JanLaursen (2660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaske, 355 ml. Meget mørkebrun med et stort, frodigt og luftigt lysebrunt skum. Brændt sukker. Ristet malt. Let lakrids. Appelsin-noter- Nybagt rødbrød. Fuldfed krop. Lang eftersmag. Godnat.
Nidaros (20) - NORWAY - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vicously black with a quick failing mocca coloured head. Nose is mostly hops, dark berries, soy and leather. The tase is down the same line, sweet but not overtly cloying. Soy, leather, dark berries and some hops. Very nice and rich mouthfeel. This is for sure the best beer I’ve had from Sierra Nevada!
mjs (4202) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 0.355 l - 2013 vintage, from Systembolaget, 20140222) The beer poured black. Its head was quite large, light brown and it lasted long time. Aroma had hops, roasted malts and liquorice. Palate was medium bodied and dryish with medium carbonation. Flavours were burnt malts, liquorice, sweetness, hops, ash and bitterness. Aftertaste had liquorice and bitterness. Not an unsual imperial stout but the long aftertaste was nice: it avoided too intense burntness.
olio (5131) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle.
Pours pitch black color with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, some roasted malts, sweetish chocolate and faint sugary notes. Flavor of licorice, roasted malts, chocolate, some caramel and mild ashy notes. A bit sweet sticky palate, lingering roasty finish. Some alcohol burn at the end, but nothing disturbing. Quite heavy stuff.
laiti (4801) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle vintage 2012 @ olio, BBE 2285206:44
Aroma has cocoa, salty licorice and some herbal tones. Also hints of semi-dark chocolate. Flavour has salty licorice, some ashy tones, herbs and some semi-dark chocolate. Also distant coffee notes. Rich and smooth palate. Perhaps a bit too salty but rather nice still.
Kingi (441) - - FEB 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
very nice chocolate soft with hints of roasted coffee. aroma is much the same with maybe some more coffee. palate is flat , sticky, full body, fairly long chocolate light bitter finish.
Howlader (392) - - FEB 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle and also on draught. One of the best regular stouts out there. Possibly Sierra Nevada’s best beer?
Cuso (3662) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from coldbrewky, many thanks Steve. Almost black colored beer with medium beige head. aroma of roasted malt, licorice, coffee, dark chocolate. taste, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, nuts, wood, raisins. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Very tasty.
sneakychi (58) - - FEB 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ap: Black, small beige creamy head.
Ar: rather sweet, some vanilla, hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Hints of black currant. Some alcohol as it gets warmer. Nice!
T: medium to high bitterness, roastyness, some acidity from roasted malt.
P: full bodied not especially round mouthfell but rather sharp fizzy like feeling in the tounge.
czar (3683) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013 vintage. pours very dark brown with a small yet persistent creamy beige head showing some nice lacing patterns. burnt malts - overdone, strong coffee, smokiness, lots of blackberries along with roasted-like acidity, very ashy and almost powdery ashes, resin, molasses with their minerals, earthy. moderate to low carbonation, medium body - oily but not cloying, harsh resinous-bitter-coffee-mineral finish. boozy. not what i’m seeking for in a ris. DP.