ianhuntley73 (21) - - JAN 22, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a viscous looking midnight black in color w/ a 2 finger medium brown head that left heavy, sticky lacing on the glass for days. Aromas of charred malts, burnt brown sugar, dark chocolate, molasses, smokiness, and that unique vanilla marshmallow note. The taste starts off w/ sweet molasses, vanilla , and charred malts up front, leading into peated smokiness, and finishing w/ a good amount of herbal hop bitterness. Full bodied and creamy w/ adequate carbonation. Definately a sipper, but that’s what it was designed for.Overall, fantastic as usual by Phil Markowski. Regrefully, he is no longer the head brewer at Southampton. They should retire this beer.
WisconsinBeer (686) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle. Very dark oily brownish black color. Fairly decent head upon pouring, diminishes rather quickly. What I’m enjoying about this one is that it’s subtle in the right places and bold in others. Roasted notes are prominent, full bodied coffee and hazelnut. Hops are gone, but this has been in the cellar for 3 years now. Alcohol burn on the throat at the back end. This is a smooth drinking Imperial.
Steasy66 (544) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with dark brown head. Dark malt and a little booze in the nose. Really thick, chocolate, smooth with bits of anise. Really nice malty stout.
wnoble (931) - French Lick, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 225. Pours deep black. Head leaves runners of used motor oil. Nose is some hops, cherries, chocolate, coffee, raisins, nuts, floral, and smoke. Seems over carbonated and when you swirl it some it comes in the ideal carbonation level. roasty bitterness, smooth chocolate, and very fruity flavors. Rich, smooth.
msante79 (2127) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cork and caged 750ml. Pours black with thick dark tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits. Flavors of heavily roasted malts, dark fruits, lots of ash, chocolate, and some coffee. Finishes dry with light booze and some sweetness. Beautiful looking beer but fell a little short of my expectations overall.
ekstedt (4590) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (75 cl), courtesy of rlgk. Black with huge brown head. Strong coffee roasted aroma, with dark berries and liquorice, piney and citric hops, some alcohol. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness.
_angst_ (1796) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours oily pitch black with a frothy dark chocolate brown head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly sweet and malty with roasted malts, cookie dough, salty liquorice candy, burnt caramel, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, pumpernickel, hay, vanilla fudge and toffee. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with heavily roasted malts, burnt caramel, salty liquorice, pumpernickel, bilberry jam, dark roast coffee, burnt cookies, charred wood, toffee, vanilla fudge and hints of alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth, silky, round and full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and bitter with heavily roasted malts, burnt caramel, sweet dark bread, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, bilberry jam and burnt cookies. A simple but great Imperial Stout.
rlgk (7538) - Skövde, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Pitch black beer, very nice lasting brown head. Roasted chocolate aroma, cocoa powder, licorice, tar, soot, berries, figs, hay, caramel, bitter hop, biscuits, spicy notes, milk chocolate, perfume notes, raisins. Hoppy chocolate flavor, heavy roasted, tar, soot, biscuits, cocoa powder, caramel, chocolate, raisins, figs, biscuits, ash, soot, soy, coffee beans. Heavy roasted finish, chocolate, cocoa powder, ash and tar. Great beer.
larsniclas (5038) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at USSkovde
Pitch black. Beige head.
Pretty light aroma with coffee-grounds.
Pretty sweet flavour. Coffee, milky chocolate. Salty licorice/tar along with some peat.
tkrjukoff (3393) - SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ rlgk’s tasting. Pours pitch black with a dense creamy brown head leaving lace. Aroma is ashy dry fruity roasted malty fruity slightly smokey a bit acidy chocolate. Flavor is acidy heavily roasted soy meaty bitter oily licorice coffee chocolate; very heavy. Finishes with a very roasted bitter fruity aftertaste with some warming alcohol touch.