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.
rouhlas (1161) - GREECE - JUL 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. Black color with beige head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate and coffee, caramel, light dark fruits. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
VRH (56) - Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the tap at Beverage World, this pours beautifully dark with a nice light chocolate mousse coloured head that recedes to a persistent ring. This ale is well bodied, crisp but richly flavoured with aromas of cola, tart plum skin, and coffee followed by flavours of cocoa, dark dried fruit, and some creamy vanilla, with molasses, hints of brown sugar, and smokiness. The palate is smooth and full with with a nice body and a lingering dry finish. Excellent.
msbernac (1116) - Krakow, POLAND - JUL 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma-caramel, chocolate, coffee,
Appearance-black, brown foam, hazy,
Taste-light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour,
Palatefull body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish,
Saeglopur (1053) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JUL 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle vintage 2013, shared by Werckmeister, thanks a lot!<i/>
Black body, with a medium, creamy, coffee colored head.
Aroma of espresso, dark chocolate, liquorice, dark fruits, some alcohol.
Tastes of coffee, wood, dry cocoa, liquorice, subtle dark fruits, wood.
Medium, creamy mouthfeel, with a soft to average carbonation.
Finishes dry, roasty, with coffee, liquorice, wood, cocoa.
Tasty. A traditional, very straight, dry Imperial Stout, with coffee and liquorice notes. Not as complex as others, but pleasant. Strong, while alcohol is well hidden.
Werckmeister (895) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle at home shared with Saeglopur from trade with Nische, many thanks. Vintage 2013. black color, medium big coffee-colored head. smells of malty roast, lightly sour, some smoke, bitter chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, raisins, peat, a bit milky. very nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, full mouthfeel. tastes rather glueish, alcohol, ash, malty roast, a bit smoky, spices, coffee, bitter chocolate. finishes dry with ash and bitter chocolate. quite nice, very lovely smell, taste is a bit harsh though, with glueish notes, ash and light smoke notes. finish again is very good though. Overall I like it though.
77ships (5411) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355 ml. bottle obtained in a trade with tlahav. Thanks! Split by 2. Black, little mocha head. Nose is coffee, lightly vinous, coffee, liquorish, herbal, light red grape,… Taste is red grape, sour molasses, liquorish, herbal, bread, quite bitter, soy sauce, light coffee, touch red grape, a bit too vinous for me, tad sour coffee,… A tad lighter body. Not bad but I definitely expected more, above average for an USA stout of reputation.
Aggiebob (285) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Black color with tan head. Strong roasted malt / coffee flavor. Well balanced.
hackobock (2181) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
June 23, 2015. Bottle at home, vintage 2013.
Black with a medium sized creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, licorice and earthy notes. Taste is medium sweet, earthy chocolate, licorice, with a light to medium bitterness. Finish is medium bitter with chocolate, roasted malt. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
lesifflebiere (1475) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Version 2014. Texture mi-épaisse, assez carbonatée, d’un noir parfaitement impassible, et couronnée d’une mousse couleur d’érable. Le nez est classique, de café et de chocolat noir. Un brin âcre en début de gorgée, elle dévoile vite ses richesses, chocolat liquide mi-amer et café moka velouté. Les houblons tranchent bien la rondeur des malts en finale, avec un côté fumé qui conclut le tout. Très bien faite, tout en étant située en territoire franchement connu.
Whatup14 (1079) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bouteille au Mondial 2015. Couleur noire opaque, mousse moka. Arôme de malt torréfié, alcool, chocolat, mélasse. Goût de malt torréfié, alcool, chocolat noir, touche de café, bonne amertume. Carbonatation moyenne, corps moyen-dense.