kraddel (4563) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with big thnx to Tom10101 !!!!!
Pours pure black, good dark head .
Smell is coffee, some bitter tones .
Taste is bitter , coffee , full, dark roasted grainyness . Rather light mouthfeel . Full, coffee aftertaste . Perhaps a bit too light for my taste , yet the taste itself is very good !
northropfrye (2775) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Tommy for this one. 2012 bottle: Dark black body with brown cocoa head and nice lacing. Aroma of bourbon and roasted malts. Taste is rich, kind of sharp even, very bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. Really nice RIS.
maximet (139) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a foamy light coffee top. Vanilla, woods, bourbon, black chocolate, great aroma! Nice bitterness in the taste. Well rounded, slick and not too carbonated. A great brew
gegwilson (2104) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Canada courtesy of Ellen & Malcolm. Inky black with a good tan head. Lots of rich bitter coffee and chocolate flavour, the coffee coming through really strongly in the finish. Very little initial sweetness, and it could do with some more to be really top class. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. A little spiciness too. tasty, but not the best imp I’ve ever had.
kermis (7000) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the DTE tasting thanks to Sic1314. Pours near black with a ring beige head. Aroma of licorice, roast, dark chocolate, smoke. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
davey101 (746) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml (lol) bottle into a snifter on Canada Day. 2011 vintage. Pours a pitch black body with a dark khaki head. Nose is roasted malts, bakers chocolate, light anise and espresso with a lovely vanilla sweetness. Taste is big roasty malts and chocolate malts with a little vanilla sweetness and some dry oak on the finish, The barrel isn’t very noticeable but this is a damn tasty beer. Thick and coating mouth feel. This can really run with some of the best American RIS’s, probably even beat most of them too.
Cantabrian (944) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a fabulous-looking stout, oily black with a brown, burnt diesel head. Nice aroma of chocolate and hazelnuts, with a touch of vanilla and red fruits. Great slick palate, full bodied, all fine, but it is on the flavour that it does not impress me. The hazelnut sweeteness is just too overwhelming in that liquorice character. Almost anise/fennel-like sweetness. Too nutty, in my opinion, even overwhelming the interesting bitterness that it carries. A bit of a disappointment.
remice2 (151) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Imperial Stout de St Ambroise.Nez intense de bourbon,expresso,café,cuire,noisette teintées de vanille.En Bouche c’est super onctueux,très riche,complexe,crémeuse même.Belle chaleur en fin de bouche,légère amertume envelopper de bourbon qui flirt avec une vanille boisé subtile et sucré.Final sèche agrémenter de bourbon qui dure longtemps. Débile...classique
Benzai (10131) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2015 Bottle @ DTE tasting thanks to sic1314. Opaque black color, average sized off-white head. Smell and taste malts, bitter, some roast. Hmm ok but not as good as expected.
77ships (5411) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
341 ml. bottle shared by Kraddel during the (Ice) Cider/Perry tasting @ Barely Legal Tasting Room. Thank you! 2011 Vintage. Black, tiny mocha head. Nose is chocolate chip cookies, mocha, light roast & faint soy sauce. Taste of chocolate chip cookies, roast, bitter coffee grounds, tad soy sauce, coffee, bitter finish. Lingering grainy. Lighter, tad grainy body. A different kind of RIS, very nice.