Muggus69 (2044) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355mL bottle 2014 vintage PKGD 10/20/14
Stunning looking stout - pitch black body, holds dense deep-tan head.
Intense nose; dark chocolate, espresso, treacle, licorice, some earthiness (hops?), with floral, citrusy hop.
Velvety smooth body, big but not cumbersome, chewy & long lasting.
Just what you want from a RIS - bucketfuls of espresso, dark chocolate, undertones of earthy, floral hops. Long finish, smooth, warming without being too evident.
Very tasty drop indeed. Missing that little X factor to put it up amongst the best Imp. Stouts though.
Scipio (820) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a medium with a medium brown head that settles very slowly. The aroma contains lots of roasted malts and coffee, along with lesser amounts of chocolate, caramel, and hints of licorice. The taste has a potent amount of roasted malts, and I find the advertised molasses as well. Coffee and chocolate undertones. Its kind of boozy at the end. Overall this is rather rich. Chocolaty, coffee aftertaste. More full in body, a slick, oily texture, and soft carbonation. This is a good, solid stout.
GJF (1507) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice. Oily black pour. Lots of roast malt up front but very smooth. Bitter finish. Well done.
Roger60 (193) - - FEB 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lund, Bangatan, SB flaska. Rostad malt och mild humlearom. Fint gyllenbrunt skum. Svart. Många smaker. Choklad rostad fin spritsmak. Kaffe mm. Mäktig. Inget för mass.
jc1762 (643) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2015
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a teku showing big black and thick with very little brown head despite an aggressive pour.
Aromas of overtly sweet caramel/molasses with a strong solid backbone of roasted malts and cacao. Light hints of coffee bean also. Nose is wonderfully complex but completely asymmetrical with the palate.
Light bodied and highly carbonated. The first impression gives the illusion of sweetness but immediately switches into extremely dark malts. Alcohol become more apparent upon warming up as a slight burn appears. A lot of strong burnt coffee bitterness appears immediately afterwards and on the finish. Unfortunately the coffee bitterness is overwhelming i.e. heavily burnt coffee. This would need significant barrel aging or aging in general to ease up the bitterness.
kraddel (5967) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap . Pours black, small grey head . Smell is bit bitter . Taste is rather bitter , some coffee , bit of oats . Thinner mouthfeel . Good carbo . OK beer , not sure why the fuzz is so big over this one though
nathan30533 (1016) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is quite the enjoyable brew. Pour is very dark with a light color head and the glass leaves little lacing. Smell is sweet of chocolates, roasted malt, and booze. This one is oh so sweet and oh so smooth. You almost forget it’s 10+%.
Hopmaestro (1234) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma has the old chocolates and the roasted malts, but there’s also a hint of alcohol and some fruits in there. The taste comes right up and poke you with its Narwhal tooth/horn/Pinocchio nose and a kinda sweet malt and dark dried fruits blends well with harsher malts and alcohol. The dry and bitter chocolate finish in this one almost makes yo feel thirsty after you had one.
Sdaniel90 (895) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JAN 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 355ml. Opaque dark brown with a creamy brown head and "smooth" lacing. Sweet, spicy aroma of roasted malts, with hints of dried fruits, molasses and a slight herbal mintiness. Smooth and creamy, but robust, with moderate to flat carbonation. Sweet and with a considerable bitter undertone. Magnificent roasted character well balanced with the fruity sweetness.Very impressive finish with lots of flavor and complexity with the alcohol well masked. An inmense brew.
mfhennig (276) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 2014. I’ll put one away and compared it to the 2015 edition. It’s almost black, no surprise there, a moderate light brown head. A slight caramel sweetness, a little coffee, some bittersweet chocolate. I had this beer for the first time last year and I liked it a lot, they don’t get much better. Try it if you can.