jjsint (2186) - 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 (9255) - 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.
haukur (1665) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAR 16, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malty aroma with hints of chocolate. Incredibly ordinary for the style. Medium bodied and a bit dry. Maybe too young? Dissapointed
Hansen (8333) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black beer. LIght brown head, medium duration. Roasted aroma, laqurice, lactic acid, complex. Sweet flavor, more comples flavors, laqurice, light brunt notes too. Biffer finish. Syrupy, dry texture.
brleo (78) - - MAR 8, 2014
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
For what it is, it’s fantastic. But even though I like dark beers, this one is just too dark.
Aroma is pungent, strong, piercing. Appearance is blacker than pitch - this is something you pave roads with; head is khaki-coloured. No light shines through this thing - this is pure pitch darkness.
Taste is overwhelmingly powerful, a full-assault on the senses. A tiny sweetness tries to sneak through the ridiculously roasted malt flavor. Lots of coffee, chocolate, bit of ash. This is heavy, heavy stuff.
At colder temperatures, it’s palatable, and not even bad, despite the fact that I’m a dry stout guy, not an imperial stout one. For what it is, it’s grand...just too much for me.
Philym (1003) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Black with cm thick tan head.
Aroma: Liquorice, treacle, spiritous, slight aniseed and floral.
Taste: Medium bitterness and sweetness, low/medium sourness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, medium body, low carbonation, lingering liquorice, aniseed, bitter sweet spiritous finish, with a final net of sourness.
Comments: Tasty and glass lace. Rating for 2012 bottle.
Uhlen (251) - Trondheim, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/borderline black pour with a small mocha head. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, raisins, honey and roasted barley. Taste is heavy on the sweet side and medium to low in bitterness. Smooth carbonation and long chocolaty aftertaste.
krumbum (927) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick black brown no reaction to light with a creamy tan head. Scents of raw dark chocolate. Great bitter chocolate taste with a light creaminess. Dark that fades to a little bourbon bitterness. Good Strong Dark.