Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
With grateful thanks to my learned off-sider, Bartlett. There’s just something about the bigger beers that I just fall for hook, line and sinker. This one is a good exemplar of Imperial Russian Stout with its inky body, coffee coloured head and aromas of Chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee, licorice and dark oak. In the silky, oily body there were flavours of the same with caramel roastiness and a definite savoury licorice note. It sat on the palate and developed slowly, alternating between sweet, vegetal, savoury, bitter, sweet again and moreish. It was difficult to imagine anything I didn’t like about this beer.
zvikar (4134) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
BBOTMC. Pours opaque black with a huge beige to brown head, aroma of coffee and chocolate with some fruity tones, flavor of caramel, coffee and chocolate with lots of alcohol, medium bodied
TEJA (2426) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big Brown head. Chocolate, red fruits and domen caramell on thé aroma. Beryktade big mouthfeel with a smoothies roasted taste and some alkoholen. To big to be enoyed in larger amoubts Tham ons glas.
kerenmk (4093) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Stas’ place. (2013 bottle, BBOTMC). Black with tan head. Smooth cocoa and a little dry aroma, rich, bitter dry taste. Smooth, full-bodied, dry bitter finish.
Buongiorgio00 (934) - - MAR 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Imperial stout assolutamente pazzesca, magistrale, forse il più buon prodotto di Sierra Nevada che abbia assaggiato fino ad ora. Corpo denso e cremoso, nero come una notte di sogni profondi, gusto intenso caratterizzato da profumate note di cioccolato fondente, caffé, malti tostati e una sfumatura intrigante di cocco, un carattere equilibrato tra dolce e l’amaro del caffé tostato, presenza alcolica ben mascherata. Birra magnifica.
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012, 12 oz bottle given as an extra. Smell of bourbon, oak, bitter chocolate, cocoa nibs. Flavor of whisky, wood char, hot cocoa.
jjsint (2334) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle originally from Bitter Virtue, Southampton. Black as any beer I’ve ever seen. Not a lot of carbonation and what there is dissipates quickly. Aroma of chocolate and pine resin. Wow, very hoppy for an imply stout and absolute heaven on the nose. Taste is sweet with a bitter finish, more hoppy - almost floral - flavours coming through along with the normal chocolate/coffee/liquorice flavours so common in strong stouts. This is a masterpiece.
MartzMimic (84) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark, dark black with a bubbly dark brown head that leaves quickly. Aroma of coffee, malt and plum. Big dark chocolate and coffee taste, along with touches of malt and alcohol. Mouth is thick, but incredibly smooth. This is a very nice stout.
dbeatdano (70) - - MAR 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2014 Bottle 2013. After 1 year cellaring, this beer’s coffee and chocolate characteristics are amplified. Any sort of sweetness is very subdued and it leaves a nice bitter chocolate palate. We’ll see what 3 years does to the next one. Highly recommend aging this because even after a year, the beer has become more enjoyable.
allmyvinyl (9458) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from Appellation Wines, cheers Ash! Pours jet black, thick brown head. Massive dark chocolate nose, creamy and inviting. Another big snort brings coffee, more rich chocolate. Taste is heavy and sweet, with some herbal hops and liquorice. Long dark chocolate sweet finish. Nice.