SimpsonsFan714 (3) - - DEC 9, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle, in Stone Russian Imperial Stout snifter. This bottle has been aged at room temperature since it was purchased in early September 2009.
**Appearance**: Deep brown and slightly viscous. A tall, light-brown head is creamy and sticks around for a while, slowly fading to a thick ring. Leaves massive laces on the glass.
**Nose**: A hint of grapes or cherry at first, quickly, and then chocolate and a roastiness. As it warms, the chocolate becomes more pronounced and I get some vanilla and some oak.
**Mouthfeel**: Medium-to-full bodied and silky smooth. There’s not a lot of bite, but again I can tell there were hops in this fresh. It’s very clean drinking.
**Taste**: Chocolate and toasted malts, then that fades to mostly the chocolate aftertaste. A slight hint of cherry or grapes around the edges. A touch of vanilla and smoke as it warms.
**Overall**: This beer is phenomenal. It tastes like a mellow, slighly-chocolate porter. It’s smooth and very well balanced. It’s roasted malt is not too sweet at all. I love this one. It’s my favorite of the series (and I still have three more to go.)
**Room temp vs. cellar temp**: I aged this at room temperature, and it tastes phenomenal. I don’t have a cellar-temp aged bottle to which to compare this one, so I can’t say how it would have differed, but I see no reason to think it would be any better than this one. It is pure awesomeness.
cfrancis (3111) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 6, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice surprise this is. After sitting on it so long. Pours black with a moderate brown froth. Aroma is soft nuances, vanilla, spice, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is velvet mouthfeel, big vanilla and spice hide the roastiness and just smooth everything out. Dry palate, I really like this.
Hoprider (403) - DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black with a semi dense beige head. One finger foam N: Dusty vintage bookstore, light phenols, light licorice. T: mild roast, light to medium sweetness. Belgian yeast again, light licorice, medium roasted malts.
Enjoyit (3754) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, vanilla and weak burnt. A flavor of roasted malt, weak coffee and burnt.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this sometime at the end of 2012, as part of a 03.03.03 - 12.12.12 tasting. I had meant to enter these a while ago while they were fresh and add a few extra details, but that didn’t happen. Review from notes. Anyway, here we go.
3.0 A: Black color. Not much of a head.
4.0 S: Nose on this is quite impressive. Semi-sweet tangerine peel, oak, chocolate. Herbal and earthy hoppiness. Caramel and lots of spiciness.
3.5 T: Like the nose, but not as impressive.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy. Good here.
3.5 D: Good enough. This tastes like palate fatigue.
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gnoff (9552) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 1 pt 6 fl oz thanks to Ingo! On January 8, 2016.
Purchased 2009, BB Dec -14.
Black color, some lacing. Malty, chocolate, a bit sweet scent, sligh tobacco. Chocolate, cocoa, some raisin, hints metallic taste. Grainy, fudge, bitter taste as well. Bitter, pith aftertaste. Medium to a bit smooth mouthfeel, medium to slight medium high bitterness.
AWISLguy (2487) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle, cellared for more than 6 years, then shared by all during the family Christmas with the 08/09/10/11/12 as a vertical tasting. Thanks for the help in procuring over the years bro! The best of the 5; almost a porter in thickness, with a belgian spicy tang to it. Tasty, without being too sweet or spicy. 13.8
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smokey, pitch black. Slight blends of tobacco, molasses, coconut, coffee. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sparf (226) - Östersund, SWEDEN - JUL 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Halvstor doft av choklad, kaffe och mörkt rågbröd. Lite metallisk och hård arom med inslag av melass.
Svart brygd med lätt oljig textur. Kort mockafärgat skum med en kvardröjande hinna.
Smaken domineras av choklad och kaffe, har en lätt syrlig efterklang där en söt, välrostad malt med tydlig salmiaken växer fram.
Eftersmaken är milt besk och förvånansvärt kort.
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Ölprovning hos Fredrik i Ängelholm 7 Maj 2015] Bra balans, hel del kaffe..
drpimento (3082) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is difficult- the beer is very good, but key claims appear to have mostly vanished - with time? For instance the tangerine/orange is just barely noticeable and if it wasn’t suggested, maybe I wouldn’t have noticed it at all. That said lovely beer to look at. Rich beer to drink. Probably not one to lay by.