JohnGalt1 (869) - , Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got this from Jake65 in a great trade and sharing it with a late night coworker.... Poured into my slim tulip and a thin brown head rises quickly and leaves nearly as fast. The brew is black.
The nose is rich dark fruits that mesh perfectly with dark malt and some lesser Belgian character.. "boozy raisinettes", does that sound interesting? It is in this beer. Some anise and possibly some clovey phenols.
Flavor does not disappoint.. thick and rich... cocoa, milk chocolate, a lot of golden raisins, lingering dark fruits... A bit of char/light smoke brings things back mid palate and lingers forever...
Body is medium/thick and inviting... velvety.. carbonation is on the light side.. surprisingly there is very little alcohol... This is very well done.. Just hints of yeasty Belgian notes that I honestly believe could be bloomed a bit more..
I am amazed how much I like this one... Boise stores should pick this one up... Really good... No Shit.
Not nearly as good as the best RIS out there, but certainly better than ANY Belgian Imperial Stout that I have had before... I am very.. VERY impressed.
raphael (1043) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at belmont station. never smelled a beer this alcoholic, add in belgian gas and burnt paper across the street. lighter in the mouth than expected, smooth & dry. flavor favors charcoal, with licorice, alcohol & dark chocolate, balanced finish
joet (2424) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown molasses candi sugar herbal creamy raisin. Backseat roast flavors. Fruit. Other esters.
TimE (4220) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black color. Black strap molasses, dark fruit tobacco and dark chocolate in the nose. Very enticing. Low carbonation, big strong Belgian yeast with lots of molasses. Rich, to the point of almost cloying but smooth and moderately sweet. Nice lingering dark fruit and dark chocolate finish. Bitterness is very low. Excellent t
MunBro (842) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this was special. Inky black pour with a foamy, dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malts and wild yeasts. The flavour was probably one of the most subtley complex I have experienced in a stout in some time. The Belgian yeasts provide a nice wild spicy flavour as a backbone to a huge roasted malt profile. Absolutely incomparable.
jsnicholas (411) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (22oz): Near black with small head. Aroma or roasted malts.. Medium body, light carbonation. Taste some bitter sweet chocolate. Nice
JanosX (46) - - JAN 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of chocolate& toffee. Flavour presents with a subtle current & surprising refreshing quality. Finishes clean and more in line with the aroma; semi sweet chocolate and caramel.
monk191 (1378) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice imperial stout overall. Pours a deep, thick black with a thick brown head. Smells of cocoa, coffee and vanilla. Taste starts thick and creamy, with some coffee upfront, followed by milk chocolate and some vanilla in the finish. Had in the bottle.
gam (3677) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium beige head dark mahogany like pour near black more charcoal really medium carbonation aromas malt chocolate caramel liquorice vanilla smooth coffee fruit the flavours dark fruit rich chocolate liquorice mildly roasted coffee caramel a burnt note syrup touch medium bitter goes wel with the sweetness the finish rich imperial bright tastes of hops malt bitter finish good on the taste buds
nealblind (1177) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown black pour fast dissipating tan head. Aroma coffee licorice magic marker, wood, cream. Tastes char very low carb. Licorice. Creamy palate.
Bahumat (139) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: 10/10. This beer smells like caramel banana bread, followed by coffee.
Appearance: 4/5, pours a cola brown with a thin mocha head.
Taste: 8/10. Complex despite the relatively thin mouthfeel, this beer tastes like it’s doing a lot despite not a lot of heft to the body. Toffee, rum, coffee, licorice, are the dominant notes, with subtler raisin and port wine notes. Finish is a long coffee-red-wine sort of finish.
Palate: 3/5. Thin mouthfeel for a stout, but creamy and silky nevertheless. Feels like this beer would be really improved with a bit more thickness and body. Gently active on the tongue and astringent.
Overall: 16/20. Boy this is an odd one, but pleasantly odd. Notable for the complexity of the flavors, and that long, long finish that really does taste equal parts coffee and red wine. Enjoyed it and would enjoy it again.