ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Really looking forward to this one.
A: Pours a very dark red color. It’s so, so close to being pitch black, but not quite. The head is a two finger khaki shade. Retention is decent if not spectacular, and a nice layer of lacing is left behind.
S: This pops with chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some leafy hops...and a LOT of alcohol. This smells really boozy even for 10.2%, and it’s not a particularly refined alcohol presence. Even worse, it seems to detract from the rest of the brew. But of course, given the chance to warm up, all its alcohol calms down - slightly.
T: There’s no two ways around it - this mutha is harsh. Roasted malts open this one up, sandwiching a cream-laden coffee middle with its boozy, fruity finish. Some hoppiness appears in the aftertaste. I would have hoped that the alcohol would at least create some nuance and depth, alas no; it’s not dead simple, but it should be more complex considering. Giving it the chance to warm/open up doesn’t improve it much either. Maybe it makes it *slightly* less harsh.
M: It’s creamy and lush feeling, like an imperial stout should be. I’m also kind of glad it isn’t particularly dry finishing, because all it would really do is expose the alcohol even further. Carbonation isn’t really a factor.
O: This could be my biggest letdown of 2013. It had many things going for it to be topnotch - SN’s reputation, well received on BA, inexpensive - but in the end was nearly ruined by the generic harshness. My other bottles are going in the cellar; there’s a very good RIS underneath this all, and aging it may be exactly what the doctor ordered.
DanBurke (4) - AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2016 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Funny one this one because it reminded me of a homebrew I made. It needed 6 months aging but cost 15% of what I paid for this. That a bit unfair though. It’s the port of beers. A robust beer that was like a mad max car on idle.
Melkart (429) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - APR 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This malt-forward monster is bold – with notes of baker’s cocoa, molasses, and dark roasted coffee. This massive imperial stout is incredibly complex, rich, and intense and will develop in the bottle for years to come.
NBird (612) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks..black, brown hue around ring, sml brow head on pour.
Smells..rich malts, molasses, nuts, choc.. A little vanilla.
Tastes..really smooth rich choc malts.. some cocoa and liquorice, sweet and silky mouthfeel, maybe a hint of oak or woodyness. Pretty good.
ffbot (261) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 14, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Torpedo Room. Pour has a thin creamy head, creamy feel. Cherries, coffee, chocolate and leather smell. Taste is chocolate forward, sweet aftertaste with no complexity. Strange, that.
oldrtybastrd (4337) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark body. Aromas of bitter chocolate/espresso. Full flavored chocolate/coffee with a bite.
ston3s42 (160) - - APR 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite black with little head. Complex tastes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, alcohol and anise. Heavy body, good carbonation and a lasting aftertaste of sweet dark cocoa. A proper IS
AdolfoCC (79) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - APR 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Servida en Snifter.
APARIENCIA; de color completamente oscuro, no pasa nada de luz a través de ella. Corona de espuma color marrón, de un dedo de altura y baja retención, de burbuja compacta y abiertas al centro.
AROMA: Mucho tostado que predomina, granos de espresso y algo licorosa en la nariz.
SABOR: nuevamente el tostado es lo que predomina, espresso, cocoa y amargor moderado, queda esa sensación astringente del café espresso, sin embargo el alcohol percibido en nariz no es tan notorio en paladar. El retrogusto queda ese amargor moderado (60 IBU) ligeramente astringente y presencia cálida del alcohol en garganta.
SENSACIÓN: cuerpo moderado alto, no llega a ser totalmente cremoso ni completo, carbonatación baja.
RESUMEN: buena imperial stout algo diferente al resto, el sabor de tostado predomina sobre todo y puede a llegar a hastiar.
bergstaden (2098) - Rřros, NORWAY - APR 4, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a brown head - Roasted malt and some notes of coffee in the aroma - Roasted malt body with some coffee notes and a nice bitterness in the back - The roasted malt and bitterness goes into a long lasting finish - This was good
Enwiebe (261) - - APR 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4/4/16. Bottle from 8/15. Will benefit from sitting up for a while. A bit over the top in your face roasty and boozy notes. Chocolate and licorice notes. Huge potential. Just have to let it round out
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BlindGuardianco (66) - - MAR 29, 2016
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mild aroma, awesome body very smooth, strong flavor but with lingering notes, deep matando coffee, very very tasty beer, will buy again year 2014