wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, 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.
kerenmk (3814) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks tom L. 2008 Bottle. Clear black-red. Cocoa, hints of cherry, then mild coconut aroma and ash. Bitter and ash in the mouth. Slightly carbonated, full-bodied, slightly smoky finish.
tomer (2733) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAR 31, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At a tasting, thanks, small brown creamy head, opaque black color, aroma of coffee, charred dark bread, chocolate cake and smoke and mud hints, flavor of coffee, chocolate cake and some dark chocolate that gets stronger and bitter, lightish sweetness, quite bitter for a IRS. Nice but not too exciting.
DSG (10579) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks Tom L. 2008 bottle. Black with a bit of brown foam. Aroma of roast, coffee, a bit of licorice, soy sauce, some oxidation, dark fruits, smoky note. Slightly oxidized flavor, sweetish, with roast, coffee, a bit of cocoa, sherry note, some dark fruits, salty hint, and a bitterish finish. Full-bodied. Very good and complex. Possibly a bit over-aged, but it aged pretty nicely.
Bule (1680) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle of 2014 pours a thick black color without any head. No carbonation. Not sure if that is normal. Wonderful balance of the malt, mild toffee and hops. Delicious hop profile.
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had last year in the tasting room at the brewery. Pours a deep black and tan head. Super thick. Aroma is dark chocolate nibs, vanailla, graham cracker, hint of roasted malts, and coffee. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted malts, then vanilla and the graham cracker. Big mouth, mild carb. Very very good.
skortila (5108) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Old notes. The aroma has chocolate, roast, vanilla, some wine tones. Black coloured with a medium, beige head. The taste is light bitter, light sweet all well balanced with chocolate and the vanilla. Creamy, full body. Very good.
umich03jm (3299) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle. 522 of 650. Thanks Couch! Aromas are black licorice, dark fruit, light chocolate, and light alcohol. Tastes fairy boozy but really good. Figs, espresso, chocolate, and light caramel. Very light papery oxidation. Thin to medium body. Great beer.
markextrae (3199) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared 75cl bottle with a friend. 2012 version bottle 518 / 650. Poured a pitch black colour with a thick mocha coloured head. Strong hit of darkest roasted malts, strong bakers chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, small espresso notes, raisins, full chocolate malts taste, small port vineous notice. Never had a beer that is so loaded with malts, it’s just incredible. This doesn’t needs a barrel! Incredible
JaBier (6496) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle shared by a friend. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of fig, molasses, raisin and some chocolate. Malty flavor with chocolate covered raisins before a roasty finish.
Couch0508 (119) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2015 This stuff is amazing. I had this at a tasting with a bunch of other Russian imperial stouts and this one stood out for sure.