thewolf (11349) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. 2010. #314 of 500. Pours deep black with a small, creamy, brown head. Aroma is sweet, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, liquorice, softly vinious. Medium to low carbonation, fat and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of fat chocolate, vanilla, liquorice, pear, softly vinious. Light oak. Lovely malty balance.
Mortlach (1103) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
08/02/2014 750ml bottle shared by Theydon_Bois @ Ma che siete venuti a fà (thanks Colin!). Nera, densa, impenetrabile, schiuma leggera beige-marroncina. Al naso sentori caffettosi, di cioccolata fondente e liquirizia, molto intensa. In bocca ha un attacco aggressivo, caffettoso con note di liquirizia, leggera acidità sul finale e alcol ben presente. Corpo pieno, carbonazione soft. Ottima imperial stout, andrebbe solo un po’ raffinata.
Ataraxia (410) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black pour, mocha lacing. Boozy aroma of baker’s chocolate, black coffee, brown sugar, leather, anise, and some smoke. Somewhat syrupy sweetness is quickly replaced with a dry, tannic bitterness. Smooth, a bit oily, and a little thinner in body than expected. Long bitter finish.
djd07 (5039) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a motor oil with large tan head that lasts leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is roast, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak. Medium mouthfeel with strong vanilla, oak, roast, chocolate, and dry finish. Good.
Theydon_Bois (11531) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Ma Che, big thanks to Max Daddy - He’s the Daddy for the IP trade! 2012 vintage #29/650.
Pitch black with a dirty tan head that thins to a swirl and edgework.
Nose is big roast, liqourice, dark chocolate, dark fruits, booze fumes but not over bearing, dark toffee fudge, dark malt.
Taste comprises a big roast bite, dark chocolate, liqourice stick, burnt toffee, bitter dark chocolate, pinch of spice, boozey lick, ash.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, light booze in a semi cloying closure.
Decent impy, the 10.% is well integrated, just falls a little short of a great for me.
DrewFace (939) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share thanks to beechner224. Pours a deep dark thick blackish color. Roasty, smooth, sweet, chocolate aroma. Big roasty, chocolate, boozy, grainy flavor. Very tasty .
Homer321 (2498) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share thanks to beeeeeeeeeeeeeeechner224. A nose full of tobacco and molasses. Very vinous. Lots of smokey tobacco in the flavor. A but of smoke. Kinda tastes like cigarettes. Interesting. 2011 bottle.
beechner224 (823) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle. Pours black like oil. Aroma is tobacco, chocolate, coffee. Taste is thick, oily, chocolate. Very nice and mouth coating.
jbeatty (1146) - New York, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage, thanks to Ryan, 12/01/2013. Pours black, dense frothy tan head with great retention, sticky lacing left behind. Aroma is earthy chocolate, condensed milk, coffee beans, dark fruity finish. Taste is dark chocolate with sweeter fruity overtones, cherry licorice and hoppy, bitter roast, bit of char with hint of smoke, caramel/fruit notes lingering in the finish. Thick body, rich and chewy. Complex, tasty brew- great RIS.
dctriman (59) - USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good. Slightly overrated IMO. Probably could have used some age. 2013 vintage.