jbeatty (1026) - New York, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage, 06/03/2014. Pours thick black, dense tan head fades to a fine haze on the surface, small curtain of lacing left around the glass. Aroma is dark chocolate, cacao, sweet dark berries, ground espresso, woody bourbon. Taste is dark fruit, licorice, intense roast, char, espresso, noticeable hops, some vanilla, wood. Medium thick body, nearly creamy. Well done stout, fairly unique character.
cards04 (1764) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Man this is good. One of the smoothest and easy drinking ris’s I’ve ever had. Thanks a bunch to Dominic the alehunter for this beauty. Pours black with gushing mocha head and sticky lacing. Beautiful aromas of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, coconut and a touch of umami. Flavors are smooth roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. This is a world class stout.
myrda (66) - - MAY 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sombre et opaque, comme devrait l’être une stout russe. Pas de mousse, seulement de petites bulles moca. Offrir typique de cacao et de café torréfié. Ronde et pleine en bouche, légèrement acidulée. Les arômes plus flagrantes s’estompent pour laisser des subtilités herbacées et épicés rappelant le chocolat maya.
Inbreak (2131) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
21.05.2014, 0,34l bottle (2010 vintage) @ BBGTC tasting:
Nice brown creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sweet, dark malts, coffee, salty licorice, alcohol, grass, dark sugar, spices. Taste is kind of sour-ish harsh, sour coffee, oak, dark malts, old hops, minerals, harsh grass, grassy chili, cardboard. Longlasting bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. Fair enough, but not really my cup of tea.
ej (720) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 2010. Pitch black pour producing a creamy dark tanned head. Vinous aroma with roasted and black malts, vanilla, caramel and coffee. Taste is rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, bitter coffee and semi-sweet caramelized malts. Body is full with a creamy palate and semi-soft co2.
Palme (3380) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.341l bottle from 2010 shared with The Tasting Crew. Looks really good this. Deep and dark near black looking this and it has a really nice deep dark chocolate head. Lots and lot of roastiness here. Super dark 88 percent chocolate is detected, some vanilla, some dark berries. It’s quite nice. Lots of dry spicy Christmas flavors here! Imagine the darkest chocolate bar you’ve had. This tastes quite a bit like this. The Christmas spices reminds me of cinnamom and nutmeg. It has this slightly acidity as well. Could it be coffee acidity? The main thing I’m left with is a really good dark chocolate bar that I’ve eaten a bit to fast. Lots and lots of flavor. Yeah, what more to say it’s a really fine one. 21.05.2014
ClubGonzo (4025) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with BBGTC. Pours a jet black body with a medium creamy beige head. Nose is licorice, roasted bread, vinous smooth alcohol tones, hints of grains, vanilla and coffee.Taste is coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, mild licorice and hints of cinnamon, port wine and mild raisins. Full.creamy body, medium to soft carbonation. Smoothly aged Canadian imperial stout? I like it.
dnicolaescu (785) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOTTLE 341ML from bugent. Thanks, Sergio!
Look: pitch black with a big mocha-orange head.
Aroma: clearly (but not overwhelmingly) bourbon barrel - vanilla and whisky, roasted, some alcohol, sweetness, dark fruit.
Taste: start light sweet with some acid-roast, then goes a big wave of bitterness with phenolic/alcohilc overtones. Quite a bit of alcohol when it starts, which slowly evaporates by the time you finish the glass.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin tan cap. The aroma is coffee, chocolate, anise, roasted malts, all subtle. The flavour is also subtle all the way along, reflecting the aroma with sea salt and chocolate trailing into the finish. I feel the elegance of this beer is wasted on me. I like my russian imperial stouts to have BIG flavour that drop kick my taste buds with awesomeness. Still, very solid.
NBird (371) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks. Black, sml tan head.
Smells. Choc and dark choc malts, roasted coffee, some dark fruits.
Tastes. Pretty fruity .. Boozy stone fruit, loads of dark choc and coffee.