BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What a unique beer: Not that overly impressive techniques, ingredients or unexpected results culminated in such a fantastic beer, but rather that I’ve never tasted anything like it. This is a hop monster, which leads me to believe I have a very fresh bottle on-hand. The aroma on this is piny/floral hops and licorice. That’s it. That’s all I get. Flavor is more of the same. Piny, bitter hop bite, dark fruits (from the hops), licorice and a hint of dark chocolate. Hints of mint and Jaegermeister??? The finish is dry and resiny. This beer tastes like a damn Christmas tree (makes mental note to pick up a couple extra bottles for the holiday). Body is medium. No alcohol burn. Aftertaste is almost asphalt-like, but not in an offensive way. I’m sure it’s roasty, but almost all aspects of imperial stout are masked by the copious amount of hops. This is the definition of an ager. I’d hope the coffee, caramel and chocolate flavors would eventually come through in a couple years, but maybe not as this puts any "Black IPA" to shame, IMO. A force to be reckoned with, but with a price tag to love. $5.50/22 oz.. Pretty good now. Should be fantastic with age on it.
wheresyourball (445) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap in Rochester; server proclaimed it "the best stout you can get for the money." Dark black pour with mocha head. Nose is coffee and caramel. Silky smooth mouthfeel with coffee, chocolate, caramel, malt, and medium carbonation. More bitter than sweet, but very good.
Ktwse (1465) - SWEDEN - APR 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with thick tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, molasses, syrup, earth. Taste is balanced vanilla and chocolate followed by rich coffee bitter that lingers. Body is rich and creamy with soft carbonation.
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Dazz3 (1476) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a big brown head. Smells licorice, dark chocolate, roasted malt, a bit sweet and barry. Tastes licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, a bit smoky and sweet with a roasted malt bitter finish.
Linnet (1029) - Umeå, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasty, chocolatey, coffeelike aroma, black colour, medium beige head, lacing.big bite, rich, noticable sweetness, ABV evident, but well integrated, very rewarding! Fullbodied, soft carbonation, bitter, roasty and salty finish.
rlgk (9371) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pitch black beer with a very nice lasting brownish head. Malty caramel aroma, roasted, dark chocolate, some earthy notes, licorice, cocoa powder, some vanilla, figs, tar notes. leather, some coffee. Roasted chocolate and coffee flacvor, dark chocolate, figs, some hoppy bitterness, licorice, salty notes, earthy, some cream and toffee. Extremely drinkable with alcohol very well hidden, full bodied and with a pleasant balnaced finish bringing chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, licorice, salt and some toffee. Really nice beer.
Ed5388 (1718) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at AC Beerfest (2014). Poured pitch black in color with a thick frothy tan head. Aroma of fudge brownie mix, roasted malt, and caramel. Taste of bitter roasted coffee, dark chocolate, earth, and sweet caramel.
cbfobes (2149) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 22oz bomber, 2014 edition, pours black with a thick brown head and lacing through out the entire glass, aroma is very roasty, touch of dark chocolate mixed in with a hint of coffee, sweet for sure, flavor has a roasty front end with a finish of bitter chocolate and booze, pretty sweet through out as well, mouthfeel was a little disappointing, pretty sweet but has a hoppy finish at the same time, hmmm, not blown away but still ok I suppose.
dnstone (2111) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really a fantastic stout. Black in color with a solid tan colored head. Sweet roasty aroma. Chocolatey roasty flavor finished with a solid hop character.
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rxeight (1041) - Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic roasty stout that is maybe only a hair behind expedition and founders imperial.
Chudwick (1782) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 vintage bomber into Le Duvel - Nose is dark fruit and roasted malts/chocolate. Second whiff adds pine. Sips reinforces the roasted character leaning towards coffee. The main bitterness I get is of the dark chocolate kind and some sweetness, leading to a generally balanced taste. Long coffee finish with dry lips. Can’t really detect 9.4% ABV’s worth of booze. Latent pine/resin hop kick.