ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2012 Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a borderline pitch black color that does a good job of obscuring the light. I love the quality of the head, itís a two finger mocha color featuring wonderful frothy thickness and impressive retention.
S: It smells more like a good Pinot Noir than a RIS in my opinion - and yes, thatís a compliment. Thereís a fantastic fruity depth to it, loaded with raisins, figs, black currants, ripened grapes, plums, and cherries. Beneath the the melange of fruit lies a subtle undercurrent of chocolate.
T/M: This doesnít have the robust roast profile of other imperial stouts. Instead, the dark fruits from the smell immediately make themselves apparent on the tongue. Has a wonderful vinous quality to it. The fruity opening provides nice complexity as the dark fruit and lighter fruit constantly battle for dominance on the palate, with one never overpowering the other - almost reminscient of a good Belgian ale. Chocolate and caramel appear on the midtaste. The finish is vinous with slight dryness/bitterness which does a fantastic job of complementing the initial silky smoothness. Through the progression of the beer, the slight favor towards sweetness turns into a more neutral character as the dryness and (slight) astringency builds up on the tongue. There are a couple of niggles, the aforementioned lack of robustness, and the flavor profile doesnít linger the way I want it to in a RIS. Still, a fantastic brew. Finally, the carbonation is low.
O: Itís not like the typical imperial stout Iím used to, but its vinous characteristics combined with some of the flavors the dark malts provide (such as chocolate) make this such an enjoyable sipper (but itís not a chugger by any means, even if itís only 7%!) Itís a world class imperial stout I can get for $4 a bottle. Enough said.
mike_77 (2451) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of sweet dried fruit and roasted malt. Flavour has strong roast malt but not extremely bitter. A degree of chocolately sweetness is present too. Slight metal in the finish but otherwise a great beer.
kramer (4379) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Another in my quest for the top 100 most rated beers. Pours a clear dark brown, almost black, body with a one finger fizzy light brown head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is very sweet with tons of burnt caramel. Some roast, chocolate pudding, and a light rubber note. The flavor is not crazy sweet, but thereís a fairly heavy caramel component under the burnt and roasty notes that come out a bit heavier on the finish. Not much in the way of hops or alcohol in this one. Certainly different than what we have become to expect from an Imperial Stout these days in America. Medium bodied, on the thinner side for the style, with soft fizzy carbonation. Interesting to come back and visit some of these beers that I thought were tops back in the day. Not something I think Iíll revisit again for a long while.
martin00sr (30) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sort med fint skum. Ristet malt og masser af lakrids. Lav behagelig carb og god eftersmag med pśn humlebitterhed.
danielecamo (354) - ITALY - DEC 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In bottiglia. Aroma di liquirizia, caffŤ, tostato, non molto fine ma abb persistente. al palato dapprima il tostato seguito da cioccolato amato e un finale con una punta di liquirizia. Nota alcoolica evidente ma non eccessiva.
Cyran (9) - POLAND - DEC 11, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Intensive chocolate and coffee aroma, but also some caramel and dark fruits. Pours black with really nice beige head which unfortunatelly doesnít last till the end. Taste is not exatcly what I expect from lower extract RIS, but there are intensive chocolate and coffee (also lasted as a aftertaste) some roast. Low carbonated, OK. General, not as great as I wanted it to be, but as an old recipe which won medals in XVIII and XIX century is perfect.
GraveAtSea (53) - Lublin, POLAND - DEC 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Almost black color with nice and huge brown foam. Aroma - roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, a bit dark fruits. Complex taste - dark chocolate, black coffee, roasted malts. Pretty, chocolate, long, warming finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Good example of gentle RIS.
Ozckr (16) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
coffee, chocolate, resin, raisin, black, hazy, brown foam, rocky head, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, full body, creamy, average carbonation,
rhyshewer (51) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Blackcurrant, plum, tobacco, slightly roasty and sweet. Develops coffee and chocolate.
Appearance: Black with small tan head
Taste: Sour with a mild rounded coffee taste. Hoppy edge.
Palate: Medium bodied, slightly creamy with medium carbonation.
Overall: Lovely fruity smelling, looks delicious. Could do with a slightly bigger taste, but a great beer.
AbbeyRoade (203) - Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma and matching flavors of dark chocolate, tobacco, dark fruit, and some slight coffee-esque notes. Tobacco notes turn me off here. Good body. Alcohol is noticeable which is a downer.
StevieT (207) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong coffee aroma with a hint of yeast, smooth with malt and chocolate flavours. Not the strongest or thickest imperial stout but still a great beer!