ej (1108) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a menacing, viscous black crowned by a large, dark-tanned, creamy looking head. Smells of leather and tar. Vinous with hints of alcohol, coffee and bitter chocolate. Taste is similar, full bodied with soft carbonation.
RobertDale (4958) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and dark fruit. Very good.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Black pour, big tan head. Good retention/lace. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, roast, espresso. Taste is bitter, dark chocolate, roast. Palate is soft, slick, bitter finish.
Leighton (17195) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home in Salisbury, CT - picked up about six months ago in NH. Pours thick, dark brown-black, somewhat oily with a large, deep beige head. The aroma gives off burnt malts, dark chocolate, hefty roasted malts. Medium to big sweet flavor with liquidy dark sugars, baking cocoa, bitter earth, burnt wood, some molasses, mild raisin and raspberry. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet, lightly warming finish with bittersweet cocoa, general dark chocolate, dry chocolate cake, dirt, lightly torched wood. Pretty robust overall.
lord_totenkopf (314) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black colour with small head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, very strong aroma. Very, very undiluted and oily, alcoholic with coffee-like bitterness, tinge is like fresh oak wood, malt, biscuit, maybe a touch of vanilla and some fruitness. This beer has something nice for every tastebud on your tongue. Great stuff!
ThreeCats (759) - ISRAEL - AUG 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a nice dark tan head. Aroma of roast, dark caramel, sherri, dark red fruit, coffee, chocolate. Taste of lots of roast, alcohol, ash, coffee, bitter chocolate. Carbonation a bit high, but still a very full mouth feel. Palate dry, roasty, and warming.
maltman53 (457) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2014 Bottle: Pours pitch black, with slight mocha, coffee aroma. On the palate, rich coffee, chocolate, slightly roasted malts. Overall, this is a good Imperial Stout but falls short in comparison to the North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, which is far richer. But I will say this beer hides its 10.2% ABV beautifully.
Niall73 (2413) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from CBC Brixton. Pours a dense black/brown with a tan head. Aroma is a bit of veg, choc, espresso, touch of leathery peat whisky. Full bodied and foamy. Big coffee, licorice, choc, rum, a bit smokey, boozy. Very nice.
solidfunk (6741) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice balance. Some great roast, smoked malt with booze and a little coffee. Pours thick but not syrupy. Black with mocha head and great lacing. Nice delivery, great on palate. Finishes bitter with nicely balanced caramel malt. Awesome. Bottle.
StevieT (1353) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with dark head, very thick. Quite a strong taste, with a yeasty aftertaste.