penguinjive7 (72) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a Duvel glass, this brew pours pitch black with about a half an inch of dark tan head.
Smell is mostly roasted malt and sweetened coffee blended with alcohol as it warms.
The dark roasted coffee flavor is dominant with a pleasant alcohol heat on the finish which is masked very well. There is also a hint of chocolate that comes through as it warms
A admirable offering by Saranac. I never really found their brews to be anything spectacular, but this is really a fine brew with is definitely worth the try. You can’t beet it for the value as well.
generallee08 (617) - New York, USA - JUN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours very thick and slowly into the glass. Its color is dark black with dark brown high lights near the edges of the glass. You could say that it has the appearance of used motor oil. The head is tan in color, thick and foamy. It has good retention and leaves behind light tan rings of lace. The aroma is full of dark roasted malts with a light herbal hops note off in the distance. The flavor has a deep roasted malt character with notes of dark toast, espresso, burnt caramel and baker’s chocolate. Hop flavors blend in well under the deep malty character of this stout and add a solid dose of bitterness. It is very thick, creamy and slick in texture with a full body and soft carbonation. This is defiantly a heavy hitter with good depth from the FX Matt Breweries Saranac line. The 9% abv. is well hidden and the silky smooth texture makes it an easy sipping full bodied beer.
Beerhunter111 (6900) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml Flasche. Ins Glas ergießt sich ein schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Schokolade, Kaffee. Geschmack röstmalzig süß nach Schokolade, Kaffee, leicht alkoholisch.
harrymel (1480) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle date: unk
A: pour a dark soily black ale with no head formation and a mirror surface. No lace.
S: prunes and malts. Faint, but pleasant.
T: Bitter and oxidized malts are not very pleasant. Have a burnt coffee flavor and small hints of licorice and honey.
M: Medium bodied (a bit low for the style) and moderate carb. Dry finish.
O: A little too burnt in profile for me. May have potential to develop over time, but not enough to justify the investment.
Serving type: bottle
RexTalionis (2356) - FINLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours dark brown in color with a creamy tan head. Roasted notes of coffee, some darker chocolate and light burnt notes in aroma. Taste is filled with coffee, licorice and slightly burnt chocolate. Even some sweeter notes as in raisins and brown sugar towards the finish.
Erzengel (2397) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Rating from 2010: Der Geruch ist angenehm malzig-süßlich. Im Antrunk vollmundig, süßlicher mit leichter Röstmalznote. Der Hauptteil ist wässrig-flach, leicht röstmalzig-süßlich. Für ein Stout zu flach, obwohl es mit den 9% viel Körper hat. Der Nachgeschmack ist lang, malzig-süßlich.
--> ganz ok, aber nicht umwerfend. Für Bierstil und Preis enttäuschend! --> 9/8/10/8
saxo (13833) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice creamy beige head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, bitter chocolate, hops, coffee and wood. Long bitter finish.
Niko100 (1946) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, coffee, & chocolate; Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and some hops; Decent.
thechandler (577) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a thick, dark-as-night black color with a thin medium-brown head. Aroma is light and malty. Pumpernickel. Flavor is dryyyy. Black coffee notes with a bit of dry hops in the background. Not bad, but not the best Imperial Stout I’ve had.
Wolfbass (891) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Da vedersi è splendida, con una bella schiuma color cappuccino che rimane a lungo e lascia le sue tracce sul snifter. Al naso più caffettosa, al palato decisamente cioccolata e liquirizia...
Rasmus40 (10631) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, light oxidated, a little dried fruit and a little alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. 190712