little hops. I’m not saying it’s not good though, it kinda is! : )
likeatrainwreck (421) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At 7% this is an awful lot weaker than other imperial stouts... in fact I doubt a lot of breweries would name it so... but this has massive flavour for a relatively low ABV. Thick and rich, loads of roast, perfect balance of bitter sweet. Really good beer.
MGantzel (193) - Aalborg, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Denne Imperial Stout har et mørkt udseende med et svagt hvidt skum. Øllen har en sød aroma og smager af lakrids, chokolade, kaffe og med noter af nødder, samt sød i smagen. Medium karbonering.
DerGantzel (291) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of roasty malt, chocolate , coffee and liquirice as well as fruity notes. Black with a beautiful brown head. Medium sweetness well balanced with bitterness. Taste of chocolate and liquirice. Soft carbonation, medium-full body, creamy texture. Great stout!
ametras (1250) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
550ml bottle. Black with a foamy beige head. Flavors are roasted/toasted cereals, milk chocolate, vanilla, raisins, licorice and molasses with nutty and woodsy notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth texture.
ryecatcher (1319) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
550mL bottle. Opaque, stouty brownish-black pour with a rocky, mocha colored head with excellent retention. Nose is roast, toffee, cocoa, butterscotchy diacetyl . Mouth is medium bodied for a stout, bittersweet, dark malts, hints of vanilla, butterscotch, toasted pumpernickel, a bit watery palate. 20 years ago I would’ve been impressed by this, but after all these years and so many examples of the style to compare and contrast, this one comes across relatively boring and average. Drinkable, but unremarkable.