god (18) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Often imperial stouts are too sickly malty for me or just ridiculously bitter for no reason. This one is well balanced with a fruity, acidic taste to counter the stout "richness". Very well rounded and changes character nicely as it warms. I was very surprised to find the bottle clear when finished pouring. Over-priced for what it is. Wimpy, short lived head. Uninvolved smell.
wozap (620) - Węgorzewo, POLAND - MAY 21, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Butelka w końcu daty do 04.2016 Czarne, na brzegach lekko prześwitujące, piana brązowa, drobna, zostaje obrączka. Aromat to czekolada, pralinki, i nuta szlachetnego alkoholu. Smak to gorzka czekolada, trochę kawy, raczej wytrawne z paloną nutą na finiszu. Średnie nasycenie.
tricksta_p (2987) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Aroma is roasted malt, liquorice, caramel, dark chocolate, espresso, touch of raisins. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Body is medium to full. Not the most full-flavoured Imperial Stout, but it has great drinkability and I can see why it’s a classic of the style.
phfyysik (441) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 18, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is black currant juice, vanilla, red wine, chokeberry, some metal, sourness. Taste is currant juice, oily, coffee, roast, cream, some dark chocolate, alcohol. Quite weak taste for imperial stout and ABV is not hidden.
suurjuust (2635) - ESTONIA - MAY 18, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black beer, big brown head. Nose is mildly bready, vague chocolate and coffee, caramel, but again, vague and weak. Flavor is roast, some metallic hints, coffee, some warmth from the alcohol. Finish has some more roast and alcohol warmth, chocolate and caramel. The finish is the best thing about this beer, as are the chocolate retronasals. OK, the aftertaste with lingering hop-tinged chocolate is pretty nice too. Smells unremarkable, and the first two thirds of the taste are also unremarkable. An odd one, but not bad.
bursprak (2079) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home, split two ways. Almost black pour with a light tan head. Loads of roast, bitter coffee, some dark chocolate and light licorice.
LLaurin (221) - Motala, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2016
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nose is fruity and almost herbal. Taste slight sweet maltiness with toffee and touch of coffee. Thin on the palate and not very creamy. Good but no sensation.
Evilkniamhel (344) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle courtesy of Johnny Horn. Pours opaque jet black with a lovely deep brown head. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, raisins, spiced rum. Boozey yet balanced on the palate, complex and very smooth.
MarinEvelyn (785) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet, tart, dark chocolate with cherries and raspberry. Sweet, raisin tart taste with a little dry finish. Alcohol.
beerbaaron (1925) - Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a dissipating light brown head. Molasses. Chocolate. Caramel. Licorice. Alcohol. Earth. Some fruit. Moderate roast. Some coffee. No bitterness. Some sweetness but certainly not unbalanced. Bigger medium to lighter full body. Complex. Smooth. Excellent drinkability. Rare for the style.
Fle4 (6) - - APR 21, 2016 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
coffee, chocolate, resin, smoke, black, minimal head, umami, full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long finish,